General Cycling Discussion Have a cycling related question or comment that doesn't fit in one of the other specialty forums? Drop on in and post in here! When possible, please select the forum above that most fits your post!

Harbor Freight Cycle Tree?

Reply

Old 09-22-08, 04:18 PM
  #1  
mgold8
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 19
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Harbor Freight Cycle Tree?

Hey,

I was wondering if anybody has tried out this Cycle Tree from Harbor Freight? If people have this do they like it? What are the positives and negatives?

As far as I can tell it seems to be one of the best bike storage solutions I have seen. It's also reasonably priced. I went to the store though and they didn't have one setup to look at. They only had them in boxes in the back. So I'm unsure of whether I should get it.

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...temnumber=2628

Thanks!
mgold8 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-08, 04:53 PM
  #2  
wahoonc
Membership Not Required
 
wahoonc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: On the road-USA
Posts: 16,849

Bikes: Giant Excursion, Raleigh Sports, Raleigh R.S.W. Compact, Motobecane? and about 20 more! OMG

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 65 Post(s)
I haven't seen one of those yet...I would double check the strength of the steel tubing they are using and see if there is a combined weight limit.

I don't think I really need one....what do you think?

Aaron

__________________
Webshots is bailing out, if you find any of my posts with corrupt picture files and want to see them corrected please let me know. :(

ISO: A late 1980's Giant Iguana MTB frameset (or complete bike) 23" Red with yellow graphics.

"Cycling should be a way of life, not a hobby.
RIDE, YOU FOOL, RIDE!"
_Nicodemus

"Steel: nearly a thousand years of metallurgical development
Aluminum: barely a hundred
Which one would you rather have under your butt at 30mph?"
_krazygluon
wahoonc is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-08, 06:06 PM
  #3  
jhota
blithering idiot
 
jhota's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: beautiful coastal South Carolina
Posts: 1,263

Bikes: 1991 Trek 930, 2005 Bianchi Eros, 2006 Nashbar "X," IRO Rob Roy

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
i think you need more than one. or maybe a case of these.
jhota is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-08, 06:48 PM
  #4  
StephenH
Uber Goober
 
StephenH's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Dallas area, Texas
Posts: 11,622
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 146 Post(s)
Only downside I see is that your bike will always be the one on the inside, where you have unload two others to get to it.

It looks okay. But I know Harbor Freight does sell some first-class stuff and also sells some bottom-of-the-barrel stuff, and it's hard to tell if you can't see it.

Wouldn't be too hard to make out of a fence post and some 2x2's, for that matter.
__________________
"be careful this rando stuff is addictive and dan's the 'pusher'."
StephenH is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-08, 07:21 PM
  #5  
wahoonc
Membership Not Required
 
wahoonc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: On the road-USA
Posts: 16,849

Bikes: Giant Excursion, Raleigh Sports, Raleigh R.S.W. Compact, Motobecane? and about 20 more! OMG

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 65 Post(s)
Originally Posted by jhota View Post
i think you need more than one. or maybe a case of these.
Actually that picture is an old one I bought several of the flip down hangers and managed to get most of the bikes off the floor.

Aaron

__________________
Webshots is bailing out, if you find any of my posts with corrupt picture files and want to see them corrected please let me know. :(

ISO: A late 1980's Giant Iguana MTB frameset (or complete bike) 23" Red with yellow graphics.

"Cycling should be a way of life, not a hobby.
RIDE, YOU FOOL, RIDE!"
_Nicodemus

"Steel: nearly a thousand years of metallurgical development
Aluminum: barely a hundred
Which one would you rather have under your butt at 30mph?"
_krazygluon
wahoonc is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-08, 01:26 AM
  #6  
CommuterRun
Conservative Hippie
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Wakulla Co. FL
Posts: 4,271
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I think I wish I'd seen that a couple years ago, before I paid two-and-a-half times as much for a free standing rack that only holds four bikes and doesn't have casters.
CommuterRun is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-08, 07:05 AM
  #7  
DallasSoxFan
Scan Me
 
DallasSoxFan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Dallas, TX
Posts: 771

Bikes: 2009 Trek 2.3, 2010 Specialized Secteur Sport

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Don't have it, but I'd say get it. My experience with HF is that if you are in-store they actually have great customer service - once you get a hold of someone.

If you don't like it and keep your receipt, they will take it back even if it is fully or partially assembled.
DallasSoxFan is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-08, 01:51 PM
  #8  
HandsomeRyan
Pants are for suckaz
 
HandsomeRyan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Mt. Airy, MD
Posts: 2,578

Bikes: Hardtail MTB, Fixed gear, and Commuter bike

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Buy one and post a review here. I've wondered about that rack myself but never seen pics or testimonails of one in action at someones house.
HandsomeRyan is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-08, 07:26 PM
  #9  
mgold8
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 19
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Right! Like I'm going to buy one just so I can tell everyone on the forum what it's like! Looks like some other people need it more than I do anyway!

