Some people have big enough homes that they can easily find the space to stash a bicycle. Others don’t, requiring folks to be a little more creative if they don’t want to be tripping over their bicycle five times a night. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of stands, racks, and other storage meant to help with that.
Here are some of our favorites.
Delta Cycle Michelangelo Gravity Storage Rack
Yes, it’s one of the bigger options out there. If you want a storage solution with no setup required, however, you can’t do better than this. Just assemble the rack, lean it against it the wall, and it’s ready to use. Each one can hold a pair of bicycles, too, making it a great solution for multi-bike households. Do note, the set actually comes with a screw for attaching the stand to the wall, although the instructions list it as an optional step, since this is stable enough even without the extra hardware.
Rubber bumpers ensure it won’t damage your wall’s paint or wallpaper, while rubber arm sleeves protect the bike’s finish while providing a secure grip the whole time it’s on the rack. It can hold a maximum load of 80 pounds, too, so it doesn’t matter what bikes you have – this thing should support it. If there’s any gripe to make, it’s that the rack’s legs protrude a few inches from the wall, so there’s a chance of tripping on it if you don’t watch your step.
- NO ATTACHMENT OR DRILLING REQUIRED - Leans against wall
Hornit CLUG Bike Clip
Probably the simplest bike storage solution out there, the CLUG consists of nothing more than a C-shaped mount that you install on the wall. Once in place, you’re supposed to tilt your bike so it’s standing on the rear tire and push it so that the front wheel slots into the mount. That’s it. The mount, basically, holds the front wheel to keep the bike from falling over, while the rear wheel, which remains touching the ground, keeps the whole thing upright. It comes in five sizes (roadie, hybrid, MTB, XL, and XXL), so make sure you pick the right one for your bike’s tire size. The downside: the rear tire touches both the floor and the wall the entire time, so it’s not the cleanest way to stash your bike
- World's smallest bike rack. Easily mounts to any type of wall or vertical surface.
Steadyrack Classic Bike Rack
Designed to mount onto walls, this rack stores your bike vertically, securing it by the front tire to keep it off the floor. Once mounted on the rack, the bike can be swiveled 160 degrees to the left and right, allowing you to move it out of the way for a more efficient use of space. Depending on how high you install the rack on the wall, the bike can be mounted in place without having to be lifted – you simply tip it back like you’re doing a wheelie and roll the whole thing forward until the front wheel is secured. If you mount the rack a little higher, though, you may have to lift a little, which still isn’t a lot of work, considering the front wheel secures in place pretty fast. It can hold bicycles up to 77 pounds.
- Fits road, hybrid and select mountain bikes with tire diameters 20" to 29" and widths up to 2.4"
Knife & Saw Bike Shelf
It’s not most economical option out there. At the price, in fact, it’s many times more expensive than all of the other products here. If you’re willing to splurge for the most elegant-looking bike rack you can bring to your home, though, the all-wood Bike Shelf will definitely make a case for taking up space in your wall. Mounted on the wall using a solid steel square rod, the rack proceeds to secure your bike by the frame through a wedge cut in its front edge. The best part? It doubles as a functional shelf, so it remains useful even when you stop keeping a bicycle inside the house, with the all-wood construction making it look like a natural part of any home.
Ibera Horizontal Bike Hanger
This wall-mounted hanger comes with two individually-adjustable arms for holding the frame, allowing you to change their position to accommodate the bike frame’s shape, ensuring you can store any bike in a perfectly horizontal position. Those arms, by the way, are attached to the wall via a telescoping tube that can expand from 8.5 inches to 12 inches, allowing you to move them closer to or further from the wall, depending on the size of bike it will accommodate. Foam padding protects the bike frame from getting scratched, while an included wheel strap can hold the front wheel in place to keep the bike from swinging side to side.
- The wall hanger's angle (45°) can adjust to keep your bike level. Correct height for hanger tyres...
RAD Cycle Aluminum Bike Stand
No empty wall space to set up a rack onto? Not a problem. Pick up one of these bike rack poles instead, which lets you mount up to two bikes on a pole that you can set up in any part of the house. Adjustable in height from 7 to 11 feet, the pole secures the bike by simple contact with both the floor and ceiling, eliminating the need for drilling and driving screws. Two sets of vinyl-coated arms allow it to hold up to two bicycles, with each arm able to support up to 100 pounds each, so this can hold the heaviest bikes you can throw its way. The whole thing weighs just 13 pounds.
- The aluminum bike rack secures to ceilings from 7 to 11 feet high
Racor Single Bike Rack
Designed to store bicycles vertically, this 12-gauge steel rack has a sideways hook that latches onto the wheel of a bike, immediately securing it in place. Similar to the CLUG, the bike protrudes completely from the wall, so you can end up running into the handlebars when the lights are out, although the simplicity of the solution does make it a rather fair compromise. Do note, the hook isn’t adjustable, so if your bike has big wheels or knobby tires, there’s a good chance it won’t fit in the mount. Additional frame at the bottom of the mount, by the way, allows you to add a bike lock, in case you don’t want your roommates taking your expensive time trial bike for their late-night beer run.