Building a DIY Bike Washing Station with Shoe Bidet

By Grover Koelpin 100 comments


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.

100 Comments

Logan Random

Sep 9, 2019, 9:35 pm Reply

Hi

Liam Keith

Sep 9, 2019, 9:35 pm Reply

where do u get those trail stickers?

Jayson’s Kustom House

Sep 9, 2019, 1:44 am Reply

You should put a ramp on the bike wash station to wheel your bike up easier

Daniel Castiana

Sep 9, 2019, 4:34 am Reply

@sethbikehack why do you use ryobi tools??

mr. denny80s

Sep 9, 2019, 8:03 pm Reply

Is too close to your house, all the water and mud on the walls of the house, not a good idea.

Mike doyle

Sep 9, 2019, 1:49 am Reply

Where is this?

JJ_ Tran07

Sep 9, 2019, 10:58 am Reply

Oh man seth is getting close to 1 million views on each video

Reece’s RC and More

Sep 9, 2019, 8:13 pm Reply

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

High Flyin

Sep 9, 2019, 1:52 am Reply

3:37

I thought he cut his tape measure in half. 🤣

High Flyin

Sep 9, 2019, 1:57 am Reply

You should stain the wood the color of the gutter!

DGYSAM

Sep 9, 2019, 5:30 am Reply

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.

Faizaan Sakhawat

Sep 9, 2019, 2:42 pm Reply

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KIWI_NIKE 511

Sep 9, 2019, 5:03 pm Reply

The things on the joist hangers that stick out are meant for tacking them in btw

Pascal W. Paradis

Sep 9, 2019, 8:35 pm Reply

What a fucking waste of good wood,,,,, just wash your bike for Rick sakes !

cody theboss

Sep 9, 2019, 8:53 pm Reply

Dose you wife mtn bike

RuinedRX8

Sep 9, 2019, 11:07 pm Reply

The solar lamps with last 3.6 months, that’s my bet

Its His Fault

Sep 9, 2019, 2:50 am Reply

Love these! 😀

Steve Burgoine

Sep 9, 2019, 11:41 am Reply

Dude fit a pressure veducing valve and a non concussive valve to give you a timed flow. No bending over for your shoe wash!

shaun hennessy

Sep 9, 2019, 1:40 pm Reply

love this channel , inspiring stuff…..

Silver Cymbal

Sep 9, 2019, 11:05 pm Reply

So awesome! I LOVE this thing! 🚵🚵🚵

Herman SB

Sep 9, 2019, 1:22 pm Reply

What do you do to get so amazing grass??

Herman SB

Sep 9, 2019, 1:28 pm Reply

Where do you get those stickers?

Mark Peterman

Sep 9, 2019, 4:34 pm Reply

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?

Tnarg

Sep 9, 2019, 1:19 am Reply

Some one gets this mans an Award for his creativity

Lee Stauter

Sep 9, 2019, 1:59 pm Reply

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.

Southwest

Sep 9, 2019, 4:35 pm Reply

Ryobi has a battery powered mini air blower for the excess water on the bike.

Your moms HITACHI

Sep 9, 2019, 8:18 pm Reply

How did you make so much money?

Harry Germano

Sep 9, 2019, 10:33 pm Reply

Fun fact Seth: Don't space PT wood because when it dries it will space out to a rough 1/8" anyways.

Chris Domenici

Sep 9, 2019, 11:00 pm Reply

Where did you get the light for the post?

WorshipTheLoud609

Sep 9, 2019, 11:04 pm Reply

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

Joshua Taylor

Sep 9, 2019, 3:05 am Reply

What's that monster PVC pipe running down your house at 00:57? Solar water heater?

Max McGhee

Sep 9, 2019, 5:55 pm Reply

Seth has air pods! SO FUNNY.

Jeff Urban

Sep 9, 2019, 11:22 pm Reply

Im so confused why the thumbnail and the final product in the video are different?

Simon Adventures

Sep 9, 2019, 8:35 am Reply

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.

