DIY: Build your own cubicle bike rack

I work. I bike. I bike to work. The problem is, I don't have a lot of room to have the bike just sit against the wall of my cubicle. So I took it upon myself to come up with an alternate solution. As such, I present the Cubicle Wall Bike Rack.

The solution is pretty straight-forward and is really easy to make. Here is what I did.

Performance

How does it fare? Very very well. I'm surprised at how sturdy it is. As you can see I sort of have it setup to have the handlebars lean a bit against the adjacent wall for support, but that isn't needed at all. Being the ever observant employee I also put some cardboard behind the wall and on the floor for dirty tire marks.

The biggest place you can save money would be the actual rack. Supergo has an in-store one for $9.95USD that is ok, but doesn't look as nice. Even more so is one from Storables that is $5.95USD. The other place to save would be to get the cheaper pine for around $2.33USD or so.

Total Cost

$25.23USD + tax.

Master parts list

Wood / Straps / Hardware

  • 6' 1x3 wood board ($5.98USD)
  • Leonardo wall-mount rack ($15.00USD)
  • 2 * (height of your cube wall) + 10in. mesh nylon cord ($~0.25/ft. USD)
  • Backpack clip for cord ($~2.00 USD)

Tools required:

  • Scissors to cut webbing.
  • Screwdriver.
  • Saw (preferably a mitre box or chop saw)

All parts for the project were purchased at Lowe's Hardware and REI

1. Went to the lumber store and picked up a nice looking 6ft. 1x3 board. (I forked 
out a bit extra for a nice piece that wasn't the cheapo pine) $5.98

2. Went to REI and had them give me 2*(ht of cube wall) + 10 in. of web/mesh cord 
(this is the stuff that your backpack straps are made of), and a clip. $4.25

3. Also bought @ REI the Leonardo Wall-Mount Rack (Again, a bit spendy but looks nice. 
I'm in a new office space after all). $15.00

4. Cut the 1x3 to 65.5in. (This was the height of my cube wall from the floor to the top).

5. Sewed the "base" end of the clip and web cord.

6. Took bike in question and estimated how high up the wood the rack would need to be mounted. 
[You may want to put it a bit higher so that at worst the cube wall would be supporting 
your bike, if it is too low you could have issues with your bike fitting properly.]


7. Eye-balled the center of the wood with the rack and screwed the rack on.

8. Verified that the bike would fit in ok.

9. Unscrewed the rack and put the webbing between the wood and rack. [Note: I placed 
the ends about 2ft from the bottom "front" of the wood. This is so that the clip wouldn't
be on the other side of the cube wall, but would be on the "inside" for appearances. You 
can sort of see this in the lower photo near the rear wheel/ crankset]

10. Cinch up the cord, and put the bike on. All done. Happy Biking