Bike Storage - hanging bikes up

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Bike Storage - hanging bikes up

Postby series3safari » 10 Nov 2011, 11:35am

I would like to tidy up the garage and want to find a way to store my bikes neatly where they are out of the way but accessible. I have thought of putting hooks on the ceiling and suspending each bike by hooking the front or rear wheel onto the hook. Will this damage the wheels, especially if some of the bikes are left there for a few months at a time? Thank you.

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Re: Bike Storage - hanging bikes up

Postby freeflow » 10 Nov 2011, 11:44am

Only if you don't use a plastic/rubber coated hook. Wheels are pre-stressed constructions designed to take the weight of a rider and the stresses that causes at speed. Hanging by a hook will not affect them at all.

I've just put up 5 hooks for bikes for the same reason except the hooks are on the wall. Bikes hang by the front wheel perpendicular to the wall. Hooks were about £2.50 for 2 from B&Q. I used two levels of hooks so the hanging bikes are offset handlebarwise which allows for denser packing.

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Re: Bike Storage - hanging bikes up

Postby thirdcrank » 10 Nov 2011, 11:53am

I use the plastic-coated hooks, shaped a bit like a :?: without the dot. Somewhere on here there's a picture of my garage from a previous similar query. I'd suggest it's preferable to use the hooks in pairs ie two hooks per bike, one for each wheel. That shares out the weight between the hooks and leaves more clearance underneath. Measure the wheelbase of the individual bikes before screwing in the hooks. (I.ve successfully stored a very heavy tandem like this.) If you hang the bikes alternately bars to saddle, it will make more room if the joists are closely spaced.

The technique for getting the bikes onto their hooks is to lift them by holding the top tube and down tube, near the headset and present the back wheel to the hook. Then lift the by now hanging bike by the stem to present the front wheel to the other hook. Trying to hook the front wheel first leads to problems IME.

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Re: Bike Storage - hanging bikes up

Postby Edwards » 10 Nov 2011, 11:57am

TC you are a star, I have been using the Aldi pulley system that goes on the bars and saddle. Having the bike upside down would be a better use of the space and now I know how to do this thank you.
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Re: Bike Storage - hanging bikes up

Postby series3safari » 10 Nov 2011, 1:23pm

Thank you to you both for these prompt and helpful replies. I too have, amongst other bikes a tandem, but would not have dared try hanging it up until I see that others have done so. The garage is integral to the house and has a ceiling made of reinforced concrete beams like bison beams (fire separation to the room above I presume - dates from the 1970s) so it is always lots of fun, noisy and dusty getting anything attached to the ceiling. I like the wall mounted idea but have too much junk along the walls to allow them to be accessible for bikes, but might yet clear a space. Thanks again.

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Re: Bike Storage - hanging bikes up

Postby Mick F » 10 Nov 2011, 1:29pm

I used to hang my bike up in our last house. We had a "rumpus room" - freezer/washing machine/workshop sort of room.

I screwed a pulley into a roof timber and hoisted Bike up on it. I had a hook and clip on the end of the rope which I wrapped round the seat post. I fitted a cleat on the wall to secure it.
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Re: Bike Storage - hanging bikes up

Postby Vorpal » 10 Nov 2011, 1:57pm

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Re: Bike Storage - hanging bikes up

Postby thirdcrank » 10 Nov 2011, 2:24pm

Vorpal wrote:Or there's the fancy version of ceiling hooks.....
Competitively priced at only $229-99. I suspect that if they are imported to the UK, they will be about £500.

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Re: Bike Storage - hanging bikes up

Postby Mick F » 10 Nov 2011, 2:26pm

My pulley and rope, plus a cleat for the wall, must've cost about a fiver from B+Q.
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Re: Bike Storage - hanging bikes up

Postby Vorpal » 10 Nov 2011, 2:32pm

thirdcrank wrote:
Vorpal wrote:Or there's the fancy version of ceiling hooks.....
Competitively priced at only $229-99. I suspect that if they are imported to the UK, they will be about £500.


:lol:
ACtually they're £200 or so. Obviously quite a lot more than hooks. But if you've got lots of bikes to hang...
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Re: Bike Storage - hanging bikes up

Postby al_yrpal » 10 Nov 2011, 2:44pm

Aldi and Lidl do a bike pulley kit like Mick has described. They are about a fiver, part of their regular special deals. I hang my mtb up by its saddle on a folding arm purchased in B&Q

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Re: Bike Storage - hanging bikes up

Postby anniesboy » 10 Nov 2011, 3:11pm

Here from an earlier post is a photo of my bikes hanging by front wheel. There is a fourth bike out of shot.

http://is.gd/YuFCwg

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Re: Bike Storage - hanging bikes up

Postby thirdcrank » 10 Nov 2011, 7:51pm

Vorpal

I wasn't joking. The dollar price was from your link. My eye-watering estimated £ price seems typical on equipment made in the Far East and then imported here after being badged in the US. If the same items were to be imported here by a GB firm direct from Taiwan or wherever, the £ price would be more reasonable, but for some reason. it often doesn't happen.

I suspect the cheapest way to get something like that in the UK would be to have it made by one of the dwindling number of small engineering outfits that will do one-offs or else a DIY job.

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Re: Bike Storage - hanging bikes up

Postby Vorpal » 10 Nov 2011, 8:04pm

TC: I didn't think you were joking.

But the Saris list price in £ is £200. CycleOps is part of the same group & their goods are reasonably priced in the UK. I haven't actually contacted a UK retailer or distributor to confirm the price.
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Re: Bike Storage - hanging bikes up

Postby thirdcrank » 10 Nov 2011, 8:25pm

As always, I'm pleased to be corrected, especially when the correction is in the "Good news" direction. :D