Space Saving: Reclaim square footage with a bicycle storage rack. Storage racks not only save you space, but by preventing dreaded knock overs and getting your bike out of the way they save it from getting bumped, chipped, or dinged. Storage racks come in a variety of styles to suit the space you have, and the number of bikes you need to store.

Vertical Floor Mounts
Maximize your floor space usage by going up. Did you realise that in some cases you can get 3 bikes into the same amount of floor space as one? Usually equipped with independently adjustable arms vertical racks store your bike horizontally, an attractive way to store a bike when it is in a living area, foyer or hall. Selecting the type of rack is mostly dependent on the space you have to fill.

Freestanding Racks
If you live in an property where you can't drill into the wall a free standing rack only needs a level space of floor. Free standing racks can hold anywhere from one to four bikes, they do not require a wall or ceiling to brace to, and are easy to relocate. Free standing racks are ideal for garages where there may not be a flat wall surface to lean against and the ceiling may be too high to brace against.

Examples:

Delta Botticelli

Feedback Velo Cache

Floor to Ceiling Racks
Amazingly stable, floor to ceiling racks typically have an expanding column that can be locked by a threaded insert, hydraulic mechanism, or spring. They require a very small amount of floor space with an equal amount of stable ceiling directly above it. They work well in apartments where you do not want to install hardware into the wall, but may be less ideal for unfinished spaces like garages due to the need for a stable space of ceiling above.

Examples:

Minoura Bike Tower

Gravity Stands
Quick to install without drilling, gravity stands lean against a flat section of wall and use the weight of the bicycles to stabilise the rack. These simple racks usually require a smooth flat section of wall for the entire width of the rack, and enough space in front of the rack for the base section and width of the bike.

Examples:

Delta Michelangelo

 

Wall Mounts
When all you have is a tight corner, exposed stud, or exposed rafter; the best solution is probably a hook style storage rack. Ranging from inexpesive steel hooks to more complex systems that stabilize the bicycle and protect the wall surface. Hooks usually store a bike by hanging it by a single wheel. This is a great way to hang a bicycle as rim finishes are usually very durable.

Simple Hook
Inexpensive simple hooks are usually bent pieces of steel with a vinyl or rubber coating, and threads on the end that need to go into a solid piece of wood like a stud or rafter. A single hook can be installed on a wall or ceiling joist, allowing the bicycle to hang vertically and the remaining wheel to rest against the surface of the wall. Hooks can also be used to hang extra wheels, extra frames and so on.

Examples:

 

Hook and Tray
This is a hook welded to a metal plate. The plate spreads the load across 2 mounting holes, and protects the wall board from damage. The Tray also works to stop the bike fram pivoting away from its perpendicular position against the wall. Add on accessories include a wheel tray that attaches to the wall to protect it from marks and loops to allow for locking the bike to the hook for security in shared areas.

Examples:

Delta Leonardo

Horizontal Wall Mount
Usually 2 arms that mount to the wall with an added space for helmets or shoes. This rack is good for hallways or foyers where you may want the bicycle closer to the wall. Frequently this type of rack will come in a 2 bike model. Due to the leverage and weight involved this rack should only be anchored to a stud.

Examples:

Feedback Velo Wall Rack

 

Other Storage Solutions
Odd spaces or unusual bicycles require unique storage. There are a lot of unique devices out there, and some work very well. There are 2 main styles.

Wheel Stands
Similar to stands used in bike shops to display bikes, wheel stands only contact the bicycle at the tires. The main advantage of wheel stands is the ability to rack and un-rack the bicycle quickly. They usually require a lot of floor space to hold just one bicycle, but they can hold multiple bicycles without taking up much more room.

Examples:

Feedback Rakk

Hoists
Usually a pulley and rope system with at least 2 brackets that are bolted to a rafter, or to a mounting board that is bolted to a rafter. Hoists can be installed on the highest of ceilings and get bicycles (and just about anything else) far up and out of the way. Due to the mechanical advantage provided by the pulleys hoists make lifting even a heavy bicyle easy. For unusual bicycles like Tandems or Long wheelbase recumbents, hoists are the best solution out there.

Examples:

Delta El Greco

Published on Thursday, December 15, 2011 in How to Guides.

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