Workshop Dreams - Opinion

Dec 23, 2015 at 1:03
by Mike Levy  
Mike Levy

After eight years of renting out my tiny spare bedroom, I decided that it'd be far more rewarding to transform it into my own little workshop. Turns out that I probably should have done that a long time ago.


After a few years of living in a battered house with the whole 'I'm an adult now' package that goes along with it (a cat, a vacuum, and cutlery that wasn't stolen from Dennys), I decided that downsizing was the right thing to do. I'd be lying if I said money wasn't a factor in the decision, but what it really came down to was time and how much of it I wanted to spend looking after stuff that I didn't care about. So, eight years ago, I got rid of the house and "downgraded" to a cozy little two bedroom apartment. In doing so, I said goodbye, or so I thought, to ever having a proper workshop where I could tinker on bikes while eating stuffed crust pizza and listening to questionable rap music, which is just my personal variation of what's otherwise known to a lot of guys as The Dream.

Because I only need to sleep in one bedroom per night, I decided to rent out my apartment's spare room for some extra cash. After all, what else is a single, lonely man going to do with an empty 8ft x 7ft room? But when my most recent renter moved out late last year, I found myself contemplating over if I really did want to post yet another ad on Kijiji or Craigslist and roll the dice on if I'd get someone normal or someone who'd be sniffing my boxer shorts when I wasn't around. I'm okay with either so long as they pay me, but then I came across a story on Petrolicious about a man named Jack Olsen who turned the relatively small two-car garage of his suburban home into what can only be described as a dream workshop, complete with a beautiful Porsche 911. He even installed a hydraulic lift that sits flush with his tiled floor when not in use. My eyes were pretty much in the back of my head during the entire ten-minute video.

That got me thinking: bikes are smaller than cars, aren't they? And I don't even think that I need a hydraulic lift to work on them! So I set about turning that little room with John Deere green walls into my own downsized version of The Dream.


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  I might not be able to fit more than two bikes, a whole bunch of tools, and myself in here, but that's all I need.


Basic things came first: carpet out, extremely low-quality laminate floor in, and then some large wall hooks into a two-by-four that were screwed into the studs. I hung some shop lights from the ceiling as well. I don't need a vehicle lift, but I do find that most of the folding stands are finicky and not up to the job when you need to use a leverage bar or hammer to break, I mean work on, your bike. So I got a big daddy, steel workstand with a shop-quality head, and then bolted that sucker to a massive steel plate that weighs enough that I had to use a dolly to bring it into the apartment and still managed to f*ck my back up. Then I stripped the poorly cut threads in it and had to resort to massive amounts of JB Weld, but now I can do chin-ups on it if I wanted to. I don't, but I could.

I also wanted a serious workbench, one with a thick wood top that would last forever and be sturdy enough to bolt a vice onto. A bunch of built-in steel drawers and cabinets were also on the wishlist, and so I ended up spending too much money on a workbench that's large enough to be considered a medium-sized family home in parts of Asia. Drawers for tools, organizers for every different size of bolt and washer that I might ever need, cabinets down below for the things that need to be plugged into the wall to be able to cut my fingers off, and a cup holder for my tea. It's probably the most extravagant purchase I've made besides the apartment that I have it in.

All that would be pretty useless if I didn't have some tools to go with it, and, after having spent over a decade in an extremely well-stocked bike shop that didn't shy away from any repair, I'm pretty spoiled when it comes to those. So now I have everything that I might ever need, short of a cutting torch and bandsaw (damn strata bylaws), and am constantly trying to avoid my friends who ask me to fix their broken bikes. There are still a few things I'd like to add when I get a chance, like a small grinder and some wheel and tire storage hooks made from PVC pipe that I'll hang from the ceiling, but I feel like it's mostly done.

