Leaning bicycles against the wall is not good practice. They could easily get knocked over or become entangled amongst clutter and difficult to retrieve.
A wall bike rack is a smart option for the storage of bicycles inside the home or garage. It helps extend tire life by lifting the wheels off the floor, and by placing bikes out of the way accidental damage can be avoided as well as the risk of injury to passers-by from protruding handlebars.
Types of Wall Bike Racks …
There are primarily two types of wall mounted bicycle racks on the market purpose-built for domestic indoor use. They come in two forms, a folding hook and a hinge plate. They are suitable for all sorts of bicycles and are available in a variety of different styles, shapes and sizes. Some racks accommodate multiple bikes, some have shelves for accessories like helmets and shoes etc., some are suitable to be used when carrying out bike repairs, and some fold in vertically when not in use.
Most brands are reasonably priced, ranging from $12 to $200+. Generally they are sold fully assembled and all that’s required for installation are basic handy skills, a stud finder, a tape measure, a spirit level, a power drill and suitable drill bit, to fasten the rack unit to the wall.
Obviously you will want to invest in a storage system that best suits your particular needs. Essentially this will depend on:
- the type of available space you have
- how many bikes you own
- the weight of your bike/s
- how often you ride your bike/s
- how much you are willing to spend
The most popular type of wall bike rack is the horizontal bike rack where the frame of the bicycle is placed over the top of arm-shaped brackets. By positioning the wheels parallel to the floor you will gain maximum floor space. Make sure the arms are foam padded or made from scratch-proof durable material so the frame doesn’t become damaged when the bike is lifted on and off its bracket.
Note: It is wise to install the rack with the bike wheels just off the floor and no higher on the wall than is necessary; that way the bike is readily accessible and can be lifted on and off its hanger with ease by younger members of the family.
Essentially there are two versions of the vertical bike rack. One version hangs the bicycle by its front wheel and the frame at right-angles to the wall.
This is an efficient way to store a number of bicycles alongside each other on the wall but may be a problem if they encroach upon limited space.
If your ceiling is high enough it may be practical to locate the brackets further up on the wall so you can move around to clean and place things underneath.
The second version of the vertical bike rack is where the bicycle is suspended by its front wheel and the frame hangs parallel to the wall.
The front wheel is held with a rubber coated arm and the rear wheel rests on a tray.
This could be an ideal solution when space is at a premium, like in a porch, stairwell, or small apartment.
Note: There are models on the market with a swivel feature so you can choose whether to hang your bike at right-angles or parallel to the wall – the choice is yours.
Take a look at a vertical wall bike rack with a swivel feature:
One or a combination of these styles of wall bike rack may well suit your particular needs. Whatever the case you can be assured that storing your bikes out of harm’s way will protect your investment and over time could save you a small fortune in the cost of bicycle repairs.
If you like the idea of a space saving vertical rack that allows the bike to be swivelled closer to the wall take a look at the Australian designed Steadyrack distributed by Gear Up.
If your bike is your prized possession and you’d like to display it on the wall like a trophy check out the award winning Cycloc Bike Rack. Available in four vibrant colors.