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Old 10-05-16, 03:15 AM
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Minoura Bike Tower experiences

Not sure if this is the right place to post, I'm considering said tower as I've accumulated too many bikes recently. There's a second hand one with provision for four bikes for sale here. The bikes are old school racers so quite heavy. Any pitfalls, experiences, etc before I commit? Cheers
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I've not used the Minoura version but have used others with same designs.


A few comments- The expanding against the ceiling wasn't as tight a fit as I had hoped for. The ceiling was flexible enough to not get enough compression and the tower would fall over if not real careful in bike placements. As I was in an apartment I wasn't going to run some screws into the floor and ceiling, which would have solved this issue.
- Getting at both sides of the tower with bikes hanging takes a bunch of space. the tower needed to be placed pretty much in the middle of the room. If I was allowed to screw into the walls or ceiling I'd just use wheel hanging hooks. Which is what I do now. Far cheaper and takes far less space with far better access.
- I don't like hanging my bikes from their frames anyway. Too easy to scratch or compress/bend a cable. I see car carrier paint and cable issues all the time at work. I paid far too much for my bikes' paint jobs to risk them. Andy.
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I've not used the Minoura version but have used others with same designs.


A few comments- The expanding against the ceiling wasn't as tight a fit as I had hoped for. The ceiling was flexible enough to not get enough compression and the tower would fall over if not real careful in bike placements. As I was in an apartment I wasn't going to run some screws into the floor and ceiling, which would have solved this issue.
- Getting at both sides of the tower with bikes hanging takes a bunch of space. the tower needed to be placed pretty much in the middle of the room. If I was allowed to screw into the walls or ceiling I'd just use wheel hanging hooks. Which is what I do now. Far cheaper and takes far less space with far better access.
- I don't like hanging my bikes from their frames anyway. Too easy to scratch or compress/bend a cable. I see car carrier paint and cable issues all the time at work. I paid far too much for my bikes' paint jobs to risk them. Andy.
Thanks Andy, appreciate your insights, that was my main concern that it would not be secure enough to fit where I wanted it (a fibro bungalow) and also wasn't confident about the integrity of the ceiling.
The other place had a high pitched ceiling and was going to have to fashion a wedge to level it off.
Will look at some other options for my storage solution. Cheers, Matthew
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