I've had The Dream up and running for about half a year now, and I'm constantly finding excuses to tinker around in it... ''I've had this fork for a week, so it probably needs a complete overhaul, right?'' Or, ''These test wheels are perfectly straight, but I bet I could get them straighter.'' And it's not just bikes. ''I need to install that low center-of-gravity carbon chassis for my remote control car that I never use, right freaking now!'' I disassemble things like test forks well past the point of where some companies would like me to (sorry, BOS), which lets me shoot photos of their inner workings that you and I probably wouldn't otherwise get to see. Sometimes I even manage to get things back together correctly.
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Typical Saturday night at home. DT Swiss' OPM O.D.L. fork innards.

I fully realize that I'm extremely lucky to have a spare room at all, no matter how small it might be, as well as more tools than I know what to do with (then why do I keep looking for more?), but putting The Dream together has also made me realize that I get so much more out of that little space than any amount of money from an underwear-sniffing renter would ever be worth. A home workshop is obviously a complete luxury, but now I know that it doesn't need to be a big, sprawling shop, or even need to be stocked with one-tenth of the tools that I've managed to accumulate. It just needs to be a space to call your own, a place to eat pizza and hang out. That could be your own two-car garage if you're fortunate enough to have one, or it might be your living room floor after you've wiped as much dirt off your bike as you could.

Whatever it is, let's hear about it. Tell us about your own home workshop.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to try and get this fork back together.


132 Comments

  • 108 8
 Mike? - Do you ever wonder if Jenson Button maybe has a picture of Specialized 6-Fatty in his workshop?
  • 47 0
 Doubtful, but maybe a photo of a Shiv or Venge.
  • 16 0
 Made in the shade!
My 'workshop' is in my 2ft x 1ft cage downstairs in the parking lot.

It's also my snowboard storage facility, surfboard waxing area and golf club closet.

I actually spend time down there tinkering, trying to make space.
It's boring in a 1 bedroom apartment with your fiancé.....
  • 37 10
 Disappointed with the lack topless calendars/posters in your workshop ! Or even just a sexy lady posing with a bike
  • 72 0
 need an old Lange boots poster(some may know what I mean)
  • 6 0
 Keep those tips up!
  • 19 0
 It would be sick to do an ongoing series where people share photos or small write ups about their home work shops. I love seeing how people set up their work shops and come up with storage solutions in small apartments!
  • 6 0
 @WAKIdesigns

Jenson is definitely into the mountain bikes as well as racing Triathlon - I spent a good hour at Specialized Concept Store Covent Garden with him talking carbon fibre bike tech, Ohlins dampers, tire durometer and FSR. He was very interested in the S-Works Epic.

Probably a good thing I didn't know who he was at the time (I don't following motor racing) as the other guys were star struck when they saw him on the way out of the store. He was passionate about his bikes in the best way that customers can be, and seemed very down to earth.

at the next Concept Store I worked at (Kingston) I met his Ichiban Tri team mate Chris Buncombe (Aston Martin Works Driver), who was in for a S-Works frame crash replacement following a shunt during training.

Another regular guy, and stoked to get his bike sorted.

ep1.pinkbike.org/p6pb10734256/p5pb10734256.jpg
  • 11 2
 Needs more Marzocchi girls posters.
  • 8 3
 All the real big shots I met in my life were cool and down to Earth. They were not even close to be as famous as Jenson but they seemed quite relaxed, not trying to prove anything. As Billy Connolly says it's the middle that sucks, the fkng upper middle class wannabies. I was at the house of the chief editor of world's best architectural magazine, S-Works of a house. Super humble guy, unfortunately some of my colleagues could not cope with the fact of being there, either praising him and his paper like it's a new world order bible, asking how much did it cost, how much does ge earn, can they go to his neighbor mr Almodovar. It struck me then that my calousness in face of meeting them, talking with them as with regular people is more than welcome. They don't expect anyone to lick their balls. Also since we don't know each other, sometimes it is better to just shut up Big Grin Cool that you can sort out such Great bikes to people!
  • 2 0
 Just wait for the kids.. It is going to your hiding spot as well...
  • 1 0
 I got a few Marzocchi girl posters and the Whistler Bikini girls calendar in my workshop!
  • 1 0
 i feel guilty after reading this. my garage/workshop is huge and has more tools than a car dealership's service bay. i totally take it for granted, but i earned it dammit.
  • 2 1
 I met 2pac once and he was a totally legit dude. When I asked him to sign my chest he laughed and told me to fuck off!
  • 56 0
 @mikelevy I really appreciate how much you comment on your own stuff Mike! Makes it feel like there are really people behind the articles and not just names.
  • 11 0
 Agreed. Thanks Mike.
  • 28 0
 And I appreciate that there are guys out there named FartyMarty.
  • 8 0
 Obviously named by his father, FartyHardy
  • 5 0
 And blessed with the gift of flatulence
  • 2 1
 His father, obviously to keep the naming tradition alive, was named by his grandfather, FartyFogarty.
  • 25 0
 "....And in other news, the city is seeing an uptick in the number of subletting roommates being thrown onto the streets. --- When we find the reason we'll followup on why.

