If you’re looking for how to hang a bike on a wall, BSXInsight provides a few different options you can choose from. You can either buy a bike rack or hanger or DIY a solution using some basic materials. Whichever route you choose, make sure you follow these steps to ensure your bike is securely hung on the wall.
- 1 Method 1: Bike rack installation
- 2 Method 2: Using a Bike Hook
- 3 Some Other Idea To Hang A Bike On The Wall
- 4 Bike Storage Method
- 5 Conclusion
Method 1: Bike rack installation
1. Shop online or at your local hardware store for a wall-mounted bike rack. A vertical or horizontal wall mount is better, depending on where you plan to keep your bike. If you’re short on wall space, consider installing a vertical bike rack to save space. A wall mount bike rack is ideal if you want your bicycle to be hung flat against the wall. Even if you don’t want to, you can build one.
2. Measure the bike with a tape measure. Assuming you’re using a wall mount bike rack, take an accurate measurement of the bike high
3. Assemble the bike rack and place it where you want to hang the bike. You don’t want to put the rack too high because the bike might hit the ceiling when it’s hanging up. Mark the locations of all of the rack’s screw holes on the wall once it’s in place. There are typically two screw holes in a bike racks. The distance between the floor and the bike holder should be as high as your bicycle’s height.
A vertical bike rack must have a clearance more significant than the bike’s length between the floor space and the rack wheel rests on.
4. Drill the holes you marked in the wall with a drill. The drill holes must be deep enough to accommodate the entire length of the screws. Allow the drill bit to be slightly smaller than the screws with your bicycle rack. Use a 5mm drill bit if the bike rack has screws of 6mm diameter.
5. Insert a wall plug into each of the holes you’ve drilled and then screw the plugin. Screws used to mount the bike rack will have something to hold onto. To install the ceiling-mounted bike rack, use wall plugs with the same thread size as the included screws. At your local hardware store, you’ll find wall plugs.
6. Screw the rack into place after aligning it with the holes. Screw the bike rack’s included screws into the wall plugs with a screwdriver. The screws will no longer turn if you continue to turn the screwdriver.
Make sure your bike’s hanging is securely attached to the rack. The bicycle’s front tire should be hung from a vertical bike rack if you’re planning on using one. Make sure to place the top tube of your bike on a wall bike rack.
Read this guide to find more useful information: How To Measure Bike Wheel Size?
Method 2: Using a Bike Hook
1. Hook your bike up to a bike hook that can withstand the weight. The maximum weight capacity should be displayed on the hook. The bike hanging could fall out of the wall if you use a hook that isn’t designed to hold the bike’s weight. Bike hooks are readily available at your neighborhood hardware store.
If you don’t know how much the bike weighs, use a bathroom scale to figure it out. Weigh yourself first without the bike and then again with the bike in your hands. The weight of your bike is determined by subtracting your weight from the total weight of you and your mountain bike.
“There are many mounting options available, but I favor bike hooks. They’re easy to set up and use.”
2. Find a stud in the wall using a stud finder. Local hardware stores carry stud finders. Use caution as you move your stud finder slowly across a border to find all of the studs. It’s common for stud finders to emit a beeping sound or light up when they’re near a stud. To make the most of your stud finder, follow the instructions that came with it.
3. Using a tape measure, measure the bike’s distance in feet. In this case, measure from the farthest tip of one tire to the farthest end of the other tire.
4. Make a pencil mark on the wall where the bike hook will be screwed in. Check to make sure it’s located somewhere along the stud you discovered. You’ll want to make sure the distance between the floor and bike hook is greater than or equal to the bike’s length because the bike vertically was hung.
5. Drill a 3/8-inch (.95-centimeter) diameter hole where you marked. Make sure the hole is deep enough to accommodate the entire screw end of the bike hook.
6. Insert the bike hook into the hole and tighten it when you’ve drilled it. Turn the bike hook counterclockwise until it doesn’t turn anymore after inserting the screw end into the hole. The hook itself must be level with the ground.
7. The bike can be hung from the hook on the wall. Make sure the bike’s front wheel is on the hook, and the seat is facing outward, away from the wall, with the tires touching the wall.
If you still don’t know how to assemble a bike, look over our article.
Some Other Idea To Hang A Bike On The Wall
Saw and A Knife
The Cycloc, designed by Andrew Lang and featured on Treehugger in 2006, may be the most elegant and straightforward. A minimalistic triumph of form, function, and social awareness is what the UK Design Council called the Cycloc. According to the Guardian, Lang was concerned because it was so minimal.
Even though he described his creative vision as one that “celebrates design simplicity,” he wasn’t initially convinced the idea had legs. After initially dismissing the idea as “too simplistic,” I looked into other possibilities before returning to this one as the most elegant solution.
In 2007, Collin wrote about the Leonardo hanger, which has been on sale for years at $15, down from the original $20 price. Hooks for the rear wheel and two plates to protect the wall are all that’s needed. You can find them here. It is less expensive than other options, but it does not really put your road bike on display and may even obstruct your path.
When it comes to “accessories for the modern cyclist,” Clankworks of Pittsburgh’s Perch is more stylish than the Leonardo while also “providing additional storage for the things you’ll need on your ride,” including a lock and a helmet. Small spaces and display purposes necessitate designs that place the bike against the wall. Clankworks’ website does not yet display a price.
