A simple and sturdy DIY bike rack can help you clean up the clutter in your yard and store your bike in a sustainable way. Anyone who owns a bike knows how important proper bike storage can be. This also applies to everything related to it, such as helmet, water bottle, gloves and equipment in general. In addition, there are many ways to do this in an eco-friendly and cost-effective way by upcycling old items. Here are some examples of creative bike racks you can try for yourself.
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Find inspiration for functional and aesthetic DIY bike racks
While most contemporary home designs offer space for an owner’s car, similar accommodations for two-wheelers are less common. However, you can create your own storage solution. Check out the following projects for inspiration. Regardless of the area in your backyard or patio, the key here is to make sure your bikes are safely stored and not cluttering up your home.
You can build a bike rack yourself that will store any bike, including children’s bikes, scooters and various accessories. The whole thing should also look good, of course, to match the appropriate outdoor space. In addition, it is recommended to take up as little space as possible with it, as well as to make the rack stable.
Create bike rack from pallets or scrap wood
To realize such a project, you do not have to look further than your basement, shed or garage, if you have a supply of scrap wood or wooden pallets. At least in the examples shown, only straight cuts are required, so no woodworking skills are necessary. If you like, you can paint your creation when finished, stain it, or just leave it naturally unfinished. You could build a wooden bike rack that could also include some hooks for helmets. The shelf could look like this or something similar. Another advantage is that you can paint wood any color you want and it can be as small or as large as you need.
In addition, you don’t necessarily have to modify a shipping pallet to make it function as a DIY bike rack. The slats are spaced far enough apart, but not too far apart, to hold a bike wheel. Just lean the pallet against a wall in the garden area and you have a simple solution. The best part is that pallets are readily available, if not for free, then for very little money. Another option is to repurpose the pallet with a little bit of craftsmanship like in the video above.
How you can use for a DIY bike rack crib.
If your young children have already grown, you probably have an old crib lying around. Did you know that the width between the slats perfectly fits a bicycle wheel? You may find everything you need for such a DIY project in your garage. In addition, you can reuse your old crib by turning part of it into a bike rack . Here are the materials you will need to do this:
- Crib fall protection
- String or rope
- 4 eye hooks
- 3 pieces of wood – two short pieces and one long piece depending on the length of the guardrail
- First, screw the smaller pieces of wood to the crib’s guardrail. When doing this, make sure to drill a guide hole first and attach a piece of wood to each end.
- Next, screw the longer pieces of wood to the shorter pieces.
- Then screw one eye hook into the base and one into the wooden frame. Do the same on the other end of the bike rack.
- Thread the string through the eye hooks and secure it with a knot.
- If you feel the need to paint the bike rack, you can make it look like your taste.
Make bike holder from old tree trunk
All you need to make this is a saw. Moreover, this can be an innovative and eco-friendly way to turn a fallen tree into something practical. To do this, simply measure the width of your wheels and saw the appropriate spaces in the wood to create a natural holder out of it. With little effort, you can add another piece of nature to your garden area while providing functional bike storage.
Bike racks made from old car tires for the garden.
Here is another easy and eco-friendly way to make a useful and weatherproof DIY bike rack out of old car tires. For this you can use your garden soil, saving the top layer of soil with grass by carefully cutting it off. Then dig a hole in the shape of a U-letter the size of the tire. After that, put the tire in it, fill it with soil and put the top layer of soil with grass again. The distance between two tires should be at least 5 cm.