I think I already bragged on this stupid thing I made out of a shoe box months back.
TOGS and light mounts and goofy shaped bars like on my tarck bike.
I'm aware that a real "bike mechanic" doesn't work on bikes like this. I never said I was a "bike mechanic," real or otherwise. Personally, I think the easiest way to tension a chain on a single speed (or tarck bike) is in the inverted position, because... inverted.
Anyways, this past rainy weekend. It hit me.
I wanted to make my upside-down stand out of something hardier than cardboard, but to be honest, I was not really wanting to invest the time to think it out and buy lumber and make it happen. I was happy that I no longer had to kick shoes under my handlebars to keep myself from working on an unstable bike, but the next step would involve time and effort. I had loads of one, lacking sorely of the other.
Back to the putting the Christmas shit back in the closet story from yesterday, I tripped on some of the wood I had saved from the whole "tree through my bedroom" incident. There was literally more perfectly good wood being tossed into the yard dumpster than I knew what to do with. I knew it would pain my father's spirit to see it all go to waste, so I climbed in there more than once and salvaged any piece that I could see being serviceable in the future.
I almost immediately re-purposed the long strips they used to keep the giant tarp in place. The back porch was not very blind dog friendly, and Pester had managed to walk out onto the garbage can more than once, so I had plenty of wood to build a guardrail around the deck to keep him safe.
I don't know why it took me so long to figure out that my upside-down stand didn't need to be as complex in shape as the one I made with a shoe box. As I stared down at the pile of wood bits, I realized that in twenty minutes time (including clean up and chasing screws and drill bits across the floor), I could make something so very, very simple.
On one hand, he was all about saving some random shit for use... someday. I can remember a pile of bowling balls in the wood shop and cardboard boxes full of wire and metal and VW Beetle parts. He could always fashion something together from what most would consider "garbage."
On the other hand, had my dad decided he wanted to build an upside-down bike stand, he woulda done it entirely differently. Firstly, he would do multiple drawings on typewriter paper, complete with every possible measurement. This step in the process could take years. Then he would piddle around the woodshop, looking for those chunks of walnut that he saved from some giant record playing monstrosity he bought at a flea market seven years prior for $6. Once the ball finally got rolling, his final version would be hinged for easy storage or assembled using dovetail joints... sanded, sanded again, wet sanded... many layers of stain. It would be museum worthy when all was said and done. Something that would last 1,000 years.
But in the end, it would just hold a bicycle in the inverted position just like the one that I built. Mine only took months of planning and execution tho.