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Old 11-18-12, 11:22 AM   #1
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Any suggestiins on hooks to hang a bike from the front wheel?

I'm settling into the garage of my new home. Can anyone recommend a particular brand of hook to use to hang a bike from the front wheel? I've seen several different styles for sale and I'm curious if anyone has a particular opinion, good or bad, about a specific brand of hook.

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Old 11-18-12, 11:26 AM   #2
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I have a couple of these on the wall: http://www.amazon.com/Delta-Leonardo...ds=bike+hanger
with no problems.

I've also mounted a 2x4 on the wall with some large rubber coated hooks screwed into it every couple of feet and that also works well.
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Old 11-18-12, 11:45 AM   #3
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Right now the Delta Leonardo hanger is $3 cheaper here: http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...64_-1___202381
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I've also mounted a 2x4 on the wall with some large rubber coated hooks screwed into it every couple of feet and that also works well.
The beams in the side walls of our garage are about 16" apart and I use coated J hooks screwed into them to hang all our bikes vertically, alternating the orientation of the bikes to accommdate the h-bars. This seems to be the most efficient way to hang 8 bikes, including a tandem.
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Any rubber coated J hook works if you are hanging from the rafters, which is what I do. If you have deep section wheels, you need larger hooks. I use these and hang the bikes from the rear wheel:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o01_s01_i00
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I made this hanging bike rack with shelving material found at Home Depot. The hooks are rubber coated and screw into 2x4 blocks that sit on top of the shelf.
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The big hook, from Lowes or Home Depot....Angled downward ~ 45 deg. Drill a pilot hole in the stud first.
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I use red ones.
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Any rubber coated J hook works if you are hanging from the rafters, which is what I do. If you have deep section wheels, you need larger hooks. I use these and hang the bikes from the rear wheel:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o01_s01_i00
This. I also slide a length of old tube over the hooks for extra rim protection.
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I purchased vinyl coated brackets at the LBS that attach to garage wall studs.


I used vinyl J hooks in the basement. I can hang a half dozen bikes in a small space and even hide a new one in the herd.
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The big hook, from Lowes or Home Depot....Angled downward ~ 45 deg. Drill a pilot hole in the stud first.
Yes, those work better/seem more secure than the more common J hooks.
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Depending on how many bikes you want to hang, Lowe's has a hanger that holds the bike by the top tube, and they don't stick out so far. Harbor Freight also sells the two hook hoist that you can hang from the rafters higher up.
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http://www.performancebike.com/bikes...51_-1___400245
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Check out the ‘Rubbermaid’ Vertical Bike Rack. Or one of its siblings.

http://www.rubbermaid.com/Category/P...od_ID=RP091292

Part of the FastTrack Garage Organization System, the Vertical Bike Rack stores bikes up off the floor to protect them from accidents and reclaim parking space. Its "soft grip" coating protects it from nicks and scratches. A locking gripper and push/pull lever make it easy to attach and adjust on the rail so you can create a customized garage storage system that can change as your storage needs change.
  • Store bikes up off the floor to protect against accidents and reclaim parking space
  • Quickly snaps into place on FastTrack mounting rails
  • Locking gripper provides reinforced security when attaching hook to the rail
  • Push/pull lever provides the ability to move hooks around
  • "Soft grip" coating protects bikes from nicks and scratches
  • Powder-coated steel for durability - resists, rusting, chipping and cracking
  • Holds up to 50 lbs
  • Easy to attach and move around on the rail
  • Can be mounted directly to a wall (hardware not included)


I have used this system with and without the 'rail' depending on my need. Most of the attachments can be installed using screws into wall framing.
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The big hook, from Lowes or Home Depot....Angled downward ~ 45 deg. Drill a pilot hole in the stud first.
But at 45 degrees, you could probably only hang a 95 pound bike from them.
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Old 11-20-12, 08:39 AM   #16
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The beams in the side walls of our garage are about 16" apart and I use coated J hooks screwed into them to hang all our bikes vertically, alternating the orientation of the bikes to accommdate the h-bars. This seems to be the most efficient way to hang 8 bikes, including a tandem.
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Any rubber coated J hook works if you are hanging from the rafters, which is what I do. If you have deep section wheels, you need larger hooks. I use these and hang the bikes from the rear wheel:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o01_s01_i00
There's all you need to know. You can get the bike hook a lot cheaper at Home Depot.
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You can get the bike hook a lot cheaper at Home Depot.
Those hooks are OK for most road bikes, but may not be big enough to easily get your fat-tired MTB in and out of, which is why I used the larger of the two pictured in my first post. Of course they're rated at 25lb which is OK for most road bikes (depending on how they're used) but marginal for mtbs or heavier bikes.

The big hooks are rated for 75 lb vertically and 40 lb horizontally : http://www.lowes.com/pd_267965-46882...t_avg_rating|1
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Meh. I have a 50 lb. Raleigh DL-1 hanging from the cheapo hooks.
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Any rubber coated J hook works if you are hanging from the rafters, which is what I do. If you have deep section wheels, you need larger hooks. I use these and hang the bikes from the rear wheel:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o01_s01_i00
Those are the ones I use as well, but I alternate front wheel and back wheel to maximize space due to the handlebars.
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Just a casual note for those who like to ride their bikes in the rain. If you hang your bike by the front wheel after coming out of the rain, you will notice that the lower headset is completely open to catching all the water that comes off the forks. This water tends to be very dirty and oily, with small bits of grit. Now you may think that your headset is sealed, but remember that the water will just sit there, & there's always a small chance that it may get past the seals...

Anyway, I always hang my bike by the rear wheel to get around this. No headset problems at all since I've been doing this, but then I'm using a Cane Creek 110.

Yeah, it's sort of intuitive to hang the bike by the front wheel.

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