Tamasine Osher, a British designer, has created a PedalPod with a lot of storage space. She’s a designer who takes her craft seriously:
One of the main goals of this project is to rekindle the human connection to objects by encouraging visual and tactile interaction and by emphasizing the simplicity of materials and their honest construction.
The Hood by Quarterre
Last year, Treehugger At Clerkenwell Design Week, Bonnie spotted Quaterre’s Branchline two-bike rack. However, a lovely wall mount is also available from the designers. The hood’s design is both clever and straightforward.
The folded steel used to make the hood was hand-finished with leather. The hood is attached to the wall and secures a single bike by its top tube. The leather sleeve can protect both the bike frame and the lock, which has an inner slot for the lock.
The Bike Valet comes from “Steven Tiller, Stephanie Birch, and baby Bennett” of Reclamation Art + Furniture. It recently made headlines on Kickstarter, where the designers explained the problem:
Even with the most expensive lock, we couldn’t leave our bikes outside for more than a few days in our cramped downtown apartment. A couple of years ago, we lost a lovely vintage hand-made Kleine in precisely this manner.
As a result, we bring our bikes into the house. As a result, it isn’t easy to get around the entry hall. More than once, it’s happened to me that an inconveniently placed bicycle has caused me to trip and catch my dress pants. What’s the answer? The Valet for Bikes.
The metal is a little more refined than Cycloc’s simple leverage principle.
Chris Meierling’s Pallet Bike Rack
Chris Meierling created a beautiful home office and bicycle storage system by repurposing old shipping pallets. In addition to serving as an exciting backdrop to the bikes, pallets can also be used to store other items. However, he doesn’t detail where or how to hang your bike.
The shelves on the pallets were unkempt and shabby. I found four pallets on the street and used drywall anchors to screw them into my drywall. I then built shelves out of the pallets I had seen. Each anchor had a weight capacity of 40 lbs, and there were approximately 10 screws on each pallet.
Bike Rack Birdhouse from Dimini
The Bike Rack Birdhouse by Lauren Thomas and Jennifer Karam of Dimini is my personal favorite because of its sense of humor. According to the designers,
The bike rack birdhouse is an innovative indoor storage solution for your bike and Helmut that mounts easily and securely to the wall. Finished by hand with beeswax and linseed oil, all-natural and non-toxic, this piece will lighten your home’s storage burden and brighten your day.
Bike Storage from Jeremy Kehoe Studio
Double bike systems aren’t included in this gallery as a separate genre. At Toronto’s Interior Design Show last month, I was blown away by Jeremy Kehoe’s clever and beautiful bicycle storage system. An innovative hook system allows it to carry up to four bikes and accessories without any tools.
A clever hook system allows it to carry up to four bikes and their accessories without any tools.
Bike Storage Method
There are some things to keep in mind once you have chosen your bike storage solution. It is essential to think about how you are storing your bike and know some maintenance steps to keep it in good condition. Joel Nankman is our staff mechanic and has been fixing bikes professionally for 13+ years. We have compiled some bike storage tips below.
- Moisture can lead to rust, so keeping your bike and its components dry is essential. Keep your bike dry and protected from the elements if at all possible. Nankman advises us to stay away from wet areas at all costs.
- Take Cardboard for Example / You can prolong the life of the tires if you store your bike in a damp place like a garage by placing cardboard under them. To keep the cardboard from becoming an “insect breeding hotbed,” you’ll need to replace it regularly.
- Inflate the tires to the proper PSI, then maintain the roundness of the tires to avoid dry rot. It doesn’t matter how often you ride; you should still check the tires and adjust the psi to help extend the life of your tires. Nankman recommends between 5 and 10 psi for mountain bikes when not in use and between 20 and 30 psi for road bikes. He says that keeping tires fully inflated through wide temperature ranges is just as detrimental.
- Don’t Store in Extreme Conditions / Avoid storing your bike in conditions where the temperature is below freezing or above 110 degrees Fahrenheit for long periods. The problem, as Nankman admits, is storing your bike in an unheated garage or shed.
- It’s best to extend the dropper post when you’re not riding your bike. Dropper posts are more likely to last longer if this is done to keep them in good working order. “Don’t lift heavy bikes from the saddle if it has a dropper post,” advises Nankman.
- Storage Isn’t a Big Deal / To keep the seals from drying out; you may have heard that mountain bikes should be stored upright. That may be the best option for some bikes. In reality, however, Nankman admits, “that is not a very steadfast rule.” Many bikes would be better served by being hung upside down.
- Nankman recommends washing your bike after winter rides or if it was left on a car shelf in an area where salt and brine are used. Cleaning your bike is always a good idea. The components in your system will last longer.
- Attention to Detail / Avoids leaning the bike too far to the derailleur side to avoid damaging the component. Nankman advises depending on the bike on the drivetrain side to ensure that it will land on its non-drive side if it does fall over.
And there you have it. A quick, easy and cheap way to hang your bike up on the wall. It may not be the sexiest way to display your bike, but it will do it. If you need more help hanging up your bike, check out our home decoration section for more ideas.
If you have any questions about this, feel free to ask.