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Do Not EVER buy a Delta Michelangelo bike storage rack

Old 08-10-06, 07:25 AM
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Old 08-10-06, 07:57 AM
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Thanks for the warning- Im going to be shopping for those kind of racks soon.
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be careful about those spring-suspended floor to ceiling racks too. they fall if used on carpet, textured ceilings, uneven floors, or anything else that might resemble a home. (mine fell and resulted in a huge dent in the tt of a lovely cannondale road bike.)
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Old 08-10-06, 08:04 AM
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+1 on the crappy bolts that come with the Delta rack. They fit loosly with the included allen wrench, and with every 4mm wrench I have, and they are made of something as soft as brass. I had to buy a replacement bolt from the HW store. much better quality bolt, I should replace them ALL, but at $70 list that thing should at least come with decent quality bolts.
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Old 08-10-06, 08:05 AM
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I have my fixie on the Monet

and my roadie and my old hax0r'd frame on a Picasso


I have them mounted with these big fat cement screws since the wall they are on is made of brick or cement. Haven't had any problems.
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Originally Posted by chimblysweep
be careful about those spring-suspended floor to ceiling racks too. they fall if used on carpet, textured ceilings, uneven floors, or anything else that might resemble a home. (mine fell and resulted in a huge dent in the tt of a lovely cannondale road bike.)
****... I have super limited room and can't really drill into the walls (metal studs and ridiculous management company) so I was looking into the floor ceiling one but have a cast concrete ceiling with a stucco like finish on it. I'm gonna have to see if I can get one and jerry rig it to work better.... Where's tim "the tool man" taylor when you need him?
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+1 on the Monet, but thanks for the warning on the other racks.
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the best bike rack is one you build yourself. 2x4's and bike hooks work wonders. you can make it like a gallows to hang bikes from their wheels, or you can build it to function like the above-pictured lean-on-wall, but it's far cheaper and a sure thing.
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http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B0...ZZZ_SS260_.jpg

I have this rack. It's held up fine, and while not as attractive as the delta, it feels sturdy. And, ****, it's in my laundry room. And it's on sale now at Target for $40.
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Friends - All is not lost!

Last night as I was cursing at this product I figured the company was some small garage gig contracting cheap overseas labor with no care for QC or CS.... afterall, they had no warranty or contact information with the packaging.... this morning, shortly after posting, I fired them an email (googled their website) and got this response:

[quote]We understand and appreciate your comments. It is true that we have experienced quality control issues with the factory but hope this has now been corrected. If we sent you a replacement, would you please let us know how it rates by comparison.



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Terrific! they do care!
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Originally Posted by danlikesbikes
and my roadie and my old hax0r'd frame on a Picasso
awesome, on this one you can also hang up your clothes to dry...
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I've had the Delta Michelangelo for a couple years now and have had no problems. the support arms don't slip and the verticals remain unscratched (after being adjusted for a few different bikes). I expected something of roughly Ikea quality, and that is exactly what I got.

Let us know how the replacement works out.
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Originally Posted by travsi
awesome, on this one you can also hang up your clothes to dry...
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yeah i forgot to mention that i have like 2 or 3 jersey's my helmet a hoodie a hat and various other crap hanging off there at all times as well
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Originally Posted by redfooj
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Let me know if the bolts you get are any better. My rack is fine, but the bolts are garbage. If I could get them to send me a bag of decent bolts I'd be happy, and if not I'll have to bite the bullet, and buy some more from the hardware store.
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I purchased a floor model from TOGA for 40.00. I love mine, holds two bikes, doesn't scratch the frames and has never fallen over. It sucks you are having so many problems with it.
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I found one of these, painted it to match the wall, found the stud and used 2" drywall screws, wrap some hockey tape around the tip to protect your top tube. this thing can hold any bike. cheap!
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Originally Posted by chinook
I've had the Delta Michelangelo for a couple years now and have had no problems. the support arms don't slip and the verticals remain unscratched (after being adjusted for a few different bikes). I expected something of roughly Ikea quality, and that is exactly what I got.

Let us know how the replacement works out.
The arms do not slip vertically (easily) but swing left and right... my guess is that tightening it only deforms the tabs but do not compress the cylinder of the arm onto the tube... if they were padded/backed with rubber and/or made out of a stronger material, it would hold better AND not damage the tubes.

The scratches were not just from the movement of the arms but when the package came I observed scratches already on it!!!

Delta told me they would ship out the new product today... I'll give a second review when it arrives
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I called Delta - they mailed me 4 replacement bolts within a few days. No more problems. Rack works great.

Call the company.
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Originally Posted by redfooj

Delta told me they would ship out the new product today... I'll give a second review when it arrives
I typed this poorly-edited review in haste to the Delta rep regarding their "new" Michelangelo :


The fit and finish on the new rack seems nicer than the older than. The paint/surface is smoother rather than textured and bubbly on the old rack. The welding was cleaner... though both characteristics were improved slightly neither the paint quality or structural integrity were problematic. The problem that I had was with the bolt and luckily the new one was pre-bolted -- user only had to tighten it down. However, the Allen slot in the head wasnt recessed too deep and the bolt had a tendency to slip whether I used the included allen key or my own Craftsman. The arms still didnt clamp as tightly as I'd like, but it is more secure than the previous setup. I like that the new has included chain and slot at the top of the unit to affix to a wall so that it does not tip over.

So I think it's improved, but using the longer, deeper bolts (included as spare in last unit) would make a large difference, as will backing the arm clamps with rubber to ensure a solid hold on the mainframe
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I think it's time to hook up the futon rack at my place.
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Thanks for posting that. I have a project now.
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