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Old 07-27-17, 05:47 AM
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Bike Pulley systems

Anyone have experience with this or another system? Self made? what about mechanical advantage and making it a little easier to hoist?

Robtec Ceiling Mount Bike Hoist Set-CBH45 - The Home Depot
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Old 07-27-17, 06:35 AM
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Originally Posted by UberIM View Post
what about mechanical advantage and making it a little easier to hoist?
How heavy is the bike?

I just have hooks and hang them by hand... unless your ceiling is too high.

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Old 07-27-17, 07:26 AM
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4:1. That's a lot of mechanical advantage for something that only weighs around 20 or 30 pounds. You're going to have a lot of rope to tangle up.
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Old 07-27-17, 12:08 PM
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I can't attest to this particular brand but I have a Greenspeed GTO recumbent trike hanging from my garage ceiling using one like it. It holds the two front wheels and the back wheel is held up by a separate bike hook. You would need to be sure the pulleys are mounted directly to a stud or as I did, add a piece of 3/4" X 6" wood slat across the ceiling and screwed the pulley into the wood. There is one negative response to the Home Depot listing: Worst product ever, the hooks straighten bent and dropped my $1,000 dollar bike" The hooks on the one I own are fine.
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I have 2 of these but not for bicycles. The bikes hang on hooks even 'though the ceiling really too high. The pulleys are used for a kayak - tucked waaay into one front corner and rarely touched - and a Thule box which is hanging in the dead space between the 2 car slots and goes up and down several times a year. The rope is cheap and frays easily and there is a lot of it - so you need a to coil up a lot of excess and you need a cleat mounted to a wall to tie off when the load is up in the air. Overall I'm pleased with them.
PS: both of mine are mounted to 2x4s that are lag-bolted to the trusses in the ceiling.
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Old 07-27-17, 02:36 PM
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I made 2 myself and they work OK, but I don't use them very often. My pulleys are smaller at about 3cm diameter, if I made another I'd use bigger/better pulleys.

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Old 07-27-17, 02:40 PM
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Originally Posted by oldnslow2 View Post
How heavy is the bike?
I just have hooks and hang them by hand... unless your ceiling is too high.
That is exactly what I do.
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Old 07-27-17, 02:51 PM
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We have some pulleys like that you show. It works like a Venetian blind. You pull it and it stops, you move your arm over to one side and it releases. We would use regular hooks but the ceiling is really high in the garage. It works well. Keeping the extra cord out of the way is an issue. I wrap it on a piece of cardboard and set it out of the way.
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Originally Posted by 55murray View Post
That is exactly what I do.
Thanks so much everyone. My ceiling in the garage is at least 15 feet.
Too high to just hang.
The floor joists are exposed so hanging wouldn't be a problem
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Old 07-28-17, 06:45 AM
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Get a couple of Tie Boss. You will probably need to use longer rope than supplied , though.


https://www.amazon.com/Tie-Boss-Ligh...ie%2Bboss&th=1

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I use one for a bike, and one for a kayak. Never really had any problems with them other than what to do with the rope once it's hauled up to the ceiling. Just make sure you attach it to something solid.
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I've got our tandem attached to the garage ceiling using a Harbor Freight pulley system. If you've got one close, you can't beat the price - especially with their 20% off coupons. Its held securely for over 10 years and one move. You MUST attach it to something SECURE.

https://www.harborfreight.com/bicycle-lift-95803.html
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I've got something very similar that I got from Amazon. They work great. I've got 4 of them, which takes care of 4 bikes. One more bike is hung from a hook in the rafters. I prefer the pulley systems - it's easier to use.
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Old 07-28-17, 08:35 PM
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I have 6 bikes plus tools and other storage in a single bay garage. I use a tower for the two that get the most use, and pulleys for the ones that only go out occasionally.
One advantage to pulleys over hooks, is that the wheels are the lowest part of the bike, so if it's near head-level, so there's more clearance, and less consequence if you're not paying attention ��
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Old 07-30-17, 07:28 PM
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I have several of these in my garage (high ceiling). I'm very happy with them, but I would offer a few comments:
- While the mechanical advantage is theoretically 4:1, there is a fair amount of friction in the pulleys. In practice, the advantage is not quite as good as 4:1.
- As mentioned earlier, there is a built-in lock/release in the pull line mechanism. This will hold the bike's weight, but I don't trust it long term. The system comes with a metal cleat that you can mount on a nearby wall. A few figure 8s of the pull line around this cleat provides a much more secure hold than the lock/release mechanism alone.
- Pulley systems may vary, but with each of mine, one end of the bike raises more readily than the other. I have to help the bike once or twice on its way up by pushing up the low wheel (or pulling down the high wheel) to keep it reasonably level.
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