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Old 04-07-11, 01:12 PM   #1
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Heavy duty vertical bike storage?

Just moved into a new apartment in Denver. Much smaller than my last place, and no garage(but much cheaper too). I'm wanting to keep the bikes inside my apartment, but the problem is my Felt weighs in at 50+lbs. Most of the racks I've seen are only rated to hold about 40lbs per bicycle.

Does anyone know of a rack(vertical, not mounted to the wall type) that can hold this much weight?
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http://www.feedbacksports.com/produc...age_stand.aspx

I have one of these - it's the most bomb proof freestanding storage rack out there. Get the 4 legged base addon kit which is rated to hold up to 180 lbs.
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I looked at those, but it says 40lbs per cradle set. I would exceed that by 10+lbs with the Felt.
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A 50+ pound Felt?
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Try this : http://www.performancebike.com/bikes..._20000__400245 I use one of these and I hang 3 bikes on it with back side small arms. The bike on the back is a '74 Columbia weighing in at 49 lbs. Never had a problem in 6 years.
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A 50+ pound Felt?
That's what I was wondering.

The manufacturer's ratings assume you're using plastic wall anchors in 3/8" drywall. They have to because some dimwit is going to do just that, then sue them when it pulls out of the wall.

Drill and screw into the studs and you'll have no problem. In other words, it's not the rack, but the mounting method that limits the capacity.

I use the Saris Locking Bike Trac in my apartment. Nowhere on their web site or even in the product manual will you find a capacity rating.



I have mine mounted with six 1/4" toggle bolts each, in the old school wooden lath and plaster walls of my 1920s apartment. They don't move. Not only can I hang my bikes from them, I can hang myself from them. They don't move, bend or give.

I have the non-locking version at work. Maintenance installed it, so I don't know what they used for the wall anchor, but I can hang from that one too.

In a drywall building, I recommend screwing into the studs. Sometimes they're not where you'd like. In that case, screw a couple of stringers to the studs (horizontally) and screw your rack to the stringers.

If you like the Locking Bike Trac you'll have to order from an LBS that has a direct account with Saris. It's not available through standard distribution (QBP, etc). It's $80 and my LBS charged for the inbound freight too, since they're so heavy. It can take a couple of weeks to come in.

The plain non-locking version of the Bike Trac IS available through QBP ($40 list) and any LBS can get one for you on their next order. Had mine in six days.

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Well I did call Feedback, and while the official rating is 40lbs per cradle, the guy told me he's hung some very heavy things from them in his own house, including something that was 46lbs on just one cradle arm.

And yes, it is a 50lb Felt. It's the old style cruiser, made of steel.
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And yes, it is a 50lb Felt. It's the old style cruiser, made of steel.
Thanks. I even looked up the Felt website and I didn't see anything that I thought would exceed 50 pounds. My son just built up a Felt road bike that weighs right at 17 pounds but he also owns a freeride mountain bike that might push that 50 pound mark.
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Built from wood. Not beautiful but it could hold big heavy bikes.
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I went with the Feedback Velo Cache 2 bike model. The 2 bike and 4 bike mast are the same thing, with the 4 bike only adding a longer foot and 2 more cradle sets. And the cradle arms certainly seem beefy enough, when compared to all the others I looked at. Plus, I had an REI dividend to use with the 20% off. Seems to be holding the Felt quite well right now.
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