Garage bike storage

by ade   October 10, 2012  

I'm looking for inspiration on how to store a few bikes in my garage in a nice, space-efficient way.

At the moment I've got four (ish) bikes on wheelstands that take up all the floorspace in it, but for n+1 reasons, it would go down really well to get things a bit tidier.

Homebrew service course setup? Expensive metal hooks drilled into the walls? Meathooks hanging from the rafters?

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What kind of budget are you on? I'm thinking a small one by the solution's you've listed?

So something like this, around £40, its a "lean to" stand for two bikes

http://www.tredz.co.uk/prodimg/35530_1_SuperSize.jpg

Then again, if you are quite happy to screw into the wall. Something like this for around a tenner

http://www.parker-international.co.uk/ProductImages/fullsize/qr40020.jpeg

Even cheaper, Just go to your local DIY place and get hooks like both of these use and fashion your own stand or hanger Wink

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posted by Gkam84 [8698 posts]
10th October 2012 - 20:20

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Another option, get a car bike rack second hand, cheap and work out a way to cut and put it onto the wall.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61oR0U5XbDL.Image._.jpg

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51UGVgGu7gL._SL500_AA300_.jpg

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posted by Gkam84 [8698 posts]
10th October 2012 - 20:25

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I think this is want I really want Smile

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/photos/inside-the-team-sky-service-cours...

I've had a look at some of the setups for sale online, and I reckon a few bits of 2x4 and some coated hooks might be the best option.

posted by ade [78 posts]
10th October 2012 - 21:32

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If you have roof space look up. I had a couple of pulleys and a nylon rope with carabiners for quick release. Quite easy to rig a hoist to keep them up out of the way.

I think I've seen something commercially available but it's quite easy to put together the parts from B & Q.

edit - here ya go http://www.amazon.co.uk/Silverline-554289-Bicycle-Lift-20Kg/dp/B003H72GV4/ref=pd_sim_sbs_sg_1

posted by mbrads72 [117 posts]
10th October 2012 - 21:45

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That sky set up will be custom made to fit their bikes and lorry. BUT, its simple enough to do yourself.

Depending on what you want to hook, the frame or the wheels?

Wheels are simple. Get this and screw it to a secure point on your rook

http://www.probikekit.com/uk/bbb-parkinghook-bicycle-storage-hook.html

Frame's are a little different, but I dare say that hook above would work. You would just need two for each bike, one for each side of the rear triangle.

Cheaper option would be to get these from your local DIY store like I said above Thinking

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=32171

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posted by Gkam84 [8698 posts]
10th October 2012 - 21:50

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Excuse my poor job. I wasn't going to fire up autocad for this, So it was a simple MSpaint job.

The red being your garage, The black being wood or metal to secure into your garage and the blue being the hooks from wherever you choose to get them, laying it out in pairs like that for your rear triangle and they hook on where the drop outs are

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10th October 2012 - 21:59

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This would be another way of doing it with only one hook per bike

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posted by Gkam84 [8698 posts]
11th October 2012 - 3:41

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I built four of these for my bike room. Super sturdy, good value (about £150 for the wood for 8 bikes do much cheaper than commercially bought stands) and they can be freely moved around without marking walls or ceilings. http://m.instructables.com/id/Vertical-Bike-Rack-from-2x4s/

posted by step-hent [652 posts]
11th October 2012 - 18:57

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I bought a wall hook from Halfords where you fasten it onto the wall.

Bikehut Bike Wall Storage Hanger costs 10.99. Simple to use and the hook is covered in rubber so the bike doesnt get marked.

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posted by stumps [2675 posts]
12th October 2012 - 8:00

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I knocked this up out of some lengths of 2by2 the pegs are threaded bar cut to length then wrapped in foam (from bike packaging donated by LBS) as I don't have a garage

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posted by FATBEGGARONABIKE [572 posts]
12th October 2012 - 10:22

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That's great! Did you put it together from a plan, or are you one of those people that can just knock things up off the top of your head?

