How to hang your bicycle with bike hooks

Bike hooks are a great way to hang your bikes inexpensively and quickly. You can buy the hooks known as bicycle, bike or ladder hooks from many hardware stores or even Walmart. The best place to get a deal on bike hooks is from e-Bay. If you don’t have an account I suggest signing up for one. Along with bicycle mounts and storage there are many other great biking steals on eBay. Anyhow, to the point of the article.

Bike Hooks

The mistake people make with hooks is that they think that just because it takes one hook to hang a bike thats all that is needed. This is a big mistake. NEVER use bike hooks to hang your bike by the wheels. Either by one wheel or by both upside down. Your bike has grease in casings that when you hang it up side down on bike hooks may drip out and cause your bike to cease up. Bike hooks with the stationary types of bike rack hooks are some times referred to as wheel benders.

The best way

The best way to hang your bike up is by using two bike hooks and resting the crossbar on the hooks. If you have a womans bicycle, or mountain bike there are cross bars that lock between the seat post and head stem. Look into these, or look at the other different types of bike racks. There are other types of hoists that are probably better suited for hanging your bike.







  1. 6 Responses to “How to hang your bicycle with bike hooks”

  2. By John on Sep 18, 2008 | Reply

    I’m confused – in a bike that’s made to work by rolling in a circular motion (not up and down), how would being upside-down affect any lubricant/grease that wouldn’t be similarly affected by the bike sitting rightside-up? Bearings don’t care what direction they are (they are made to roll anyway)… I can understand concern for potential stress on the rims (though on most modern lightweight bikes that’s not really a concern), but there’s no real reason for concern over oil/grease moving/draining and causing something to seize up…

  3. By bike racked on Sep 19, 2008 | Reply

    Hey John,

    if you ride your bike in the rain *a lot* then the grease will eventually seep out, but if you repack your bearings every so often and take care of your bike it shouldn’t be a problem.
    Rim bending is a common problem, I wouldn’t hang an expensive set of wheels up, but I might consider hanging kids bikes or cheap mountain bikes up.

    There are better storage alternatives then hanging your bike upside down on the wall.

  4. By Mario on Jul 12, 2010 | Reply

    Ok, so I live in an apartment with my girlfriend and we each have a cheap road bike and an expensive mountain bike (priorities!). We have no garage, so obviously these bikes are taking up a lot of floor space.
    Ok, so now I’ve got the plans drawn and the materials bought for a four hook bike rack that would hang the bikes vertically by *gasp* one hook per bike!!!!! I actually made a similar rack in college and stored several bikes in or for a year or so without problem so I have a few questions:

    1)How can hanging a bike on a rubberized hook bend a rim, when the very strength of a wheel comes from the spokes holding the hub in place through tension (a “pulling” force) rather than compression (a “pushing” force). I could maybe see if you’re simply talking about the actual outer rim being dinged if the weight is unevenly applied or something like that, but beyond that…I don’t get it.

    2) For the bearing grease issue: When a bike is sitting on it’s two tires, there is a certain amount of force on the bearings of the two wheels simply because of the weight of the bike pressing down on them.
    Let’s say that the bike weighs 25 lbs. Ok, so that’s 12.5 lbs per wheel. Now let’s say that a 200 lbs guy gets on the bike. Now we’re up to 112.5 lbs per wheel. Do you really mean to tell me that the bearings are made to work with the 112.5 lbs of force on them, but are not able to support the measly 25 lbs of the bike without leaking their grease? I suppose the argument could be that it’s because the 25 lbs is constant, but still that seems pretty minuscule next to 112 lbs.

    Please note that I’m writing this simply because I don’t understand what the problem could be and am seeking information. I don’t pretend to know more about bikes or bike racks than you and apologize if this post seems like I’m saying that I’m right and your wrong. Cheers!

  5. By Mario on Jul 12, 2010 | Reply

    Ok, I just realized that 12.5 lbs doesn’t account for the fact that the wheels/tires are supported by the floor, so it would be a bit less than that.
    However, the weight of the top wheel/tire would be supported by the hook when the bike is hung up as well so the question is still pretty much valid.

  6. By Fred on Dec 16, 2010 | Reply

    There is nothing damaging about hanging a bike by either 1 or 2 wheels. Many bike shops store inventory this way in their storage space. I store all my bikes this way and have never had a wheel even come out of true.
    No worries.

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