DIY – Urban-living Indoor Bike Rack
For about two years, I’ve been eyeballing the side of my bookshelf, thinking, “You know? That wouldn’t be a bad place to hang my bicycle up and out of the way.” After two years, I looked down at this quilted laptop bag I picked up before my travels to Japan, and took notice of the strap attached to it that I’ll never, in a million years, use. This strap was just what the doctor ordered for making the mount for my bike come to life.
I’ve considered just driving a huge ugly hook into the side of the bookshelf, but I’m not a fan of ruining furniture, or big ugly hooks in my house. Paying out the nose for an indoor bike rack was never an option, as awesome as they are, I just don’t have a desire for an excessive piece of garage furniture floating about my living space.
Here’s what you need:
- 1/2″ L-Bracket, pretty simple, very small… You could probably use a wall hook too, but I’ve never liked those things, they’re too flimsy.
- 1/2″ Wood screw…. Now, if your bike weighs a ton, you’ll want heftier gear. I’m dealing with a 14 pound racing bike. If you’re storing a fixie bump it up to a 3/4″ L-bracket and the same for the wood screw.
- The nylon strap… any nylon strap will do, just make sure it’s adjustable, and can be extended/retracted to about 36 inches.
- 5 minutes
- This is a one-man job, at least that’s how I did it
Screw the l-bracket into the top of the bookshelf in question, in my case, it’s the bookshelf holding quite a few books…. You don’t want to go around toppling over empty furniture.
Loop the nylon strap to the l-bracket, and then to the handle bars, near the neck, not on the outside. You want the nylon strap to hug the tire, opposite to the l-bracket. See the photo below:
The reason for putting the l-bracket on one side and having the strap cross over to the other is for stability, weight distribution, whatever you want to call it – I justified it by bumping into the bike to test it, it didn’t fall over, and nothing got rattled. Mission accomplished.
You could try to use a shorter strap to just mount the rim, to the bracket, but I’ve never been a fan of hanging my bike by the wheels. True wheels is the name of the game, and there’s no sense putting stress on them, even if it’s completely okay. Also, you’ll get a lot more wiggle on the bike if it’s just the front rim strapped to your bookshelf. It will still do the job though.
As far as the hardware, a 1/2″ l-bracket and 1/2″ woodscrew will actually hold a bit more weight than this, the parts in total cost about $1, not counting the laptop bag – which I picked up at Ross for $12, full price is something like $25.
No matter how you look at it though, even with buying a laptop bag (it’s actually quite nice); you’re still spending 60% less than if you were to go to the store and pick up one of these: Indoor Bike Racks.
So there you have it, about $1 to mount your bike if you have a strap lying around the house. Quick solution to free up floor space, keep your rig off the floor, and keep about $60 in your pocket at the same time. Thank me later
05.21.11 • posted in: Creativity