You don’t have to be an expert welder to learn how to build a stationary bike stand. By choosing wood for your building material instead of metal, you can simplify the process of building a stationary bike stand without giving up on any of the functionality or durability. Even better, the design for this stationary bike stand can easily be modified to accommodate as many bikes as you like. It’s an easy woodworking project you can finish in less than an hour following these instructions on how to build a stationary bike stand yourself.
Here’s what you’ll need to build your stationary bike stand:
- 4 planks of 2 x 4 lumber, 3 ft long
- 6 planks of 2 x 4 lumber, 8 inches long
- 4 planks of 2 x 4 lumber, 2.5 ft long
- Wood screws
- Drill or screwdriver
- 4 straight metal support brackets
- Concrete (optional)
- Outdoor or Indoor use. To build a stationary bike stand for outdoor use be sure to select pressure treated wood, which can withstand the harsh elements. For indoor use, save money by using ordinary lumber
- Build the base of the stationary bike stand. Work on a surface that you don’t mind scratching, like your garage floor or on the sidewalk outside your home. Rest two planks of 3 foot long 2 x 4 lumber on their 2 inch side, parallel to each other. Slip three planks of 8 inch long 2 x 4 lumber between them, resting these short connectors on their 4 inch side and placing them one at each end and the third in the middle. Use wood screws to attach the 8 inch connectors.
- Add elevation to the stationary bike stand. Place four planks of 2.5 foot long lumber at a right angle (standing)over each of the four corners of the stationary bike stand base. Position these risers on their 2 inch side to match the wood on the base and keep the lines of the stationary bike stand flush. Use straight metal support brackets to attach the risers to the base with screws on the right and left.
- Build the top of the stationary bike stand. Place the remaining 3 foot long 2 x 4 lumber on their 4 inch side atop the risers, to duplicate the parallel lines created by the base of the stationary bike stand you are building. Screw the lumber in place with the 4 inch side sticking out evenly over the 2 inch risers.
- Close the back of the stationary bike stand. Slip the remaining three planks of 8 inch long 2 x 4 lumber at the back of the stationary bike stand to connect the sides together. Duplicate the pattern you used on the base, placing 8 inch connectors at both ends and the last one in the middle.
- Add more slots in your stationary bike stand. By attaching connectors and another frame of lumber to the stationary bike stand you are building, you can add as many bike slots as you like. Because you will be attaching to an existing stand, the next slot will require half the lumber and labor.
- Build a stationary bike stand for children’s bikes. You can adjust the measurements of the stationary bike stand to fit any bike. Use the front wheel of the bike as your yardstick. The stationary bike stand should be no higher than the wheel or it will likely interfere with the handlebars.
- Make your stationary bike stand more sturdy. You can build a stationary bike stand that attaches to the ground, or one that is extra heavy and will withstand abuse. Use cement blocks to weigh the stand down, or dig a groove around the base of the stationary bike stand and pour concrete over it. Alternatively, use 4 x 4 heavy beams instead of 2 x 4 lumber to construct the bottom of the stationary bike stand, as this will add weight and balance.