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You don’t have to be Leonardo da Vinci to appreciate the art of a bicycle.
The curves, the paintwork, the subtle detail that only a true expert would ever see. They really are gorgeous, aren’t they? So, I’ve never understood why some folk would buy one of these beauties and then dump it in the garage, or throw it in the shed. Would they do that with the Mona Lisa as well? Probably.
When you appreciate the aesthetic qualities of a bike though, what you really want to do is to hang it in pride of place on your wall. Of course, this also has the added benefit of getting it off the floor and stops you from bashing your shins on the pedals every time you walk past it in the narrow hallway. But that’s beside the point, obviously.
I decided to take a look and see what the best options were for mounting your bike on the wall and I’ve found some great solutions. They’re beautiful to look at by themselves and, with your pride and joy hung on them, they are the perfect frame for the finest Italian Renaissance masterpiece. Let’s take a look.
Quick Answer: Ibera Horizontal Bike Wall Hanger
How to hang a bike indoors
Okay, here are the best methods I’ve discovered for mounting your bike on the wall. I’ve divided these up into two categories, depending on your requirements and available wall space. These are:
- Hang bike on wall vertically
- Hang bike on wall horizontal
Hang bike on wall horizontal
The main advantage of this style of bike rack is that it holds the bike close to the wall (in comparison to the vertical systems) and so the bike takes up less room in your room. Let’s take a look at some of the best options.
I really like this bike rack cum shelf from Wallniture as it has space for oodles of bike kit.
Not only can you easily hook your bike on but it has extra hooks stashing your backpack, rain jacket, etc, and two shelves, which are great for things like your bike helmet.
One thing to note (and this applies to quite a few horizontal mounting bike racks) is that it only works where you have a standard horizontal crossbar. Many bikes will but some, such as women-specific bikes, low-step through frames, and full-suspension bikes, may not. Don’t worry if that applies to you though, there are plenty of other options.
I’m a big fan of products that do two jobs like this one from Powerfly.
On the one hand, it’s a great horizontal mount bike rack, that would look great displaying your bike in the lounge.
On the other hand, it’s also a useful bike repair stand, using that quick-release clamp to hold your bike securely in place whilst you carry out repairs.
Whether or not your Significant Other will be happy that you’re spreading oil and muck around the apartment as you’re doing these repairs, is another matter entirely.
The Cycloc Solo is a very clever design indeed.
Suitable for horizontally mounting a bike on the wall, this can also be used for bikes with crossbars that aren’t horizontal, such as women’s specific designs and full-suspension bikes. Be easily rotating the rack you can set the angle to match the angle of your crossbar for a perfect and secure fit.
I love the minimalist design of this product and the extra storage space it gives for your helmet (on top) and small items inside (bike lights, multitool, etc) is fantastic. One other point to note is the two holes that you can see top and bottom on the rack. These are for threading a bike lock through, which is a useful feature if you plan to keep your bike and rack outside or where other people have access.
If you’re looking for a bike rack design that’s more in keeping with your wood interior styling, then look no further than the Play-Haus bicycle hanger.
It accommodates bikes with a horizontal crossbar and does so in the ultimate minimalist style with a choice of 4 timbers (my personal favorite is the Walnut) and steel, and with two widths (depending on the cross-section diameter of your crossbar).
The Ibera bike storage rack is a clever piece of tech.
It’s suitable for bikes with any angle of crossbar and will hold them securely.
How does it do that? Well, take a look at the picture showing the back of the arms and you’ll see that they can be set at a wide range of angles and held in position with the ratchet mechanism.
The arms are easy to adjust, if you’re swapping between bikes, and the rack comes with a very useful Velcro strap which is used to stop the front wheel spinning round. Because being hit in the face by rotating handlebars whilst you’re lifting up a bike is never fun.
Hang bike on wall vertically
Okay, let’s move on now and take a look at some of the best bike storage systems that hold bikes vertically against the wall. With these vertical systems the bike takes up more room (because it sticks out from the wall) but the advantage is that they use more of the vertical wall space, and tend to have a much more minimalist design. Let’s take a look.
Oh, so you thought that the Mona Lisa reference was a bit tenuous, did you? Wondered what the relevance to bikes was, did you? Tsk tsk. Have some faith, people.
This bike rack from Delta Cycle is minimalist and very pleasing-on-the-eye (just like the Mona Lisa).
Unlike a number of vertical bike racks, this comes with a special tray for the rear tire, which fits to the wall below the main hook, and protects your wall from getting marked by the rubber. Great value for money at this price and very easy to use, this rack is ideal when you need to get your pride and joy off the floor.
If you’re looking for the smallest bike rack in the world, then Hornit has just the right product for you, with their Clug Bike Clip.
It’s a very clever, and very minimalist, design that comes in a range of different widths depending on your tire size – check out the sizing guides on the link below.
I like this a lot although there are a couple of downsides to be aware of. Firstly, you need to keep your tires inflated or the Clug won’t be able to grip on to them. This is obviously not an issue with a bike that gets used regularly but, if you’re storing a bike that gets little use, check the tires every so often and add some air if needed to keep them firm.
Also, the Clug is so minimalist that it doesn’t come with anything to protect the wall from scuffing by the rear tire. You can always put something else there instead, or keep the rear tire rested on the floor.
A super neat vertical bike rack from manufacturer Dewosam, that comes in funky blue or orange.
I love the way that this rack folds up flat against the wall when it’s not being used, to keep it out of the way.
It also comes with a rear tire tray to protect your wall from scuffing and a slot to thread a bike lock through if you’re rack is mounted in a public area, such as communal office space. Great design and fantastic value for money.
How to store bikes inside
Bikes are not meant to be hidden away in garages, thrown in closets, or dumped in sheds. They are our pride and joy and need to be displayed like fabulous works of art in our homes. Mounting your bike on the wall with any of these excellent bike racks will be rewarded with a (subtle, yet enigmatic) smile from the Mona Lisa.
There are plenty of great options for mounting your bike on the wall, depending on your space available and style of bike. As well as looking awesome, wall mounting also has the added benefit of saving your shins from being repeatedly bashed on the pedals as you squeeze past a bike left in the narrow hallway.
This bike storage rack is a really clever piece of tech.
Suitable for bikes with crossbars set at any angle, holding them very securely.
How does it manage that? Take a close look at the picture showing the rear of the arms and you’ll notice that they can be adjusted to a broad range of angles and then fixed in position with the ratchet system. These arms are very easy to adjust if you’re swapping between bikes.
The rack also comes with a useful Velcro strap, used to stop the front wheel rotating. Because being smacked in the face by spinning handlebars when you’re lifting up a bike is never much fun.
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