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Old 05-19-13, 05:33 PM   #1
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storage: floor to ceiling rack versus wall mounted

Which do you think is better for storage,

a floor to ceiling rack (such as: )

or wall mounted rack (such as ).

And why.
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I use the wall mount because I have low ceiling height in the garage. I use one in my basement because I can mount it over shoe racks and other short items.

Think the first rack takes up too much room and cost too much.
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I have one like the first, but bought for much less, I think under $50 from Performance or something. It works fine and takes up no more room than the wall mounted brackets as the distance from the wall is determined by width of the bike. The wall brackets are also good. I'm using some in the garage, but of course they need to be screwed to a stud rather than just sheetrock. IMO, the first looks a bit classier in a living area.

There are other wall bracket types, some of wood with an integral shelf, that you might consider...also types that just lean up against the wall support the weight with legs... like this for example:

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Rubbermaid fast track, slides the bike hooks and lets you pack your bikes tighter,
but slide their hooks as needed, to take out one bike or another
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OP; I use the kits that mount to the ceiling and have ropes and pulleys to pull the bikes up to the ceiling. Work great and if you put the kits up at an angle, you can overlap bikes. When done raising half your bikes, lean the other half against the garage wall or use their kickstands. Either way can place a lot of bikes in a small area. Cost about $14 per bike raised or about half that per bike stored. Use two single kits for tandems unless very lightweight ones. Find them in a 5-pack here or sometimes a bit less on ebay.

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I got this from Performance last weekend and it seems to work well in my low ceiling garage.

I got the free standing unit because I don't want to mount something to my walls since I re-arrange the garage somewhat regularly and like to be able to move stuff around.
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I have two of these. I live in an apt,so putting holes in the walls is an issue. They are very stable,and adjust for almost any bike. I tried one of those floor-to-ceiling jobs,but I have carpeting,so it didn't work.

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Hey sombikes. I think both are great racks for storing bikes. The main difference is in the amount of space they take and their portability. Wall mounted racks are ideal if you don't have much floor space available and would like to keep your bikes off the way. The disadvantage is that well, they require permanent installation and take up space on the wall. However, when it comes to small racks like the one you are looking at usually allow to be folded nicely when not in use.

Floor to ceiling racks on the other hand require no permanent installation, have a very small footprint but take space on the floor.

So as said, guess it all depends on how much space you have and also how many bikes you want to store.

Hope this helps!
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Floor to ceiling racks like the one you link to have a tendency to topple once they are loaded if they are not firmly in place or secured with fasteners at the top & bottom.
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Used wall mounted much like your 'link to' for approx. 5 yrs. in a previous residence.
Installed a Performance Bike "XPORT" flr to clg aluminum beam rack in 2006 in my less than 400 sq. ft. carpeted 'Ultra Efficiency' studio apt. and haven't looked back.

My experience with the wall mounted storage was good, No complaints at all. They're generally cheap, comparatively simple, intuitive to install,(hardest part was finding a wall 'stud' to mount into) and absolutely bomb proof when properly installed.
Of course if property owner/management have 'Issues' with tenants putting holes in the walls, then they are absolutely 'non starters'. The only other real 'problem' I can see with them is they are designed for, and really work best with, 'Old School' horizontal top tube 'Mens' frame bikes. Overall they are a good basic way to store 2 bikes while only using the floor space for 1.

In comparison to the wall mount systems, the 'floor to ceiling' beam systems can be more of a "Challenging", and "Valuable", "Growth", "Opportunity". Despite the much higher cost, the "assembly" required, and the admittedly "Finicky" install that many experience, especially on carpeted floors.
I feel very strongly that they are well worth the extra cost and care to achieve an elegant, extremely efficient, flexible, and bomb proof, Way to store, 2 bikes, 2 helmets, 2 full size frame pumps, A complete set of spare wheels, spare tires and tubes, bike rollers, cycling shoes, and 4 U-locks, while only using the floor space for 1 bike.
With no holes in walls, floor, or ceiling, Even on Carpeting!!
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