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Old 01-01-11, 11:17 PM   #1
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is there any bike stands that go behind a bed?

Im going to college soon. I think im getting a dorm room. I heard different colleges wont let you nail or screw into the wall to put a bike mount up.

So I think the kind of bike stand mount I need is one that goes against the wall behind a bed. One that requires no screws or nails. So the bike would be above my bed taking no space.

What would be the best option of bike mount I could get for a dorm room? I also dont want the stand to keep my bed that far from the wall. Trying to save space.
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It sounds to me like you need to see the dorm room first. You may also want to consider bike storage when choosing the dorm.

Where I went to college, my dorm room bed was a built-in slide-in bed that formed the bottom part of a sofa and there would have been no way to put a bike stand behind it. Some of the older dorms at the same college had larger rooms with furniture that could be moved around, but you wouldn't need a bike stand there, there was lots of floor space. My daughter's dorm room at a different college had two beds, but they weren't against walls. So you really don't know what you're dealing with until you see it.

If you're not too concerned about appearance, it wouldn't be too hard to buy some 2x2's or similar wood and make whatever rack you needed, if you have a place to put it.

(FYI, if you're figuring to ride a bike around campus, you probably want an old junky bike, and then you lock it up on the bike rack outside with the 50 other old junky bikes. The rack idea assumes you have a nice bike that you're riding longer distances on.)
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Im going to college soon. I think im getting a dorm room. I heard different colleges wont let you nail or screw into the wall to put a bike mount up.

So I think the kind of bike stand mount I need is one that goes against the wall behind a bed. One that requires no screws or nails. So the bike would be above my bed taking no space.

What would be the best option of bike mount I could get for a dorm room? I also dont want the stand to keep my bed that far from the wall. Trying to save space.

I was lucky my dorm was a 1920 something building that used to have steam heating sometime in its past. When the building was modernized they left the water pipes. These pipes made for a great place to hang some "S" hooks to suspend a bike inverted. Most of my friends just rolled their bikes around the room as they needed a given spot. Another thing that help tremendously is I often wound up with a private room which helped still further.
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Old 01-02-11, 12:20 AM   #4
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I want ride my bike longer distances whenever I have free time. I got a cannondale touring bike. Ride around town and visiting people.

I'll take a look at the dorms. Its a 2 year collage.
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Old 01-02-11, 01:03 AM   #5
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It sounds to me like you need to see the dorm room first. You may also want to consider bike storage when choosing the dorm.

Where I went to college, my dorm room bed was a built-in slide-in bed that formed the bottom part of a sofa and there would have been no way to put a bike stand behind it. Some of the older dorms at the same college had larger rooms with furniture that could be moved around, but you wouldn't need a bike stand there, there was lots of floor space.
Sounds like my dorm 2 years ago...Jester at UT Austin?

Anyways, I agree it's hard without knowing the layout of your dorm room and whether the furniture is fixed or movable. This summer I bought the Delta Michelangelo 2-bike wall rack for $1+$17 shipping on eBay (got lucky). It would keep your bed about 4 inches from the wall at most. It's stable once the weight of the bike is on there. Arms protrude out and you can adjust the height how you want.

You could also consider one of those floor-to-ceiling pole racks like this one. The one concern with those is having a ceiling sturdy enough and placing it where studs are in the house to support the pressure required to hold it in place. Dorms are generally all concrete so that shouldn't be a problem. The arms that hold the bikes themselves do not stick out nearly as far as the previous rack, and would require it to be mounted further from the wall so theres clearance for the handlebars (unless you take off the front wheel).

Hope that helps. Personally I wouldn't feel comfortable with my bike hanging over me while I sleep...haha
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Yeah the arms need to stick out further on the floor to ceiling rack then it would be perfect.
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Another common solution is under the bed. If you pop off the front wheel and turn the handlebars sideways, you'll have a 1-plane object. Prop up your bed on some concrete blocks and you're good-to-go.
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If you end up with your bed lofted off the floor like most of the kids did when I was in college, you can just screw a couple J-hooks into the wood.
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Any rules about bikes in dorms?
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ARE there any bike stands that go behind a bed?

This seems to be about as narrow as it gets for a Work Stand...
Work Stand

Minoura used to make a Work Stand that supported the bike at the Bottom bracket and it had it's own skewer for the Fork (front Wheel was removed), but I don't see it on their site.

If you don't need to work:
Storage Stand

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Old 01-03-11, 08:58 PM   #11
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Sounds like my dorm 2 years ago...Jester at UT Austin?
I was at Texas Tech, probably a lot the same as similar-vintage dorms at UT, though, and my daughter's at UNT.
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I think you should just cuddle with the bike. Hanging up on the wall is much too far for comfort.
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