Gear Up's Two Bike Vertical Storage does exactly what it says and does it very well too at a reasonable asking 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. That said; the freestanding/pressure-fit beam type of bike stores, like the Revolution Floor to Ceiling Bike Stand might be better for rented properties since some landlords take exception to walls being drilled.
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 I've come to expect from mass produced units too, although our test sample had a superficial chip-easily retouched using hobby enamels but the zinc chromate primer should prevent the mild steel succumbing to the amber mould in any case.
Installation is pretty straightforward unless you happen to be cycling's answer to Frank Spencer-you'll want a set of rawl plugs and an indelible marker handy though since these aren't included in the pack. Make sure there's no pipe work or electrical trunking lurking behind your chosen spot before whipping the pen from behind your ear and marking its intended destination. Start humming subversive Specials' classics; check everything's aligned with a spirit level and drill away.
In practice, the OEM screws adhere well to heavy-duty plasterboard but I'd be inclined to go aftermarket for heavier duty brick screws rather than risk potentially expensive damage and tears before bedtime should one fail and a prized Colnago clatter to the floor. The plastic coated hooks are a marked improvement over the ubiquitous DIY sort and the wheel guides keep bikes from colliding (especially if you mount them top n' tail) supporting most sizes of road and mountain bike tyre securely although those beyond 1.95 can prove a tight squeeze.
Cheap but genuinely cheerful storage solution but use rawl plugs and aftermarket screws.
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Make and model: Gear Up Two Bike Vertical Storage System - 40012
Size tested: 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?
"The Off-the-Wall 2 - Bike Vertical Rack holds 2 Bikes plus helmets and much more. Foam covered arms gently cradle the bicycle tires and wheels vertically. A large removable basket compliments this rack and will accommodate a variety of accessories as well. Heavy duty mounting hardware is included and a powder coated black finish helps the rack resist scratches. 100 lb capacity. Installed dimensions 16" high, 19" wide, and 9" deep". Does exactly what it says on the tin, although I'm inclined toward rawl plugs and aftermarket screws for brick/solid walls.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Mild Steel, MIG welded Construction with tough powder coated paint, 100lb capacity. Thick rubberised hook sleeves protect frame/component liveries while wheel guides and handy mesh storage basket prevent bikes making unwanted contact.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Gear Up off the wall is an effective solution for keeping two bikes and everyday kit out of harm's way. Simple to install and kind to paintwork, I'm not sure I'd want to leave expensive bikes hanging by the OEM mounting hardware.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Nicely made for the money.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Only let down by the OEM mounting hardware.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Quite possibly
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Age: 38 Height: 1m 81 Weight: 70 kilos
I usually ride: Rough Stuff Tourer Based around 4130 Univega mtb Frameset My best bike is: 1955 Holdsworth Road Path and several others including cross & traditional road
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,
Shaun Audane is a freelance writer/product tester with over twenty-eight years riding experience, the last twelve (120,000 miles) spent putting bikes and kit through their paces for a variety of publications. Previous generations of his family worked at manufacturing's sharp end, thus Shaun can weld, has a sound understanding of frame building practice and a preference for steel or titanium framesets.
Citing Richard Ballantine and an Au pair as his earliest cycling influences, he is presently writing a cycling book with particular focus upon women, families and disabled audiences (Having been a registered care manager and coached children at Herne Hill Velodrome in earlier careers)