Short on space? Here are some ways of storing your bikes so you’re not always knocking them over in the hallway.
Bikes leaned up against the wall always seem to get in the way, especially in narrow hallways and like that; these bike storage systems comprise racks, hooks and stands that tame unruly bikes
Your choices range from simple hooks for a quid from pound shops to bike storage furniture that doesn't look out of place in a modern flat
Vertical multi-bike racks are a good way to reclaim floor space and reduce hassle from housemates and loved ones fed up of whacking their ankles against pedals
Not allowed to put holes in the wall? Look at gravity racks and racks that brace against floor and ceiling
Bikes are awkward things to store. If you don’t have a shed or garage and don’t want to leave your bikes outside in the rain, then you need some way of stashing them in the house. With pedals and handlebars sticking out, just standing them in the hallways is a bad idea; they’ll snag, get knocked over and generally be annoying.
What you need is a rack or stand that’ll hold your bike, preferably off the floor. There are main two types: freestanding racks and wall-mounted racks.
If you live in rented accommodation you may not be able to go bolting a rack to the walls, and that’s where freestanding racks come in. These are either ‘gravity racks’ that lean against a wall or ‘floor-to-ceiling’ racks that expand to brace vertically. A gravity rack will usually carry two bikes, one low and one high, while some floor-to-ceiling racks can hold up to four bikes. There are also free-standing racks that will hold up to four bikes, though these need more floor space
If your walls are your own (or you have a tolerant landlord), then you have lots of choices in single-bike hangers that mount on the wall, ranging from simple hooks to nicely-styled mouldings that also have room for bits and pieces like lights and gloves.
Even if you do have a shed or garage for bike storage, many of these devices are still useful to reduce the floor space bikes take up.
The secret sauce of the Velo Hinge is its ability to hinge your velo (never let it be said the FBS Marketing Dept don't earn their crust). The plastic-covered hook folds out from the wall plate, your front tyre rests on the plate, and the whole thing swings from perpendicular to as far over left or right as your handlebar will allow. The resultant bike or pile of bikes then only protrudes as far as the widest handlebar you have in your fleet.
If you need to store multiple bikes, whatever the size, type or number, up to 22.7kg in weight, the Velo Hinge has you sorted. As your fleet grows/changes, simply remount the hook and bumpers to suit. It's probably the last bike wall hook you'll ever have to buy.
One of the simplest bike holders, this Kickstarter success holds your bike against the wall by simply grabbing your front tyre while the rear rests on the ground.
And, er, that’s it. No clever features or bells and whistles, but a simple flexible plastic clip that Just Works™.
The GearUp OakRak Floor-to-Ceiling Bike Rack is easy to assemble, looks good and is a great way to store up to four bikes inside your house or flat where they're safe and sound. What makes the OakRak stand out is the nicely-finished wooden construction that makes it more like a piece of furniture than the usual workshop/industrial rack.
Made in the USA from American red oak, the OakRak comprises an assembly of interleaving wooden beams that brace between your floor and ceiling, so if you're renting you can install it without drilling holes in the walls. The vertical parts are held together with threaded studs and furniture nuts. Thickly coated steel hooks attach to the sides and you hang your bikes from them.
Assembly is straightforward, with clear instructions. Everything screws together with the supplied 4mm Allen key, except for the top piece for which you'll need a crosshead screwdriver.
The BBB ParkingLot is a simple bike hanger that grabs your wheel and rim and holds them vertically at 90 degrees to the wall where you mount it. It'll take tyres up the three inches wide, but is otherwise very short on bells, whistles gimcracks or geegaws; it simply does one job well and inexpensively.
If you agree that the best way to store your bike is off the floor and against a wall then the Feedback Sports Velo Wall Post is possibly the simplest way to do that. It's also superbly made, and the action when folding it down is so, so smooth. And it's handy for other things too.
The Velo Wall Post is just that – a post, which sticks out from a wall, for your velo. You hang your bike's saddle over it, job done. For the price of half-a-dozen coffees and cake, what you get is Isambard Kingdom Brunel-grade engineering, with features to protect your bike from harm – accidental or deliberate.
The Cycloc Endo continues the marque's penchant for stylish, yet practical solutions for keeping one's pride 'n' joy indoors without flouting health and safety regulations, detracting from the décor or inducing acute domestic disharmony.
The Endo is a hinged hook that cantilevers to accommodate different rim and tyre diameters and will support bikes with tyres up to 2.3 inches in its generous, rubberised channels, defending walls from unsightly marks.
Its adjustable arms allow the Velo Wall Rack 2D to accommodate narrow road bike or wide mountain bike/hybrid handlebars and all the variety of shapes and swoops of modern bike frames.
