Plays in traffic
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Rochester, NY
Bikes: 1996 Litespeed Classic, 2006 Trek Portland, 2013 Ribble Winter/Audax
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch
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.
Last edited by tsl; 04-07-11 at 07:09 PM.