Hang a garage bike rack
Endless bike rides and now a place to hang them
Keeping your bikes tidy in the garage can save you a lot of space but without the right rack it's not easy. We'll help you build a DIY garage bike rack that will give you those precious extra meters of space in your garage. Nice bike rides and an organised garage, what more could you ask for?
WHAT YOU NEED
- A construction adhesive (e.g UniBond One For All)
- 3 wooden strips (34 x 95 x 2440 mm)
- 2 hooks for hanging the bikes
Jigsaw, Screwdriver, Safety gloves, Cartridge gun, Level, Metal ruler, Measurement meter, Brush, Paint tray, Sandpaper, Pencil, Cloth
Get the materials
You will need a construction adhesive (e.g UniBond One For All), 3 wooden strips (34 x 95 x 2440 mm, 2 hooks for hanging the bikes, screws, paint, a jigsaw, a screwdriver, safety gloves, a cartridge gun, a level, a metal ruler, a measurement meter, a brush, a paint tray, a sandpaper, a pencil and a cloth.
Measure your bike
What better way to start than to define the pieces that will form the structure of your bike rack? To do so, take the measures of your bike, both in length and height. If you have more than one bike, consider the measures of the biggest one.
Mark the pieces
With the pencil and ruler, mark on one of the strips the size of the four wooden pieces you're going to hang your bikes from. Make it the size you want, depending on the size of your bikes. Remember that adult bikes are slightly longer than children's bikes. Use strips at least 800 mm wide if you're going to hang adult bikes and only use strips 500 mm wide if it's for kids' bikes. If you use both types of bike, then we recommend that you use the longest strips. We’ll mark a strip of 1000 mm x 120 mm and, to build the support structure, we'll mark two small pieces of 250 x 120 mm and one board of 620 x 120 mm.
Cut the pieces
Using the jigsaw, cut the pieces you've just marked. But before you start, you should be wearing your safety gloves. We don't want any accidents, do we?
Sand and clean the pieces
To remove the dirt and dust after cutting and to ensure good adhesion of the glue, sand all sides with a piece of sandpaper. Then wipe them with a cloth to leave them nice and smooth and ready to be glued. Now it's starting to get interesting!
Mark the support structure
With the pencil and the ruler, mark on the strip you have cut where you want to add the support structure. Make sure to position the support pieces high enough so you have room to place your bike without touching the floor, or even with different levels to hang many bikes.
Build the support structure I
To assure a better support for your bikes, apply construction adhesive (e.g. UniBond One For All) to one edge of the small pieces and stick them to the strip, pressing for a couple of seconds.
Build the support structure II
Then, apply 3 rows of construction adhesive along the structure you've just built where you will glue the 620x120 mm board. Stick it on top of the small ones, creating the support structure.
Paint the pieces
When the pieces are fully dry you can give them a special touch by painting them the colour that best suits your garage. You can choose a more neutral colour, like the walls, so that the bikes will be the centre of attention! Depending on the wood and the colour shade you've chosen, you may need to apply two coats of paint. Remember always to leave the part in contact with the wall free from paint in order to assure the best adhesion. When you finish, allow it to dry completely, for at least 24 hours.
Mark the position of the hooks
Having in mind the measures of your bike, mark the distance of the bike frame on the horizontal board to make sure the hooks hold your bike in the right position.
Install the hooks
Using a screwdriver and following the instructions on the package, screw two hooks on each wooden strip. Make sure that they are separated enough to hold the bike strongly and on the same level so the bike will not slide on one side.
Mark the position on the wall
Now that you have the wooden piece ready, it's time to stick it to the wall of your garage. Measure the height of your bike collection and take the highest measurement. Now transfer the measurements to the wall. Make sure that your wall is clear of paint or wallpaper, it should be pure wall material only in order to guarantee a good adhesion. Using the level, mark with a pencil the position of the pieces on the wall. Straight racks look better!
Glue the bike rack
Apply rows of construction adhesive (e.g. UniBond One for All) to the entire back of the wooden structure and press the strips against the wall for 10 seconds. Let it dry for 24 hours. Almost there!
Hang the bikes
Give your bikes a new space all for themselves. Hang them from the new DIY garage bike rack and enjoy the extra space you've gained in your garage! Be aware on the weight you hang on the rack, it shouldn’t be over 150 kg! You can store your bike gloves and helmet on the ceiling sliding system!