13 Best Way to Store Bikes in Garage and Home

wall mounted bike rack

With new regulations and hours for fitness centers, and social distancing affecting public transportation, cycling has seen quite the boom in 2021. Hopping on your bicycle is a great way to get around town, get out of town, and burn some calories. But as much as we would love to ride our bike during all waking hours, sometimes we have to hang up the towel and give our two-wheeler (and ourselves) some rest. Which can pose an all-too-familiar problem — where do we keep our bike so it’s out of harm’s way, but still within reach when we want to hit the road? That’s why we set out to research and uncover the best bike storage ideas out there.

If you have limited storage (or just have way too many bikes), you’ll need to get creative. So whether you need to keep your bike inside your cramped city apartment, in an overcrowded garage, or even in your backyard, we have a storage solution that will both protect your bicycle and keep it easily accessible for daily trips to the grocery store, park, and neighborhood watering hole.

1.Bike Wall Mount

wall mounted bike rack

Bike wall mount allows you to store the most bikes while taking up the least amount of wall space. Bikes are hung vertically (obviously!), so you need to have enough floor-to-ceiling space for the length of the bikes. But you also need to have enough space for those bikes to stick off of the wall and into whatever room you’re storing them in.

If you have a tight 2-car garage and are trying to park both your cars inside, this style of wall mounted bike rack is not for you. It’s probably also not your best bet for indoor bike storage either, unless you don’t mind bumping into those bikes sticking off of the wall!

While kids can’t usually remove their own bikes from vertical bike racks, this style of bike storage is a great fit for balance bikes as well as any size kid’s pedal bike.

2.Ceiling bike storage

Best For: The tightest spaces – bikes don’t take up any wall or floor space!

If you have a tight garage, no wall space, and no floor space, you better look up! Ceiling bike storage racks store bikes up and out of the way so that they only use that pesky extra air space above your head. Most of these systems are for single bikes, but the Saris system holds up to six bikes!

PROS:

  • Don’t take up any wall or floor space
  • Easy to access, lift and lower
  • Some models fit any wheel size – from balance bikes to adult bikes

 

CONS:

  • Out of sight, out of mind? 🙂
  • Kids can’t access bikes by themselves
  • Ceiling installation is more difficult
  • Bike hoists are better for only large kids’ and adult bikes

3.Cycle Glide

We’ve tested a lot of different bike storage solutions, and the Cycle Glide wins the prize for impressing us the most. It’s so cleverly designed and incredibly easy to use, it has earned a permanent spot on our garage ceiling.

With sliding rails and sliding hooks, the Cycle Glide effortlessly accommodates any size bike. Which bikes you store can be changed at any time by simply sliding the hooks along the rails to match the wheelbase of your bike. Basically, this ceiling bike storage solution is the ultimate choice for flexibility!

Because the four bike rails can move horizontally across the base, it’s easy to access and remove a single bike by simply moving the other bikes out of the way. The Cycle Glide also allows you to remove or store bikes while your car is parked underneath the rack!

4 .Ceiling Bike Storage

For families with no room for standard garage bike racks, ceiling bike storage is the only way to go! While we certainly love and prefer the simplicity and flexibility of the Cycle Glide, if you only have a few bikes to store, bike pulley systems are a more affordable option.

Also keep in mind that if your bike has hydraulic disc brakes, you shouldn’t be storing your bike upside down. That makes the Racor and Delta bike pulley system particularly suited for high-end bikes.

Bike pulleys can accommodate any size bike (12″ to 29″), but they must be installed according to the length of the bike’s wheelbase. If you install the system to fit a 12″ bike, you’ll need to adjust the system as your child graduates to larger bikes.

5.Floor Bike Racks for

Garage Floors

Best For: Organizing vs. saving space, larger garages, easy access

While most home bike storage systems aim to save floor space, bike parking racks use it right up! Floor bike racks are commonly used for the bikes that get the most use and need the easiest access.  They’re often part of a larger system of garage bike storage where some bikes are stored up and away to save space, leaving just enough room for a few bikes on the ground.

PROS:

  • Best access for bikes that get used often
  • Easy for kids to use
  • Can be used in the garage or in playrooms to store balance bikes

CONS:

  • Many don’t fit kids’ bikes under 20″
  • Take up precious floor space
  • Some are not disc brake compatible

6. Simple Housewares 5 Bike Floor Parking Rack

Call it “old school” but floor bike racks have stood the test of time for a reason. They’re so simple!  And with the Simple Housewares floor bike rack, you can store a family of bikes for a very affordable price tage.

This is another bike storage system that’s gained a permanent spot in our garage. Young kids don’t need mom or dad to lift their bike off the ceiling or wall hooks.  

