Bike storage can be difficult and can take up a lot of space, but rather than leave your bikes in a sloppy pile or scattered around your home or yard, you can keep bikes organized and out of the way with just a couple of wooden pallets. Wooden pallets are versatile, and they are great supplies for easily making a DIY bike rack. The slots are ideal for lining up each bike and holding them into place.
So, if you have pallets laying around or know where you can salvage a few—and you have a free Saturday in the near future—you can repurpose them and make room for bikes that may have found themselves in your way too many times!
Materials and Supplies
Directions for Making a Bike Rack
- Take two wooden pallets, one with wide slots and another with narrower slots. The pallet with the narrower slots and thinner boards will be upright and against the wall since these slots are more likely to hold bike tires better. Meanwhile, the one with wider slots will serve as your base on the ground.
- For the base pallet, you will want some wiggle room for lining up the wheels. Lay the base pallet down with the boards facing down. This is meant to provide a well for the wheels and a cross-brace to serve as a stop, which keeps the wheel from rolling out of place. Place the pallet with narrower slots leaning against the wall at a slight angle on the base pallet, which should form a slight obtuse angle.
- While this shouldn’t be a great concern, some bike owners may be worried about splinters wrecking their tires. Even though bike tires are tough enough to handle wood, you can file or sand down splinters to touch up the pallets if your concern is eating at you.
And there you have it—a simple bike rack made from a couple of pallets. These are usually heavy enough to stay in place and may only need adjusting every once in a blue moon. If you prefer, you can anchor the rack for extra security. You can do this by nailing a few pieces to the wall or with sandbags. This may be a better option for families with little ones who may have trouble keeping things in place.
Bike owners might also consider adding hinges to wooden panels in order to make a more portable, horizontal pallet. For a more personalized rack, feel free to paint the pallets or even just write names for each cyclist.
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