Depending on how many bikes you have, and space, there’s various options. What works best for you really depends.
For a single bike, lots of shops I know carry a nice hook setup that mounts on the wall. Some are exposed hooks, which you can get at the local hardware shop for cheap. You hang your bike by the front wheel… But that means something someone could inadvertently run into when there’s no bike on the hook… Some of the nicer setups I’ve seen, the hook falls flush with the base plate. Cleaner, more expensive, and if you’re injured – could be somewhat problematic if no one is around to give you a hand.
For multiple bikes, this video gives you two options:
The first option starts at 45 seconds in. To recap, materials needed:
- 1x 6ft/2 meter iron pipe
- 2-3x heavy duty shelf supports
- Heavy duty zipties
- Husky hang straps: one per bike
- s-hook: one per bike
- o-ring: : one per bike
- carabiner: one per bike
First the guy says it’ll cost $60, then he says $10… 😉
Super easy to setup:
- Mount the shelf supports
- Put o-rings on the bar, inside where the supports would be
- Put the bar on the supports
- Tie the bar onto the supports using the zipties
- Attach the s-hook, carabiner and hang strap to the o-ring
Similar to the hook on the wall, you run the Husky strap through the front wheel to hang the bike. There’s nothing to hold the bikes steady, so while they can be turned on an angle to save space – there’s a chance of rubbing or scratching frames and expensive wheelsets.
- If you need to add o-rings to an existing setup – you’ll have to cut off the zipties that anchor the bar. Or you could find carabiners large enough to get around the bar…
- I looked at Ikea for shelving, but the highest maximum weight/load was 25 kg/55 lbs. Depending on your bikes, but that’s not quite 3 20 lb bikes… So I’d suggest Ikea shelving to compliment the iron bar, similar to how the Velo Grip has a shelf for helmets.
What the video doesn’t mention
Anti-theft. While lots of condos/apartments dedicate bike storage, it makes for a one-stop location to steal bikes for the building. Nothing will stop someone if they are truly motivated, all you can do is make it so difficult that it’s a combination of “not worth their time” and “time consuming enough to increase the chance of getting caught in the act”.A very low-cost means of securing bikes involves:
- Sufficient length of chain
- Old socks
- U lock
Why the socks? Simple – you cut the toes off and run the chain through to provide a buffer against scratches and rubbing on the frame and wheels. Old towels would work too, if you cut them into strips for sewing into tubes.
I suggested a u lock because it’s more sturdy than a combination lock. But realistically – none of this will stand up to someone packing an angle grinder. So if you’re really concerned, lock bikes independently. Anchoring the chain to the bar won’t do much once someone realizes the bar is tied down with a zip tie.