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Garage Wall storage/Maintenance : Repair stand vs. plain rack

Old 10-09-15, 10:14 AM
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Garage Wall storage/Maintenance : Repair stand vs. plain rack

Hey All,

I'll be storing my 29er inside a garage at my apartment complex, which is pretty limited on space. The back wall has enough room to accommodate my bike freestanding, but it needs something to reliably keep it from falling over onto my car's hood. At the bare minimum, I think a storage rack is in order. And yes, we're allowed to modify the walls (carefully, lol).
Also, it would be nice to have a workstation to quickly and easily clean and re-lube the drivetrain on the more wet of days.

So, I'm looking at what's out there on Amazon and the like, and it looks like there are two major categories of wall mounts for bikes for what I need: racks that have enough standoff from the wall for spinning the cranks, and maintenance clamps. From what I can tell, there would be pros and cons to each.

For the racks, (example), my intuition says it would probably be far quicker and easier to hang and unhang the bike. If I'm tired/shaky after a "spirited" ride, this might be safer for both my bike, and my car, which is 2 feet away.
Of course, the biggest con would be, that I'm limited to hanging the bike from the top frame member (well, maybe it could hold it by the downtube as well). Aside from that, the rack would not allow large upward forces to be placed on the bike during maintenance ops. Maybe I could use another clamp in conjunction with the rack?

For the wall-mounted maintenance stands, I imagine pros would include: mounting the bike at any angle, choosing more points on the bike to clamp to, more secure mounting in general, and holding the bike securely without modifying the clamp. Plus, I'd have a proper maintenance stand for other operations (by the way, what are some situations where you'd need to rotate the bike around during maintenance/mods?).
The biggest con would likely be the fact that it takes a bit more work to mount the bike into the clamp, but then again, I've not used one before, so I could be wrong.

Also, is it bad for cables and hydraulic lines to clamp over those in securing the bike? I would imagine the frame paint could be damaged by cable contact as well (on both racks and clamps).

Any other thoughts? Which style would you pick?

Thanks,

Mike
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Old 10-09-15, 10:42 AM
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I go with a rack and a stand-alone work stand. The rack would be fine for storage and routine lubing, inspecting/inflating tires, checking brakes, gears etc. For more significant work, a work stand would be preferable, perhaps a race type (holds the bike by front or rear dropouts).

Basically, it's best to not clamp on cables or hoses. The bike weight resting passively on cables or hoses against the top tube is likely not an issue, IMO. For comparison, I'd have no hesitation picking up any of my bikes by gripping the top tube, cables, hoses and all.

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Old 10-09-15, 11:20 AM
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I vote clamps. More options to mount the bike. They're not hard to use at all. I'd actually argue that the hooks or whatever would be more annoying. The clamps you can kind of just throw your bike on to where as the hooks/racks you need to put in a very specific position.
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Fortunately, with a basement workshop I'm no longer limited....but I've been there. Simplest and most inexpensive adequate solution I can think of would be J-hooks screwed into a wall mounted 2x6 for daily storage plus a fold up bike hand maintenance stand.
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Originally Posted by ltxi View Post
Fortunately, with a basement workshop I'm no longer limited....but I've been there. Simplest and most inexpensive adequate solution I can think of would be J-hooks screwed into a wall mounted 2x6 for daily storage plus a fold up bike hand maintenance stand.
My thoughts as well. I use j-hooks on our garage's ceiling to hang my and my wife's bikes, and have a folding Park stand I use to work on them. You can often get good deals on repair stands on CL, I bought mine on there for example.
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I would use 2 J hook to hold the bike over the car. I made a fold down workbench by bolting a 2x4 to the wall, attached a 30"x48"x3/4" plywood with door hinges and (2) 2x4 legs that fold up. When not in use it folds flat against the wall.




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