Bikes are commonly stored in garages, but often become inaccessible or take up too much space. There are some great choices in bike racks for garage storage and this article will outline the pros and cons of the best ones on the market today.
Before even considering garage bike racks, there are some questions that need to be answered. Who is using it? How often will it be used? Is space a consideration? Arming yourself with just the answers to these few simple questions can mean the difference between choosing a great garage rack that really helps or just a so-so model that may prove to be frustrating for you and your family.
Freestanding Bike Floor Rack
One of the most common bike holders is the simple floor rack. Seen outside of establishments everywhere, they are also available for home use. The front wheel slides in between the vertical metal uprights and keeps several bikes line up for easy use. The pluses for these types of racks are obvious. They don’t require lifting the bike and are so easy to use that even children can quickly and safely store a bike. Because they are self supporting, these racks do not require securing to the floor or wall which protects garage flooring and drywall. The bike can be ready to roll out instantly. They are also very portable and can be moved around the garage as need changes. There are some downsides, however. Floor racks take up lots of space and will not help someone looking to save valuable floor space.
Wall Mount Bike Hooks
One of the simplest and cheapest bike storage solutions are simple wall hooks that support the bike either by its frame or rims. These large hooks secure into the studs and can support a bicycle safely against a wall and out of the way. The advantages are the cost, the ability to save floor space by suspending the bike on a wall, and the flexibility of where they can be placed in a garage. Some disadvantages are that the bike must be lifted onto the hooks, which means many children, elderly people, or those with bad backs won’t be able to use them well. Another negative is they must be screwed into the wall and can damage drywall when removed or may be virtually impossible to use in a brick or cinderblock garage.
Freestanding Bike Stand
Boasting many of the same advantages as a floor rack (portability and self supporting) a bike stand can hold one or more bicycles off the ground and in a small area. Many designs are over and under while some take a more carousel approach. A common stand holds two bikes – one at ground level and one above it. Again, because it is a freestanding unit there will be no floor damage or wall damage, but it may require lifting and it may be hard for some users to store the bike safely on the upper tier. There are special types of these that span from floor to ceiling and work on a compression pole system as well. Others like the super popular Racor Pro Bike Stand seen in the photo rely on gravity and the bikes’s own weight for stability. Either variety makes for a great way to store two bicycles.
Bicycle Ceiling Hoists
A newer style of garage storage solution for bicycles is the ceiling hoist. Using a combination of cables and pulleys, the bicycle is raised towards the ceiling and allows for a bicycle to be stored out of the way. The initial installation may be a bit tricky, but once in place it is actually fairly straightforward to use. This is a good solution for those wishing to store a single bicycle that is used more infrequently and is a popular choice in urban areas.
As you can see, there are many choices and within each category there are significant differences taken by companies that sell bike racks. Amazon sells hundreds of varieties. Click HERE to view some of their offerings. The choice does not have to be difficult – just consider the clearance space available, the user, and whether storage areas can be compromised or not. Now get to pedaling!