I needed to make a support plate for my youngest son. This was to hold supports for four bikes that were to be held vertically against a plasterboard wall.
The support plate was a piece of oak that I had spare, 115mm x 20mm, that was to be cut to length on site. This had a 60 degree french cleat cut along the top and. was then sanded and waxed.
While I was making this I looked at bike supports that were available. The best ones seemed to use a ‘U’ shaped pivoting bracket with a backing plate.
I decided to make four of these ‘just in case’, so I sorted out some 5mm diameter rod and some 30mm square oak to hold them.
Using a piece of 25mm square tube as a jig the rods were bent into the ‘U’ shape at one end for the bike wheel and the other end formed into a smaller square ‘U’ shape using an old circular wood blank mounted on my portable work bench to form the pivot.
The pivoting brackets were cut to length and taped into two pairs. The centre of the joined faces was drilled through 7mm and then counterbored 30mm x 10mm deep to form the pivot and clearance for the retaining end. Both ends of the central holes were slightly countersunk.
The pairs of brackets were split and the central holes deepened slightly with a file to fully accommodate the steel rods.
The front faces were marked for securing screws, drilled 5mm and countersunk.
The pivoting brackets were screwed to a test support with the rods in place to check for correct movement.
The pivoting brackets were fully sanded and waxed.
The rods were cut to the finished sizes, filed and had clear plastic pipe added as protection.
On site the support plate was cut to length, sanded and waxed.
Three screwholes were marked and drilled into the support plate, the support plate was located on the wall and the holes transferred through.
The plasterboard supports were installed into the wall, the support plate was then secured to the wall with the french cleat uppermost.
A french cleat is a tapered groove along the top of a piece of wood mounted on a wall. The groove can have matching pieces of wood placed into it to mount shelves,hangers etc., that need to be removable.
The bracket positions were marked, the brackets positioned, along with the steel rods, and screwed into place.
The bikes were installed onto the support hooks.