And now here's Walter Kelly with the weather."
  • 22 0
 I used to have a small portion of the garage up untill 2 1/2yrs ago. Then the Mrs declared that she wanted the garage back for push chairs as she was due with our little boy in a couple of months. I enquired as to what she expected me to do with all the bikes, At the time between all of us there were about 8 bikes at any one time plus a couple of bikes in bits that were being worked on and restored. It was agreed I could build a workshop at the bottom of the garden....5m x 3m
Work started in earnest (luckily I had a lot of leave from work to use) to create the new workshop everything being sourced second hand, where possible as money was tight with sprog on the way.
Did all the ground work myself, digging and laying the foundation.
All the beams and uprights were beams from a friends double garage he was levelling.
All the cladding was made of pallet wood (lots of trips all over for me and the old man to souce)
The inside is clad in teak ply which were off cuts from a boat decking company.
Double glazed widow from another mates house that he was getting done up.
The inside has been given electric, heating racking and enough storage spaces for 7 bike and 2 bikes in the stands.
The work bench that I made 4 years ago is starting to show it's age so in the new year it will be getting replaced with new kitchen units and a heafty Ikea wooden top. Once installed a new shinny bench vice and grinder/polisher fitted
The back wall is just a mass of tools that have been collected from over the past 15 years.
All in all I think I spent approx £250-£300 creating the workshop which is a lot cheaper than the £3000 for one from the local shed companies.
So now 2 1/2yrs down the line the workshop is still standing strong, no leaks or creaks but this summer it will need a fresh coat I think. It's been my little haven away from the house and the kids, turn the DAB radio on and relax doing another resoration, currently working on a Nicolai Helius FR....Nearly done!
  • 6 0
 I was waiting for the punchline all the way until the end. Frown
  • 4 0
 Me too, when is she going to announce its change of use to "Kids play room" ?
  • 4 0
 One step ahead on that front this summer I built a kiddy play house next to the workshop to ensure that there is no change of use.
  • 1 0
 Sharp!!
  • 17 1
 I'm lucky enough to have a two car garage, it's never had two cars in it, one, once. It's my man-cave it houses bikes, crap, tools, more crap. It has a sofa, an old wardrobe for bike gear and helmets, there's posters on the wall. It's mine. So much so, when my significant other rings me when I'm at work to say she's in there looking for something (why would her stuff even be there!!!?), I feel violated, until I know she's given up and got the hell out, only then can I regain my work focus.
  • 2 0
 I've had a few dungeons that worked well. My first real home work shop I built 3 years ago while living in Paupack, PA. It was a gorgeous lake house ranch with an unfinished basement. The basement was dry - no heat and we had carriage doors leading out the garage. The workshop was tucked away - pinboard- vice - long bench - team issue park stand that my lovely family got me one year for xmas. I could literally get away with ring a mini shop and last summer I ended up working on a lot of my buddies bikes and bits they needed help with. Now after over twelve years of ring a shop grunt I've finally got my own shop. I'll always have my own mini workshop but having a full fledged shop has sealed the deal for me. If you have enough passion you can make one of these little set ups into a real shop down the road.
  • 9 0
 You should check out Jack's ongoing thread on the Garage Journal forums. Deep details of all the stuff and the how and why it was all done.
  • 26 0
 That is an amazing thread and you've completely screwed any and all productivity that I had planned today.
  • 8 0
 @mikelevy When you are done with that check out "Mid-Century Moto Mecca Makeover" it's more about a house reno but the attention to detail and the photography are amazing. He's a pro photog.

