If you only take one bike, you can do it inside. I have a 5' bed 1st gen Taco and carry my bike inside when traveling and use the rack when just around. I like being able to lock up my bike inside when visiting a town. I can take a picture or two if you want.
I think the above answers cover it. How hard will it be being alone with yourself? Will you end up at restaurants/bars/etc to kill time and be social costing you your savings.
I have seen milk crate and wood top platforms work great for folks, so no concern on woodworking skills!
That is a perfect explanation. SO the next step is to ask what you are trying to capture:
Motion - fast or slow
How much in focus - this can change with focal length, but larger number f stop, more in focus
How much light is there? Slower shutter means any motion in picture might be blurred...