How to Build a PVC Bike Rack

Many of us have more than one bike we are trying to store around the house. Whether you’re a couple, family, or a single guy like myself with a spare bike or two, storage is a problem. Some store units as well as DIY options include the struggle, or at least inconvenience of lifting a bike to hang it on the wall. The other set-back for many in-store units would be the higher cost. If you don’t want to shell out $60 or more in a store to buy a rack, this is a less expensive design with ease of access in mind.


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    Begin by assembling each 3ft. piece to (1) 90° elbow connector to each end.
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    Attach (1) 3in. piece to each open end of the 90° connector(s) you just attached.
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    Attach (1) t-connector to each 3 in. piece you just inserted into the open end of the 90° connector.
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    Insert (1) 2in. piece in opposite end of the t-connector from the 3in. piece you connected previously.
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    Attach (1) t-connector to each 2in. piece.\. Make sure you attach it so that you are leaving the remaining parallel opening in the horizontal position.
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    Insert (1) 12 in. piece between the parallel openings of the t-connectors. You will know you inserted the 12in. piece correctly because this will leave the perpendicular end of the connector still pointing up.
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    Begin by attaching (2) 24 in. pieces to (1) 90° connector.
    • Repeat this action with the remaining 24in. pieces until you have (4) v-shaped pieces.
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    Connect (1) v-shaped piece into open end of the t-connection on base, inserting opposite end on adjacent t-connection on other end of base.
    • Repeat for the remaining (3) v-shaped pieces in the (6) available t-connector slots.
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    Put on plastic gloves (optional). Now that everything is assembled, ensure all pieces fit properly and are symmetrical. Disconnect each piece, one at a time and apply PVC cement pressing each piece firmly together before disconnecting next piece.
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    Paint it. After the bike rack is fully assembled and the PVC cement has dried, paint bike rack to the color of your choice. This step hides the indicator marks made when applying PVC cement and gives your bike rack a custom look.
    • Black works well because it can take high usage without frequent touchups.


  • Use color marker to indicate the connection points you have glued to ensure no missed points or attempts to re-glue joints (optional).
  • Disconnect joints starting at the base the in the same order you started (recommended).
  • Complete assembly of bike rack is recommended before you glue joints with PVC cement.
  • You will need approximately 324 in. (27 ft.) of PVC pipe in total, which will need to be cut by yourself or supplier (local hardware shop, plumbing supply, etc.) to specifications.


  • Check PVC Cement manufacturers label for suggested dry times and warnings.
  • Use extreme caution not to get PVC cement in eyes. Do not allow PVC cement to contact skin.
  • Do not get spray paint in eyes.
  • Read all instructions and warning labels for spray paint.

Things You'll Need

  • 8 – 1 1/2 in. PVC pipes 24 in. long
  • 4 – 1 1/2 in. PVC pipes 2 in. long
  • 4 – 1 1/2 in. PVC pipes 3 in. long
  • 2 – 1 1/2 in. PVC pipes 12 in. long
  • 2 – 1 1/2 in. PVC pipes 36 in. (3ft.) long
  • 8 – 1 1/2 in. PVC t-connectors
  • 8 – 1 1/2 in. 90° elbow PVC connectors
  •  PVC Cement
  •  shop towel or old rag
  •  1 pair disposable plastic gloves
  •  highlighter marker
  •  spray paint (black)

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Categories: Bicycles