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Storage racks for bikes?(18 posts)

Storage racks for bikes?globalhelipimp
Sep 3, 2003 10:36 AM
When I went to school in Vermont, a bike room was available
to store our bikes, but I transferred schools (photo major)
to the Rochester Institute of Technology, and now I have no
way to store them.

The bikes are a Lemond Zurich and a Trek 4900 MTB. I've
looked at some of the racks on performance and nashbar, but
am looking for feedback from anyone whose tried the various
racks. I'm preferably looking for a vertical rack that
stores the bikes on top of each other, seeing how I will
have limited space in my dorm.

Any other ideas/suggestions? Also, I'm looking to put some
road slicks onto my MTB because all I have are knobby
tires. Any MTB's out there that can recommend some not too
expensive but durable MTB slicks?


Syracuse, NY
cheap college solutionSteve_0
Sep 3, 2003 11:10 AM
Buy four closet-rod-hangers, and two 1X12X24 hunks 'o pine (for a grand whopping total of about 20 bucks). For each bike, screw two hangers into adjacent studs. The toptube goes into the rod-hanger. The Pine goes onto the shelf portion (space for helmet, shoes, etc).

This is cheap and versatile; you can install the pairs vertically (like the racks), or seperately (each near the ceiling, one above the dresser, one above the bed, etc).

Only downside is you'll have 8 screwholes in the drywall; but it's not like your not gonna have plenty of other holes by the end of the semester....thats what toothpaste is for.
cheap college solutionbikefreax
Sep 3, 2003 11:20 AM
I built one myself at a whopping cost of less than $20.00. You take 2 8ft 2x4 and one 4ft 2x4. cut the 4footer in to 2 pieces. Lay the 8 footers down and screw the 2 smaller sections to the insides for support. You should have a big 8ft tall section with the 2 pieces holding them together. Get some old plywood and cut out four triangles. On the flat part of one side cut a "U" shape. Then screw these to the outside and this creates your hangers. Then take 1 lag bolt at the top and secure it to a stud. E-mail me if you want a picture. It is a lot simpler than I wrote. Or I can fax you a drawing or e-mail you a drawing.
cheap college solutionMShaw
Sep 4, 2003 9:09 AM
I did something similar, but I had exposed joists to use, so no 2x4s for me. I guess if you wanted to, you could bolt/screw a 2x4 horizontally onto the wall, then attach the triangular shaped bike holders to ends.

At one point, I had a garage with exposed rafters, so up the bikes went. Everything was within 12" of the bottoms of the rafters.

stupid questionlemmy999
Sep 3, 2003 5:24 PM
what is a closet rod hanger?
Sep 4, 2003 4:08 AM
see part ch1k 1195cream

typically cost 2-4 bucks each.
see firstrax's post. illustrates my explanation well.Steve_0
Sep 4, 2003 4:10 AM
I just put some 26x1.9" Ascent slicks on mine ...Humma Hah
Sep 3, 2003 11:14 AM
... I can't guarantee the durability, but they were on a clearance sale at Performance, around $10 each if I recall. Their handling is superb and the bike runs noticably more efficiently and rides like silk.

Vertical, with one bike hanging by a single hook from the front wheel, the other from the back wheel, is about the most compact and economical arrangement for hanging bikes, one I use in my garage. Alas, if I had installed such hooks in MY dorm room, I would have faced a stiff repair bill.

And, at the time, I did not believe it proper to store a bike in a dorm room, much less two. If my roommate had tried it, I'd have strangled him. That's one of the big reasons I bought the cruiser for college: it slept chained up outdoors for over 7 years, and nobody bothered it ... they would have been after bikes like yours, instead.

You need an apartment.
re: Storage racks for bikes?Mel Erickson
Sep 3, 2003 12:03 PM
It would be pretty simple and cheap to build one like this. You wouldn't be putting any holes in your wall or ceiling, either. You could use the aforementioned closet rod hangers and a 2x4 in place of the wire hangers shown in the picture. (Acknowledgement to Performance for the picture)
I bought the cheaper metal version of the one above...BenR
Sep 3, 2003 8:44 PM
For the do it yourself projects, you also need to consider what your time is worth building it (are you experienced with tools and have access to them?) and the fines associated with putting holes in the wall. Over here in Pullman, WA, some of the housing staff is rather anal retentive about such things. Also, if it collapses or get's knocked over, the possible damage to two bike frames gets expensive real quick.

I decided it wasn't worth it and bought the metal version of the oak rack pictured in the post I replied to for ~$100. 4 years and about 8 living locations later, it's still going strong and I don't worry too much about banging the crap out of it while moving. It's not as nice looking as the oak, but cheaper and less precious. It's not a wonderfully designed structure, but I don't have any damaged bikes or holes in the wall. You can also put up to 4 bikes on it if you have a roommate and get a couple extra hanger sets.

This rack won't work with a suspended or soft ceiling. It's not perfect but seems to be one of the better solutions that I've seen throughout my college career. Good luck
Another optionMel Erickson
Sep 3, 2003 12:10 PM
You can build this out of 2x4's and attach closet rod hangers directly to the vertical supports. Less work to build but might mark up your walls if it moves and rubs. (Performance, again.)
What I'd really doMel Erickson
Sep 3, 2003 12:17 PM
is buy two screw-in storage hooks from Home Depot and hang them from the wall or ceiling. When you're done just patch the holes. I'd hang them from a ceiling joist because it's easier and less conspicuous to patch the ceiling and put a dab of ceiling paint on the patch than try and match the wall color. Just make sure the tire doesn't rub on the wall (put up a poster of Britney Spears where it hits the wall)
Shelf and pole brackets from Home Depot, $1.50 eachfirstrax
Sep 3, 2003 3:45 PM
and a little shrink tubing too keep from scratching. Make sure they line up on studs.
Animal are the best, Nice little Doggie......nmrubendc19
Sep 3, 2003 3:51 PM
re: Storage racks for bikes?Grahamalicious
Sep 3, 2003 8:46 PM
I my dorm days i had a roommate with a loft, a loft of my own and my futon. My Trek 8000 lived on my loft, i slept on my futon and my Zurich sat on a low book shelf and blocked the window...

my roommate hated it, but i hated his bass practice :D
tires...Joe Connell
Sep 4, 2003 5:47 AM
I've had good luck with 1.25' nashbar brand slicks. They work pretty good. It's starting to square off, but I have around 1500 miles in it, and I'm not a lightweight (200lbs). My Frankenbike is only about 2 miles an hour slower then my road bike. If you go any smaller then 1.25, you'll have pinch flat problems, or at least I did. You will also need new tubes, because the ones for 2" tires are a pain to work with, and you may well pinch the tubes trying to inflate them.

Best part about the nashbar tires, is they run around $10 year round.

I use a loft as well.Jervis
Sep 4, 2003 9:24 AM
Our rooms are fairly small so I built a loft my freshman year and it's been a godsend ever since. I put my bed underneath the loft and my bikes on top mounted with something similar to the attached pic except mines just a small peice of 2x4 cut to hub size with a hole drilled for the skewer. It looks very very ghetto but it works well. It's kind of a pain to take off the wheel everytime you want to store it, but I could store 5 or 6 bikes up there if I needed to. Problem is you first have to have a loft......I can send you some plans if you want. Lots of luck.

Pic LinkJervis
Sep 4, 2003 9:25 AM