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Old 04-17-12, 11:35 AM
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Show us your living area, ceiling-hung bike storage solutions

I've gotten the green light from my wife to hang one "nice" bike (we differ on which of my bikes fall into that category-- see below) in our main living area, partly for easier access to it (basement access is not the easiest), but mostly as decoration. The only restrictions are:

- it is to hang from the ceiling, close to the wall (like art), but not from the wall
- it is to hang right side up and horizontally, not upside down or vertically

At first I thought I'd just hang some chain and hooks from the ceiling, and the bikes would hang by their top tubes. But then I thought I should make something a little more aesthetically pleasing. But I need inspiration. There are many ways of creating a hanging system.

Hence this thread: show us your living area, ceiling-hung bike storage solutions!

Be they wood, cable, chain, steel bar, homemade, commercially bought, give me some ideas!

I kind of like this one, but it looks a little too industrial for our main living area.

As to which bike I have clearance from ground control to hang, my initial idea was to hang my Mercian, since I consider it my nicest, classiest bike, but when I mentioned this to my wife, she said, "But it just looks like any 10-speed. Hang your old Raleigh [rod-brake DL1] instead, now that's classic".
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Originally Posted by southpawboston View Post
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- it is to hang right side up and horizontally, not upside down or vertically
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Hence this thread: show us your living area, ceiling-hung bike storage solutions!
SPB! Haven't seen your face around much. Maybe you've been hanging in different threads. Hope all is well with you.

"right-side up and horizontally" could be interpreted as flat against the ceiling with the drivetrain side not visible, sort of ceiling art. But I'm sure you don't mean that. You gotta' love the ambiguity of English.

My Masi is currently leaning against the fireplace screen, supported from the ceiling by means of the floor. But I'm sure you're talking about something different.
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I've got my Chrome '78 Schwinn (Fixed) hanging on the wall. When I did it, there weren't too many aesthetically pleasing options so I just went with the most inconspicuous hook I could find (pics later, once I'm home). It hangs above our dining room table, which is pushed up against the wall and now serves as a desk.

Had I known at the time that there was something like this: http://theknifeandsaw.com/KSItemDetail.php?PC=Y&II=2 - I would have opted for that.

I haven't seen too many ceiling hanging schemes that don't look like they're meant to be in a garage.
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+1 on the bike shelf. First thing that came to my mind as well. I know it's not a ceiling mount, but it is quite unobtrusive and even attractive I think.
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I can't find a pic of this method but I saw it and loved it. Fix 1/2 copper pipe or wooden dowel (if you want to match paint) to the wall. The wheels "ride" the intersection of wall and pipe. The bike leans out from the wall at the desired subjective angle and is fixed to wall/ceiling plugs with fish line. Use a little line to tie the wheels to the pipe. It's very unobtrusive.

If you really like it, go whole hawg and paint a trompe 'oeil of Tuscany in the background, assuming it's a Italian
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I'm really interested in this as well. Would love to see pictures of clubman's method.
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That does sound really cool. Maybe better suited to a bike you don't ride though. It would probably be a little troublesome trying to untie it every time you want to ride.
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I can't find a pic of this method but I saw it and loved it. Fix 1/2 copper pipe or wooden dowel (if you want to match paint) to the wall. The wheels "ride" the intersection of wall and pipe. The bike leans out from the wall at the desired subjective angle and is fixed to wall/ceiling plugs with fish line. Use a little line to tie the wheels to the pipe. It's very unobtrusive.

If you really like it, go whole hawg and paint a trompe 'oeil of Tuscany in the background, assuming it's a Italian
Great idea! Sounds aesthetically pleasing. Except, if my wife has her way, I should be painting an English country lane, not Tuscany, on the wall! And what happens when I switch it out for another bike? Then I have to repaint the wall with another scene? Nah, too complicated .

