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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.
It's a universal given that the chance of your bike toppling over while leant against a wall is directly proportional to the expense and fragility of it/any accessories attached to it, along with proximity of hard, sharp-edged objects for it to fall upon.
So getting your bike off the floor and away from nasties is the way to go. But how to secure it, and how to put in place a solution that will work for any bike, at a reasonable cost? Hanging from a hook by the front wheel is an option, but generally entails access to the ceiling plus willingness to have the bike sticking out a metre or so from the wall – often not an option in a hallway, shed or garage. Maybe you have a workplace basement where there's no more wall space for commuter steeds, but plenty of wall above. Enter the Feedback Sports Velo Wall Post.
There's really not much to it. 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. So far, so £4.99 from your local DIY store, you say – how could such a thing possibly be worth the occasionally online £23, let alone the rrp of £29.99? As with so many things cycling, the value proposition is nuanced.
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 Velo Wall Post secures to the wall using two hefty supplied screws – installation is no harder to do than for a toilet roll holder. It's advisable to first work out how your bike hangs from its saddle, to make sure you have it set high enough off the ground and away from things like doors.
Of course, you can hang your bike from inside the main triangle as well, if there's no cable obstructing things, or from either wheel. It's even possible to balance a bike under the top tube so it sits level, but you probably wouldn't want to do that any place it could get knocked. Arguably, you could use two Velo Wall Posts to support a frame level, but then there's a better solution from Feedback Sports in the form of the Velo Wall Rack 2D.
The post folds down, offering 305mm of useable length. Overall it protrudes 395mm from the wall, and when folded up protrudes 90mm. The arm is lined top and sides with five strips of firm rubber, ensuring nice shiny seatposts, rails or rims won't be marked. There are two 25mm-diameter holes to pass cable locks or chains through to secure bikes or wheels. Of course, if the rack is simply screwed to the wall there's nothing stopping a Philips-armed ne'er-do-well from undoing the rack, so consider using tamper-proof screws if security is a concern.
That 305mm of usable length means there's space to hang two bikes side by side at a pinch, but this is very much dictated by handlebar arrangements, frame sizes and your willingness to stack bikes. Also assuming both bikes won't exceed the 22.7kg weight limit or the capacity of the screws/wall they are drilled into. There's certainly plenty of space for a set of wheels plus a bike on the one post, or multiple sets of wheels.
Value? Yes, you can go cheaper on the simple sticks-out-from-wall bike storage front, but chances are you won't be getting the security option, the folding option, the frame/post protection, a three-year warranty or the sheer brick-outhouse engineering. For the price of a few soon-to-be-forgotten cafe visits, the Feedback Sports Velo Wall Post is a high-quality feature-rich (as much as a post on a wall can be) yet minimalist solution to bike storage.
The simplest possible way to store your bike off the floor, flat against a wall
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Make and model: Feedback Sports Velo Wall Post
Size tested: N/A, Black
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Feedback Sports says:
Velo Wall Post
Product Description: A quick and easy solution that can hold bikes, wheel sets and tires. Lock port allows for extra security within your home, garage or shop.
Great for holding bikes and wheels
Soft inserts protect bike or wheels finish
Can be folded away for storage
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Mounting Area: 7.25in x 2.5in (184mm x 64mm)
Usable length: 12in (305mm)
Load capacity: 50LBS (22.7kg)
No assembly required
Weight 2.8 lbs
Dimensions 18.5 x 4 x 3.25 in
Mr Brunel himself couldn't have done a better job.
It works exactly as required and described.
With a 3-year warranty and given its manufacture and use case, it will outlast many owners.
It's the price of four to six coffees and cake. And is infinitely more practical to hang a bike from.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Perfect. Can't fault it.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The vibe. You know, the whole experience. OK, if pushed – the feel as it folds down. So, so smooth.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your score
As a way to hang a bike flat from a wall, it can't be beat. I cannot think of a single way to physically improve it, and the price is reasonable.
Age: 42 Height: 183cm Weight: 72kg
I usually ride: Charge Juicer My best bike is:
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: A few times a week I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: club rides, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mountain biking and Dutch bike pootling
Living in the Highlands, Mike is constantly finding innovative and usually cold/wet ways to accelerate the degradation of cycling kit. At his happiest in a warm workshop holding an anodised tool of high repute, Mike's been taking bikes apart and (mostly) putting them back together for forty years. With a day job in global IT (he's not completely sure what that means either) and having run a boutique cycle service business on the side for a decade, bikes are his escape into the practical and life-changing for his customers.