So everyone in the family is finally old enough to own their very own bike, which is great! There's absolutely nothing that can compete with the bonding and memories forged on a good old-fashioned family bike ride. Likewise, there is also nothing that can compete with the clutter compounded by countless bikes being scattered across the garage floor. For many families it is this pros and cons mentality that surrounds the idea of every member of the family having their own bikes. Meaning of course, the good must come with the bad, or rather, clutter in the garage is the trade-off for everyone having a good time on two wheels. Well guess what, you can have your cake and eat it too.
Garage bike racks are a fantastic way to save space in what always seems to be our most cluttered area. The best part is that there are plenty of options available to suit your families' individual needs. Some options keep your bike resting on the floor while others use unique and easy lifting devices to keep the tires up off the ground. Here's a quick rundown of the main types to help you decide what is right for you.
Garage Bike Racks
1. Bicycle stands are great for those that use their bicycles often. It's very convenient, just push the bike off the stand and hop on. It's equally great for kids as this system doesn't require much in the lifting department.
The disadvantage of a bicycle stand is that it takes up floor space. If you do not have a big garage with a lot of floor space one of the other bicycle storage systems might be a better choice.
2. The single folding wall mounted bike rack is the style for you if you have little floor space yet still need to get to your bike often. It's simple, inexpensive and easily mounts to the wall. You simply lift the bike up on to the rack and you're good to go.
The disadvantage is that wall space is needed and it only holds one bike, so if you've got a family you're going to need quite a few.
3. The multiple bike rack pole is a pole that you can buy either to mount to your wall or to have free standing. It enables you to store two or more bicycles one on top of the other. This can be a real space saver.
The disadvantage is that the top bicycles are not easy to access and of course you'll have to help the kids.
4. Bike pulleys or hoist are a unique style of garage bike racks that are easy to use and make it easy to access your bike when needed. You simply attach the pulley to your bike and then tighten the hoist to lift it up off the ground. When you're ready to ride you simply lower the bike and head out the garage door.
The disadvantage is that the hoist and pulley need to be installed.
5. Bike hooks just might be your best bet due to their simplicity. At virtually any hardware store you can get large storage hooks that screw easily into the wall or ceiling. After that all you need is a little elbow grease to lift your bike up on to the hooks.
The disadvantage is that you need to anchor the hooks well enough so it can support your bike's weight. Also, if you're looking to attach the hooks to your ceiling the bike won't be so easy to get down, plus again you'll be helping those in the family who aren't quite stronger enough to lift the bicycle on and off by themselves.
So go and reclaim your garage from bicycle chaos with this short list of great options for garage bike racks. Hopefully this helps you decide which systems is right for you and your family. Regardless of the option you pick, it's definitely going to beat tripping over bicycles on the way to your vehicle. Now, about the rest of the garage…..