Yeah, I know I could have just used a piece of wood found by the side of the road, but some of the places I ride are a little short on trees.
If I had a shop, instead of a studio apartment with no garage, I might have put something together out of aluminum pipe and a TIG welder. As it is I had to make due with an vintage, 7.2 volt Makita drill and a hacksaw.
I'm not complaining, though, projects like this are always fun, no matter the process/parts.
Hey, for just $6.35 it didn't come out too badly.
1 1/2" ABS/PVC pipe
2" ABS/PVC pipe
2 couplers and some 3/8" hardware.
The notch in the top is so the swing arm has a place to sit and not drop the bike on my head while I'm working on it.
The coupler on the other end is so I have a cheap piece to replace if/when it wears out from being on the ground.
It also works under the skid plate when you need to remove the front wheel.
Fully adjustable, light weight and compact (more or less).. I think it will do fine.