DIY Project - $55 Bike Workstand

I decided to build my own bike workstand. This blog is the one that inspired me:

DIY Portable Bike Repair Stand

The blog shows a lot of the step-by-step instructions. I'll just show what I did differently.

$7.97 - 3/4" x 24" Pipe
$13.97 - 3/4" Pipe Clamp
$4.00 - 1" Black Tee
$2.52 - 1" x 6" Nipple
$2.52 - 1" x 6" Nipple
$1.87 - 1" Split Ring Hanger
$1.04 - Thumb Screw
$1.18 - Two Hose Clamps
$20.00 - PA Stand (CraigsList)

$55.07 Total

Instead of using a mouse pad for the clamp padding, I used liquid electrical tape. This stuff is similar to plasti-dip but you can paint it on. I've painted the hooks for my car mounted bike rack to keep the metal from scratching the paint on my trunk. It worked very well. I used some softwood (cedar) for the camp heads and figure that should be soft enough to not damage the tubing. I won't crank it down with all of my might, anyway...

On his blog, several people had problems fitting the 3/4" pipe into the 1" pipe due to the weld seam on the inside of the 1" pipe. I had the same issue. I wrapped some sandpaper around a paint roller extension and sanded down the inside of the 1" pipe. Quick and worked well. 

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The 1" pipe was a bit too large diameter for the PA stand I had. I drilled three 3/8" holes in the neck, slotted them to the end, and used hose clamps (instead of rivets) to secure the head assembly to the stand. This way I can re-use the stand for other stuff (holding a fan, set of lights, or whatever) when I'm not working on a bike.

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To keep the 3/4" pipe from rotating, I used a 1" split-ring hanger and a thumb screw. 

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The pipe clamp I bought came with a spring that you can thread onto the end of the 3/4" pipe to keep it from pulling all the way out. I used pliers to bend the ends of the ring upwards to make it easier to install and remove.

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A few other detail photos before painting...

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Teardown, masked and painted...

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Completed build pics...

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Holding up the heavy Yukon...

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Folded up...

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