Friday, January 25, 2013

Plans For A DIY Exercise Bike Stand

 
Thank you to so many of you who emailed me about plans for the DIY Exercise Bike Stand.  I apologize that it has taken me so long to get the measurements to you, but they are finally here!
 
The wood was purchased at Home Depot and the bike pegs were purchased at Walmart in the bike section. 
 
The bike we used for this project is a 24" 12 speed bike (I'm a shorty).  I used the hardest gear while riding, but this set-up does not allow you to really get much resistance (for building muscle).  It was great for getting my legs moving after some nerve damage.  I also wanted to burn calories and get my heart rate up and this did the trick. 
 
If you have any questions, just shoot me an email.

24 comments:

  1. Thank you! It works great!!

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  2. I am curious... what about the resistance factor? doesn't your wheels just spin like crazy without some sort of resistance?

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    1. when your biking only the back wheel moves from the pedals the front wheel only moves because the back wheel is pushing

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    2. you could probably adjust your hand brake for a minimal amount of resistance without having to hold on to it. I think mine have a brake adjustment (minor one) at the hand lever.

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  3. Wonderful information, This is just the kind of information that i had been looking for. Thanks a ton once again, Regards, Exercise Plans

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  4. thank you so much since i cant walk or jog for my exercise this will help me a lot.

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  5. So if your bike is a 26" Do you add 2 inches to the heighth of the 2 x 10's?

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    1. My bike wheel is 24" in diameter. If your bike wheel is 26" in diameter then you will only add 1" to the 2x10s because your wheel will have a 13" radius and mine had a 12" radius. Hope this helps.

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  6. Hi Kelly, great idea - was just thinking I need something like this to help rehab after a hip replacement!! A couple of questions/comments; I presume the rear wheel just spins freely although perhaps one could put something like a couple of boat trailer rollers front and back of the tire for some resistance? For a cardiovascular work-out I guess its just a matter of how fast you pedal?? Hope I've understood correctly - thanks Kiwi Doug

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    1. Yes, Kiwi Doug, the rear wheel spins freely and you can peddle as fast as you want to. There is no resistance, but I think your idea of adding rollers to the back tire just might work. Let me know if you try it.

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  7. Is that a mountain bike? If so, how we're you able to put the pegs on.

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  8. Yes, it is a mountain bike. We got the pegs at Walmart. They simply slid onto the rear axle and were attached with the bike's axle nuts.

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  9. what department in wal mart did you get the pegs?

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  10. We got the pegs in the bike department.

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  11. why isn't there more resistance of you shift to a low gear?

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    1. I did notice some resistance when I shifted to a lower gear, but not really enough to get a good strength workout with.

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  12. Why isn't there more resistance of you shift to a low gear?

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  13. So nice. If I could diy such a stand, I wouldn't buy one. Anyway, you did a good job.

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  14. Your DIY bike stand is cool. However, not everyone can do that. Therefore, purchasing one is a good idea.

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  15. Hi, a good ideal and a perfect DIY. I could try that because I don't cost money to buy one.

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  16. How about ankle weights to address the resistance question?

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  17. I plan to build one and add an bicycle dynamo or two for resistance. It looks a lot less expensive than the commercial one I bought. I had to return that unit because it wouldn't work with my bike.

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  18. Help! My walmart pegs are flesh with my bike screws. Any suggestions???

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    1. Hi Darlene, You have to remove the existing bike axel nuts first, put the pegs on, and then replace the nuts. If you already tried that, then your axel must be too short to use the pegs.

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