Our BYO Design Planner (PDF) makes it easy to put your idea on paper. This guide is everything you need to consider when preparing to build a typical BYO bike rack. Print, plan, and prepare the perfect home for your most trusted rides.
With our Standard Paper Template, we took the guesswork out of setting up your rack. Just tape it to your base boards and drill where marked! No measuring required! It doesn’t get easier than that.
Looking for BYO rack plans that require only one saw cut or less? Want to have no extra lumber laying around? We like to keep things simple and tidy too. Reference this set of No Waste Design Tables for the rack that fits your needs. Be nice to your environment in more ways than one.
Use our BYO Design Calculator to fine-tune your numbers and build a highly customized, non-standard, BYO bike rack for your home. Select your preferred style, plug your numbers in at the prompts, and get everything you need to construct the bicycle rack of your dreams.
The Peak Racks BYO is a fully customizable bike parking rack designed for home use. You purchase the bike parking slots and any optional features and make your own rack. You can be creative with your design, and it can be changed as your bike parking needs change.
Slots are available in three widths to accommodate different size tires:
Slots are designed to be conveniently placed on wood 2 x 4 bases. Because you design and build your own, slot spacing can be varied if desired and changed if needed. Slots can be straight, angled left, or angled right.
Three slot widths are available.
Yes, it will fit in any slot and be held securely, but it would be held tighter in the smaller sizes. If you want to park various bikes in one size slot, choose a medium width slot. Otherwise choose a narrow slot for the road bike.
Yes it can, but we recommend you get our model designed specifically to be placed on a flat surface. It has three mounting holes and a 1 inch spacer to keep the tire off the flat surface
Not usually. Handle bars don’t conflict when the bikes are at a far enough angle. But, we have seen people use risers on racks that are slightly angled to save space and reduce bike conflicts.
Theoretically, as many as you want. The rack is limited by the amount of floor space you have and the length of wood base you can get. But, wood bases can be connected to make an infinitely long rack.
Yes you could. We recommend spacing the boards such that you have 15-16 inches between boards when bolting the slots. Ideally you don’t want the tire touching the boards or the ground when the bike is inserted.
No you don’t. But the wood may last longer outside if it is painted or stained. It might look more attractive if it is stained or painted but it isn’t required.
No. The metal pieces are stainless steel and will not rust. The wood may age and degrade outside but it should last a long time. To prevent wood damage the wood can be stained or painted.
Maybe. The Peak BYO is designed to be used indoors or in a residential/private setting. It isn’t designed to be used for public use, but it could be if is indoors and/or can be monitored. A locking bar can be attached for added security.
We use the term “Wall Space” when determining how much space a rack requires but the racks do not have to be placed against a wall.
See Peak Racks Standard Design Table (PDF) for details of our standard design recommendations, but here is a rule of thumb:
Want more exact calculations?
Visit the Build My BYO Design Center.
We have created handy a BYO Design Calculator for non-standard calculations. Enter your customized numbers and quickly generate calculations for both a standard bike rack as well as an angled bike rack. The following formulas will work if you are interested in calculating these numbers by hand:
S = Slot Spacing, # = Number of Bikes Parked
Wall Space Required (D) = S x (# – 1) + 24
Example: 16 inch Slot Spacing for parking 5 bikes.
D = (16 x 4) + 24 = 88 inches
S = Slot Spacing, # = Number of Bikes Parked
Wall Space Required (D) = S x (# – 1) + 58
Example: 24 inch Slot Spacing for parking 5 bikes
D = (24 x 4) + 58 = 154 inches
Yes you could, but ideally you don’t want the tire to touch the lumber when the bike is in the slot. Try to keep 15-16 inches between boards when bolting the slots. Also you should try to keep the tire off the ground. Ideally you would want to space the slot 1 or more inches off the ground.
Yes it is easy. Simply loosen all the bolts slightly and push the front board to the left until you reach the desired left hand angle.
Peak Racks supplies ¼ inch stainless steel lag screws 1 ½ inches long with a flat washer. But a simple drywall or woodscrew with a washer would work fine. For added security a carriage bolt could be used if desired.
Peak Racks recommends a 5/32 drill bit but a different size drill bit could be used depending on the hardness of the wood. With softer woods you could use a smaller drill bit (9/64) and with hard woods you can use a larger drill bit (3/16).
The depth can vary, but Peak Racks recommends to drill about 1 1/4 inches deep. Drilling all the way through will work too, but then the bottom of the wood would have an exposed hole. That is okay.
It would probably work fine, but the nail may loosen over time. With a nail, you would basically lose the ability to easily adjust the angle or change the slots if desired. Use only if you have to; Maybe for security so the slot can’t be removed easily?
Peak Racks offers optional risers that can be placed between the slot and wood base to achieve a vertical stagger of 10 inches. Custom size lengths can be special ordered. Contact us for more information.
Yes, we offer a Locking Bar with two locking loops to be placed on
photo the front wood base that allows two bikes to be locked to the rack with one Locking Bar.
The carriage bolts for the Locking Bar are 1.5 inches long and do not protrude from the bottom of the wood base. To attach the hex nut an enlarged hole called a counter bore must be made on the bottom of the rack.
There are two hole sizes required. The hole on the bottom of the rack on the bottom of the rack to to hold the washers and hex nut should be ¾ inch diameter and about ¾ inch deep. A ¾ inch spade bit is available from Peak Racks. The second hole size is 5/16 to accommodate the Carriage Bolt.
It is different for Straight Racks vs. Angled Racks. The main factor that affects spacing is handlebar width and pedal conflicts. For instance on a straight rack, road bikes can be parked much closer together than mountain bikes can but pedals become an issue.
One thing that will work is utilize Risers on every other bike on Straight Racks. Always put road bikes on a low slot and consider reducing the slot spacing next to a road bike.
Yes! That is one of the objectives of the Peak Racks BYO….get the kids involved and let them make decisions, do the work, and make mistakes. It doesn’t have to be perfect. They can customize it and take ownership.
Here is a partial list: Planning a project, making decisions, applied mathematics, measuring, cutting, drilling and sizing holes, practice with hand tools and possibly power tools, sanding and finishing wood, how to clean a paint brush, how fun it is to park a bike in a rack that they designed and built.
Yes, the slots are lightweight and a complete rack can be easily moved. Racks can be stowed in narrow places by just loosening the screws and bringing the wood bases together.
From a simple, bare bones, quickie assembly to a customized art installation, you’ll create what’s right for you, your space, and your trusty ride.
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