"Tooling Organization" is a great read with some wicked cabinet ideas, after reading you'll want to cover your wall in french cleats.

For some bike content, wicked shop content, and some weld pron find "44 Bikes Frame Shop".

That should not just kill today but kill any other free time you thought you had. Soo much inspiration on that site. Now if I could just find the time to get my own garage organized and built out.
  • 2 0
 Gregor's thread is my favorite on that site. His attention to detail and creativity are amazing. When I bought a house with a shop a couple years ago I scowered that site for ideas and always go back and re-read his posts in awe
  • 1 1
 Jack Olsens garage is probably one of the coolest things I've seen in awhile. Thanks for sharing!
  • 2 0
 God damn you Bri now my whole day is screwed! @shirk-007
  • 7 0
 I remember my days flaying with two 25 year old German girls, had the double garage set up with a full workshop one side for bikes the other for my RC gear and to top it off the girls had a dancing pole set up in the lounge for them to exercise on... Good times.. Good times indeed..
  • 3 0
 Who did you and the German girls flay? Did he deserve it?
  • 9 0
 Mainly roadies
  • 2 0
 Flaying or fapping?
  • 6 0
 I have taken a small corner of my 2 car garage, to set up my shop, found a little used HP printer table thats 8x4' rigged up a stand, and have collected my tools from various sources. Its my "man cave", oh cant forget my 8.1 surround sound, nothing like rocking out while re building my fork and shock.
  • 6 1
 Shop looks great, Mike! Great choice to turn that room into one. I just finished drywalling mine and set everything up again so took a few pics. It's my favorite place in the house. A lot of times I find myself just going in there to sit and look around. It's my happy place. Haha.

www.pinkbike.com/photo/13026535
  • 4 0
 Same here. I find myself just farting around in there, not doing anything but enjoying myself. Not sure how I ever got by without a home workshop before, but it's a priority now.
  • 2 0
 Looks dialled!
  • 2 0
 I have my workshop at home, which was the garage and I too love nothing more than just being in there, sometimes not even doing anything in particular, just looking at my bikes.
A few weeks ago I found that a mouse had been in and chewed some stuff, mainly an old paint roller and a car window demister pad but I was wounded that something had been in my space uninvited!! I of course put into place measures to get rid, and luckily (finger crossed) have had no more signs of rodent intrusions. But anyway well off topic, I admire the fact that there has been such discussion about our own garages/sheds/spare rooms whatever you call your own space and I encourage more pics to be uploaded!
  • 4 0
 My workshop at the garage started as a way to cut some expenses in my bike maintenance, I have to be honest, but with the time it grow up to be the reunion center or all the men, boys and girls in the neighborhood, why? because I just let the garage and tools open to everybody to use with only one constrain, you use it, you let in the same place it was before you take it. With the time as just realized that all of us have in our souls the drive to fix and create stuff so the workshop now is a center of school projects, motorcycles, cars and bike repairs, I’m really happy with this, and you know what? My best gift to share this space to the neighbors is to see my 2 year little girl "fixing" her strider and my cars... :S with a hammer jajaja

Inverts in a workshop you will never regret.
  • 3 0
 @mikelevy - Do your bikes also live in your workshop? There is no way in hell that my missus would ever entertain the idea of having a clean bike in the house let alone a soggy muddy one.

