Best Garage Bike Racks
When the first snowfall of winter hits, it is that sad time in any cyclists' year that they have to pack up their bicycles and put them into storage until spring rolls around, and they are back on the road. Most people throw them in a section of their garage where they are susceptible to damage, but what if there was another way to store your bicycles so they were in top shape when you go to take them back out in the spring. I am here to tell you that garage bike racks will be your new best friend, as they will save you space and prevent damage from coming to your bicycles while in storage for the winter.
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Little to no footprint
Safe for bike
Easy to hoist heavy bikes
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1. RAD Cycle Products
Little to no footprint
Safe for bike
Easy to hoist heavy bikes
The rope has a tendency to fray with prolonged use
This is one of the most ideal ways to store a bike that isn’t in use. The pulley systems make storing your bike simple and getting it down even easier. If you are looking for a way to store your bike for the winter, or just wanted a place to put it out of the way between each ride, this rack is an excellent choice.Read more
Ease of Use
A pair of hooks are attached to the seat of your bike, and one is hooked under the handlebars. A pulley system lifts your bike up off the ground and up to approximately 12 feet. Once the bike is locked in place, a lock safe mechanism is installed on this rack to prevent an accidental release.
This bike rack has virtually no footprint on your garage floor, and it easy enough to use not only to store in the offseason but also to store between uses. And the design of this model is engineered to store bikes that weight up to 100 pounds.
Users are going to have to dust off that old toolbox and break out a few tools- such as a stud finder and some other basic tools. The top metal brackets run along the ceiling of your garage or placed directly on a ceiling beam. This unit is ideal for ceilings that are up to 12 feet.
The hooks that are used to hold your bike in place are coated with a protective rubber that is designed to prevent scratches on your bike. The bike is hoisted up by a thick rope that is secured in place by a locking mechanism. The brackets that are installed on the ceiling are made of metal.
The cost of this bike rack is quite reasonable if you were looking to store only one or two bikes. If you require a bike rack that was able to store more than two bikes, this model might become a little more expensive.
Rad is a company that is dedicated to making superior bike products, and this bike rack meets that criteria. If you want a bike rack that offers you maximum storage capacity in your garage so that you have more room to buy more golf clubs and lawn tools, this is an excellent choice for the modest price.
2. Delta Cycle Michelangelo
No need to install
Cannot withstand very heavy bikes
Red hooks have been known to slide
If the prospect of drilling holes into your garage walls does not appeal to you, or you feel insecure about your handyman abilities, this model may appeal to you. It’s very sleek and modern looking and is capable of holding two bikes.Read more
Ease of Use
This bike stand works much like the Racor Pro- it is composed of two vertical posts that have arms that attach to the frame of the bike to hold it in place. Instead of drilling holes into the wall of your garage, it simply works by leaning it against a wall at an angle. Many users have been skeptical about how sturdy this product is- and are amazed at how well it holds bikes securely in place. It has adjustable arms that hook under the bike frame and are able to accommodate most bikes. This rack can hold up to 80 pounds.
If you can remove things from a box, and leans things against a wall- you have all of the required skills to install this garage bike rack. Upon removing the rack from the box, you will have to assemble some of the parts, but this can be done by hand with no extra tools needed.
The frame is made from a sturdy metal that is coated with a premium silver powered finish that offers a sleek design. Many users find that this garage rack is stylish enough to use in their homes when garages are not available to them. The adjustable arms are coated in a sharp fire engine red rubber coating to ensure that your bike doesn’t become scratched while being stored.
The price of this garage bike rack is a little bit more pricey than some of the other units available on the market. It is by no means the most expensive rack out there, but buyers will be paying a little bit more for a sleek design and an installation-free model.
If you are in the market for a garage bike rack that looks sharp and doesn’t require you to drag out your toolbox, this is an excellent choice. Buyers might end up paying a little bit more for this brand, but past users have been consistently pleased with the performance of this garage bike rack. You and your bike have been on many outdoor adventures, and you want to make sure that it is packed away in a safe space when it is not in use.
Can store up to four bikes
Some users report that included screws do not fit
Reports that 4 bikes make for a tight fit
Unlike some of the other garage bike racks making this list, this is the first model that is capable of holding four bikes at the same time. The installation of this model is easy, and it’s a simple design makes for a great unit to free up some storage space in your garage.Read more
Ease of Use
This unit is incredibly secure. Not only is it anchored at the ceiling by four screws, but it also sports a smart a-frame design that distributes weight evenly. Bikes hang vertically from the rear tire from hooks. With the purchase of an additional unit, users can have the option of hanging the bikes horizontally. This design makes it so that this model is capable of holding any type of bike. The frame is designed to hold up to 4 bikes, and can even accommodate 29” mountain bike tires.
Installation for this product requires a stud finder, and a drill or something to affix screws. This unit hangs from a top beam from the garage ceiling and is anchored by four screws.
The basic frame is made from a white powder coated and heavy steel that is incredibly durable and heavy duty for even the most extreme mountain bikes. The hooks used to hang bicycles are coated in in vinyl to protect your bike from scratches and scuffs.
For the number of bikes that this product is capable of storing, this garage bike rack comes at an incredible price point. It is a little bit more than some of the other racks on this list, but considering it can hold double the amount of bikes, this product is an incredible value.
If you are looking to find an affordable garage bike rack that is simple to install, has a minimal footprint, and can hold the entire family’s bikes for the winter, this garage bike rack is not only an excellent choice but also an incredible deal.
