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Basic Kids Bike Rack
UPDATED BIKE RACK: Important Note!
This bike rack served us for a few years, but I produced a new and
improved version in 2012, which I think is more versatile, and works
better with adult-sized bikes. (Still works with kids bikes too!)
I strongly recommend that you read
that article as well: 2012: Quick and Simple
(And updated again in 2016 with an assembly video and more
details: 2016: Basic Bike Rack)
This isn't exactly fine furniture. But it is still very useful.
Anyone with a few kids will likely have a few bikes, maybe a few
scooters, and probably several other wheeled objects in the garage.
A rack for the bikes will help bring order to the chaos.
NOTE: You're on your own, as far as getting your kids to actually
use the bike rack.
The photo and diagram are probably all that you need
to build your own rack. But here are some notes and dimensions as to
what I learned for making my own rack.
Basic Building Guidelines
I designed this for my kid's bikes - you probably need to
adjust a few things to fit adult bikes.
Each bike needs about 16" of space. The spots on the rack are
spaced roughly 16" apart, on center.
Approximately 6 feet of space will therefore give room for five
bikes. Three or four 8' 2x4's (or scraps in your shop) should provide
enough lumber. I also tacked a 1x3 along the back of the rack, to give
strength and support against racking.
Use your Tablesaw to run a bevel, on roughly a 45-degree angle, along
the front edge of the front 2x4. This makes it a lot easier to
get the bikes into the rack - especially for the younger kids.
The short pieces of upright 2x4 are cut to 16" and the top/front corner
is knocked off, mostly for show but also to keep the number of sharp
corners to a minimum.
Make your marks. Measure twice! I find you need 1-3/4" of
space between the uprights for the standard skinny tires of older
kids bikes. I find that 2" of space is needed for the fatter tires
of little kid's (under age 6) bikes or those fat tires on found
ANOTHER NOTE: this works for smaller kids bikes, but you'll want to
adjust the sizes for bigger kids bikes. I tried putting a bike with
26" wheels into this rack, and it didn't fit. I'd estimate that you'd
need another 2" in the front-to-back dimension.