If it was from a plan, could you point me in the direction? Cheers.

posted by ade [78 posts]
12th October 2012 - 10:36

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Step-hent, top one.


I was thinking of hooks on the wall of the shed and cross-bracing the other walls.
But these look a better solution.
Much carpentry ability required?
And how long did it take to knock one up?

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posted by Joselito [133 posts]
12th October 2012 - 11:49

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Sorry Ade I just knocked it up but if you really want I can give you the measurements etc...

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posted by FATBEGGARONABIKE [572 posts]
12th October 2012 - 12:08

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B&Q do these:

http://www.handymanhowto.com/2008/09/14/wall-mount-bicycle-rack/

Think they were £15 each or something. I have it drilled straight into the wall, you could just buy several and arrange as necessary.

If I could have, say, 6 bikes, would it stop me drooling over others that I don't have?

posted by notfastenough [2953 posts]
12th October 2012 - 12:30

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Don't wish to cast a cloud over this but I'm currently rethinking my bike security after two serious bike thefts in Shropshire in the last couple of weeks. One chap had his TT bike, 2 road bikes and a MTB nicked. The most recent haul was worth £17,000!

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posted by Simon E [1910 posts]
12th October 2012 - 13:24

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Blimey. That's some job. They must have turned up with a van and just loaded it all in! Cheeky bastards.

If I could have, say, 6 bikes, would it stop me drooling over others that I don't have?

posted by notfastenough [2953 posts]
13th October 2012 - 12:23

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we've got 5 road bikes at home hanging of a very simple setup:
a 1.8m long by 1.9m high industrial clothes rail : £30 quid:

http://www.shopfittingwarehouse.co.uk/shop-equipment-c8/clothes-rails-c1...

and some home made hooks with B&Q double hooks with some straps to hang them off the rail, and bits of old inner tube to protect the rims.

http://www.diy.com/nav/fix/hardware/ironmongery/hooks/-specificproductty...

Add a plastic sheet to collect all the crap from the commute bikes, and you've got a solution for 5/6bikes in a small area indoors for roughly £60-£70.

I won't add a picture fo the whole thing for security reasons as highlighted by Simon E, but here's one of the hook we've got.

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posted by ekynoxe [40 posts]
13th October 2012 - 12:42

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Decathlon have some simple hooks that you screw to the wall. I have 5 bikes hanging of these:
http://www.decathlon.co.uk/cv-501-bike-hook-id_3760125.html
£3.99 each

posted by Grumpyoldbiker [15 posts]
13th October 2012 - 14:57

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From time to time Lidl sells a garage/shed-roof-mounting pulley system for about twelve quid. Strong and easy to use. Worth keeping an eye open for.

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posted by Peter Scott [16 posts]
13th October 2012 - 15:05

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I've got to add that being in a rented flat, I could not put heavy duty screws fixings through the walls, and the rail can be moved easily or even put on castors to help that.
There are plenty of very cheap specialised hooks to hang bikes from garages walls.

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posted by ekynoxe [40 posts]
13th October 2012 - 18:14

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Joselito wrote:
Step-hent, top one.

I was thinking of hooks on the wall of the shed and cross-bracing the other walls.
But these look a better solution.
Much carpentry ability required?
And how long did it take to knock one up?

Very limited carpentry skills required - I didn't have any before I started, and not much more now! So long as you can measure, saw and screw self-tapping screws, they are pretty easy! I built all four in a day's work (a long day, admittedly, but as I said, my carpentry skills are limited!).

Good luck working something out.

posted by step-hent [652 posts]
15th October 2012 - 12:49

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I've screwed some old hanging basket brackets to my breeze block garage and used foam pipe insulation to protect the frame. Each bracket supports the top tube. Also used some redundant adjustable wall brackets designed for holding a microwave oven:
http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/8405391.htm

I currently have four bikes in my standard sized garage AND I can park my medium sized car in there, only one bike is kept on the floor, the others are hung up on a side wall, also I have shelving and tools stored too!

posted by Darren C [70 posts]
15th October 2012 - 13:48

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