Exploring Your Options For Creating A DIY Bike Rack

Making a homemade bike rack doesn’t have to be a Herculean task.

You can make one with materials that you can buy at your local home improvement center. You can also get creative with repurposed things that will serve the purpose just as well.

What Materials Do You Need?

Begin by deciding where you want to place your bike rack.

That can help guide your choice for the materials that you can use. Also, consider if you’re looking for a permanent location or a temporary fix. Things you may use include:

  • ​Pallet Wood
  • ​PVC Piping
  • ​Treated Lumber
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    Used Wood
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    Lead Pipe
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    Nails, Screws, or Fasteners
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    Paint (Optional)

​​​​​​​​Any of these will work well if you are making a traditional style one where you and your family will park your bikes.

You can interlock PVC, for example, to create spacing for tires for multiple bikes. You might consider filling the base with cement to add weight.

Bike Rack DIY

Another option is to create a frame that you can place flat on the ground or upright.

Something as simple as a pallet placed at an angle leaning against a wall can suffice with something to brace it to keep it from slipping.

You can also create a storage solution for the garage or basement. You can suspend them off the ground using hooks or heavy-duty straps attached to a piece of wood or lead pipe. The amount you need depends on your space and the number of bicycles.

What Tools Do You Need?

Depending on the kind of DIY bike storage rack you create, you’ll need the following items:

  • ​Tape Measure
  • ​Hammer
  • ​Drill and Bits,
  • Saw
  • Pencil

​​​​​We strongly advise you to follow the carpenter’s adage to measure twice and cut once.

Take into account any bikes that have fat tires and make the necessary adjustments.

Off-the-Ground Storage

DIY Cycle Stands

You can suspend lead pipes or pieces of lumber from the ceiling for a DIY garage bike rack.

Place heavy-duty hang-all straps on it and cap off the ends so that they don’t slip off the support. Then, hang your bikes by their front tires, leaving enough room between them.

The advantage of this method is that you’ll save space for your DIY bicycle storage if you place it near a wall. It also is inexpensive and requires a minimum of other tools.

Repurposed Racks

You can use parts from other projects to get creative with your storage solution.

Think of a set of handlebars now hooks mounted on a wall. Or how about a guitar wall hook to suspend your bike instead?

You can use hardware hooks too.

You needn’t spend a lot of money on a fancy bike rack. You can easily create one that can serve the same purpose at a fraction of the cost. Remember to make sure to build one that is easy to use, bearing in mind who’s going to use it.

For children, it makes sense to have storage on the floor or ground to make it simpler for them to put them away when they’re done. If space is an issue, a suspended model might offer a better solution.

Whatever you choose, it’ll help ensure that your bike won’t get stolen.

About the Author Max Shumpert

Over the last few years, I’ve taken my love of the outdoors, hiking, skiing, trekking and exploring to the next level by starting this site. I started a bike shop in Denver, CO, and have seen amazing growth over the last few years. Getting paid to do what I love has been a dream come true for me. That’s also what led me to start BikesReviewed.com. In my shop, I spend a large amount of time helping people find the perfect bike for them and the style of biking they’re going to be doing. It only made sense that I expanded my reach and got online, making it possible for me to help people all over the world. If biking and staying fit is your priority, too, you’ve come to the right place.

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