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Hanging it up...(23 posts)

Hanging it up...VertAddict
Nov 16, 2002 9:25 AM
No, I'm not quitting riding. But I need to find a more space-economical way to store my bike. Is there any harm done to my bike if I suspend it a foot off the ground from a ceiling hook, through either the front or the back wheel?

fyi - bike happens to be a TREK 5500 - not sure if that is relevant to the question or not, but it makes me want to be sure I'm not doing any damage.
Hang it up!Uncle Tim
Nov 16, 2002 9:33 AM
It won't hurt your bike to hang it from either wheel. The 20 lbs pressure from hanging weight is miniscule when compared to the forces put on the bike when you are riding it.

Just screw one of those rubber coated U-shaped hooks up into a ceiling joist and you will be set. I've got bikes hanging all over my basement.
At the San Diego Velodrome ...Humma Hah
Nov 16, 2002 9:35 AM
... they have maybe 100 old trackies that they loan out to their students. These are hung as you describe, vertically along one wall of a long trailer, alternating front wheel up and front wheel down. The density of storage is phenomenal, best use of wall space I've ever seen.

The bikes seem unharmed by this. I would be sure there's no way you would ever have something run into or fall against the bike, as wheel damage would surely result. If you're in the habit of keeping a cluttered garage and might fall against the bike while climbing over junk, that might be a reason not to hang it that way. Otherwise, go for it. I'm setting up my new garage and expect to use that method for up to 4 bikes.
Thanks guys...VertAddict
Nov 16, 2002 10:12 AM
I appreciate the responses - and my wife appreciates it even more, I can move the bike out of my study now!
it won't hurt a thing...(nm)merckx56
Nov 16, 2002 10:13 AM
Hey, merckx12x23
Nov 16, 2002 11:13 AM
What's the distance between each bike? I have a spare bedroom I want to set up like your indoor shop. I need to hang six bikes ..., for now.

And, where'd you get that wheel storage rack(?)?

Thanks in advance.
I'll bet you can get them ...Humma Hah
Nov 16, 2002 11:27 AM
... about 1 ft apart if they're all roadbikes. Mountain bikes, with their wider bars, would need a little more. Merckx's photo shows exactly the same arrangement I saw at the San Diego Velodrome, just imagine extending that storage arrangement for about 40-feet and packing it with Schwinn Madison's and other fixed-gear relics.
hey 12x23...merckx56
Nov 16, 2002 2:21 PM
the hooks are 15 inches apart. that gives plenty of clearance between bikes, even with 46cm bars. if you are hanging mountain bikes, you may want to add a couple of inches between the hooks as mtb bars are a bit wider.
as for the wheel rack, it's a vittoria display from my shop.
we moved and had no place for it, so it came home with me.
if you want specs for the bench, i'd be glad to provide those as well. it's made out of all 2x6s.
bench photo...merckx56
Nov 16, 2002 2:24 PM
that's milan-san remo on the TV!
a note to help with construction...merckx56
Nov 16, 2002 2:34 PM
the board is a 2x6 that has been lag-bolted to the studs in the wall. I found the studs, marked them and then screwed the board to the wall to hold it in position. I then drilled pilot holes thru the board, the drywall and into the studs (our house is almost 80 years old and the studs are oak! the drill grabbed, bound up and almost twisted my hand clean off! be careful!)
I then started then lag bolts (5 or 6 inch will do the trick) with a socket. Get some washers to go between the bolt head and the board. I only have two bolts holding it up. I hung on it (180 lbs) and it didn't so much as creak!
If you are going longer and want the extra security, you may want to use three (especially if your house is newer and had pine studs!) The studs should be 18" on center, so once you've found the first on, it's easy from there!
a note to help with construction...12x23
Nov 16, 2002 3:40 PM
Thanks! My house is only 49 years old. Those studs would probably stand two lag bolts, but I'll go ahead and screw 'em three times. I'd hate for my chillun to fall out of bed late one night!

The bedroom is small so it'll be pretty much maxed as a "bike closet" along with my wheels, gear, etc. I have a bench in the garage/basement .., wish I had room to put everything together inside.

Thanks for the info.
Ohhhh, man, is that giving me the itch ...Humma Hah
Nov 17, 2002 9:16 AM
... to get into my new garage with the power tools and create something almost exactly like that!

I've had visions in my mind of creating just such a shop since last March when we ordered the new house. This Friday the new buyer will settle on the old house, I'll no longer have to spend every spare minute fixing up the old one, and I'll have the money to start on the new one.
Are you from Belgium? Why the flag? nmQubeley
Nov 16, 2002 11:23 AM
I fly it on the days that the Belgian classics fall on!merckx56
Nov 16, 2002 2:26 PM
MSR gets the Italian flag, the Tour gets the French flag and so on...
for the entire season. My neighbors think I've gone a bit 'round the bend!
re: Hanging it up...Akirasho
Nov 16, 2002 3:23 PM

... if you could imagine... I used to keep 'em in the living room before I cleaned out the basement... Without hanging, I'd have hung myself by now.

We abide.

Remain In Light.

Be the bike.
Hanging from the ceiling works tooTig
Nov 16, 2002 5:50 PM
I spaced the MTB and road bike wider apart to allow a bar to bar orientation.
Wanna sell that single-speed?4bykn
Nov 17, 2002 6:21 AM
That's a good looking ride. I'd love one, it just aint in the budget this year.
But I <i>just</i> built it up!Tig
Nov 17, 2002 1:21 PM
I've been riding it for only a few weeks now, so I guess you're outa' luck. The 53 cm Reynolds 531 touring frame and original steel fork (replaced with a cheap spare Icon carbon fork) cost only $15 at a garage sale. I swap my Speedplays between it and the Merckx. Most of the parts came from the same garage sale and my spare parts. I bought the built flip-flop rear wheel from Harris Cyclery. Total cost is around $230-240. It rides like a dream! You might be able to find something nice buying a used bike from a coworker or an LBS.
You are all my heroesSwat Dawg
Nov 16, 2002 7:12 PM
As a poor college student, your basements are beautiful. My heart fills with joy knowing that someday, I'll have my space stocked like that.


Swat Dawg
I feel for you ...Humma Hah
Nov 17, 2002 9:21 AM
... my beloved Schwinn cruiser spent its first 7 years outdoors at Virginia Tech. The first four years the dorms were too cramped to bring bikes inside, and then my roomies in the apartment would not have permitted it.

One maintenance guy at the apartment complex must have hated bikes: I tried parking it in the bike rack out front and it got smashed by a snowplow. I tried parking it on the first-floor patio and it was knocked down and run over by a lawnmower. 'Tis a testament to its toughness that it survived both encounters, probably out-living both pieces of equipment that hit it.
Works for me........Dave Hickey
Nov 16, 2002 7:17 PM
Dave..... I like the hocky stick..... very creative! "nm"CARBON110
Nov 17, 2002 7:30 AM
Dave..... I like the hocky stick..... very creative! "nm"Dave Hickey
Nov 17, 2002 8:43 AM
We were at a hockey tournament last weekend and there was a guy selling chairs made out of old hockey sticks. The frame was all old broken sticks with canvas stretched over the frame. We was selling them for $125.00. I think of all the old broken sticks I've thrown away over the years. That was creative!