google *make your own bike lift" I think maybe $30 total. You use 2x8 in about three foot length and a steel pole for leverage and lift. Very sturdy and simple
I made one of these, and have used it a LOT. It's great for changing oil, brakes, anytime you want the bike sitting level. I used used lumber and a used pipe; I put a pool noodle over the pipe to protect against scratches on the saddlebags. BTW
, i think my wood is 30", the pipe is about 4'. I did't use a floor flange, the pipe is only hammered into the wood....which is screwed and glued together.
To do rear brakes, though, you wouldn't need any sort of lift at all.
As wonderful as that home made lift is, the red jack lift that I bought at Menard's or Fleet Farm, is awesome, I wouldn't want to take a wheel off without the bike on that lift. Actually I wouldn't want to replace the wheel w/o the lift.