No more bikes in a tangled heap on the garage floor. Your kids can take responsibility for getting their own bikes out of the garage, and hopefully you can train them to put them away as well. It’s super easy, so they have no excuses!

7. Cycle Six Bike Floor Stand

The Cycle six bike floor stand is unique for two reasons. First, you can store bikes in two different directions – three on each side, facing each other. If you don’t have enough room in your garage for that, it can be used as a 3-bike stand with bikes in just one direction.

The second unique feature is that it has hooks for helmet storage. Ever have helmets strewn all over the floor? Or can’t find your kid’s helmet because it doesn’t have its own “spot”? This is a simple solution to that problem.

While this floor bike stand isn’t the best for storing 12″ and 16″ bikes, it can be done. For small bikes, we added a 2×4 block on the floor of the rack to make the tire fit more snuggly in its parking spot.

8. Cycle Shop Rack

This floor bike rack was made to take a beating on your garage floor. Delta’s The Shop bike stand is super sturdy and durable, with rubber feet to help keep that stand in place while getting your bike in and out.

The Shop’s standout feature is that the rack arms are adjustable in width. Make that spacing more narrow for tiny kids bikes, or widen them for mountain bikes with plus size tires.

9.  Lineup Stand

standing bike rack features a spring loaded cradle that minimizes contact with the rear wheel. As you can see in the image above, the contact point with the wheel is nowhere near the derailleur or disc brakes (if this bike had them).

The Line-up stand is limited in that it can only accommodate tires up to 2.5″ wide. Additionally, while its minimalist design saves on floor space, it’s definitely not as stable as other floor bike racks. As a result, it’s best not to use it in a high-traffic area where the bike may get bumped.

10. Horizontal Bike Storage – On the Wall

Best ForIn-home storage, tight garages, or displaying bikes as art

On-wall horizontal bicycle storage secures a bike flat against a wall, taking up significant wall space, but very little space in the actual room. Because it takes up so much wall space, it’s not common for more than two bikes to be stored this way in the same room.

There are two different styles of horizontal bike storage – (1) a free standing horizontal wall stand that leans against the wall, and (2) a wall-mounting version that’s installed on the wall itself. Horizontal bike storage is very common for storing bikes indoors.

PROS:

  • Can fit in most rooms in your house – great for apartment dwellers
  • Generally easier to lift up and down than vertical storage
  • Come in free-standing or wall-mounting options
  • Great for “displaying” bikes
  • Some options can fit the smallest bikes – even balance bikes

CONS:

  • Take up a ton of wall space
  • Generally can’t store too many bikes this way
  • Most only fit larger kids bikes (24″ and sometimes 20″)
  • Can be difficult for kids to raise and lower bikes on their own
  • Bikes with wider handlebars are more problematic

 

11. Wall Rack

The Feedback 2D wall mounted bike rack takes up minimal wall space while its 2-dimensional moving arms maximize its customizability for your bike frame.

Each arm can move independently up or down the small column base, making the 2D customizable for almost any bike frame design. For bikes with flat top tubes, this feature is unnecessary. But for kids bikes or bikes with sloping top tubes, it’s a big win. From balance bikes to road bikes, we’ve been able to fit every bike we tried on the 2D.

Remember – bikes with wider handlebars are a harder fit because the bike sits so close to the wall.

12. Cycle Free Standing Bike Rack

Freestanding bike rack has several advantages.

(1) It can store two bikes horizontally, without any damage to the walls.

(2) It can easily be moved at any time.

(3) The frame cradles can be adjusted up or down, and angled in or out to accommodate virtually any frame design. We were able to store everything from balance bikes to kids bikes and adult bikes.

While this standing bike rack can be used indoors or in the garage, we prefer it for indoor bike storage, so it could easily be included in the section below as well.

13. Indoor Bike Racks – Freestanding

Best For: Rooms with walls you don’t want to damage, or are difficult to attach hardware to

If you have two or more bikes to store and you don’t want to attach any hardware to the wall, a bike storage column or telescoping rack our favorite indoor bike rack idea. Pressure set between floor and ceiling, bike storage columns take up the same amount of space as horizontal wall storage but are constrained to areas of the home where the ceiling is low enough to accommodate the column.

PROS:

  • Doesn’t require you to put any hardware on the wall – great for renters
  • Can be used indoors as well as the garage
  • Can be moved from one area to another

CONS:

  • Limited to rooms within the column’s height range
  • Generally can’t store too many bikes this way
  • Usually only fit larger kids bikes (24″ and sometimes 20″)
  • Can be difficult for kids to raise and lower bikes on their own

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