DIY Mountain Bike Wash Station


At this point, Berm Creek has everything we
need to ride, work, and hang out. But there’s one problem that I still haven’t
solved—The mess that is bike washing. Granted, this isn’t a big problem. But I wash enough bikes where it makes sense
to craft a permanent solution—one that doesn’t involve getting mud on my house, or wrecking
the lawn. My wife suggested I build a wash station to
contain the mess, so I thought: what would be the perfect amount of overkill. A good bike wash station should be in a spot
with drainage. The DOT dug this trench along my property
line, which happens to be close to my driveway and my hose. To make it suitable for our wash station,
I’ll need to do a bit of landscaping. The ground is pretty uneven, but we’ll make
it work. Now that we’ve chosen a spot, we need a
plan. To me, the most important part is a platform
that water can pass through so you’re not standing in the crap you just hosed off your
bike. Next would be something to hold the bike off
the platform, to make it easier to reach. Finally, a place to hold brushes and wash
solution. The hose isn’t so important to me, since
I have one nearby. Now to get some supplies and start building. We’ll use 4×4’s as posts, and planks to
build a platform that water can pass through. To hold the bike off the platform, we’ll
use these pipe fittings to make a horizontal bar at the top. For wash solution, we’ll use this granite
soap dispenser from target, which looks more like a murder weapon than a soap dispenser. The wash station will have a footprint of
4 feet, by 6 feet. First, we’ll frame out the platform with
2x6s, so we have a visual aide for the rest of the project. I’m doing this in the driveway to ensure
the platform is flat and even. Then I’ll just carry the whole thing over
here and line it up. As you may know, I’m not a construction
expert so trial and error is a big part of my methodology. To get this platform level, my strategy was
to locate the posts according to the platform, and then use a level to adjust the deck, little
by little. If there’s a better way to do this, I don’t
have the tools or experience. But in the end, my method worked. The only problem was cutting the excess off
the 4×4’s, which proved to be challenging and probably not very safe. The inside of the platform was getting in
the way of my saw guard, so I considered taking it all apart to make the cuts. Instead, I decided to do the smart thing for
once. That makes more sense. With the frame leveled and secured, it was
time to set up the bike hanger, which meant digging another post hole and securing an
8 foot 4×4 to the back of the platform. We’ll attach our pipe and hooks to this
later, but first the deck planks. I cut 6 8 foot planks in half to make 12 4
foot planks. To ensure ample drainage, I used a pencil
to space them evenly. While I fasten these planks, let’s have
a quick look at another Berm Creek addition. My backyard trail system is home to quite
a few critters. To keep them entertained we installed the
Squirrel Party 5000. It’s a rotating strip of wood with a counterweight
on one end, and a piece of dried corn on the other. When a squirrel climbs up to get the corn—well
that’s when the party starts. If you plan on building one of these it’s
important to cut these notches on the end so the squirrels don’t get their legs caught. Squirrels also vary in size depending on where
you live, so the counter weight and balance point need to be adjusted accordingly. Thanks uncle Danny, for sending this to me. Back to the bike wash station, which is starting
to look like something. To hold the bike up, I’m using an end flange
to mount a pipe parallel to the platform. I added a cap on the end to keep the bike
from sliding off. I’m also mounting hooks to this post to
hold brushes. Finally, a little shelf for that granite dispenser,
all loaded up with non toxic bike wash soap. The wash station is complete, and there’s
only one thing left to do. Now that we have a bike to wash, I can show
you the concept. You hang your bike by the seat so it’s up
high and easy to access. This also makes it so the dirt falls off and
away from your bike. I usually start by soaking everything with
the hose. Then I soap up a brush and get to work. To clean wheels, I use a brush with stout
bristles to really scrub the grime from between the spokes. Rinse, repeat. As planned, the water falls through the cracks
and meanders down the hill with the rest of the runoff. You’re never standing in the mud or a puddle
of water, and there’s no mess to speak of. With a wash station, I’ll be less likely
to avoid washing my bike. And now anyone I ride with is probably gonna
want to use my bike wash station before they go home. This wash station may even come in handy for
cleaning other things. So there you have it, my very functional,
but rather unnecessary mountain bike wash station. You’ve gotta admit it looks better than
those weeds and the drainage trench behind it. And if you’ve ever had a hard time finding
a good place to wash your bike, you know first hand how nice it is to have. Thanks for riding with me today and I’ll
see you next time.

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100 thoughts on “DIY Mountain Bike Wash Station

  1. God damn Americans, how long did it take you before common sense over-rode the urge to half-arse something and you bought a hand saw?

  2. This inspired me to make my own its so much easier to was my bike before I would have to flip it upside down and it would mess up my grips and seet thanks for the great idea

  3. Love your videos but i recommend a japanese saw if you're cutting horizontal. Much easier. And what you did with the saw was… fuck mate no. I'm doing joinery and that was so unsafe I couldn't even watch. But amazing videos. You got me into mtb now haha

  4. No offense mate, but I’d give that less than a year before its falling apart, rotting, warping, or splitting. Untreated lumber bedded directly into the soil, a lack of diagonal bracing to keep it all square, and all of this in a wet climate and used as a washing station? Yikes.

  5. OK, people saying “bless you” is already annoying AF without it being in a comment months after the sneeze. STOP

  6. Very nice and entertaining video. Now am awake and alive. The squirrel, the snake and the dog….careful the animal rights activists are watching. Lol

  7. Dude, I'm so loving your videos. Glad I stumbled across your channel. Just got me a new MTB after a 25 year hiatus from riding (now 46). Wish me luck haha! 🙂

  8. I think once a year you should have a subscriber party at your house, I figure only about 400k would show up, fire up the grill.

  9. I'm new to bikes and it's not clear to me when you can wash your bike this way, because, another channel, KevCentral, says except when there is lots of mud (?) – or something like that, you should use waterless cleaning products from a bottle and chamois cloths. Maybe his point was that if your bike is just lightly soiled, you can avoid drowning it in water by maintaining its cleanliness regularly after each ride. Sounds too expensive his way.

  10. when she got up to the part of the excess post you should do you use their reciprocating saw akq sawzall or even the chisel then fine tune with a wrasp and a

  11. Dude I love your video's but next time building your bike cleaning station try biodegradable soap. You know the kind that backpackers use to wash off with. All of that run off will make it's way into down stream estuaries. The better we take care of nature the better it will take care of us. Again thanks for the videos and I just wanted to go back and look this one up because I know you'll be building another one at Berm Peak.

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