Our old Victorian apartment in San Francisco has a nice (and secure) miniature patio located between our house and our neighbor’s house that I use for storing my bikes. The only problem is the bikes take up most of the floor space and it’s challenging to maneuver them out when I want to go for a ride. The solution was to get the bikes off the floor and hang them on the wall with a bike rack. I could have purchased an ugly metal rack from Amazon or something, but that’s not my style. Instead, I took the DIY approach and crafted a minimalist bike rack from wood and a few nuts and bolts that I purchased from the hardware store for less than $20.
The rack I designed is just a two-piece triangle, secured to the wall with a few screws. Each bike hangs by its front wheel from an 8-inch hex bolt; metal “L” brackets at the base prevent the rack from swaying sideways. I applied a coat of Minwax dark walnut stain to give it a nice finish and some protection from the elements.
The resulting racks are solid as a rock and hardly noticeable without the bikes. I’ve even got enough room to build a third rack in the middle if I get another bike.