Aaron Parr

Sep 9, 2019, 8:10 pm Reply

A standard bday is used to wash your
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Mike Lenz

Sep 9, 2019, 9:37 pm Reply

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

andrew piotrowski

Sep 9, 2019, 5:32 am Reply

the new house is sweet good for you brother

Christopher Last Name

Sep 9, 2019, 1:31 pm Reply

You need a bobcat!

elmeuquarto

Sep 9, 2019, 1:33 pm Reply

What type of wood is it? Thank you

Savi Squad

Sep 9, 2019, 2:48 pm Reply

You should put 'closed' on the back of each plank juat in case something will happen

Bo Laremy

Sep 9, 2019, 4:32 pm Reply

Fsntastic Garage…. & mini wash/station)))

Cool Story

Sep 9, 2019, 5:35 pm Reply

How can I be rich?

Lukas loves Sushi21

Sep 9, 2019, 5:21 am Reply

Seth I wish you just did more go out and ride a trail videos

Will Blaze

Sep 9, 2019, 11:35 am Reply

Seth is smart

MDJAK

Sep 9, 2019, 3:55 pm Reply

I enjoy all your videos

Qwert 21

Sep 9, 2019, 10:23 am Reply

what i miss is the granite soap dispenser that looks like a murder weapon

Austin Tremble

Sep 9, 2019, 4:35 am Reply

I don’t like telling people how to build stuff, especially someone of your skill level, but i am peeved by the way you poured and mixed concrete. Do not pour the power in the hole then add water, it doesn’t set and hold as well. Mix it in a wheel barrel or bucket outside the hole then pour the mixture in. You will be thankful in the ling run

Graham Redish

Sep 9, 2019, 6:42 pm Reply

Seth! Don't forget to build some water diversion systems underneath to move water away from your foundation!

Tiago Perdigao

Sep 9, 2019, 9:50 pm Reply

I love your diy building stuff videos 😎

Basil Newburn

Sep 9, 2019, 9:30 pm Reply

I feel like the banker from Oregon Trail and Seth is the carpenter. I'm like, "Oh shit my wagon wheel broke! Where's the next fort?" and Seth's like "Nah I got this."

jay unitedwestand

Oct 10, 2019, 9:49 am Reply

you know because of you sir yesterday i just put a bike on layaway at my local dealer.. i would like to ask you a couple questions is there any way i can contact you sir please…you know so much about MT bikes and i want to do upgrades..

awsome Ward 13

Oct 10, 2019, 10:44 am Reply

Will u ride a trall in slatervill ny state

KrisCal Form

Oct 10, 2019, 1:52 am Reply

I was wondering if you would also build a tree house in your property, as additional feature for your personal trail. 😅

Logan Storrs

Oct 10, 2019, 1:07 am Reply

Seth your voice is so relaxing

Leon Damaso

Oct 10, 2019, 3:13 pm Reply

do you have a gf

Basketball With friends

Oct 10, 2019, 4:25 am Reply

Hi

Basketball With friends

Oct 10, 2019, 4:30 am Reply

I am new to this channel and I like your videos a lot ,I subscribe to your channel and I put on my notifications I am saving my money to get a good Mountain bike

Basketball With friends

Oct 10, 2019, 4:39 am Reply

I would like to ride with you one day but I bet you more important things to do

Basketball With friends

Oct 10, 2019, 4:40 am Reply

I have learned a lot by watching your videos

Mr gopro action

Oct 10, 2019, 4:40 pm Reply

Man, drama must have some really acidic pee

Owen’s Wheels

Oct 10, 2019, 9:24 pm Reply

I have found that using a brush to get the big stuff off and then use a microfiber cloth makes the bike look like new.

Grady Frensdorff

Oct 10, 2019, 9:41 pm Reply

The throwback to coax climb made me tear up

Jonathan Hall

Oct 10, 2019, 10:53 pm Reply

I'm not a biker but i sure dig your projects!

Eric Binney

Oct 10, 2019, 9:35 am Reply

You should reach out to bob from I like to make stuff YouTube channel he’s always building tons of stuff from wood and remodels in his home has a sound editing booth/room I bet he could come up with something cool for the back yard or trail head or the garage and he can teach you some new techniques he built a tree house with his kids you have tons of trees maybe he can collab with you and build a nature like hang out tree house with a launch ramp for the bikes or just a place to walk to on a nice evening and enjoy the sounds and watch the stars and maybe have a mini camp fire

rekamniar

Oct 10, 2019, 7:31 am Reply

Is it also for black bears?

