Hanging bikes in Garage


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WetDogGraphix

I live for the CABE
Jul 29, 2015
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#1
With everything I have going on like house & yard maint (which seems never-ending) and bike projects, I got tired of moving bikes around when I needed more room in the garage...like most, I have some screw type hangers in the ceiling (enough for 5 bikes). Not bad for lightweight bikes that don't weigh anything, but having 9' ceilings in the garage make it hard for me to pick up the "Heavy's". So I started looking at ceiling racks. Found 1 that was cool & used a trolley system allowing the bikes to move on it, but for 7 bikes it was over $600. 1st thing I did was find threaded hooks....Park 450, 3/8" threads.
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Then some trolleys and railing.....
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My thought was drill out the old hook, install the Park. Unfortunately, the axle of the trolley was also 3/8". No workeee.. Then I found some that would work....
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Fit perfect into 1 5/8" Uni-strut from Lowes... the original system will work for raising and lowering the bikes....
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Attached it and then installed the Uni-strut.....
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Then started adding bikes......
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You can move them with 1 hand.....I had 6 bikes hanging in a 3' space but having them hang down made them in the way, so I added the second rail & hooks.
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So 8 bikes hanging in 5.5', nice......if you're interested in my pulley system, here. It has a Prusik brake system, meaning, when pulling up, the Prusik hits the pulley and allows the rope to slide thru, but when you go to lower it, it grabs the rope.....rock climbing trick....
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Just thought I would share.........:D
 
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WES PINCHOT

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Aug 16, 2006
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CHICAGO AREA
#9
NOT GOOD TO STORE BIKES IN UNHEATED GARAGE LOCATED IN VARIABLE COLD
WEATHER CLIMATE. THE BIKES WILL PICKUP CONDENSATION AND WILL RUST ESPECIALLY CHROME ,OTHERWISE OKAY IN WARM CLIMATE! SEE PICS!
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markivpedalpusher

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Nov 10, 2007
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#11
I hang my bikes like this in the garage but your set up is super user friendly. I like the idea of leaving some space in the line up so you can slide bikes back and forth for easy access to the one you want to grab and ride or work on. Very ingenious idea!
 

WetDogGraphix

I live for the CABE
Jul 29, 2015
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#14
@WetDogGraphix - Where did you end up picking up your roller trolley's? I found the Park hooks on Amazon.
I've bought them in 2 places....Amazon seems to be cheaper if you have Prime. (Free 2 day shipping)
https://www.amazon.com/Genuine-Unistrut-P2749-EG-Trolley-Assembly/dp/B00KQSD48Q
The first batch came from here.
https://eberliron.com/1361/P2749Unistrut2WheelTrolley/category/1056.html
But with shipping, it ends up being more....
I bought the uni-strut @ Lowes.....

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At the top of the thread, I talked about getting stuff that didn't work for the bikes, but I used it in between to raise and lower bikes. Here is what I got....
https://www.curtain-tracks.com/industrial-roller-track-16-gauge-galvanized-steel-8-feet.html
https://www.curtain-tracks.com/industrial-trolley-nylon-wheels-0-5-inch-hook.html

To lower the bikes, I use a simple solution. I piece of 1/4" rope attached to a small carabiner using this friction knot called a munter hitch.. Attach it to the bike, take the slack out, unhook the bike from the hooks, and lower with 1 hand...
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I have some more of the smaller trollies, and channel to put up and hang all my wheels out of the way. I'll post some pics when I'm done...
 

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