Saying that when I used to flat in London my bike lived in my room. I used to use the lounge (timber floors) as my "workshop" but my flatmates did get a little annoyed when they got squirted with brake fluid when watching TV. I also used to clean my bike in the bath with the hand shower...
  • 14 0
 I hang two bikes off of wall-mounted hooks, but it's pretty tight. I've taken the doors off of the closer and put a shelf in there for spare parts, and it also makes a bit more room to maybe squeeze a third bike in. If I have more than three test bikes in my place, I'll usually put the others by the kitchen. The only real issue is having to carry the bikes over the living room carpet to get them to the room. I live in B.C. so I can't remember the last time my bikes were clean. I've lived with a few misses over the years but they don't get a say when it comes to where expensive bikes go.
  • 6 0
 lose the carpet in the living room and you're all good. A clean bike may well be the sign of a sick mind...
  • 1 0
 Careful with that brake fluid. I melted the finish off our wood floors with DOT fluid. The gf is not happy.
  • 3 0
 Your space is sweet - by definition because you use it. I think a big factor is the comfort- specifically warmth. I've been upgrading my storage space in the common cellar of my apartment building and although it's now much more functional and less frustrating than rummaging through a toolbox, it'll never be warm in winter.
  • 3 0
 Dat bench tho... Bf and I have turned the basement into a decent workspace, only trouble is we have to roll the bikes--and the motorbikes--down a flight of stairs to work on them. At least they're not in the kitchen, which is what we did at our old apartment--although having two dirt bikes disassembled in front of the stove is a great excuse to order takeout every night instead of cooking.
  • 5 0
 Here's the old version pleasuredome.

www.pinkbike.com/photo/10314809

New, improved version currently under construction.
  • 2 0
 Old version looked pretty sweet. Can't wait to see the new and improved version.
  • 2 0
 @downhil - Wow, that's quite the setup.
  • 2 0
 When we lived in an apartment in Sweden I used to use the space outside the basement lock up as my workshop. My bikes and tools lived in the lock up so it made sense. You had to be pretty organised and tidy and couldn't make any noise - kinda the Swedish way really. It was also good because the Swedes are paranoid of having any contact with their neighbours (@WAKIdesigns can probably vouch for me on this one) so no one ever asked what I was doing or took any interest which was good.

Now we are back in the UK we have a garage full of crap including lots of bike crap. Its much easier but a lot less organised.

Were just in the process of looking for a new house so a garage is on the "must have" list.
  • 1 1
 Haha Smile you got that right Smile but you once you rape them with a discussion they are happy to talk with you often. I had a great deal of fights with my neighbor who lives under my locker-workshop at the attic. He says I am making lots of noise. He's 60 and already during the first confrontation he said that he will tell on me to the landlord. I laughed at him flr behaving like a 12yr old. Finaly situation became so ridiculous that I set him up. I asked if he heard noises at the attic last night since I try to be super quiet. He said yes and I said strange as I wasn't there. He is mr Nice Guy ever since Big Grin
  • 2 0
 www.pinkbike.com/u/centralvtmtb/album/Workshop
I made a deal with my wife that I had to do it for less than 500$ and I held true to that deal. Built this last year and it's heated for the winter with a buldhead access to the outside
  • 1 0
 Nice!
  • 5 0
 I would do this to my won room! I mean, why not sleep on the floor?
  • 11 0
 Better yet, get one of those raised beds from Ikea that's like a bunk bed without the lower bunk. Then your bed doesn't cost you any room.
  • 5 0
 I left the bedroom alone...but ask me why we need two separate areas for "dining"...one is full of tools and bike shitSmile ...ask my Wife how she feels about that...HA
  • 3 0
 And find some Velcro strap and tie it from the underside of the bed to the stem of the bike. Works a treat!
  • 3 0
 Dining rooms are much better utilized as workshops
  • 3 0
 Nice! Only thing I would change? The wall posters; bikes, babes, or maybe both, but then again, I'd probably never get any work done...
  • 1 0
 My tool chest sits in my open plan living room/kitchen and my workstand comes out when it needs to - tiled kitchen floors are a godsend!

