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Organizing your Garage with a Bike Rack

My garage is really, really small and I came to realize this just a few months after we moved in our new home in White Blossom, so in efforts to keep my garage more organized I decided to build myself a bike rack for all of our bikes.  It was really easy took me a few hours and about $20 in lumber and supplies.  The rack will hold four bikes comfortably and is secured to the house so it doesn’t move.  I found the instructions on a DIY website called ehow.  It was pretty simple here are the instructions from ehow:

Instructions

1

Determine how wide the frame will be parallel to the wall by calculating the number of bikes that are to be stored. Eight inches of width should be enough for a child's bike, so a rack that will hold four bikes should be 32 inches wide. Add a few more than eight inches for an adult bike, or for bikes with wide handle bars. 

(I found this method makes the bikes too close together so I just measured my bike’s handle bars and then multiplied that measurement by the amount of bikes I had to come up with my width.  

2

Cut two 2-by-4 pieces of lumber to the measurement calculated in Step 1.

3

Cut two more 2-by-4s to 33 inches or longer, depending on the size of the tire. These sides will determine how far the bike rack will extend from the wall. 

(The ends of these I later cut into an angle and fastened them to the sell plate of the house) 

4

Use wood screws and a power drill to assemble the four 2-by-4s into a rectangle. Allow about six inches of the 33-inch 2-by-4s to extend over on one side. This side will be the rear, or back side, of the bike rack.

5

Cut four 2-by-2s to fit the width of the rectangle frame. If the 2-by-4s were cut to 33 inches, minus six inches for the over hang, then the 2-by-2s should be cut to 27 inches. These will be used to hold the bike tire in the frame. Bevel the edge of...