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Short on space? Here are some ways of storing your bikes so you’re not always knocking them over in the hallway.

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 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.

Let’s look at some of your options.

Clug Roadie — £13.98-£15.99

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Klug Roadie.jpg

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

Read our review of the Clug Roadie

Gear Up Off-the-Wall — £39.73

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Gear Up Off-The-Wall.jpg

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.

Read our review of the Gear Up Off-the-Wall

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Feedback Sports Velo Hinge — £23.69

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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.

Read our review of the Feedback Sports Velo Hinge

Feedback Sports Velo Wall Post — £27.54

Feedback Sports Velo Wall Post - saddle mounted

Feedback Sports Velo Wall Post - saddle mounted

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.

Read our review of the Feedback Sports Velo Wall Post

Feedback Sports Velo Wall Rack 2D — £40.61

Feedback Sports Velo Wall Rack 2D

Feedback Sports Velo Wall Rack 2D

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.

Read our review of the Feedback Sports Velo Wall Rack 2D

Cycloc Endo — £39.95

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Cycloc Endo.jpg

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.

Read our review of the Cycloc Endo

Gear Up Lean Machine Gravity Rack — £49.99

Gear Up Lean Machine Gravity Rack

Gear Up Lean Machine Gravity Rack

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.

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Topeak Two Up — £131.49

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Topeak Two Up.jpeg

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.

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Gear Up OakRak Floor-to-Ceiling — £159.99

GearUp OakRak - no bikes

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.

Made in the USA from American red oak, the OakRak comprises an assembly of interleaving wooden beams that brace between your floor and ceiling. 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.

Read our review of the Gear Up OakRak Floor-to-Ceiling

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Saris Parking Cycle Glide — £179.99

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Saris ceiling rack.jpg

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.

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[This article was last updated on August 7, 2017]

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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fustuarium [227 posts] 1 year ago
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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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cjwebb [40 posts] 1 year ago
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I use something similar to this. 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).

http://www.screwfix.com/p/smith-locke-mid-duty-double-storage-hook-zinc-...

Stable storage for a few quid.

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DaveE128 [919 posts] 1 year ago
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I have two awful "Gear Up" racks: http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/gear-up-off-the-wall-single-bike-hori...

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 Halfrauds:

http://www.halfords.com/cycling/bike-maintenance/bike-storage-solutions/...

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 Halfrauds for anything!! )

The Fedback Sports Velo Hinge looks like a great idea, but it would be nice if it was cheaper. (for several bikes it adds up.)

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The Family Cyclist [26 posts] 1 year ago
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Hi ALL

just joined this good site, Living out of the big smoke I have the luxury of a shed and yesterday put up some hooks so the bikes stand on end with weight being on floor the hooks which cost £1.49 each just stop the bikes falling over. My thought and I realise this is a road site but lets me honet most  us have more then one type of bike does being upside down or veritical affect tings like suspension forks or hydrulic disc brakes?

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fat buddha [19 posts] 1 year ago
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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.

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darrenwinfield [29 posts] 1 year ago
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I use something similar to the velo hinges works well and 6 bikes hanging nicley and securely in my garage 

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oddbydefault [83 posts] 1 year ago
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After spending months looking, I decided to take the plunge with 4 Steadyracks.

They are truly amazing - pivoting like the Velo Hinge, but doing what no other parrallel 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 accomodate road bike geometry as well as sloping MTB frames.

 

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Peowpeowpeowlasers [522 posts] 10 months ago
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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.

 

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bashthebox [752 posts] 10 months ago
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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.

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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.

 

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davel [1720 posts] 10 months ago
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That looks smart. Good work.

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SDK-R [10 posts] 2 months ago
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I'm using wall hooks in my garage

 

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