Mountain Bike Gear Station with Integrated Charging for Bike Lights


Here on Berm Peak, the garage is the heart
of everything but what you don’t see as much in these videos is that this garage is
an office as much as it is a shop. Which is why we place such an emphasis on
keeping it organized. When every tool, bicycle, and piece of gear
has a home, it’s a less distracting, more pleasant place work. But this space isn’t quite finished. Our camera gear is organized chaos at best,
and the bike gear section is, a refuge for wolf spiders. I’ve been meaning to get around to these
two sections, but now is not the time to “mean to get around to” anything. In another week, this garage will be part
of a docu-series which I’ll announce at a later date. Although a workspace is never really finished,
it would be nice to knock out all pending projects before any—documenting takes place,
so that’s what we’re doing today. I’m putting Curtis in charge of the camera
gear. Building the wood shop freed up a ton of space
in our rolling toolbox so, he’s gonna de-rat’snestify this while I work on something else. The gear section. In a rare departure from our use of framing
lumber, we’re getting crafty and building this gear station from maple plywood. That means I need to plan this out carefully
instead of jamming more 2×4’s wherever something needs bracing. Mistakes are more costly with this stuff and
I’m not in the mood to buy another sheet of it. To hold this together we’re using glue and
pocket holes. To make a pocket hole you use this little
jig which holds the drill bit at an angle. For me, this took a little figuring out and
yes—a ruined piece of maple plywood. I didn’t realize you need to put this stop
on the drill bit to keep it from going too deep. But after cutting a new piece and doing a
little testing with the pocket hole jig, I managed to mess it up again by drilling the
holes on the wrong side. But once I got through the cut list and drilled
all the holes, things started coming together a bit smoother. As we complete the overall structure of this
mountain bike gear station, Curtis is finishing up the camera section. And oh how glorious it is. With everything clearly labeled and plenty
of space for expansion, it should be no problem to keep this clean and organized. But we still have a lot left to do on the
gear station. These little dowels are going to act as hooks
for hanging helmets and packs. But we need a way to keep items from sliding
off the ends. Using the drill press and a hole saw, we can
cut these little circles out of pine which should fit nicely on the ends. After a little measuring, I figured out the
spacing of the hooks, taking into account different sized helmets of course. To fix these dowels in place, all we need
is a 1” paddle bit and some glue. Now for the hard part… mounting this thing
on the wall. We need to locate 4 beams, pre-drill holes
for lag screws, and then copy that same layout on to our gear station so it all lines up. Oh, and we need to make a cutout for the electrical
outlet on the far right. I put the chances of this all lining up at
about 50/50. Now, this gear station is really starting
to take shape. As you can see, the top is measured to fit
these crates. We’ll end up with a few empty ones for guest
storage. At this height, I can reach them which means
everyone should be able to also. In the past we kept the chargers for my bike
lights and wireless shifter batteries over here with all the camera stuff. That’ll be going in the gear station. We’re using a cable concealer, to run a
power strip from the outlet to the underside of the shelf. This long piece on the front not only adds
strength to the shelf, but also hides all the stuff we’ll be mounting here. Since a lot of what we’ll be charging is
USB, we’ll mount this hub here as a power supply and then run all the light charging
wires through another cable concealer in the center. To store and charge our bike lights, we’ll
use these metal baskets. For the wireless shifter batteries on the
Sync’r Carbon, we’ll mount the archer charger to the right for quick access. With the camera gear organization finished,
we can fix this rat’s nest of wires behind the tool box. This power strip is so large that it actually
needs to be mounted on a diagonal. But we need those outlets for all the camera,
drill, drone, and AA chargers that power our gear. Another thing we had in the old gear area
was the shoe rack we built back at Berm Creek from 10” PVC pipe. I’m breaking that down into two racks: one
for shoes, and one for pup gear. And finally, we’ll add a little fun to our
gear station with an obligatory RGB accent light. And now we can stare at it. Maybe you don’t get as excited about organization
as I do, but this has been a long time coming. Gear storage, helmet storage, light charging,
bike parking, and all of it is up off the floor. I think we achieved what we set out to accomplish
with this mountain bike gear station. And now the old gear area is available so….subscribe
to our other channel, Berm Peak Express, to find out what we build there. And after that, it’ll be a long time before
we need to build anything for the shop. This space is finished—for now. Next week I’ll be traveling but when I return
we’ll be continuing our work on Rhodorooter, hopefully with drier weather. Until then, thanks for riding with me today
and I’ll see you next time.

12 comments

Such a cool place. So much space! My whole flat is smaller than your garage mate. Still managed to squeeze in 5 bikes 😂

Nice work… there is actually specially designed screws for pocket holes which pull a bit tighter than standard screws cause they have a specific length of thread less shank.

Do a bike check or review on your dirt jump bike pleaseee, do it on berm peak express if it’s not high enough quality for Seth’s bike hacks

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