- Workshop Bike Storage
Rather than extend the Rate my Brickie thread, here is a mini-project thread.
Been thinking about how to store our bike collection in the workshop. I don’t want them hanging up as I’d prefer them not to get covered in saw dust (whole place has a thin layer of saw dust on every surface). Also, mountain bikes take up a fair bit of floor space with wide bars etc, so they are quite wasteful of space. Settled on a large box, with a load bearing roof I can stick a bike, turbo, rower etc on top of and get back the space as a mini-gym area.
Plan is use SW wall plate for the verticals (9 in total) and 2×4″ for horizontals with 18mm ply roof. 1.2m tall, leaving 1.1m internal roof height, which works for 26″ bike with 160mm forks and riser bars.
Box will be roughly 2m square (exact dims to fit the workshop).
1st job, cut all the Verticals and Horizontals using the chop saw:
Then experiment with the depth setting on the new Circular saw to do the 1st cut for the lap joints on the verticals:
Seemed to work allright, 46mm depth:
Had to finish the joints one by one though, which was a bit tedious:
This got me the basic frame:
Put three together with cross members:
Add some Ply to stiffen it all up:
A quick inspection by Jeff confirmed we were good to add the roof:
Worked out mm perfect width (at the base of the back door), but turned out plaster on door frame wasn’t exactly vertical, so there is about 1cm offset at the top of the box. I blame the shoddy site management.
Just need to do the doors and some steps.
Thinking of two concertina folding up and over half doors.Posted 4 years agoAlexSimonSubscriber
Bikes are indeed a rubbish thing to store. All those sticky-out bits!
As a plywood fanatic, I’m very jealous of your track saw.
I pay over the odds for my ply, but then the yard have a wall saw and cut up a sheet accurately for a fiver. I once sent them an order for 6 15mm birch ply sheets cut into 150 pieces. They didn’t bat an eyelid!Posted 4 years ago
As a plywood fanatic, I’m very jealous of your track saw.
Up till now I’d been using a jigsaw and 2.5m straight metal edge, but was really struggling to get a dead straight line and even when I did, it was rough as the jigsaw makes a bit of a mess of the surface.
So, now that Festool’s patent on tracking circular saws has expired, everyone is bringing their own versions out. I’m a bit of a Bosch fan, so I bought their set. It works very nicely too.
EDIT: It has one weakness, the depth guage adjuster doesn’t hold that tightly, so you have to be careful not to push down too hard otherwise the blade just slowly plunges lower as you’re cutting along. Luckily I ran some test cuts and discovered this before doing the lap joints.Posted 4 years ago
I’m guessing quite a few…
Strangely enough I now have less than when I started the workshop, having sold a few including one to my local Building Control inspector!
I’ve made the box wider than it needs to be (for just bikes) to make the roof usable for having a rower and a bike on a turbo side by side. If I made the box just big enough to fit our bikes, the platform would be a bit small to use for much. The other advantage is we can stuff boxes of clothes / camelbaks etc in there as well as everything outside will get covered in saw dust from other activities….Posted 4 years agorighogSubscriber
Great job, you have more patience than me with those cuts, I generally just draw a straight line and cut it freehand.
I was thinking of almost the same storage solution as this, but with a hole cut in the wall of the garage with the box on the outside and bricked up to match the garage, but you are re using the space anyway with the turbo trainer on top, I would probably fall off.Posted 4 years agoAlexSimonSubscriber
EDIT: It has one weakness, the depth guage adjuster doesn’t hold that tightly, so you have to be careful not to push down too hard otherwise the blade just slowly plunges lower as you’re cutting along. Luckily I ran some test cuts and discovered this before doing the lap joints.
Good to know – there’s a couple of really cheap systems out there now (<£200), but I need a project suited to it to justify it – that’s how it works!Posted 4 years agototalshellSubscriber
nice build i have something similar except my box houses three m/c with 5 bycycles above.. and doesnt look anywhere as solid a job as yours.. lots of pluses etc but a couple of downsides..
bikes are rubbish at being rolled in and out and the sticky out bits are fantastic at knitting themselves together causing much angst.. dont know if i’d repeat prefering the bikes hanging from the ceiling cocooned in plastic bags to keep the dust etc out..Posted 4 years ago
bikes are rubbish at being rolled in and out and the sticky out bits are fantastic at knitting themselves together causing much angst.. dont know if i’d repeat prefering the bikes hanging from the ceiling cocooned in plastic bags to keep the dust etc out..
Previously I’ve had them all hanging in a spare bedroom off hooks on the wall and it was a right pain getting one down as the bars would all interlock. Current plan is to loosen off the stems, switch the bars round to make the narrow and then slide them into the box. The box, being so wide, makes this pretty easy, plus there are four sides to lean them against (edges, plus either side of the middle pillar), so it’s pretty easy to get them in and out. I’ve done some tests with a space model to test the design before I built it, so quite happy it will work.
Why worry about dust on bikes when you are going to drag them through the mud for hours anyway?
a) You’re assuming they’re all mountain bikes.Posted 4 years ago
b) I keep my bike kit pretty much spotless.
c) I’ve become very much a fair weather rider with the exception of the odd race. Last year, nearly all my off road riding was abroad and in very sunny, dry conditions!
If it’s a pain for me, it’ll be a pain for anyone who’s not me.
I chain them all together with multiple locks and to ground anchors. Then set an alarm. Once the workshop gets a burglar alarm fitted with GSM auto dial, I can move the bikes in properly. For now they’re still chained to ground anchors inside the house.Posted 4 years agoAidyMember
I chain them all together with multiple locks and to ground anchors. Then set an alarm. Once the workshop gets a burglar alarm fitted with GSM auto dial, I can move the bikes in properly. For now they’re still chained to ground anchors inside the house.
I think that probably counts as being sufficiently painful 🙂Posted 4 years ago
All that switching bars around would be far too much of a faff for me!
Well it’s a ‘new’ strategy. The road bikes get most use and their bars stay as is. The mountain bikes only get used after car journeys / flights, so there is always some dismantling / re-assembling involved.Posted 4 years ago
Had a day back in the workshop…
Rip the doors from a sheet of Ply:
The cut each door in two, to make a folding doors. The first one was a couple of mm out when I assembled it, so I was taking no chances with the second:
With hinges attached:
With both doors hung (literally):
The doors open up and over and just rest at the end stop of the hinge in the open position. I did the length in two halves so can have road bikes one side and mountain bikes the other:
With hindsight I should have taken more care which side of the doors was front etc as I seen to have swapped sides with the Ply so they don’t match perfectly. Still all good practice.Posted 4 years ago
Need a few steps to get up to the top of the bike cupboard, so starting building a dual purpose Step / Plyometrix box (for training on). Lower half is done.
It can used on it’s side for a lower height jump.
The next phase is to build the top two steps as a stand alone box, which clips to the lower half, so I can either have four steps or a Plyometrix box, depending on what I’m doing. I’ve run out of Ply, so will have to get some more to complete it.Posted 4 years ago
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