Simple tweaking of a 3mm Allen key (provided) in one of six boltheads on the side and arms takes just a minute to get more or less spot on, depending on whether you have a partner to give the 'up a bit, down a bit' guidance.
The arms end in rubber-coated V-shaped cups, stepped to provide even the strangest of profiles a snug fit. A bonus of the V-profile is that if you have under-tube cabling it will pass through without being held against the tube underside – even down to traditional steel tube diameters around the 25-26mm mark.
Gear Up's Off-The-Wall Two Bike Vertical Storage unit does exactly what it says and does it very well at a reasonable price. You can use it in the house or, so long as you've installed a gamekeeper type wall-anchor for security purposes, it's also great for garages and similar brick outbuildings.
What we have here is a sturdy MIG welded twin hook design complete with wheel guides that hold bikes securely and out of scratching distance. A removable wire mesh basket gobbles lids, gloves, pumps and other accessories that otherwise might go untamed and lead to domestic clutter and strife. Build quality is generally very good - the welding's a little workmanlike in places but easily up to the 100lb payload. Powder coating is also better than we've come to expect from mass produced units.
Gravity racks are very handy if you have a spare clear interior wall to store two bikes. The feet sit out just beyond the centre of gravity of the bikes, so the whole structure is stable as long as nothing shoves it too hard.
The arms are coated to protect your bikes' paintwork and can be moved independently so your bike ends up level and looks tidy.
The Pro Bike Tool 3 Bike Wall Rack is a neat all-in-one solution to storing multiple bikes to help you save floor space. It's a slightly more expensive route to take than buying individual bike-specific hooks, but the end product is much better overall.
Consisting of a neat-looking aluminium bar with three hooks that slide onto a rail, the PBT rack is designed to be mounted high (at least 180cm from the ground) so that bikes attached to it hang vertically. The rack can be used in a garage, shed or even inside your house, and can be mounted to plasterboard (provided it's supported by wooden studs) or something a bit more solid like masonry or concrete.
The hooks used are quite substantial and are suitable for tyres up to 5 inches wide, so there's plenty of scope to hang up pretty much any type of bike you wish, and if you have a serious case of N+1, there's a version that'll take six bikes.
This freestanding unit can hold up to four bikes. It comes with two sets of hooks and extras are £14. Topeak says it'll hold up to 72kg of bikes, so you should be fine unless your fleet includes some very cheap e-bikes.
The workstand-style tripod feet mean it can be folded away and it's sturdy enough to be used for light maintenance.
If you've got high ceilings — and fairly light bikes — this space-saving storage unit is worth a look. You hoik the bikes upside-down into the hooks and can then slide them together on the rails.
If you want a bike that’s deep in the pile, you can just slide the others out of the way. Out of the box it will take four bikes, and there's and add-on to accommodate another two.
Biggus-Dickkus: The best and cheapest solution I found was to buy some large plastic coated bicycle hooks from Amazon and screw them into the ceiling joists in your garage and hang the bikes from the ceiling. I've got 4 bikes hanging this way in my garage and it gets them up and out of the way. You just have to watch your head if you are working near them…
horrovac: I made my own out of some scrap wood I had laying around. Two bars bolted to the wall for bike to stand on and a simple hook to hold it, just long enough so that the pedal does not touch the wall when in highest position. If I were building it now I would make the hook ever so slightly longer (so that the position of the crank isn't that critical) and hinged (so that I can hook it onto the seatpost on different bikes or avoid lights attached to the seatpost).
dst: I want something like this, but can't find anything like it online. The pic is a product from a company called Stowaway, which as far as I can tell is now defunct. Anyone know of anything similar where you can hang your bike on the ceiling horizontally?
[The Stowaway was a 2015 Kickstarter project that didn't make its funding goal. The imaginatively named flat-bike-lift is conceptually similar but uses a hydro-pneumatic system to lift your bike into place. It's £260 from Amazon. — JS]
DaSy: I only have one of these at the moment, I'm just trying to justify double the price for the copper and leather version for the next one
I got it from here: Trophy Bike Racks
Simontuck: After seeing them at 2016 Excel bike show, I got these Hangman racks. They sent me one to review, then I liked it so much I actually bought another one so I could hang both bikes. It's meant the family's town bikes live in the alleyway, (which has a corrugated plastic 'roof' and is locked, I'm not an animal) but not only are they a good hanging solution that support the frame well. They also secure your bike.
jaysa: I'll get no marks for style here, but our bikes hang off plastic-coated steel hooks screwed into ceiling joists. Cost around a fiver for the lot. Just lift the front wheel onto the hook and you're done.
