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BYO Planner

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.

Build it Easy with Our Standard Paper Template
(Included FREE with Every Order)

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.

SPECIALTY DESIGNS TO REDUCE WASTE

No Waste
Design Tables

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.

Plan Your Ra-ttack

BYO Design Calculator

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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:

  • Small 35mm (1.3 inches)
  • Medium 60mm (2.3 inches)
  • Large 80mm (3.1 inches)

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.

  • Small slots hold road wheels with tire sizes up to 700 x 35.
  • Medium and Large slots hold wheels with diameters up to 29 inch.
  • Large slots are ideal for Plus-sized tires up to 80mm (3.1 inch).
  • Bikes with 20 inch wheels and larger should all fit fine.

The sidewall of the tire should have the information but sometimes it is confusing because there are a few different identifying systems. Some are metric and some are English units. See BikeTireSizes.com for tire size info or measure the width the best you can.

Three slot widths are available.

  • Small: for wheels up to 1.3 inch wide (35mm).
  • Medium: for wheels up to 2.3 inch wide (60mm).
  • Large: for wheels up to 3.1 inch wide (80mm).

No, the bike frame will not touch the rack. The bike is held with a well-designed wheel holder that only touches the tire.

Most likely yes. Max tire width is 3.1 inches. Many commuter E-bikes use tires less than 2.4 inches wide.

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

Yes. All slots have the same base hole spacing and can be interchanged at any time.

Yes it can. It simply bolts onto the wood base between the slot and
wood base.

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, the bike slots were designed so both the derailleur and a large disc brake rotor should not touch any part of the rack.

No. The slots were designed to not touch large disc brake rotors in the front or the rear.

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:

 

  • Straight Racks with all bikes parked forward will accommodate on average 1 bike for every 18 inches of wall space. Bikes will stick out from the wall about 6 feet.
  • Angled Racks with all bikes parked at 30 degrees will accommodate on average 1 bike for every 30 inches of wall space. Bikes will stick out from the wall about 3 feet.

 

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:

 

Straight Racks Formula:
Depends on your handle bar width. The formula below is based on a bike with handle bar width of 24 inches. Yours may vary, substitute your bar width for 24.

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

 
Angled Racks Formula:
Depends on the length of the last bike you park. The formula below is based on a 70 inch long bike. Yours may vary slightly.

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 Peak BYO Locking Bar is attached to the front wood base between two bike slots with tamper resistant carriage bolts.

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.

  • Straight racks with bikes placed alternately frontwards and backwards: About 12-13 inches if handle bars permit.
  • Straight racks with Vertical Stagger: About 13-14 inches if handle bars permit.
  • Angle Racks: about 20 inches depending on pedals, seat heights, and handle bars. If you choose an angle greater than 30 degrees you can place the slots a little closer.

 

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.

No. All slots and accessories are shipped via UPS in 24 x 28 x 4 inch boxes.

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.

Peak Racks BYO
Build Your Own Bike Rack

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.

Made by people who ❤️ their bikes.

We’d love to see what you create and how it changes the space you use it in. Your BYO could inspire other bike lovers to give their bikes a place to call home. Find us on Facebook and Instagram

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