Our $2 Babyproofing Bike Solution

Our $2 Babyproofing Bike Solution

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Carrie McBride
Apr 21, 2010

Sometimes it takes the arrival of a baby to make you get off your duff and do something you should have done long ago. In our case, it was my husband who got off his duff. After years of complaining about the floor space his bike took up a few close calls with our son nearly toppling the bike onto himself got him serious about finding a solution.

He knew there were products to mount the bike to the wall or hang it from the ceiling, but he wanted something as inexpensive as possible that would make minimal permanent impact on our rented apartment. He considered using an autopole but noticed some large, cheap hooks at Ikea one day and thought he'd give them a try. The Rigel hooks were .99 cents each and have a weight capacity of 110 lbs. each.

He decided to attach the bike to a tall wardrobe we had rather than worry about the strength or our walls and plaster. He used two L-brackets on the inside, nuts and bolts and two plywood shims to create a small amount of space between the wardrobe and the hooks to accommodate the angle of his handlebar (he instructed me to say "bar ends" but that might only mean something to bike people).

And voila! Is this the most elegant solution out there? No. Neither of us is crazy about how it looks (especially the plywood which he didn't paint), but it works, it was fast, it was easy, it was cheap and it gives us peace of mind letting our son run around.

Do you have a great idea for babyproofing a bike?

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