There may be some domestic objection, and you need a joist in the right place, and it's hard to lock to a wall, otherwise nice and simple.
caw35ride: +1 for SteadyRack.
I have 3 a pair of roadbikes and one MTB from the wall of a small utility room. Very sturdy, I picked the "Fat Rack" option for the MTB to cope with the plus-sized tyres. With a bit of careful measurement, placing the MTB in the middle I now have 3 bikes consuming the space of just over two (total width stored: 2 x road bar plus the MTB frame).
I'm very pleased with them.
mista-tee: Read this article ages ago but finally got round to taking a photo of my solution. I have a garage with open roof trusses so the solution was to go up. I have three road bikes hanging up there and they go up high enough for the up/over door to slide underneat them. They are hanging from a block/tackle type pully connected to some 10mm threaded rod. It keeps them out of the way and is no significant effort to hoist them up. It also serves as a very crude work stand.
I just need to find a solution for the remainder of the n+1 bikes now.
SDK-R: I'm using wall hooks in my garage
bashthebox: Hope it's not too out of line for me to mention the bike racks I design, make and very recently started selling - mods if it's out of line for me to post this, please do say. [It's fine. Nice work! — JS]
This is the BikeBlock, which I originally made because I didn't really like any bike hanging solution for inside my home. I love woodwork, and made a prototype. I loved it, friends loved it - perhaps most importantly my partner loved it and stopped being annoyed by my bike leaning up in the hallway.
Time passed and I eventually pulled my finger out and investigated laser cutting to allow small batch production - and here we are. It's made from Baltic Birch ply, laser cut, and assembled and finished by hand in my tiny South London workshop.
Have a look at www.themoderncarpenter.com for more info - it's an extremely sparse site for now but more bits and bobs will appear in time, some bike themed and some not.
Peowpeowpeowlasers: I have a couple of Cycloc wall mounts that work very well. The only downside is that if you change your bike (many of us have more than one) to one with a different top tube, it won't always hang straight. So my bikes tend to have horizontal top tubes, but my carbon winter trainer is a compact frame and thus would sit at an angle.
They are truly amazing - pivoting like the Velo Hinge, but doing what no other parallel hooks do - gripping the bike by the tyre rather than the rim and spokes. Hooking by the spokes can be damaging, especially if the wheel is off the floor, as well as being difficult to hook/unhook.
I went for the Fender rack, which slips under full mudguards, as well as fitting 2.2inch 29er MTB tyres. Absolute win.
My pretty bike hangs on an Ibera adjustable hanger. Definitely better-looking than the Velo Wall rack. Again, this can accommodate road bike geometry as well as sloping MTB frames.
fat buddha: I backed the Clugs on Kickstarter and have been a little disappointed. I have Topeak 2 Up with 2 extra arms holding 4 bikes and it does a cracking job if anyone is interested in that but wanted the Clugs to wall hang my spare wheels. The main problem with the Clugs is that my 23C wheels simply fall out if the Clug is wall mounted - the grip is not on the centre of the rim as the wheel drops a bit when mounted so gravity wins over friction every time. However, I have now mounted them under a shelf and it works fine as here it does hold the centre of the rim, and the tyre width is sufficient to hold the grip against gravity. A nice idea that with a bit of extra work could be much better.
Based on these I wouldn't touch any more Gear Up bike storage products with a bargepole. I had to bend it in a vice to stop it falling off the wall as soon as a bike touched it, (design or manufacturing flaw meant that the supplied screw didn't go into wall far enough to get an adeqaute grip!) it's really flexy, bowing noticeably under even a light bike, and it has never folded flat when not in use as promised - it falls straight back open! And to top it off they didn't even include the unusual size rawl plugs needed!
I'm far happier with some roughly similar racks I got from Halfords.
They're sturdy, including necessary fixings for putting into brick/block walls, and do fold up properly.
(Can't quite believe I'm actually recommending Halfords for anything!! )
The Feedback Sports Velo Hinge looks like a great idea, but it would be nice if it was cheaper. For several bikes it adds up.
cjwebb: I use something similar to this Smith and Locke Mid-duty Double Storage Hook. The hooks sit either side of stem with saddle resting on wall with bike just off the ground (so good during winter with mudguards on). Stable storage for a few quid.
fustuarium: I've two Clugs, and whilst they are good looking, minimalist units, I don't use either. It's worth noting that as the website now says (and didn't a few years ago) they cannnot support the weight of a bike off the floor. So full length rear fenders mean that you cannot use them.
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