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That does sound really cool. Maybe better suited to a bike you don't ride though. It would probably be a little troublesome trying to untie it every time you want to ride.
This is my concern, too. I would prefer something that holds the bike simply by gravity so I can lift it off and ride it occasionally.
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Is there a particular reason you are trying to mount on the ceiling vs high on the wall? Are we trying to avoid damaging some architectural flourish or something? Might help with the brainstorming.
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If you really like it, go whole hawg and paint a trompe 'oeil of Tuscany in the background, assuming it's a Italian
Italian bikes don't have to be suspended from the ceiling, they just float by themselves. But he's talking about a British bike.
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Is there a particular reason you are trying to mount on the ceiling vs high on the wall? Are we trying to avoid damaging some architectural flourish or something? Might help with the brainstorming.
My wife thinks the look will be cleaner if suspended by some type of wire from the ceiling. Mounting a support system to the wall would require triangulation to support all that weight (Raleigh DL1 = 50 lb), and my wife is concerned that bulky brackets or shelf-type supports might not look as simple and uninterrupted as a cable setup.
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What about adapting a single bar pot hanger? The high end ones can handle quite a bit of weight ( think le Creuset pots). Or you could get find some some cool old wrought iron barn hooks (the long ones) and mount them on a hardwood plank that would compliment your interior. Or, the coolest would be going to an iron works and just having them make you something. $$$$ option of course, but it would be gorgeous.

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Perhaps you want these. They're known as Sammy Screws, and it's a complete kit with the appropriately sized nut driver. You just need a solid joist to secure it to. Then, a couple appropriately sized (stainless?) eye bolts, and aircraft cable kit. Add a couple of these. Should accomplish what you're after.

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You seem to have identified a void in the marketplace. You should collaborate with Red Barn on a Roadster ceiling rack, and we'll all buy one.
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You might consider de-greasing the chain before you put it on the wall, it will be a ferocious dust collector if you leave it oily.
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You might consider de-greasing the chain before you put it on the wall, it will be a ferocious dust collector if you leave it oily.
Ah, that shouldn't be a problem, since the bike my wife wants to hang is this one.

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You seem to have identified a void in the marketplace. You should collaborate with Red Barn on a Roadster ceiling rack, and we'll all buy one.
That's a great idea, actually!

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Perhaps you want these. They're known as Sammy Screws, and it's a complete kit with the appropriately sized nut driver. You just need a solid joist to secure it to. Then, a couple appropriately sized (stainless?) eye bolts, and aircraft cable kit. Add a couple of these. Should accomplish what you're after.
Hey, those Sammy screws are ingenious! Yes, you are onto something here with that combo. I would also need some sort of hook at the lower end to grab the top tube.
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Hey, those Sammy screws are ingenious! Yes, you are onto something here with that combo. I would also need some sort of hook at the lower end to grab the top tube.

Actually, you could use just the aircraft cable along with a clamp above. Maybe some clear plastic/nylon tubing to protect the paint. I'll be watching this - I can't wait to see what you come up with!
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We need a pic of the room for decor. Short of having that I'd suggest using a wood rail, long enough for the bike to sit in it, concave, a wood version of one of those car roof top carrier trays that allow both weeks to be on the bike. Then I'd add two more pieces of wood probably perpendicular to the wheelbase wood peice that wil hold it in place but grabbing the front hub, or maybe the rear hub like the old rectangle kick stands you see on really old bikes ad motorcycles. Once you have that contraption I'd suspend it from the ceiling with high wight rated fishing line. Perhaps the concave wood tray would need little feet for the fishing line to attach to to keep the entire thing vertical. The tricky part is getting it down, and a lot of that would depend on the location, how you attach the fishing line to the ceiling, etc. I'll wait to answer that part but lets assume you can lower the entire tray down, maybe with a pulley , pop the hub off of the vertical wood bracket, and roll the bike away. I'm not sure now well I've explained this, but I see it retry clearly in my head. The ideas here are minimalistic so as not to take away from the bike, natural materials, and ease of use.

That said I of course have no idea if it would work oh and I'd shellac the wood tray and vertical wood brackets to make them look old like the Raleigh.
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We need a pic of the room for decor ... oh and I'd shellac the wood tray and vertical wood brackets to make them look old like the Raleigh.
Here's a pic of the main hallway, where the bike will be (ignore the Trek, it doesn't get hanging rights). It'll be one of the first things you see when you walk in. I'd like it to hang along the long wall to the right. Excuse the shabbiness... the house is a work in progress!

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Check this out- could easily be modified for ceiling mount.: http://www.columbusridesbikes.com/ (first post)
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Check this out- could easily be modified for ceiling mount.: http://www.columbusridesbikes.com/ (first post)
WOW, going to do this myself, i like it
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Some sort of dramatic lighting might be cool. Maybe from above or below, to really highlight the bike as art.. not just a bike.
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So whatever happened with this? I'm counting on a great-looking idea that I can steal, you see.
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