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Bike hooks - do you use them?

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So i have a deliema, wife wants the bikes stored in the garage, not the house, but we have 4 bikes and i don't want to lean them against each other, especially my good ones!

hooks would probably be the most space efficient way but i'm not sure about the double hooks that support from the bars & seat, or the single hook that supports the rims.

I was thinking of maybe mounting a bracket to the wall to fit a tow bar and the car rackets....but then i have to juggle bikes when using them...

what do you guys suggest?
 
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Here's one way:

If your garage is fully drywalled, find the rafters underneath the drywall and use 3" drywall screws to mount a 2x4 to the ceiling (far enough out for a bike to hang by the rear wheel with the tire not touching the back wall). The rafters are usually 16" to 24" apart - evenly spaced. I found mine with a stud finder and some test holes with a drill. You drive the screws through the 2x4, through the drywall and into the wood of the rafters for ultimate strength.

You will have to pre-drill holes in the 2x4 to get 3" screws to not bind up when your mounting the 2x4 but once the 2x4 is up, you can mount the hooks at intervals wide enough to accommodate the handelbars of your bikes - my setup is more than strong enough to support six bikes with no issues.

I hang my bikes by the back wheel. I guess you could hang them by the front wheel but I can get them up and down better without the wheel hanging on the hook moving around.

For shorter bikes (kids bikes), you can mount your 2x4 about four feet off the ground on one wall.

Photo here: http://picasaweb.google.com/stevemedcroft/BikeMounting#5374798209212159282
 
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seriously this is what I used. cheap and easy.

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hung them upside down from front and rear wheels

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krebs303 said:
move wife to garage:)

if i try that i don't think i would be physically capable of riding a bike afterwoods!



SteveMedcroft said:
Here's one way:

If your garage is fully drywalled, find the rafters underneath the drywall and use 3" drywall screws to mount a 2x4 to the ceiling (far enough out for a bike to hang by the rear wheel with the tire not touching the back wall). The rafters are usually 16" to 24" apart - evenly spaced. I found mine with a stud finder and some test holes with a drill. You drive the screws through the 2x4, through the drywall and into the wood of the rafters for ultimate strength.

You will have to pre-drill holes in the 2x4 to get 3" screws to not bind up when your mounting the 2x4 but once the 2x4 is up, you can mount the hooks at intervals wide enough to accommodate the handelbars of your bikes - my setup is more than strong enough to support six bikes with no issues.

I hang my bikes by the back wheel. I guess you could hang them by the front wheel but I can get them up and down better without the wheel hanging on the hook moving around.

For shorter bikes (kids bikes), you can mount your 2x4 about four feet off the ground on one wall.

Photo here: http://picasaweb.google.com/stevemedcroft/BikeMounting#5374798209212159282

+1 and thanks for the photo. looks neat and tidy and should do the trick.

i think i might add some sort of curtain to cover the bikes and block out dust, but more importantly stop everyone from the street seeing the bikes ( i live at the end of a court)
 
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hooks
all the way.
I have lightweight GL280 mavic rims hanging for 20 years on heavy bike and no worries

Careful with deep section wheels , Standard skyhooks are not deep enough for them.
Keep wife happy at all times.
makes biking easier
 
mherm79 said:
So i have a deliema, wife wants the bikes stored in the garage, not the house, but we have 4 bikes and i don't want to lean them against each other, especially my good ones!

hooks would probably be the most space efficient way but i'm not sure about the double hooks that support from the bars & seat, or the single hook that supports the rims.

I was thinking of maybe mounting a bracket to the wall to fit a tow bar and the car rackets....but then i have to juggle bikes when using them...

what do you guys suggest?

Bike shops hang bicycles by the wheels, alternating one handlebar up, one down. do that.
 
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badboyberty said:
and follow Elapid's example and give the wife's bike pride of place and make sure it's a Campag equipped Look 585, then she'll have nothing to complain about.

Ha - you picked that. It's true and it works! (Well, kind of, she was very pleased when I sold my R3, but has no problems buying a tricked out commuter/city bike from Italy for her 40th!).
 
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elapid said:
Ha - you picked that. It's true and it works! (Well, kind of, she was very pleased when I sold my R3, but has no problems buying a tricked out commuter/city bike from Italy for her 40th!).

Does she really have a powertap system (Cycle Ops it looks)?
 
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the truth. said:
Keep wife happy at all times.
makes biking easier

happy wife, happy life

Bustedknuckle said:
Bike shops hang bicycles by the wheels, alternating one handlebar up, one down. do that.

good point, will do that.

badboyberty said:
and follow Elapid's example and give the wife's bike pride of place ...

she'll get pride of place so that I can pressure here into doing more riding! :p