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.
- Public: 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.
- Organize.com: 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.
- YLiving: 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.
- SupermarketHQ: 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.
- Organize It: 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.
- Bicycle Buys: 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: 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.
- Sears: 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