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Building a DIY Bike Washing Station with Shoe Bidet

Building a DIY Bike Washing Station with Shoe Bidet


If you want a clean garage, you need to clean
stuff before bringing it inside—stuff like mountain bikes. But that’s not the only reason you should
clean your bike. It actually works better and weighs less when
it’s not gunked up. So this week we’re building a dedicated
wash station to make things a little bit easier. Of course, we had one of these back at Berm
Creek and it was great. In fact, quite a few other YouTube channels
built wash stations of their own after that and while I’d like to take credit for inspiring
them, bike wash stations have been at trailheads around the world for decades. Their designs vary from a dedicated spot for
washing bikes, concrete pads with drains, To raised wooden platforms like the one we’ll
be building today. Except ours is going to have some goodies
attached to it. And obviously it’s all going right here. There’s good drainage, a water spigot, and
Drama’s been doing his dirt here so the grass will all be dead soon anyway. First thing’s first, we need to dig some
holes for our footings. If this platform were for horses or pianos
I’d be digging these holes much deeper and wider. But for our purposes, these will do just fine. We’ll pour in a third of a bag of concrete
mix, and throw in some water. Then tamp it down flat. Now with the magic of editing, we’ll skip
the part where we let the concrete set, and push on. Now these holes vary in depth, but these 2×8’s
still need to be level. So I’m tacking them in place with screws,
making any necessary adjustments, and then sealing the deal with lag screws. I’ll be using a whole lot of these once
we get to building stuff out on Berm Peak. And speaking of which, I started cutting my
way to the future Berm Peak trailhead. If it didn’t rain so much last week this
video would probably be about that, but we should be out there building stuff real soon. So, thanks for your patience while we knock
out these other non-bike related projects. Here’s something I’ve never used before:
joist hangers. I’m tacking them each in place temporarily
with a screw, getting everything in place, and then nailing them in. I’m sure I could have mounted the hangers
first, but they’d be in the wrong place, guaranteed. They make screws you can use for this, but
its been so long since I’ve used a hammer and nails that I thought it would be interesting. Most competent framers can drive a 10 penny
nail in 1 to 3 hits. For me, not so much. On to the deck planks. Now, all this lumber is treated for outdoor
use so it’s soaked in this nasty greenish preservative. Once that dries out I can sand and stain this
deck, or even paint it to match the house. But today we won’t be doing that. On the topic of treated lumber, I probably
should be using gloves. Getting a splinter from this stuff is like
injecting poison into yourself. Here, we’re gonna do a little plumbing before
installing the planks. In addition to a hose for washing bikes, we’ll
be routing some water for use on a shoe bidet. A standard bidet is used to wash your—butt. But this is for the bottom of your shoes. It consists of a boot scrubber I got from
the hardware store, and a spot sprinkler with the ends cut off for size. Open this valve, and it’ll shoot water up
at the soles of your shoes as you scrub the mud off them. I could have split these at the spigot and
saved myself all this plumbing work, but the idea is that I’ll only have one hose to
disconnect in the winter. If we’re to use this wash station year round,
we can’t leave it hooked up during a freeze. I learned that at my last house the hard way. Now, on to the finishing touches. I left a lot of extra post here to install
a railing. Not that you could fall very far off this
deck, but it will look nice. Plus, we can use the top of the railing hang
wet riding gear, or to place something down at chest height while cleaning. Just like the last wash station, we’re using
a pipe flange and pipe as a bike hanger. It’s simple and it works. For the tops of the posts, we’re installing
these solar lights which are designed to fit 4×4’s. You can take bets on how long these will continue
working. And to keep gloves up off the ground while
drying, I’m installing two dowels. These will need to be pulled and treated at
a later date. And finally, because this wash station is
a trailhead amenity… The Berm Peak wash station is for bikes and
dogs, not horses. That pipe flange would most certainly fail. And on the other side of this marker is an
Easter egg. Look familiar? As it turns out, Berm Peak isn’t far from
some of my favorite trails. Good trails are often out in the sticks. So, I’m able to get in more rides now, early
in the morning while the temperature and clouds are still low. With easier access to mountain bike trails,
and the trails we’ll be building in the yard, this wash station will be getting a
lot of use. Washing a mountain bike is not complicated. Just brush the dirt off and use a light spray
to rinse it. You may need to re-lube the drivetrain afterwards,
but that’s pretty simple too. This wash station is a lot better than the
last one, if only because I don’t need to drag the hose across the yard to use it. The shoe bidet is kind of amazing and doesn’t
soak the actual shoe as much as other methods. And since this wash station has a Southern
exposure, all my gear can dry out real well before it gets put away. Were I to build this over, I might have mounted
the hose a bit closer to the bike hanger—this looks kind of pointless. But as I said, the idea was to be able to
disconnect this whole thing in one shot, and we achieved that. I hope you enjoyed this build, even though
we already made a wash station last year. Now that we have all this infrastructure in
place, we can get back to hacks, product reviews, and of course, the treacherous slopes of Berm
Peak. Thanks for riding with me today and I’ll
see you next time.

34 comments on “Building a DIY Bike Washing Station with Shoe Bidet

  1. The shoe cleaner dosnt work, it makes your shoes wet and as you walk across the wet bud and grass there just going to get dirty straight away

  2. Love the wash station but can I make a wee suggestion for ya to make life simpler/easier?
    Replace the tap for the foot bidet with a 90deg ball valve that you can turn on and off with ur foot. and also put a water restrictor in so at full flow it will be the perfect pressure to wash shoes and not so much your washing your balls…unless thats your thing.
    Just an idea…otherwise exceptional work.

  3. Searched the messages but didn’t see any dimensions of the bike pole. How high from deck to threaded pipe? How long is the threaded pipe? Diameter of the pipe used?

  4. Don't know how many comments you get to read, but i'm curious.. with all that water, did you consider composite decking materials? I've been looking at building something, trying to decide if that's worth it.

  5. You should build a ramp in the middle of the wash station leaving room on both sides for the sign and the hose, so it would be easier and more fluent to access after riding and cleaning

  6. Some thoughts on improvements …

    I wouldn't have build it that close to the walls, that is I would have done it with bigger gaps for easier access in case you drop something, which happens …

    I also would have considered covering the facade in some way from spray. And thirdly I would have mounted the planks with more space around the uprights to give some room for contraction and expansion when temps change.

    Anyways, greatly enjoy your vids.

  7. Compressed air access would make it complete. Nothing like blowing a chain off to keep it rust free. Especially in the winter when nothing you do outside is going to dry the gear or bike

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