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Old 07-31-13, 11:36 AM   #1
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Wall mounted bike rack that allows bike to be vertical and parallel to wall?

I just moved into a smaller apartment, and I am looking for a wall mounted bike rack. The only place I can hang my bike would require that the bike be parallel to the wall AND oriented vertically (i.e. front tire pointing towards the ceiling, and rear tire pointing towards the floor). I have found a number of solutions that allow for the bike to hang vertically, but not parallel to the wall (http://www.amazon.com/Delta-Leonardo...5284659&sr=1-3) or parallel to the wall, but not vertically (http://www.amazon.com/Rubbermaid-5E0...5284727&sr=1-6).

As I mentioned, I need both. I did find an image of someone using a Cycloc wall mount to achieve this (http://i-cdn.apartmenttherapy.com/ui...08cycle-01.jpg), but these seem quite expensive.

Does anybody know of any relatively inexpensive wall mounted bike racks that will allow me to hang my bike in such a manner? Any alternative solutions are welcome as well! Also, for what it's worth, I can't hang anything from my ceiling.

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Old 07-31-13, 11:50 AM   #2
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Go to Home Depot or the like and find a "closet shelf bracket"

It'll look like a big "L" bracket but with a curl on the end to hold one end of a clothes rod. Pad the curl with a section of old inner tube or something. If you can screw it into a wall stud, you'll be good-to-go. If you can't screw into the wall, you'll have to design a vertical holder of some kind.
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I would just put a big hook on the ceiling, near the wall, and hang my bike by the front Wheel.
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I would just put a big hook on the ceiling, near the wall, and hang my bike by the front Wheel.
Unfortunately, I can't hang anything from my ceiling.

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Can you put one of the perpendicular hangers near a corner, so the bike is parallel to the wall in the corner?

Failing that can you secure a big hook to the wall and hang your bike from it by the front wheel, with or without the back wheel resting on the ground to reduce the weight on the wheel?
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Go to Home Depot or the like and find a "closet shelf bracket"

It'll look like a big "L" bracket but with a curl on the end to hold one end of a clothes rod. Pad the curl with a section of old inner tube or something. If you can screw it into a wall stud, you'll be good-to-go. If you can't screw into the wall, you'll have to design a vertical holder of some kind.
Interesting! I'll have to look into that. Would the bike tire be hanging from the curl in the bracket?
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Interesting! I'll have to look into that. Would the bike tire be hanging from the curl in the bracket?
Yeah.

What kind of bike? The closet shelf hanger will definitely work for a road bike with dropped handlebars but I'm less sure about a flat bar bike. You might have to get a little creative with twisting the stem and handlebars.
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Can you put one of the perpendicular hangers near a corner, so the bike is parallel to the wall in the corner?
Given the layout of my space, this is not possible.

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Failing that can you secure a big hook to the wall and hang your bike from it by the front wheel, with or without the back wheel resting on the ground to reduce the weight on the wheel?


I should be able to! I just need to figure out which solution would work best for me.

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What kind of bike? The closet shelf hanger will definitely work for a road bike with dropped handlebars but I'm less sure about a flat bar bike. You might have to get a little creative with twisting the stem and handlebars.
Right. It's a Jamis Beatnik (http://www.jamisbikes.com/usa/thebik...eatnik_ws.html), and the handlebars are indeed flat. Would it help if the handlebars were turned slightly?
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Right. It's a Jamis Beatnik (http://www.jamisbikes.com/usa/thebik...eatnik_ws.html), and the handlebars are indeed flat. Would it help if the handlebars were turned slightly?
Maybe. When you get your shelf bracket see how wide it is vs. your bike's handlebar. It might be OK as is. If not, I'd rather spacer the bracket away from the wall than have to mess with twisting my handlebar back every time I took my bike out to ride.
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Maybe. When you get your shelf bracket see how wide it is vs. your bike's handlebar. It might be OK as is. If not, I'd rather spacer the bracket away from the wall than have to mess with twisting my handlebar back every time I took my bike out to ride.
Good call. In essence, I would need to make sure that the length of the shelf rack is longer than the distance between the tip of the handlebar and the wheel (where the bike would be hanging from). 12"-12.5" should suffice.
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If I'm understanding the 'closet bracket' correctly, it should be designed to stick out a foot from the wall as it is; I'm picturing a bracket that holds a hanger rod....

'Turning' the handlebar doesn't require "TWISTING" them out of alignment, just turning the front wheel a tiny bit to land on the hook.

Worth a try......
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If I'm understanding the 'closet bracket' correctly, it should be designed to stick out a foot from the wall as it is; I'm picturing a bracket that holds a hanger rod....

'Turning' the handlebar doesn't require "TWISTING" them out of alignment, just turning the front wheel a tiny bit to land on the hook.

Worth a try......

Correct, sorry if I was unclear earlier. This is what I plan on doing.
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I'm planning on installing a couple of Saris Bike Tracs in my dining room so I can be more like tsl.



They're something like $35 or $40 each.
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Go to Home Depot or the like and find a "closet shelf bracket"
I took your advice, and for a total of about $8 I had all the equipment necessary to hang up my bike on a wall stud. It seems fairly sturdy, and let's hope it stays that way! This is how it turned out:



Thanks for everyone's input!

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Nicely done. White bike, white hanger.
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Given the confines of my upcoming compartment (apartment they say), I think I will follow this example as well.

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Cool solution. Just don't forget to take your water bottles off the bike before you hang it
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