Many of the bicycle storage solutions we see nowadays address the needs of people living in smaller accommodation, such as flats – but here’s something we’ve noticed that may be the answer to those of you who have a garage at home, but are having trouble squeezing the car, bike and whatever else into it.
The flat-bike-lift, from Italian company Codeima, uses pistons – gas-filled to go up, pneumatic to come back down – to store a bike underneath the ceiling of the garage.
As this video shows, it’s simple to operate – place the bike wheels in the gutter, give it a push and those pistons do the rest of the work, and then pull to start the reverse process.
Obviously, you need adequate height clearance – the company says that in a standard 240cm-tall garage, you’ll have 67cm left below the rail the bike sits on.
Also, if the door on your garage rolls into the ceiling, you’ll need to ensure that between there and the rear wall you have at least 165cm spare.
If your garage isn’t as spacious as the one in the video, you may need to take the car out while removing the bike, and repeat the process to put it back.
The flat-bike-lift costs €229 plus delivery within the EU through the flat-bike-lift website (which also has details of various add-ons and accessories, as well as full details of products including a photo gallery), and it can also be ordered through Amazon.co.uk for £189 including delivery.
Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.