How To Build A Bike Rack With No Plans, No Skill, and One Tool in About Two Hours

07.19.2009 | 5:53 pm


(100 feet of 1.25″ PVC pipe, 4 end caps, 2 elbow joints and 50 T-connectors)


(Ryobi Table Saw)

No Plan,

Except a Vague Picture

in My Head


2 Hours




Roomy parking for 8 bikes

PS: This post rescued from my Spaces Archive.


  1. Comment by Andy | 07.19.2009 | 6:40 pm

    Did you expand it for the other ones yet?

  2. Comment by not a cyclist...... | 07.19.2009 | 6:58 pm

    Pure genius! But you don’t actually expect us to believe you came up with that all by yourself, do you?

  3. Comment by Jeff | 07.19.2009 | 7:11 pm

    Nice! I’m totally bookmarking this for when I have a bigger garage and enough bikes to make it worthwhile!

  4. Comment by Kathleen@ForgingAhead | 07.19.2009 | 10:48 pm

    I’m with Jeff…if only I had a bigger (and cleaner) garage! Nice rack!

  5. Comment by Fuzzy | 07.20.2009 | 5:30 am

    You Sir, are a genius!

    Nice work Lord Fatty of Interweb.

    WIN Susan.

    Kathleen- Nice Rack? You owe me a new keyboard.

    Luv n’ Stuff
    Fuzzy from the UK

  6. Comment by Jim | 07.20.2009 | 6:34 am


    When I load your blog, it comes up. But I get this load status message at the end:

    “Done, but with errors on the page.”

    Man, that is so true.

  7. Comment by MattC | 07.20.2009 | 7:39 am

    This looks GREAT! Now if I can just put it on the roof and somehow get the bikes UP there…(cuz my garage is pretty busy right now holding cars n other stuff…you know).

  8. Comment by Don | 07.20.2009 | 8:01 am

    Wow !!! That’s a good idea !!! My wife has been ON me to make a bike rack……

  9. Comment by stuckinmypedals | 07.20.2009 | 8:53 am

    I guess I’ll have to buy more bikes so I can make a bike rack like that.

  10. Comment by SkiMoab (Dave) | 07.20.2009 | 9:27 am

    @stuckinmypedals If you build it, they will come…

  11. Comment by Uncle Bob | 07.20.2009 | 4:24 pm

    “100 feet of 1.25? PVC pipe, 4 end caps, 2 elbow joints and 50 T-connectors”

    Plus glue presumably?

  12. Comment by Cyclin' Missy | 07.21.2009 | 11:44 am

    Wow! Cool! How much did the materials cost?

  13. Comment by PennyPue | 07.21.2009 | 1:39 pm

    LOL, he said ‘nice rack’ bwahahahaha

    Anyway, this is cool. We have seven bikes leaning on each other in the garage. Bought two little rear wheel stands the other day. Very sweet. But I gotta say, this RAWKS. And prolly costs less than the $280 it would take to buy stands for each bike!!

    AND you get to play with glue…..and a saw.

  14. Comment by Joel | 07.25.2009 | 10:51 pm

    So did this fantastic/mysterious plan sounds a lot like:

    Step 1 – lots of plumbing stuff
    Step 2 – ?
    Step 3 – Fatty has a nice rack

    Works for me.

  15. Comment by lois | 07.28.2009 | 7:26 am

    LA put me on your track. Absolutely great idea! I wish you & your family all the best & strenght!

  16. Comment by ksteinhoff | 07.29.2009 | 8:01 am

    Nice rack. It’s obvious that you have more room than I do.

    I have a 10′ x 10′ space that my share with 40+ years of film, prints and newspaper clips. It was a pain to have to keep shuffling bikes to reach one shelf or another.

    My solution was the Cycle Tree from Harbor Branch Freight. Fifty bucks plus shipping.

    The thing’s on wheels, so I just push the whole rack from one side of the room to another.

  17. Comment by Killian Dougherty | 01.26.2011 | 11:24 pm

    Cool! Good things you have spacious place..


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