This has kinda inspired me to turn my spare room into a workshop, though I'm only renting, and the second bed is handy... One day I'll have a real workshop.
  • 1 0
 same, but dining room area. i'm in a 1bd condo, but pretty roomy. since, who gives a shit about a kitchen table, i have stools at the counter for the kitchen wall, and a nice couch/table/rug/tv bookshelf for the living room. where somebody would normally put a kitchen table and chairs, i have a rug down over hardwood floors with a race motorbike sitting on stands, 3 feedback stands for my bicycles, and my rolling tool chest with workbench top.

as "bachelor-ey" as it is, i keep it real neat and organized, and i enjoy being able to work on stuff while watching tv as opposed to an unfinished garage space. my girl doesn't live with me, probably get a 2bd and do something similar to this article if/when the time comes.

still missing... belt sander, band saw, lathe/mill, air compressor, drill press, car tire machine, welder's table, welder, car lift, motorcycle lift... someday...
  • 1 0
 I recently moved into a new apartment with my girlfriend. She was super open to using the second bedroom as a bike room and my landlord rides so he actually thought it was great too! Here is was the week we moved in. Still in the works, but it's a start

instagram.com/p/5A25TRiNCb
  • 4 0
 If I was renting a bedroom painted in John Deere green, I too might be driven to underwear sniffing.
  • 1 0
 This couldn't come at a better time. I just moved into a 3 level house. The basement is unfinished, and i'm going to finish it by this summer. There will be a living room, a storage room, my (slightly enlarged Big Grin ) bedroom, a bathroom, and, wait, what's that? A spare bedroom! The plan is to do a workshop for bikes, guns, skis, Arduino, and whatever else I can get my hands on. My dad and I built a work bench at our last house that is a 2x4 frame, two level, 1" particle board counters(foot level for feet and storage, and the actual work surface. The particle board has a white coating that is mostly water resistant, and makes small pieces and screws really pop out), and a 4x6' pegboard on the back. Gonna pick up a Park Tool euro bike stand(bottom bracket and fork holder). Have all the tools, just need to get cracking Smile
  • 2 0
 Sounds sweet. I'd like to make my own workbench in the future. There's something about homemade stuff that is just so rad.
  • 1 0
 I got the basement all to myself! all I need to do is occasionally mention I saw a snake of some other critter.

But in all seriousness its fantastic to have a place to keep the bikes safely and properly maintained.

instagram.com/p/_Ay9tjtVTf
  • 1 0
 I have a single garage at home. But it is packed with equipment and my workshop. 2 lawnmowers, 2 snowblowers, 3 chainsaws, and a trimmer are all in it waiting to be fixed. I've managed to fit in 3 full sized benches, 2 of which I made. I'm well equipped in tools but not really for bike specific tools. I'm equipped with a welder, drill press, I got 2 different sized vices, and part of the floor is lined with foam under pad which is covered in some sort of grooved plastic liner. It works for me. Only issue with it is that it doesn't retain heat too well so a propane heater is on 24/7 just so your hands are able to move.
  • 1 0
 I went from having a large house with garage to a smaller house with a tiny shed. However I made use of the space of the apex and I can't believe it but I can get most of my crap / stuff in. The decking it leads onto is also my outdoor workshop also (when the Mrs ant around)
  • 1 0
 Fortunate enough to have a small 2 car garage with a pewny work bench. If I back my car up to the edge of the garage door I have just enough room for my bike stand in front of the work bench. Bought a bike tool kit online that has all the basics needed, as well as a few extra specialty tools! Best thing in the world to be able to work on my bike at home. Wife even brings me beers and will pull up a camping chair and hangout with me sometimes.
  • 1 0
 There's a shed in our backyard we built a few years that's just been used for storing shit right now.. My dad's gonna clean it out when the weather warms up and I plan on making a work space out of it for my bike, and just to get them out of the garage and in a warmer/possibly dryer area during the icy months. There's electricity, too, so I can throw some speakers and a space heater in there. Maybe even a mini fridge! I won't be moving out too quickly, so I can have it for a bit and enjoy it.
  • 1 0
 My dad has given up his spot in the garage so we have half of a 2 car garage for our workspace. We have a huge lineup of bikes hanging along the entire side wall off hooks and then a few lined up against the hanging ones and a few cross bikes leaning up against the Craftsman rolling tool chest and a road tandem hanging in the middle from the ceiling.
  • 1 0
 i live in an end apartment on the 26th floor, i either do my bike maintenance on the veranda or on the corridor. recently the weather has been very cold so i set up everything (workstand, matting to prevent oil on getting on the floor if i do bleeding, etc..). it was hard but got used to it, if and when the time comes where an opportunity shows it self of for me to have a home workshop, i'd definitely go for it.
  • 1 0
 Been using my "conservatory" as a workshop for years.
So far I've destroyed a sideboard, cracked and chipped the tiled floor and sprayed the ceiling n walls with oil, sealant n god knows what else.
All in the pursuit of tinker time.
I'm the person who's stupid enough to actually take stuff apart because I don't know how it goes together.
Just about to get relegated out to the garden shed, which is already full!
Dang growing families Frown
  • 1 0
 my shop space for working on bikes is combined with a lagering bin in the coldest icorner of a rebuilt carriage shed. theres room for a scondary fermenter under the workbench the workbench is in a corner beside two walls where i hang tools. i use a 360 rotational vice for welding projects and that stands near the work bench. for storing extra tools and small parts i recycled some steel cabinets that were originally installed inside my van. all cabinets, the lagering bin, cutting table are on casters that can lock. flexible space fer sure cheers Mike!
  • 1 0
 Great article! I also was sick of my travel work stand tipping over on me so I welded a 200 pounder out of scrap metal from an old gantry crane, also a back breaker! I too am fortunate to have a spare room as a shop here in Whistler.

