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Garage Bike Rack Guide

By Sam Millers   /  Last updated - January 11, 2022

Garage Bike Storage Ideas

Bike storage racks for garages include various stands, wall racks, ceiling racks, and floor racks.

The best bike storage garage designs allow you to utilize the type of space available in your garage, be it a high ceiling, extra floor room, or wall space.

Floor and ceiling racks are usually not a good solution for apartments as they rarely have enough free room to fit them, plus ceiling racks don’t look that nice inside a home.

The important features of garage racks are generally high bike capacity, broad compatibility with large bikes and small bikes, and maneuverability.

Vertical Bike Racks

vertical rack

Vertical storage is the best space-saving garage bike rack style for more than two bikes.

As each bike is stored side by side, you can store many bikes next to each other. However, you need a significant amount of space from the wall to mount and unmount the bikes, making them better for spacious garages.

These racks are relatively easy to use, and some can swivel, allowing you to push the bikes closer to the wall and maximize your floor space, like this.

PROS

  • Best for 3+ bikes
  • Excellent compatibility
  • A broad selection of models
  • Effortless mounting/unmounting the bikes
  • Use it anywhere in the garage/home

CONS

  • 2+ installation points
  • Significant space needed from the wall
  • Most require drilling
  • Difficult for small kids to use

Horizontal Bike Hooks

bicycle wall rack

Horizontal wall bike storage can be hooks (pictured above) or stands (discussed below), both of which allow you to stack two bikes, one over the other, or place bikes side by side in garages with a lot of wall space.

These are a great way to store (or display) bikes compactly and affordably. Additionally, there are many different designs, most of which require minimal installation.

Stacking bikes helps utilize otherwise unused vertical space on your walls but makes the top bike harder to access. Many hook racks hold a single bicycle, making them great for individual bikes but costly and inefficient for more than two bikes.

PROS

  • Great selection of products
  • No floor space taken up
  • Straightforward installation
  • Show-off your bike(s)
  • Install almost anywhere you want

CONS

  • Difficult to mount the higher bike
  • Requires drilling
  • Requires lots of wall space
  • Wide handlebars may not sit correctly
  • Max two bikes stacked
  • Limited top-tube compatibility

Ceiling Hanging Bike Racks

hanging racks

Ceiling bike hooks are an excellent way to take advantage of otherwise useless ceiling space.

One style of ceiling storage is the single-bike pulley system that suspends a single bike using one hook connected to the handlebars and another one to the saddle. The pulley system makes it effortless to lift heavy bikes.

The other style can be a multi-bike solution that holds bikes upside down by hooking each wheel independently. Unfortunately, these racks require the user to lift the bikes manually, limiting their function for heavy bikes.

PROS

  • Most efficient use of space
  • Doesn’t require wall/floor space
  • Excellent compatibility with wheel sizes and frame shapes

CONS

  • Costly
  • Difficult to set up
  • Time-consuming to mount the bike with pulleys
  • High ceiling needed
  • Pulley systems fit a single bike

Bike Stands

standing bike racks

Freestanding & Supported Stands

A bike stand for garages can be one of two designs, supported or freestanding.

When loading the bikes, it’s best to reverse the direction of each bicycle to avoid handlebar contact and have a balanced load.

Supported stands and freestanding racks work perfectly anywhere in the home as they generally don’t require drilling. Plus, they provide a compact way of storing two bikes.

Freestanding Bike Racks

This is essentially a coat rack for bikes. A large base supports the loaded weight instead of using a wall. This design makes them easy to move.

PROS

  • Compact
  • Zero installation
  • Simple to move
  • Use anywhere

CONS

  • Limit of two bikes
  • Hard for kids to use
  • May have limited top tube-compatibility
  • Low weight capacity

Supported Stands

Pole bike racks and supported stands use the floor and ceiling or just a wall to support the weight, boosting the weight capacity but making it more complicated to move around.

PROS

  • Limited installation (without drilling)
  • Moveable
  • Can be used in the garage or apartment
  • Inexpensive

CONS

  • Two-bike limit
  • Hard to reach the higher bike
  • Poles require a specific ceiling height range
  • Handlebars may touch the wall

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