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Old 08-20-17, 11:10 PM
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Garage storage options for 4 bikes?

My bike collection has now grown to the point that I need to think about an efficient storage method in my 2-car garage. I have limited space because I need to fit in at least one car, and I use at least 50% of the remaining space for a work bench and to store a number of telescopes & tripods. At present I just lean the bikes against doors, shelves etc. but this is is not very secure, invites scratches and other minor accidents, and often makes access difficult.

So I'm looking at other storage options....

Possibilities include:

1) Simple floor stands (the kind used in showrooms or to display bikes for photos). This would at least allow the bikes to be free-standing, and would allow minor maintenance tasks on them. I'm not sure how stable these stands are if the bike is knocked - similar to a kick stand maybe?

2) Some kind of wall mounted hooks. Unfortunately, I only have one wall that would work (the others have shelves against them), and this is on the side I park my car, so I'd have to raise the level of the handlebars to higher than the roof of the car. The garage ceiling isn't very high, so there's only have room for two bikes on this wall.

3) A pulley system - to raise them into the roof space - but again, limited by height, and I need access to the the things underneath the bikes and doubt I could raise the wheels above head height. I can see this being an expensive option that is difficult to use in practice.

Does anyone have any other suggestions that have worked for you?

Thanks!

[Edit: I forgot the obvious one - a simple floor mounted multi-bike stand with slots for the front wheels. I found one on-line for less money than any of the wall mounted options and only slightly more for 4 bikes than a single "display stand" type.

Because I have two garage doors, it will simple to re-arrange my storage so that the bikes are lined up just behind the 2nd door, parked parallel to my car, so all I have to do is open the door and pull out the appropriate bike. I'll have to move my car to get my telescopes out, but this is not a big effort, and I use the bikes far more often! ]

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Old 08-20-17, 11:21 PM
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I hang them by the rims, above the cars. Completely out of the way.

A couple bucks at any hardware store.





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Old 08-21-17, 06:08 AM
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I have a one car garage with one car in it along with all my lawn equipment, a small workbench and 8 bikes.

Ceiling hooks and creative floor space works
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cave by Nacho Neal, on Flickr
upper left of the photo is a 2x10 using the same hooks as above.
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I hang most of my bikes (along with other equipment) from the ceiling with pulley systems. But...I have a high 12'-15' ceiling. However, thinking outside the box, in your lower ceiling garage, I wonder if you could hang them sideways (i.e. horizontal) from the ceiling on pulleys or hooks. Pulleys would probably be easier this way. Just hook them on parts of the frame where the bike would be in balance. It'd give you a bit more clearance underneath them.

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This is how I hang 6 bikes in the space I use to put 4 bikes. You could leave off the lower level.
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I have several of these Harbor Freight bike trees and like them a lot.
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Originally Posted by oldnslow2 View Post
I have a one car garage with one car in it along with all my lawn equipment, a small workbench and 8 bikes.

Ceiling hooks and creative floor space works

I'd like to see this. I'm redoing my one car garage and looking for ideas.
I've got 4 bikes 2 kayaks hanging and some power tools on shelving but would like to add a small workbench. The most important thing is being able to put my wife's car in there.
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Old 08-21-17, 11:31 AM
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Originally Posted by Bluechip View Post
This is how I hang 6 bikes in the space I use to put 4 bikes. You could leave off the lower level.
How do those actually attach to the wall?
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Old 08-21-17, 11:34 AM
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Originally Posted by Bluechip View Post
This is how I hang 6 bikes in the space I use to put 4 bikes. You could leave off the lower level.
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those some sort of home made pedal holders?
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Old 08-21-17, 11:52 AM
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Yes, the only thing holding the bike to the wall is the pedal. The long board just keeps it level.
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Pretty sweet idea. Can you get any of the 3 bikes off without messing with the others?
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I have a pipe across the rafters with s hooks bent from rebar and hang from wheels.
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Originally Posted by Bluechip View Post
This is how I hang 6 bikes in the space I use to put 4 bikes. You could leave off the lower level.
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That looks like a very tidy solution. How are the bikes suspended? I can't see any hooks. Are the wheels supported on the horizontal wooden battens?
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Old 08-21-17, 06:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Bluechip View Post
Yes, the only thing holding the bike to the wall is the pedal. The long board just keeps it level.
Aha! That's an interesting idea that I've never seen before. Kudos!
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Originally Posted by SquidPuppet View Post
I hang them by the rims, above the cars. Completely out of the way.

A couple bucks at any hardware store.





Hmmm - I guess this would work if the hooks are high enough to avoid the roof of your car, but I expect you would need to be quite tall to lift the bike up to the hooks. My small sedan car is about 150cm high and the wheels are roughly 70cm in diameter, so the hooks would need to be 220cm from the floor - it's do-able, but means lifting a 10-12kg bike with arms vertical over the top of an easily dented car roof, which sounds slightly risky!
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Originally Posted by benetga View Post
I'd like to see this. I'm redoing my one car garage and looking for ideas.
I've got 4 bikes 2 kayaks hanging and some power tools on shelving but would like to add a small workbench. The most important thing is being able to put my wife's car in there.
Here's an old picture.



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I first saw something like it on Pinterest, but the bike rested on the slat and held on with a bungee cord on the top tube. So I came up with the pedal attatchment idea. Now if you look you can find these little steel cookie men that hold on to the pedal with their feet.
https://www.pinterest.com/velojoy/bi...orage/?lp=true

To remove any bike you just have to lift up and out a couple of inches.

The one pictured was one of the first ones I made. It took a few tries to get the angles correct. It depends on how wide your handlebars are as to how it fits with the other bikes. Road bars work great, mtn bars not so well.
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Originally Posted by johngwheeler View Post
Hmmm - I guess this would work if the hooks are high enough to avoid the roof of your car, but I expect you would need to be quite tall to lift the bike up to the hooks. My small sedan car is about 150cm high and the wheels are roughly 70cm in diameter, so the hooks would need to be 220cm from the floor - it's do-able, but means lifting a 10-12kg bike with arms vertical over the top of an easily dented car roof, which sounds slightly risky!
LOL. I've done it thousands of times. Literally. You don't need to be tall. Think about how high you can reach with your hands above your head. Now think about doing a military press with the stem in one hand and the saddle in the other.

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have a small condo basement. always kept everyone's bikes on the floor. recently hung one. then later, got a work stand so now 1 bike lives up in that. also discovered that I can set two bikes spooning ea other on top of one of my work tables. so now 4 of our bikes are not on the floor. would be nice if the 4 of us only had 4 bikes total :/
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