Check out my beast work and stand and shop with a view here :


www.pinkbike.com/u/danbb7/album/Shop-Stuff/
  • 3 0
 Enjoyed the article. It's gave me a needed kick in the ass to finish building my wheels up.
  • 5 0
 Kitchen
  • 4 0
 Ditto. There are currently two bikes leaning against my kitchen table. Tool box is kept next to the ironing board under the stairs. I'd love a proper workshop area but at least I have on site tea and sandwich facilities.
  • 3 0
 My workshop is 2 ikea boxes & a Park Tool AK40 in the corner of my dining room.
  • 1 0
 i've got a 200ft.sq shed which is half storage and half workshop, and still need to get a workstand, a decent vice, and sort out my tool storage, it does but would have helped if i weren't 6ft or if the roof was higher.
  • 4 0
 Is there a forum on posting your workshop pics? if not there should be
  • 1 0
 Hi Mike. Great little article! Wondering where you got the bench vibe from? And how did you bolt it onto the wood top of your bench without the screws hitting the top of the bench? Did you have them inset?
Cheers
  • 1 0
 It's just a small Mastercraft vice from Canadian Tire, nothing fancy. I tried to find an old vice but no luck. Vices have three mounting holes - you just pick up the right size bolts, nuts, and washers, and then drill through the bench.
  • 2 1
 SKa-REW this whole article, I want MORE info on that RSR that's vaguely shown in the '12-gauge-garage' article.
Is it a real RSR?
Either way, can I have it?
  • 1 0
 As far as I can tell, and from what he mentions briefly in the video, his Porsche is full of 911 parts that span two decades or something like that. Not sure if it was an all-original RSR at one point, but I don't know if I'd mess with it too much if it actually was. Either way, amazing car and a pretty neat approach to track/road use.
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 Yeah, I didn't know the vid went into detail about the car 'til I watched it(after I posted).
Turns out it's just a 'regular' '72 with a 3.6L out of a '95 993, some period correct aftermarket body pieces, wheels, and track suspension. It's funny how he mentions that his 272hp isn't 'a lot', but having raced a '74 911 with the same club(POC), I learned early on that Porsches do more with less power than just about any other car. With the right suspension and tires, a 911 is good enough to run sub-'25s at Willow Springs(the track in the vid), which is pretty-damn fast.
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 I just bought a 10x12 shed to make my dreams come true... It will be full of park tools and jump building stuff
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 Let's see how fast your collection of worn-out aluminum NW rings grows. My collection is at 5 … I'm only buying the steel ones now.
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 I did exactly this when I was living in a apartment, although the land lord wasn't as stoked as I was but some dry wall putty and cleaning had her happy when we left.
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 In a nutshell...MINI FRIDGE!
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 my shop in the tailgate of my rusty comanche and a cheap $50 stand off amazon.
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 I live in a van, with a conveniently placed box on the side of it... That holds all the bike told I need, plus a stand and pump.... Plus it's everywhere I go!!!
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 @mikelevy any chance of a feature of pros workshops or more on van setups pls? Love looking at a well set up workshop!
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 We're doing more van/vehicle features in the near future. Here's the latest one that we did with Brian Lopes: www.pinkbike.com/news/brian-lopes-custom-sprinter-van-2015.html
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 Yes mate I have read it, looks like no expense was spared during the build. I saw a while ago a few pics of Hans Rey's garage, that would be an interesting article!
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 you should do mine. real dirt bag style. show em what people do when mommy lopes doesn't come vacuum every week hahahahhehehehehehehhheh aka its broken
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 Jealous. Very nice.
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 Cool Article! @mikelevy

