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Published on June 22nd, 2010 | by Jules Yap


Broder bike hack

Materials: Broder Post, Height Extension and Foot, Brackets, spare 1×2″ wood pieces

Description: We needed a way to store our 2 bicycles inside. We are renting and wanted something that didn’t screw into the walls or ceiling.

We liked the look of the Stolman hack, but when we got to Ikea they had replaced the painted aluminum color Stolman system with a creamy off-white color that we didn’t like.

We went with the Broder instead and as a bonus this is a much cheaper system – the entire bike rack cost us about $20. You’ll need: 1 x Broder long post (80.25″ or 204cm), 1 x Broder height extension post and foot, and 2 x packages of Broder front facing brackets.

Two pieces of leftover 1×2″ wood (1.5cm x 6cm x 40cm) were slotted with a handsaw at the width of the brackets. Mounted on top of the shorter bracket, the wood forms a V in which to rest the bicycle top tube.

The extra, longer brackets were mounted sideways to provide hanging storage for helmets and locks.

~ Mark, Philadelphia, PA

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14 Responses to Broder bike hack

  1. Anonymous says:

    With the new brackets, it looks like you could custom cut two boards with notches/V-shapes for the bike to rest in, then screw them directly into the bracket with two screws. Looks like it’d be even more secure than the original post if you did it that way.


  2. Anonymous says:

    Built this bike rack over the weekend – the front facing brackets’ design seems to have changed. They no longer have the verticle “tip” at the end, and they now have a flat face on the top, so that you no longer can add an angled piece of 2×4 with slots cut into them as shown.

    Also, you would need 3 sets of front facing brackets (1 short, 2 long) to build a stand as pictured – 1 short set for the bike on top, and one long set for each helmet.

    I am having a problem with my brackets – they do not fit correctly into the slots. This is due to the extension bar inside the long post. The extension bar has larger slots to be able to allow the brackets to be installed, however they still get in the way and prevent the brackets from lying flat against the long bar, leavinge the brackets slightly angled up and a bit wobbly. I will have to try to fix this with some zip ties or something for added stability.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Edit: found the parts list: ont he Broder page combindations => all parts, thanks!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Where can you buy just 1 Ikea Broder post? Online it shows the Broder Heavy Duty Storage systems as full sets…

  5. Anonymous says:

    Great! Just made one for 2 bikes in my garage. Since the top tubes of my bikes aren’t straight, I use tubular webbing from REI and hang the bike on the front facing brackets. Top tube adapter from Yakima/Thule=$36. 6 feet of REI webbing=$1.34.

  6. sen says:

    So how do you hang a womans bike? (you know, with an angular bar)

  7. Anonymous says:

    Thats exactly what I was looking for… Cheap and functional…

  8. Anonymous says:

    those front facing brackets, do you have a link to them? i can’t seem to find them on the ikea site.

  9. Diana Draw says:

    This is great! I might employ something similar for all of my boyfriend’s man purses – er, luggage and backpacks – that are cluttering up our apt. bedroom hallway.

  10. Mark Beattie says:

    The Broder system uses a compression spring system with a threaded foot (the feet are pressed upwards/downwards by the pressure from the spring). You can screw it into the ceiling if you want to, however, we’ve found that it is unnecessary.

  11. Marek says:

    Exactly my thoughts – how did you secure this without using screws?

  12. openid says:

    This is cool.
    We might built it for our bikes at home.
    Thanks for sharing.

  13. Champs says:

    I looked at this option before. While not as cheap as a Broder, the Topeak Dual Touch stand is a smoother product with less work.

    The stand does not attach with fasteners, and the hooks are bike-specific, so the bike is cradled by padded hooks and balanced with angle adjustments. Three and a half years later, it still rocks.

  14. ElizabethB says:

    Wait, how is it secured then if it’s not screwed in to the ceiling or floor??

    I’ve been pondering what to do for bikes in my apt also.

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