Ezspb

Oct 10, 2019, 3:59 am Reply

Did Seth move

Haydn Drew

Oct 10, 2019, 1:23 pm Reply

What are the dimensions of your bike wash station and what did you use to build it like nails screws etc? I’d really appreciate it if you could share what you did.

Valerie Jasper

Oct 10, 2019, 4:18 pm Reply

your builds are always lookin nice and you use them more then twice

PIE Files of the Paranormal

Oct 10, 2019, 8:17 am Reply

My dad almost cut off his leg I saw it we freaked he didn’t he did the same to his fingers with a nail

PIE Files of the Paranormal

Oct 10, 2019, 8:24 am Reply

The the glove was 👌🏻ing

Time Table

Oct 10, 2019, 5:27 am Reply

I would love to see the dirt build up after a year of use under the wash station

General_Zhukov

Oct 10, 2019, 10:46 am Reply

Can u please make more vids and how is. drama

bryan pereira

Oct 10, 2019, 5:33 pm Reply

greaaaattt

Roblox World

Oct 10, 2019, 6:37 pm Reply

Might need a stair step….

Total Control 871

Oct 10, 2019, 3:11 am Reply

you write this stuff off on your taxes don't you?

bannanas lego technic workshop

Oct 10, 2019, 8:59 am Reply

Seth you need to build a step and a ramp for your bike and yourself.

Oliver DE COURCY

Oct 10, 2019, 6:04 am Reply

Oooooo

Notthiccboy

Nov 11, 2019, 6:57 am Reply

Seth you should put a ramp on the wash station so you don’t have to lift your bike up every time you use it

William Cheek

Nov 11, 2019, 5:50 pm Reply

his bug spray budget must be enormous

crabby crabby

Nov 11, 2019, 11:08 pm Reply

you should make a second channel called Seth's Building Hacks

Jackieg333

Nov 11, 2019, 3:19 am Reply

Dang you have a good wife

Zander Zara

Nov 11, 2019, 3:18 am Reply

9:10 hehe got em

Liam Eberle

Nov 11, 2019, 6:23 pm Reply

Obously he doesn’t know much about carpentry because anyone with any experience can tell u that you’re supposed to sharpen it with a razor blade and not the cheap “carpenters” pencil sharpener which is incorrect I’m 13 and even I know this

Gopro Sports

Nov 11, 2019, 6:19 am Reply

What are those blue pedals?

Rene Navarro

Nov 11, 2019, 5:50 pm Reply

no horse business of any kind lol

Devastator D

Nov 11, 2019, 1:37 pm Reply

Wait is drama boy?

Gerrit Victor

Nov 11, 2019, 2:27 pm Reply

Hi Seth I think that you can put an old tube around the poul that it do not damage the bike

Mason Mckinney

Nov 11, 2019, 3:12 am Reply

I like these non bike related projects

Raleigh Denton

Nov 11, 2019, 6:22 am Reply

The shoe bitdet look really handy

Lili Cercz

Nov 11, 2019, 4:49 pm Reply

Why don’t you show your family

Benoit Boivin

Nov 11, 2019, 2:45 am Reply

Where can i get custom trail stickers

Arch

Dec 12, 2019, 7:54 am Reply

Make a new sicknicktable

Tips with Thijs

Dec 12, 2019, 2:25 am Reply

like your airpods

Tips with Thijs

Dec 12, 2019, 2:26 am Reply

i love them

Dan Dearing

Dec 12, 2019, 3:42 pm Reply

I was washing my bike with a friend but then he said can’t you just use a brush !!!

Talha Official.

Dec 12, 2019, 6:34 am Reply

I have a request for you . You can wash your cycle with magic hose pipe.

ThatGuyJack

Dec 12, 2019, 2:40 pm Reply

If he took away the voiceover at the digging part it would have turned into one of those ancient survival channels

Riley Davidson

Dec 12, 2019, 6:02 pm Reply

Hi Seth you should put old inner tube over that pipe you use to hang your bikes up to wash them, less damage with the rubber than steel

GODLIKE GAMER

Dec 12, 2019, 10:49 am Reply

I have a doubt is he a mtb rider or a carpainter

Mason Ford

Dec 12, 2019, 1:22 am Reply

I like your AirPods

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