Bike Shelf

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Project by ScottM posted 01-24-2014 04:12 PM 2354 views 18 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was looking for a way to hang my bike in my NEW GARAGE WORKSHOP! I considered the standard hooks and tool/junk hanging rails method, but I knew there had to be a better solution. WOOD!! I did sone internet searching and found a guy who would custom make these for your bike dimensions. I sent him a few emails and asked some questions and then found out they cost about $300. So I made my own. It’s made of all 3/4” scraps I had laying around; oak ply, birch ply, and poplar.

I stained the top and bottom ply panels and left the plywood edges raw. I liked the visible stained plys and contrasting natural poplar. I then sprayed about 5 coats of semi-gloss lacquer. It’s hung on the wall using a french cleat. The shelf hangs on the cleat and is secured to the wall cleat with a long screw so as your removing the bike from the slot it doesn’t lift up off the wall. The slot is cut at an angle so the bike stays in place and gravity does the rest in keeping it hanging vertically.

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#1 posted 01-24-2014 04:34 PM

What a great project! I like it! And you got to use scraps! And its a shelf!
Thanks for showing us something better then the wall hooks.

-- (the only thing in there she says is....tap on head..........tap..........tap..... saw dust) - James

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#2 posted 01-24-2014 05:12 PM

Very nice. This is on my to do list. How did you anchor it to the wall?

-- Daniel S

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#3 posted 01-24-2014 06:03 PM

French cleat. The lower half is just screwed into the wall studs with 3 1/2” screws. The top half is attached to the top shelf plywood. That’s part of the “detail” of this. It has to be wide enough to be able to get the cleat into the studs. But too wide and it won’t fit the bike top tube. It’s a fine line. You’ve heard “measure twice and cut once”. This is “measure AT LEAST 10 times and then sneak up on it”.

I have a sketchup drawing of it.

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#4 posted 01-24-2014 06:40 PM

Very useful. Need one. Try to copy those. Thank for share.

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#5 posted 01-24-2014 06:58 PM

Quite the stack on the fork! FYI, check the bolts on the stem, they are showing significant corrosion, and you DO NOT want those to break. #safetyfirst!

-- Jon "That's about as close as I can eyeball it"

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#6 posted 01-24-2014 07:23 PM

Wow, Jon. Not sure how you could see that. You must be YOUNG!! Too much sweat getting on them from the winter trainer riding. I will definitely take a look at those. “Big fork stack” = “comfort”.

Ride on…

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#7 posted 01-24-2014 07:29 PM

Good idea!

Nice shoes! Sidi is the only brand that makes a reliable wide width to fit my foot, and you can’t beat being able to replace parts like buckles, straps, and heel pads.

That is a lot of headset spacers, though… Nobody ever suggested flipping the stem?

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#8 posted 01-24-2014 07:44 PM

Great project! You’ve inspired me to get my cycling things organized. Thanks for posting.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#9 posted 01-25-2014 02:39 AM

Not as young as I feel, but after 7+ years of racing, I pay attention to some important details… just like in woodworking :-) Winter trainer riding; rollers in my case… ugh!

Nice bike rack BTY! My better half requested that I make something like this after she too saw it on-line, and then quickly balked at the asking price. The shelf on top is nifty, and makes things tidy. We had to go with a wall rack since we have several bikes.

-- Jon "That's about as close as I can eyeball it"

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#10 posted 01-25-2014 05:54 AM

Innovative and inexpensive to a solution that I was trying to find a resolve for! I might have to borrow from this idea!

-- I make sawdust. I think thats a fair assessment of my finished products!

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#11 posted 01-29-2014 03:29 PM

Looks great and well installed. A functional and practical build. Like the stained top and bottom against the natural poplar, very attractive. Great job!

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#12 posted 10-28-2014 06:00 PM

I have a sketchup drawing of it.

- ScottM

Scott this post is pretty old but I’m ready to make a couple of these myself. Would you mind sharing that sketchup drawing?

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