Cheap and easy bike stand


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Cheap and easy bike stand

Postby SteveB123 » Sat Mar 28, 2015 7:23 pm



Built a cheap and easy, (but certainly not pretty) bike stand for my upcoming Poor Boy conversion. Since my Rareelectrical 60 amp, three wire mini Denso arrived on Thursday, time's awastin'.

3/4" plywood top and bottom on the main box (30"X96"), 2X4 sides and ends. One down the centre as well, everything PL'd and screwed. 2X6 pieces on the four corners, along with some additional 2X6 pieces to add additional support when on the ground, and to trap the two 4' lengths of 2" schedule 40 pipe. The pipe just slides in and out, gravity holds it pretty secure.
Bike jack under the centre (5" on lowest height, hence the 2X6 spacers) and jack it up. Slip the pipe in, and lower onto the jack-stands. Some minor height tweeking due to my uneven garage floor, and done. Deck height is ~21".
I haven't turned a wrench on the bike and my back is happier already!
Not really seeking anyone's approval or critique, just passing it along. I'll probably build a front wheel chock eventually. Hell, maybe tomorrow!


Bonus: Once the bike and platform are lifting on the bike jack, you can SPIN IT on the wheels!


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Re: Cheap and easy bike stand

Postby Aussie81Interstate » Sat Mar 28, 2015 7:33 pm

Very nifty - looks good

definitely it will save some back :) aches

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Re: Cheap and easy bike stand

Postby redial » Sat Mar 28, 2015 9:11 pm

Too late! Little Beaver will see this and make one for himself. He is a Beaver looking for ideas, and here is one so that he can get his teeth into.

Good looking DIY solution. I think the wheel chock would be necessary to stop any movements. It only requires a hard bolt to make it all want to move in the wrong direction.
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Re: Cheap and easy bike stand

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Mar 30, 2015 8:30 am

My only change would be to put some diamond plate or even just a piece of sheet steel on the platform where the center stand goes. That's a huge amount of weight concentrated on a tiny area (the center stand feet), and that's a lot for wood to support without damage.

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Re: Cheap and easy bike stand

Postby SteveB123 » Mon Mar 30, 2015 8:50 am

WingAdmin wrote:My only change would be to put some diamond plate or even just a piece of sheet steel on the platform where the center stand goes. That's a huge amount of weight concentrated on a tiny area (the center stand feet), and that's a lot for wood to support without damage.


The plywood isn't even dented.
The only change required is another full glass of Abbey Ale.
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Re: Cheap and easy bike stand

Postby CMReynolds1 » Tue Mar 31, 2015 10:26 pm

Love the powder coat on the covers and manifold. Nice touch, sir.
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Re: Cheap and easy bike stand

Postby redial » Tue Mar 31, 2015 11:11 pm

I see that the obligatory working aid is sitting, unfinished, on the stand in one of the pictures. Is that a Fosters? I prefer Blue Moon myself, but not when I am riding.
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Re: Cheap and easy bike stand

Postby SteveB123 » Wed Apr 01, 2015 7:56 am

CMReynolds1 wrote:Love the powder coat on the covers and manifold. Nice touch, sir.


Paint!
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Re: Cheap and easy bike stand

Postby SteveB123 » Wed Apr 01, 2015 8:02 am

redial wrote:I see that the obligatory working aid is sitting, unfinished, on the stand in one of the pictures. Is that a Fosters? I prefer Blue Moon myself, but not when I am riding.


Belgian Abbey ale, recipe courtesy of Coopers (Australia!).
http://store.coopers.com.au/recipes/index/view/id/79/
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Re: Cheap and easy bike stand

Postby CMReynolds1 » Wed Apr 01, 2015 8:27 am

Steve, Nice job on the paint! So good I thought it was powder coat.
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Re: Cheap and easy bike stand

Postby jeffers » Thu Apr 02, 2015 1:12 am

that's cool!!! gives me some ideas... I was just talking to the mrs about this very thing earlier today...hmmmmm :idea: :idea: :idea:

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Re: Cheap and easy bike stand

Postby littlebeaver » Thu Apr 02, 2015 9:19 pm

I wouldn't change my design for anything, it's perfect.. :D I like what you did though looks good...I would suggest one thing for you though,, place a rope from the center stand and through the front wheel and back to the centerstand again and tie it off, this way it can't get knocked off the stand, it's locked in place...Just a safety feature...The way mine is set up the back wheel drops right down on my Honda and my Kawa Voyager...I couldn't do that with yours....Also I use the floor jack to jack up the rear wheel to help remove the shocks and to a line the swingarm to remove the axle without any problems without removing the muffler...1,2,3 done Wheels out...I love your lift Steve, it's nice....I'm not knocking your crafty work at all... :D
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Re: Cheap and easy bike stand

Postby CMReynolds1 » Thu Apr 02, 2015 10:38 pm

Heck of a good idea, Beav!


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