How to Hang a Bike on the Wall. Storing your bike on the wall is a convenient way to save space and keep your bike safe from damage. To hang your bike on the wall securely, you’ll want to use a bike rack or a bike hook. After using a drill to properly install the mount for your bike, you’ll have more free space and easy access to your bike whenever you’re ready for a ride.
Installing a Bike Rack
- Get a wall-mount bike rack online or at your local hardware store. Choose a vertical or horizontal wall mount depending on how you want your bike to be stored. A vertical bike rack is a good option if you’re trying to conserve wall space. Choose a horizontal bike rack if you want your bike to hang flat against the wall. You can even build one if you want.
- Measure the bike with a tape measurer. Measure the length of the bike if you’re using a vertical bike rack, or the height of the bike if you’re using a horizontal bike rack.
- Hold the bike rack on the wall where you want the bike to hang. Don’t put the rack up too high or the bike might touch the ceiling when it’s hung up. Once you have the rack in position, mark where all of the screw holes on the rack line up with the wall. Most bike racks have two screw holes.
- If you’re using a horizontal rack, make sure the distance between the floor and the bike rack is greater than the height of the bike.
- If you’re using a vertical rack, make sure the distance between the floor and the bike rack is greater than the length of the bike.
- Use a drill to drill into the wall at the points you marked. Make sure the holes you drill are deep enough that the whole length of the screws will fit in them. Use a drill bit that is slightly smaller than the screws that came with the bike rack.
- For example, if the bike rack came with 6mm screws, use a 5mm drill bit.
- Push a wall plug into each hole you drilled. The wall plugs will give the screws you’re going to use to mount the bike rack something to grip onto. Use wall plugs that are the same size as the screws that came with the bike rack. You can find wall plugs at your local hardware store
- Line the rack up over the holes and screw it into place. Use a screwdriver to screw the screws that came with the bike rack into the wall plugs. Continue turning the screwdriver until the screws won’t turn anymore.
- Hang the bike on the bike rack. If you’re using a vertical bike rack, hang the bike by the front tire. If you’re using a horizontal bike rack, place the top tube of your bike frame on the rack.
Using a Bike Hook
- Get a bike hook that can hold the weight of the bike. The packaging on the hook should say the maximum load capacity. Don’t use a hook that’s not meant to hold the weight of the bike or it could pull out of the wall. You can find bike hooks at your local hardware store.
- Use a bathroom scale to figure out the weight of the bike if you’re unsure. Weigh just yourself on the scale, and then weigh yourself on the scale while holding the bike. Subtract your weight from the weight of you plus the bike – the number you’re left with is how much your bike weighs. “There are a lot of options for mounting your bike, but I prefer bike hooks. They’re only a few dollars apiece, and they’re simple to use.”
- Use a stud finder to locate a stud in the wall. You can get a stud finder at your local hardware store. Place the stud finder on the wall and slowly move it across the wall until it indicates that a stud has been found. Usually stud finders light up or make a beeping sound when they’re over a stud. Read the instructions that came with your stud finder for specific directions on using it.
- Use a tape measure to measure the length of the bike. Measure from the furthest tip of the front tire to the furthest tip of the back tire.
- Mark with a pencil where you want the bike hook to screw into the wall. Make sure it’s somewhere along the stud you found. Because the bike will be hung vertically, make sure the distance between the floor and the bike hook is greater than the length of the bike
- Use a ⅜ inch (.95 cm) drill bit to drill a hole where you made the mark. Make sure the hole is deep enough that the entire screw end of the bike hook can fit into it.
- Screw the bike hook into the hole you drilled until it’s secure. Insert the screw end of the bike hook into the hole and continue turning the hook clockwise until it won’t turn anymore. You want the hook itself to be parallel with the floor
- Hang the bike on the bike hook. Place the front tire of the bike on the hook so that the tires are touching the wall and the seat of the bike is facing outward, away from the wall.
Garage Bike Storage Ideas
The Ultra-Space Saver Single by Dero is savvy storage with piece of mind. With this rack, you can hang your bike vertically and off the floor, and you can use a U-lock to secure the bike to the wall.
Make an industrial-style DIY wall-mounted bike rack that will show off your bike and keep your riding gear organized.
If you’re seeking bike storage that can move easily — whether you’re rearranging the garage or moving houses — look for a solution like the Gravity Bike Rack by Racor. It holds two bike frames and attaches securely to the wall through a drywall screw.
Finding a storage solution to accommodate different types of bike frames can be difficult. The Velo Wall Rack from Feedback Sports makes it easy with sliding arms to fit any frame.
Upgrade from the pulley system and hang your bikes up high with an electric lift, like this one from Garage Gator that hangs up to eight bikes.
If you have floor space, consider an inexpensive bike stand like the RAKK from Feedback Sports. It holds the bike by either the front or rear wheel without scratching the spokes or rim. It’s compatible with all types of bikes.
When hanging bikes in the garage, wall track systems are an attractive and easy-to-use solution. The Gladiator GearTrack Bike Rack shown here comes with track and four hooks: one for a kid’s bike, one quick-release hook for an adult bike, and two hooks for helmets.
One of the obvious problems with storing bikes is that they take up lots of space in the garage. Solve that problem using Steadyrack’s Classic Rack. Hung close to the floor, bikes can be wheeled into the rack then swiveled toward the wall to save space.
If you frequently work on your bike, why not choose storage that doubles as a repair station? Look for lightweight stands that hold bikes by either the frame or seat post, like the Bikehand Bicycle Repair Stand.
For families of avid cyclists, the Rubbermaid FastTracks system with Vertical Bike Hooks provides ample wall storage for hanging multiple bikes. You’ll need the FastTrack rail, hooks and hardware for a complete setup, but hooks can be purchased separately.
Need to park 4 or more bikes? Here’s an easy DIY project that will keep the bikes upright and at-the-ready when you need them. Follow our step-by-step directions. And enjoy a driveway and garage clear of clutter.
If you don’t need anything fancy and just need to get your bikes off the garage floor, opt for heavy duty bicycle hooks, which you can find at most hardware stores. These are from Blue Hawk.
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