I did think about trying to build it myself. Of course I would need to see one put together. I'm not sure if wood would be as ideal though as metal. Besides, is it really worth it try to build one? It is only $40 dollars.

As for buying it and then returning it if I don't like it, I'm not so sure about that. Harbor Freight does actually have a pretty good return policy and service (if you can find someone!). I've returned items, without a receipt, which were defective or broke and they just replaced them. I don't know about returning something I just don't like. It tends to vary on who is working at the store.
mgold8 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-08, 08:50 PM
  #10  
infinityeye
Nut
 
infinityeye's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Tallahassle, FL
Posts: 697
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I've had one for about 2 years. I use it to hold between 10-14 frames (usually by the bottom bracket shell. It is "pretty" strong, but I wouldn't hang like 6 Schwinn cruisers from it. It works perfect for me as a frame holder, much better than a pile on the floor.
infinityeye is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-08, 08:51 AM
  #11  
HandsomeRyan
Pants are for suckaz
 
HandsomeRyan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Mt. Airy, MD
Posts: 2,578

Bikes: Hardtail MTB, Fixed gear, and Commuter bike

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Originally Posted by infinityeye View Post
I've had one for about 2 years.
Got any pictures of it in action you could share?
HandsomeRyan is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-08, 11:47 AM
  #12  
infinityeye
Nut
 
infinityeye's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Tallahassle, FL
Posts: 697
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Here are a couple old ones, I usually hang them by the Bottom Bracket to fit more though...:

infinityeye is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-08, 12:18 PM
  #13  
mgold8
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 19
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Does it really only take up "4 feet of space" or do you more room for it?

Thanks for sharing the Pictures! That's really helpful. Can you possibly take some of it farther back though?

Also could you possibly measure it and post the dimensions? I know that would be a hassle and annoying, but from what I can see it seems like a lot of people would like to build one of these. I'm sure a lot of people would be very appreciate, including myself.
mgold8 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-08, 01:11 PM
  #14  
infinityeye
Nut
 
infinityeye's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Tallahassle, FL
Posts: 697
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Originally Posted by mgold8 View Post
Does it really only take up "4 feet of space" or do you more room for it?

Thanks for sharing the Pictures! That's really helpful. Can you possibly take some of it farther back though?

Also could you possibly measure it and post the dimensions? I know that would be a hassle and annoying, but from what I can see it seems like a lot of people would like to build one of these. I'm sure a lot of people would be very appreciate, including myself.
Sure, just PM me for payment info for my time. No problem
infinityeye is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-08, 01:28 PM
  #15  
HandsomeRyan
Pants are for suckaz
 
HandsomeRyan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Mt. Airy, MD
Posts: 2,578

Bikes: Hardtail MTB, Fixed gear, and Commuter bike

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks for the pics. That's quite a frame collection you have there! Nice.
HandsomeRyan is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-08, 08:28 AM
  #16  
mgold8
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 19
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I know my local bike co-op could probably benefit from having some of those Cycle Trees. Space is always an issue and I know the hardworking volunteers there are always trying to find some other way to save space, but still keep as much space usable when needed.

Maybe some other people could come up with some similar yet better designs?
mgold8 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-08, 08:45 AM
  #17  
dynaryder
PatronSaintOfDiscBrakes
 
dynaryder's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: BicycleSPACE warehouse in SW Washington DC
Posts: 6,980
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
I've had one for about two years now. It's for storing bikes only. I have a large fleet,so it gets six bikes up out of the way. You have to interlace them,alternating front/back,which can get tricky when dealing with different bar widths/drop bars and wheel sizes. It would be a real PITA if you had to take more than one bike on/off on a daily basis,but for long term storage it works well. It's pretty sturdy;according to my bike weight chart(I've weighed all my bikes w/a digital fish scale) I've got around 156lbs of bikes on mine. It rolls ok;mine's on carpet so if yours is on a hard floor it should roll better. I'm too lazy,but the best way to hang bikes would be to remove the pedals and loosen the stems to flip the bars sideways. I use pieces of cloth to keep a couple derailleurs from greasing up seats. The 4' deal is a little misleading though. The base takes up 4 feet,but you have bars and wheels that will stick out further.

For actual storage it works pretty well,and the price is right. For daily use,you'd do better with a single or dual bike rack that's easy to get bikes on/off.
__________________

C'dale BBU('05 and '09)/Super Six/Hooligan8and 3,Kona Dew Deluxe,Novara Buzz/Safari,Surly Big Dummy,Marin Pt Reyes,Giant Defy 1,Schwinn DBX SuperSport,Dahon Speed Pro TT,Brompton S6L/S2E-X
dynaryder is offline  
Reply With Quote

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service