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 has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.