Bike Rack

A desire for a more eco-friendly and healthier lifestyle, along with ever-fluctuating gas prices, make bike-riding more popular than ever. Follow our step-by-step instructions to build this classic rack.

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General: Cut and label the parts as needed, using the Cut List and Cutting Diagram as guides and adjusting for fit.


1 Assemble the frame and pipe.

a. Align the ends of the (01) rails with the 1 1/2-inch sides facing upward, and clamp the two pieces together.

b. Cut eight 31 1/2-inch-long pieces of pipe, or have a Lowe’s employee cut them for you. Apply a coat of gloss black paint to each pipe piece, and let dry.

c. Following the frame and pipe layout in Figure 1, scribe the location for the pipe holes on the 1 1/2-inch faces of the (01) rails.

d. On the 1 1/2-inch face of each (01) rail, mark the centerline from end to end. This will help provide a centerpoint for the marked holes.

e. Unclamp the (01) rails, and drill 7/8-inch-diameter holes 7/8 inch deep at the marked locations.

f. Predrill two 3/8-inch-diameter pilot holes on the opposite side of each (01) rail 1 1/2 inches deep within the first 3 1/2 inches from each end as shown in Figure 1. Attach the two (02) stiles to the lower (01) rail using glue and screws.

g. Insert the pipe into the drilled holes.

h. Apply glue to the ends of the (02) stiles, insert the pipes into the holes of the upper (01) rail, and attach with screws.


2 Add the triangle assemblies and stops.

a. Following the (03) brace layout in Figure 2, cut out four (03) braces.

b. Using glue and screws, attach two (03) braces to each (04) base and to each other to create two triangle assemblies as shown in Figure 2.

c. Note: The (05) feet are ripped from a 2 x 4. Using glue and screws, attach the (05) feet to the triangle assemblies as shown in Figure 2.

d. Position a triangle assembly centered and flush with the bottom of each end of the frame assembly as shown in Figure 2. Attach using glue and screws.

e. Position the (06) stops 8 inches from the faces of the frame assembly, and attach using glue and screws.


3 Add the finishing touches.

a. Fill all holes, sand, and apply stain.

b. Apply a small bead of clear silicone sealant around the base of each pipe piece where it’s attached to the lower (01) rail.

c. Attach a robe hook using the included hardware centered at each end of the bike rack.

Good To Know: Leaving your car at home just two days a week will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 1,600 pounds per year. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency


Bike Rack
Bike Rack

Cut List

01 rails 2 2 x 4 1 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 78
02 stiles 2 2 x 4 1 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 30
03 braces 4 2 x 4 1 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 36
04 base 2 2 x 4 1 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 36
05 feet 4 2 x 4 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 x 2 1/4
06 stops 2 2 x 4 1 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 78

Finished Dimensions:
Height: 38 1/2 inches
Depth: 36 inches
Width: 81 inches

Project Info

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Project Details
Skillset: Beginner
Tools You'll Use
  • table saw (or circular saw with a straightedge guide)
  • miter saw (or handsaw with miter box)
  • drill/driver with 3/8- and 7/8-inch bits
  • power sander and various grits of sandpaper
  • hacksaw
  • clamps
  • tape measure
  • paintbrush
  • pencil
Lowe's List
  • 8 boards, 2 x 4 x 8
Hardware & Supplies
  • 1 box (3-inch) deck screws
  • 8 pieces of 1/2- x 36-inch black iron pipe
  • paintable wood filler (PL)
  • wood glue (Titebond III)
  • 1 tube of clear silicone sealant
  • 1 can of gloss black spray paint
  • 1 gallon of stain (Cabot PRO.V.T. Solid Color Acrylic Stain, Dune Gray)
  • 2 double robe hooks (Brushed Nickel)

*Availability varies by market. Cedar, redwood, and treated southern yellow pine are appropriate for this project.

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