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Old 10-26-09, 10:50 AM
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Bike hoist for sloped ceiling

My garage has a sloped ceiling, and not flat like most. Does anyone know if the RAD or Racor type hoists will work on sloped ceilings? In other words, can it attact similar to the way this ceiling fan mount works?
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Obviously the bike will follow gravity and hang straight down..Any other ideas?
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Should - I have 3 of those in my garage and I can pull one of the wheels of the bike to tilt the bike. Conversely it appears that you can have a tilted roof with the bike level.
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If your bike is pretty light, consider just installing two heavy duty rubberized hooks on your ceiling and hanging your bike upside-down by the wheels. I find this a lot more convenient than using a hoist.
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If your bike is pretty light, consider just installing two heavy duty rubberized hooks on your ceiling and hanging your bike upside-down by the wheels. I find this a lot more convenient than using a hoist.
That is what I do also.
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I'd do this but they're steel horses - one Riv and one Novara Randonee...
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In my garage I have some of those large plastic pulleys used for clothlines attached to the beams. I have a line running through the pulleys and each line has small metal hook on one end. Each bike had a small loop of cotton rope tied to the balance point on the top bar. I simply position the bike under its pulley, hook up to the cotton rope loop, and then hoist away. Bike rises up into the rafters next to the others. I tie the tag end of the rope to a cleat on the wall. Bikes hang side by side, each from their own rope. Simple and it works for me. If you try this use the largest diameter pulley you can find. It runs much smoother. This is why I settled on the 4" diameter clothsline pulleys. Little 1" metal jobs cause too much friction.
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So they're dangling from a single point on the top bar? I can see me accidentally bumping a tire with a broom or something and the bike sliding forward knocking me out! Yow..
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So they're dangling from a single point on the top bar? I can see me accidentally bumping a tire with a broom or something and the bike sliding forward knocking me out! Yow..
Surprisingly the cotton rope gets a good purchase on the smooth tubing; it does not slide. The bikes show no tendency to move forward or back. You have to see it to believe it. The only real problem is if you leave the big doors open in a large wind storm. Then your bikes become wind chimes in an unattractive way. So I just keep the door shut in the wind. I'm a simple guy, I like simple solutions.
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So they're dangling from a single point on the top bar? I can see me accidentally bumping a tire with a broom or something and the bike sliding forward knocking me out! Yow..
Depends how high the ceiling. You can see how I hang my bikes and this does not cause a problem. Only thing to remember is to put the chain on the big ring. If I don't I get blood running from my scalp if I forget to duck
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Yes...but

Originally Posted by dukes909 View Post
My garage has a sloped ceiling, and not flat like most. Does anyone know if the RAD or Racor type hoists will work on sloped ceilings? In other words, can it attact similar to the way this ceiling fan mount works?


Obviously the bike will follow gravity and hang straight down..Any other ideas?
Cheers
I canít post links, but imgur [dot] com [slash] a [slash] tBLxY

So bumping from 8 years ago: it works, but the safety is now at a weird angle, so it is very hard to lower.

Hope that helps someone.
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Originally Posted by alpacalypse View Post
If your bike is pretty light, consider just installing two heavy duty rubberized hooks on your ceiling and hanging your bike upside-down by the wheels. I find this a lot more convenient than using a hoist.
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I'd do this but they're steel horses - one Riv and one Novara Randonee...
If those hooks are screwed into wood, preferably beams, they will hold heavy bikes with no worries. I keep all my bikes suspended this way, and a couple of them are steel and at least 25 pounds.
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Originally Posted by bendav View Post
I canít post links, but imgur [dot] com [slash] a [slash] tBLxY

So bumping from 8 years ago: it works, but the safety is now at a weird angle, so it is very hard to lower.

Hope that helps someone.
Bendav-Yes, you helped me with my installation-THANK YOU! Although you've probably sorted this out by now, after looking at the photo of your installation and your issue, I noticed that you have your mounts attached opposite of what you need for proper functionality. When mounting on an inclined surface, you have to have the locking cam (safety) on the outside of the highest mount to allow the brake to release properly. I just installed the RAD system in my garage (attached to pitched roof rafters like yours) and it works as designed as long as you have the bike attached. When you have lowered your bike though, don't re-raise the hooks without any weight on them above where you can comfortably reach or you'll have difficulty getting them back down to reattach the bike. I attach everything to the tethering cleat when in the down position to get the lines out of the way.
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Good idea

V Aces - actually, I put the tandem up there and didn't try to fix it yet. Your solution is very simple and should work perfectly. I'll have to think about routing the tie off rope so it is out of the way. Thanks for the tip.
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Bendav-You're welcome! If you've already trimmed the cord below the 50 feet that it likely came with, you MAY need a longer cord after the re-hang because it will be coming off of the highest point of the installation and will need to be fastened to a point somewhere to the left in your photo. Since my garage peak is about 14', I went down to the big-box store and bought 100' of 1/4" heavy duty diamond braid polypropylene rope to make sure I had enough. Turns out that 50' was enough for each of my two lifts. So I have the 2 50' lengths of rope that came with the kit if anyone has a need for them. Feel free to contact me at kiawah1998 at gmail dot com with your mailing address and I'll be happy to pass them along.
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