Storing bicycles can eat up a lot of the floor level storage space within a garage. One of the options to freeing up this space is to hang the bikes from the ceiling. A system of hooks is cost-efficient and easily installed but poses a challenge for shorter or weaker bicyclists who may not have the ability to lift the bike to the hooks. A bicycle lift system is a bit more difficult to install and comes with a higher cost but makes raising a bike to the ceiling easy.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Tape measure
- Carpenter's pencil
- 16d nails
- Two bicycle hooks
- Bicycle lift system
- 2-inch deck screws
- Power drill with 1/8-inch bit
Measure the distance between the contact point -- the point where the wheels touch the ground -- of the front and rear bicycle wheel.
Mark out the same distance on a ceiling joist. If you desire to mount the bicycle at a right angle to the ceiling joists nail a 2- by 4-inch board to the ceiling joists where the bike will hang with 16d nails.
Drill a 1/8-inch pilot hole at the marked points to start the installation of the ceiling hooks. Place the pointed end of the ceiling hook into the hole and turn clockwise until the threaded portion of the ceiling hook is entirely within the wood.
Measure the distance between the centre of handlebars and the back of the seat of the bicycle.
Mark the distance on a ceiling joist in the desired area for the bike lift. If the bike lift will be placed at a right angle to the ceiling joist nail a 2- by 4-inch board to the ceiling joists with 16d nails.
Fasten the two pulley assemblies to the joist at the marks. The pulley assemblies are available as a kit, which may also include the wood screws used to attach them to the ceiling. If not, use 2-inch deck screws.
String the rope through the pulley assemblies and the hook assemblies according to the manufacturer's instructions. Fasten the loose end of the rope to the wall.
Tips and warnings
- With either system the bike hangs about 4 feet from the ceiling. Make sure this doesn't interfere with car storage or the walking area of the garage.
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