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Hanging bikes in Garage

ed1973ed1973 Posts: 146
edited 22 June in MTB beginners
Sorry just placed in wrong forum. So I’ve finally come to the end of the list my wife gave me to do during lockdown, so now it’s my turn. I’m looking to tidy my garage and already have some crappy 2 pronged contraptions that can hold 2 bikes each but they are a pain in the rear. I’ve worked out that I can move some shelving around and get a wall freed up to use as bike storage. I’m liking the idea of the bike hooks that use a wheel to lock the bike into place, so the bikes are held in a vertical position. So I’m wondering, how many bikes I could hang on the wall. The wall is about 1.5m wide and about 2.5m tall. Can I use multiple heights of hooks to off set the bikes so handle bars don’t collide with each other? What’s other people’s experience with this kind of storage? I have 7 bikes in total, 2 24inch wheeled kids bike, a xl frame road bike, 3 29er mountain bikes and a 26inch mountain bike. And yes keeping these all maintained often feels like I’m running a race team!!

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  • steve_sordysteve_sordy Posts: 1,986
    Yes you can and don't forget the pedals! Give yourself room so that you are not constantly chipping one bike against the other.

    You could start at one end of the space and then see how close you can get the next bike and so on. But that means that you will have to put the bikes in the same sequence each time. And what happens when you sell a bike and buy another if it won't fit?

    So, experiment to find a spacing that is consistent and gives you a bit of manoeuvring room.

    A mate of mine has a house in South Carolina on an island off the coast. It floods a lot and all the houses are built on stilts. The garage is under the house in the stilted part. After one flood too many he hung the six bikes he had from the ceiling, but made the mistake of custom fitting. After use, when he came to hang them up it took him ages to find the correct hanging sequence!
  • s_j_pwmbs_j_pwmb Posts: 75
    You’ll fit less bikes than you think in any given space. I wall mount four bikes (road and three MTB) on a 2m wide wall and they’re a pain to remove or replace. Don’t even think about staggering then vertically, I tried top/tailing them to save space but even a lightweight road bike is difficult to manoeuvre either on its front wheel or lifting into position when you don’t want to scratch it on the bars and pedals adjacent.

    In your 1.5m I’d guess you could mount two MTB’s with wide bars, but no more comfortably.
  • ed1973ed1973 Posts: 146
    s_j_pwmb said:

    You’ll fit less bikes than you think in any given space. I wall mount four bikes (road and three MTB) on a 2m wide wall and they’re a pain to remove or replace. Don’t even think about staggering then vertically, I tried top/tailing them to save space but even a lightweight road bike is difficult to manoeuvre either on its front wheel or lifting into position when you don’t want to scratch it on the bars and pedals adjacent.

    In your 1.5m I’d guess you could mount two MTB’s with wide bars, but no more comfortably.

    Just the answer I was looking for, thanks.
    Back to the drawing board or this case internet and YouTube
  • CargobikeCargobike Posts: 298
    I found getting ridof the wife was the best option.

    No more jobs to do lists and I can store more bikes in the bedroom, if needed :D
  • daniel_bdaniel_b Posts: 8,643
    edited 24 June
    I have a swathe of bikes hung up in this very manner - I staggered the hook heights wise, and hang them by either rear or front wheel, depending on how they best 'mesh' together.
    Some of them are quicker to get out than others, but it's no big deal.

    I have them fairly snug, but have never hit any big issues when swapping new bikes in if that makes sense, sometimes I just have to rejuggle the order to accept the new arrival, but I've never had a show stopper.

    I also tend to put some wood or bricks under the lowest wheel so not all of the bikes weight is on the top wheel - unecessary, but just something I do.

    I'll try an remember to go out and measure the span versus the quantity of bikes for you. I have a mix of mountain and road bikes there.
    Felt F70 05 (Turbo)
    Marin Palisades Trail 91 and 06
    Scott CR1 SL 12
    Cannondale Synapse Adventure 15 & 16 Di2
    Scott Foil 18
  • ed1973ed1973 Posts: 146
    daniel_b said:

    I have a swathe of bikes hung up in this very manner - I staggered the hook heights wise, and hang them by either rear or front wheel, depending on how they best 'mesh' together.
    Some of them are quicker to get out than others, but it's no big deal.

    I have them fairly snug, but have never hit any big issues when swapping new bikes in if that makes sense, sometimes I just have to rejuggle the order to accept the new arrival, but I've never had a show stopper.

    I also tend to put some wood or bricks under the lowest wheel so not all of the bikes weight is on the top wheel - unecessary, but just something I do.

    I'll try an remember to go out and measure the span versus the quantity of bikes for you. I have a mix of mountain and road bikes there.

    You are a star, thanks
  • lesfirthlesfirth Posts: 1,075
    edited 24 June
    I have a length of 3x2 wood fastened to the garage roof and I screw the big red hooks you can get off e Bay to it. Changing spacing is no problem.
    If you have a mountain or flat bar bike that you do not use often, turning the handle bar thru 90 deg on the steerer make things easier if you are short of space.
    Having them a bit close together inevitably ends up with a bit if paint damage no matter how careful you are.
    Just noticed that is post 1000. I must get out more.
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