PHOENIX BIKE STAND
Plans for building a frame that will fit onto
a Black and Decker "Workmate" (or similar vice/table)
to hold a bicycle during repair and maintenance.
1. Go to the local river or dump and haul away
one discarded bicycle.
2. Cut out the parts shown red in Fig 1 (only
one of the rear forks is needed). You will need about 6 cm of
the front forks.
3. If not already rusted solid, drill a hole in
the head tube at (a) and insert a screw to prevent the front forks
4. Insert seat stem (b) into downtube (c) to make
it long enough. Form a conical wood plug to go in end of seat
stem. This plug will bed into one of the holes on the Workmate
5. Bend the tab (d) on the rear fork by about
6. Drill a hole into the down tube at (e) to allow
the rear fork to be bolted on (you have to work out yourself where
to put it).
7. Hammer flat the cut ends of the rear forks,
and bend the tips forward. These flattened ends will be gripped
by the Workmate jaws to ensure stability.
8. Take two pieces of wood (approximately 2cm
x 3cm x 6cm) and cut a semicircular groove in each of a size suitable
to hold the crossbar of your bicycle. Fix them to the front fork
assembly with a bolt and wing nut (f). (see Fig 2)
9. Bolt the rear fork to the cross tube.
10. Place the assembled Phoenix stand on your
Workmate. Insert the conical wooden plug in one of the holes in
the deck. Grip the flattened ends of erstwhile the rear fork in
the jaws of the Workmate. Loosen the wooden clamp and place the
crossbar of your bike in the clamp. Tighten the wing nut. Make
sure the unit is stable (relocate the bolt hole (e) to adjust
11. Have a nice cup of tea and show your loved
ones what you have made.
12. Maintain, oil and clean your bicycle in a spirit of quiet
Side view of finished article