@coppellstereo veeery spacious!

Mine's gotten kind of cramped with all the machinery Wink

www.pinkbike.com/u/raschaa/album/Workshop
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 i have only a small lathe in mine, there are plans for a small mill as well. i'm very jealous of your machine-park, raschaa!
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 coppellstereo, Im moving to your placeSmile

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!
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 Extremely well written. Made my day. Everyone needs a place to wrench on their bike.
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 Hey Mike, what's the make of that work bench and where can I get one?
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 It's actually just a Mastercraft bench, not fancy or expensive compared to what else is out there. Anything less expensive that I found had a super thin top or felt even cheaper. I found the steel pegboards on sale at Canadian Tire.
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 ...just a tip while talking bench tops...Metal Scrap yard. When they have them(and will cut to size)...thick-ass plate steel can be had for a lot cheaper than new from a metal supplier. Moving it is another story...lol
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 Check craigslist for butcherblock tables. I found a bakery going out of business and got a 10'x3' with steel legs for cheap. It will outlive me.
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 butcherblock soaks up shock oil and gets nasty quick. A metal top is much nicer for work.
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 jdlsalle; check out Costco for a good butcher block bench, far more sturdy (& better price) than anything from CT. For peg boards, I got mine at Princess Auto. I use thin rubber mat cut to size to cover my bench to absorb impacts & keep fluids off of the wood.
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 jdlsalle, just to add to my post, here's a photo of my work area in my garage. Bench, peg boards came out to less than $350 (Canadian). www.pinkbike.com/photo/13026588
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 ^..and a Folgers coffee bin container. Love those things...built in handle!
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 @wideload46. Sick man! Ya! I'll have to Check out Costco. The only places I have in my town is Canadian tire and home hardware ????
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 3 car posters? Fail!
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 So no chicks over huh? Smile
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 I've got my own mobile workshop ... it's called a toolbox !
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 Sizeable man cave thanks to the 'rents occupation of farmers Smile (borrowed the upper floor of a barn)
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 Who else is thinking how pissed their wife would be if they turned the nursery into a bike workshop? :-)
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 This is mine, a work in progress needs cabinets under the worktop

www.pinkbike.com/photo/13029849
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 Dang, now you have me looking for a work bench and figuring out how to clear out a basement room.
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 Mike: I sent you a PM on Jan 1/16, still unopened, so I'm guessing you're a wee bit behind on correspondence?? Smile
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 Too nice, my is real hard core www.pinkbike.com/photo/13026471
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 I work on a workshop, and after 8hrs a day, get into my home and make the same things? No, thanks...
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 Couldn't be without my mancave . Love it????
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 Where's Chester going to live now?
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 What you need in there is a brewery.
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 Nice man cave.
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