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APostle 09-28-05 12:39 PM

How do I suspend my bike?
 
Dear all,
Thankyou for reading my post. I have just bought a Trek racing bike and realise that i must store it hanging from the beams in the garage as it is likely that it will not be given the respect i must give it if i leave it on the floor. I have two beams which are pretty much the same width as the seat and handlebars are apart so I would like to be able to suspend it from the handlebars and the seat. Does anyone know where I can obtain a hook in order to do this?
Thankyou for your help.
APostle

Ubie 09-28-05 12:44 PM

i hang mine upside down using the wheels. you can go to any hardware store and buy some large hooks to hang it from, i think the ones i have were 2/$3. just measure out the distance between axles and install the hooks about that far apart (it doesn't need to be perfect). if you don't have support beams the appropriate distance apart maybe you can go length-wise down one beam?

merlinextraligh 09-28-05 01:08 PM

There are rope hoist systems for this if it's too high to reach. I got one at Sports authority.

roadfix 09-28-05 01:34 PM

2 bike hooks, 2 bucks, hang your bike upside down, the most practical way to store your bike.......and no, your wheels aren't gonna warp (silly question people sometimes ask)....

slooney 09-28-05 04:17 PM

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There are rope hoist systems for this if it's too high to reach. I got one at Sports authority.

Or, you can assemble one out of part from the harrdware store- I've got 5 or 6 hanging from my garage ceiling, holding mostly bikes, but also a gear box. It takes a little creativity (how to attach bikes to pulleys, sapcing, etc) but it works fine. I've got 6 pulleys at 1.88 each, five screw eyes (which I buy in bulk- call it $3) and because we have high ceilings, 50' of braided nylon rope (I use 3/8" because it's easier to handle than 1/4") for $8 and a cleat for $2 gives me a total of around $24. Damnh, maybe I should be trying to buy these things! :rolleyes:

For what it's worth, I like being able to customize them so that they do exactly what I want them to do, and I can put them anywhere I can design them for.

Paul L. 09-28-05 06:28 PM

One bike hook (or other hook with a lag type screw thread on the bottom) screwed into a ceiling joist, hang bike by front wheel so both wheels contact wall. Been storing my road bike like this for years.

CycleMagic 09-28-05 07:38 PM

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Originally Posted by The Fixer
.......and no, your wheels aren't gonna warp (silly question people sometimes ask)....

glad you answered the silly question....I was wondering about that!
have a silly day!
Liz

giorgios 09-28-05 11:28 PM

Drill two metal round eyes about 18 inches apart so you can hang your bike with two bunge cords under the top tube. If positioned correctly it will become functional art.

Bigmark 09-29-05 06:16 AM

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Or, you can assemble one out of part from the harrdware store- I've got 5 or 6 hanging from my garage ceiling, holding mostly bikes, but also a gear box. It takes a little creativity (how to attach bikes to pulleys, sapcing, etc) but it works fine. I've got 6 pulleys at 1.88 each, five screw eyes (which I buy in bulk- call it $3) and because we have high ceilings, 50' of braided nylon rope (I use 3/8" because it's easier to handle than 1/4") for $8 and a cleat for $2 gives me a total of around $24. Damnh, maybe I should be trying to buy these things!
OK, I looked at the drawing, and correct me if I am wrong, but for the pulley distances on the ceiling should be equal to the lifting points of the bike correct?

And am I correct that it will lift the bike evenly. Or will it pull the bike up from one end, then the other? Just curious,

This is very cool, and would be a huge space saver in my garage.

mirona 09-29-05 06:41 AM

If you REALLY want to suspend your bike, try Carbonite

http://www.hoylen.com/photos/2002-10...wars/sw060.jpg

:D ;)

slooney 09-29-05 12:26 PM

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Originally Posted by Bigmark
OK, I looked at the drawing, and correct me if I am wrong, but for the pulley distances on the ceiling should be equal to the lifting points of the bike correct?

And am I correct that it will lift the bike evenly. Or will it pull the bike up from one end, then the other? Just curious,

This is very cool, and would be a huge space saver in my garage.

Yes, the pulley distances at the ceiling are equal to the lifting points on the bike. A little spacing between the paired pulleys helps them not interfere with each other, but they can actually be strung on the same screw eye.

As for your other question, in the best of all possible worlds, assuming zero resistance in your pulleys, no twisting of the rope between lifting point and ceiling pulleys, etc, the bike will lift evenly. I've found, however, that it tends to be a little wonky, and the bike will lift somewhat askew. This is not a problem, as it equalizes at the top of the pull.

As much as I'd like to take credit, I have to give credit to my dad, who used to store a small sailboat in his garage by hanging it from the rafters using similar methods. Necessity is the mother of invention. :) It has been a huge help in storing our bikes, and will continue to be so for years, I expect.


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