Where do you store bikes? Back in our Austin condo, we had to store them in our laundry room. That wasn’t fun. And in Florida, we had to cram them into a tiny hall closet on the 16th floor of our apartment building. Needless to say, this garage thing is so nice. And the fact that you can just hang bikes from the ceiling seems like a miracle! Not to mention it costs less than $4 to hang one bike.
Here’s our bike storage system before the the magical hooks. Our mountain bikes rested against the back wall and the tandem lived in the middle. Oh, and that 4 wheeler is my parents’, it does not live permanently in our garage, thank goodness!
What you need to hang a bike
- Long screws
- Sheet rocks anchors
- Heavy duty bike hooks (2 per bike)- I bought ours at Home Depot, but these are very similar on Amazon.
- Scrap plywood pieces- 2 scraps per bike
- Screw driver
- Stud finder
- Tape measure
Here are the miracle-maker bike hooks from Home Depot for $1.87 each. Note: This picture is from 2014.
How to hang a bike from the ceiling
Step 1- Find studs
After you have all of your tools and materials gathered, start searching for studs in the ceiling. Ideally you will hang the bike in the same direction that the studs are running. This will allow you to anchor both bike hooks into a stud. Due to the layout of our garage, we had to hang bikes in both directions (parallel to the studs and perpendicular to the studs). This meant that only one of the bikes could have both hooks secured to a stud. Andy had to secure some of the bike hooks to the sheet rock without being able to hit a stud because the spacing between the bike wheels is not the same as the spacing between the studs.
Step 2- Pre dill holes
Hanging things from sheetrock makes Andy nervous, so he puts enough anchors in the plywood to hold hundreds of pounds! Andy located the studs and made some pencil marks so he knew where to place the screws. Then he measured the space between the tires. The trick to this is to see where one tire touches the ground and to measure from that spot to where the other tire touches the ground. This is the amount of space you want between your hooks. Andy pre-drilled holes in the plywood for the bike hook and for the screws he was using to attach the wood to the ceiling/studs. Pre-drilling holes is a good idea to avoid splitting the wood.
Step 3- Cut scrap wood rectangles
Andy wanted the plywood up there to give the bike hook a little more “meat” to screw in to. If studs are available, you can screw the hook right into a stud and forego the scrap wood pieces. This is Andy over engineering all things hanging… see this giant mirror and this mirror.
Step 4- Attach bike hook to pre drilled holes
Once you have attached the plywood to the ceiling/stud in a couple places, just screw in the bike hook to your pre-drilled hole. And voilà, you have instant space in your garage!
Hallelujah! The bikes are on the ceiling! And we can walk in our garage now. Woot woot! How do you store your bikes? I’d love to hear…