Vintage Bicycles Done Proper :: Portland, Oregon
Bicycle restoration has been slow lately as I have been overhauling my shop to maximize time, efficiency and to bolster structure. My workspace is small and physical real estate comes at a premium. I needed a solution to keep my growing bike tool collection organized, within my reach and mobile. I envisioned a rolling pegboard but I didn’t want to fabricate the idea from scratch. Through the powers of the internet I discovered that someone has already gone through the hassle of roughing out and creating the final product so I didn’t have to.
Below is my attempt at recreating his work and giving it my own spin.
Brad Justinen boasts building a “$500+ Pegboard Cart for $30-$50”. Enticing, no!? The cart may certainly be worth $500 to some but I believe the final cost is a bit misleading, that is, unless you already have your own scrap steel station lying around.
My Cost Breakdown:
|40′ of 1″ Square steel tubing (w/ cuts)||$100|
|18.5″ x 3.5″ sheet metal||$13.60|
|Heavy duty casters (2 locking; 2 swivel)||$42.20|
|2″x2″ Wood for frame||$9.96|
|4’x3.5′ Pegboards (2)||$19.79|
|Hardware (bolts, washers, nuts, etc.)||$26.73|
|Krylon satin black spray paint||$3.89|
|Pegboard hook sets (3) and basket||$38.53|
|Burritos (lunch payments)||$10|
|Logsdon Saison (beer w/ lunch)||$10|
So, not too painful of a financial investment for full blown “$500+ Pegboard Cart”.
I did do a few things slightly differently:
A buddy has access to a full blown fabrication shop so he helped out with the metal work. Without already having that equipment (mainly the welder, metal saw and all equipment that goes with the two), it would have been a much more difficult and expensive project to accomplish.
Looking back, two alterations I wish I would have made are:
Now that all my hardware is up and visible, it gave me a sense of just how many bike specific tools I actually have. Wow! I am shocked that one entire side is nearly filled up with tools only used for bicycle repair work.
The other side is reserved for regular home improvement type tools.
The last shot shows a peek inside where I will be hanging extension cords and other bulky items.
After a few days of using the mobile tool cart, I am finding it to be an extremely necessary and useful tool. I am actually quite shocked that I did without it for this long. The cart has saved me loads of time, is keeping me well organized, navigates and rolls incredibly smooth, is stable, sturdy and holds all of my present tools with ease and with room to spare. Although, if I need to expand my bike specific tools, I could always take over the other side and build another cart dedicated for “home improvement” only.
This type of mobile cart may not meet the needs of everyone but it has certainly won my heart and is extremely adequate for a small time hobbyist like myself.
If you are a bicycle wrencher or have another specialized craft and space in your shop is tight, I would highly recommend this project!
Step-by-step project visuals: