Bike Racks For Garage


Bike racks for garage’s are essential to the modern biker. Choosing the right type of bike rack for your garage can be quite a challenge. When considering buying a bike rack for your garage ask the following questions to your self:

Am I Ok with drilling holes in the wall to mount my garage rack?
How much space does my garage have, can I fit a free standing bike rack in?
Is my garage roof high enough to add a bike rack hoist?
Do I want an automobile bike rack OR Is my current automobile bike rack compatible with any adapters to convert into a free standing bike rack?
How much money do I want to spend on a bike rack for my garage?

Once you’ve answered these questions you’ll have a better idea of what to shop for. I’ll start from the top of the questions list and work my way down. This is pretty solid advice that me and other bikers came up with when choosing what bicycle storage was best for us. I don’t have a garage as I currently live in an apartment with a tall outside balcony so I made my own bike hoist.

Am I ok with drilling holes in the wall to mount my garage rack?
Some bike racks for your garage will require you to drill holes in the wall or floor or ceiling. If your not all right with this you’ll probably have to spend a little more money to get a free standing rack that has all of the support to hold the specified amount of bikes. You may be able to get the free standing type of rack that you just stand your bike against, but in my opinion you may as well just sit your bike up on the wall. You could build a rack out of 2×4’s or PVC if you really have a lot of bikes and you want quick easy access to them.

How much space does my garage have, can I fit a free standing bike rack in?
If you can afford it, free standing bike racks are great ways to store large bikes such as mountain bikes. They aren’t quite as easy as hoists to get your special bike off the mount if its right at the back but they are still good. This would be my second choice if I had the room. They just look totally cool and are really sturdy. No falling over if you mount them to the floor and you can even work on your bike on them.

Is my garage roof high enough to add a bike rack hoist?
Bike hoists are both cheap and easy to make. They make it easy to get one bike or all of your bikes down in a snap. You obviously have to have a roof thats high enough and the correct support. Don’t try to mount one of these to the popcorn or automatic garage door railing. Believe me its a dangerous idea as the weight of the bikes will pull it right off the ceiling possibly hurting somebody, landing on your car or at best just destroying your bike. MAKE sure that you put it in the right place!

Do I want an automobile bike rack OR Is my current automobile bike rack compatible with any adapters to convert into a free standing bike rack?
If you are thinking about buying a bike rack for your automobile I would hold off from buying a rack for your garage. This is due to the reason some times you can find kits for hitch mount racks that actually connect. So once your done riding and have your bike on your car you can pull into your garage (providing you have space) and then move the rack from your tow hitch right onto your bike rack mount. If you already have one for your car, check out the pages on this site and see if you can find a mount for your particular model of bike rack. Its a convenient way to store your bikes and your bike rack at the same time. Kind of like killing two birds with one stone as it were.

How much money do I want to spend on a bike rack for my garage?
Price is one of the main factors that will limit you to the type of rack you can get. I would never recommend buying any type of bike rack brand new. You can save so much money by buying online. For the best deals you can come to this site at any time and browse the ads. I’ve got it set up to show only the best deals from eBay so, give this site a bookmark.
If your crafty you can look at bike rack plans and see if you can tackle the task of building your own bike rack. Its not as hard as it sounds but believe me, its not for the faint hearted or perfectionist. The cost of materials and time of labor may not work for every one but will for those that are into DIY projects.