Apartment dwellers who don't have outdoor or basement storage sometimes have no choice but to keep their bikes inside. Wall-mounted racks can come in handy in small spaces, and they seem to get a little better looking every year. Here are 10 options, with the pros and cons of each laid out below.
Knife and Saw
Chris Brigham's Bike Shelf is the most beautiful of the bunch, but it's also the most expensive at $300 for the walnut version and $270 for the ash wood shelf. It's a simple design suspended from the wall by a steel square rod mount.
San Francisco's Public Bikes carries the Michelangelo Two Bike Gravity Stand, and it's currently on sale for $64 (reg. $75). This one won't leave any marks on the wall; it leans against the surface and holds 1 or 2 bikes, but it's a bit more bulky than other designs listed here.
The Schulte Bike Rack and Basket is inexpensive at $32, and it comes with a wire basket to hold a helmet, water bottle, or other supplies. It's not as good looking as some of the other racks on this list, but it's practical and functional.
The Cycloc Bike Storage ($100) is an attractive, simple design that comes in four colors. The cup-shaped storage can hold your keys, but mounting hardware's not included and we've heard that installation can be tricky.
This Reclaimed Wood Wall-Mount Bike Rack by Cantilever and Press sells for $85. Made by hand in Vancouver, C&P can customize it to clear your handlebars. Requires mounting directly into a stud; drywall screws won't work on this one.
The Leonardo Wall Mount Bike Rack ($16) is a slim, affordable, and simple design, but it requires the bike to hang perpendicular to the wall. A tire tray (sold separately) helps keep to keep tire scuff marks off the wall.
The Delta Monet One Folding Bike Rack is affordable at $35, and it has a clean, streamlined look. The laminate storage shelf folds up when not in use, and it includes mounting hardware. Maximum load is 50 pounds.
IKEA Hacker Thomas made his own DIY bike rack from two Kvartal Wall Hardware Wall Fittings, just $5 each. Like the Leonardo Hook, it requires that the bike be perpendicular to the wall, so it's best to set this up in an unobtrusive corner.
The Oak Solo Wall Mount Bike Rack is made from solid wood, and it's affordable at $49. It's simple, practical, and handmade in the USA, but to be honest, we find the rounded edges a little hokey. Maximum load is 30 pounds.
Stacks and Stacks
An alternative to wall-mounted storage involves hanging your bike from the ceiling. Having a huge piece of equipment hanging overhead might not be for everyone, but it's definitely a space-saving concept. This Bike Lift Floating Bike Rack sells for $38.
Top Photo: Bike Shelf from Knife and Saw