4. Racor Pro PLB-2R
No installation needed
Hold bike from the frame- limited stress to bike
Adjustable for various sizes of bikes
Difficult to mount a second bike
Some users report its a little unsteady when not mounted
For riders that want a bike rack that they can use right out of the box that doesn’t require the use of tools, this is a great choice. It is simple to use, leaves a minimal footprint on the garage floor, and requires absolutely no installation.Read more
Ease of Use
This freestanding rack can hold two bikes- one on top of the other- flush with the wall by the aid of adjustable arms that hold the bike by the frame. This design takes the pressure off of the wheels and is beneficial to the bike for storage over longer periods of time. Hanging a bike on the bottom rack is simple and only requires little effort. However, to hang a bike on the upper rack, users are going to need the aid of those killer thighs they have built over miles of long rides to help hoist their bike to the second rack. This rack can hold approximately 100 pounds or 50 pounds per bike.
Put that toolbox away, you won’t need it. This rack is freestanding and is able to be used right out of the box. However, if you are worried about the stand possibly falling forward, this model does include the necessary screws and anchors to anchor this rack to a wall for added stability.
The rack is composed of metal, with a rubber-coated curved base to help prevent scuffing and scratches on garage floors. The adjustable arms used to hold the bike in place by the frame are coated in a soft vinyl to prevent scuffs and scratches.
This bike rack runs about double the price of the previous racks mentioned on this list. This is due in part to the additional materials that are used to limit users needing to install this unit and drill holes into the studs of their garage.
For users that are willing to send a little bit more for a bike rack, and want to be able to use their new rack right out of the box, this is an excellent choice. It does have a little bit more of a footprint than some of the other models, and hanging a second bike on the top rack can be a little difficult.
5. Dirza Wall Mount
Easy to install
Drywall anchors provided aren’t reliable
Some users report that bike does not fit snugly in hook
The design of this garage bike rack is quite simple. There is some initial assembly that is required, but this rack offers a minimal footprint for maximum garage storage and is available at an affordable cost.Read more
Ease of Use
The metal faceplate lies flush against the garage wall. Depending on how high you want to lift your bike, and how high you want your bike to be off of the floor, you will want to adjust the height of the metal plate accordingly. The bike will hang at a vertical angle off of the back tire and will be kept in place by a hook. This model is capable of holding up to approximately 65 pounds.
Tools required for installation include a stud finder and a drill. You are going to have to find the stud in the wall, and then drill holes to affix the metal bracket to be flush with the wall. The kit comes with four screws as well as four plastic wall anchors.
The entire unit is composed of a very sturdy and thin metal that measures to be .1” thick. The hook at the top is coated in a soft rubber that prevents scratches on the bike rim. The safety hook is designed to prevent accidental release.
Perhaps the best feature of this garage bike rack is the affordable price. This is one of the least expensive models available on this list. The downside is that it is only capable of storing one bike.
If you are in the market to store only one bike and aren’t looking to pay a lot of money, this is the garage bike rack for you. It is simple to install, the company offers a lifetime warranty. For the price, you can’t go wrong with this product.
6. Coastal Provision LifeStore
Easy to install
Takes up very little space
Doesn’t fit all bike frames
A tad more expensive than other garage bike racks
This is one of the smaller and more compact storage options to make this list. It has a simple installation, holds your bike securely by cradling it by its frame, and has a minimal footprint allowing for more storage in your garage or shed.Read more
Ease of Use
The use of this sleek and simple rack is simple. After affixing the center unit to the wall, simply hoist your bike onto the hooks, and the rack will hold your bike by its frame. This design will help take undue stress off of tires when the bike is stored for extended periods of time. Also, the user is able to control how high they will need to lift the bike by adjusting how high the unit is installed on the garage wall. When the unit is not in use, the adjustable arms are capable of being retracted inwards. This rack can hold a bike that weighs up to 50 pounds.
This rack affixes to a stud in your garage at just one point. You are going to need to utilize just a few tools to install it. The unit comes with four screws that are used to affix the small unit to the wall.
The entire unit is composed of very strong and resilient steel, and the hooks that hold the bike in place are coated in a very soft rubber that serves to not only protect the bike from slipping but also prevents scuff and scratches to the bike.
Many of the other racks on this list come in packs of two and therefore are capable of holding two bikes. This product, however, is only capable of holding a singular bike. This rack is offered at basically the same price as the other racks on this list, but it can only support one bike. Due to this factor, this bike rack is a little bit more expensive than other bike racks making this list.
If you are looking for a bike rack to only hold one bike, and you want to rack to have very little impact on the footprint of your garage- this is an excellent choice. It’s simple and sleek, can be adjusted for the user, and has a very small footprint.
7. Steadyrack Classic
Comes with 2
Good customer service
Folds flat when in use
Some have had issues with the plastic cracking upon installation
If you can get over the fact that you didn’t think of this design first, you’ll love our next option. It is a simple design with a 180-degree range of motion. When you are not using the rack, it folds up and away to almost flat. This would also be a great option for someone looking to hang a bike inside a small apartment.Read more
Ease of Use
This simple yet effective design will make you wish that you had thought of it yourself! It slightly reminds us of flipping through music or movie posters back in the day. When not in use, the bike hangers fold away flatly. The racks hold your bikes vertically and can move side to side up to 180-degrees. If you have more than one bike, you can hang these racks no closer than 14-inches apart from each other and “flip through” the bikes until you come across yours. Each rack can hold a tire up to 2.2-inches wide. If your bike has wide mudguards, you may have trouble fitting it in this rack. It’s also worth mentioning that the maximum recommended weight for each rack is 77-pounds.
Installation of these racks is pretty simple, however, you will need a stud finder. After finding the stud, it’s as simple as drilling into the wall and attaching the racks and the bottom tire holder. Reviewers have commented that the included instructions are very easy to follow.
These racks are made out of steel and UV treated plastic. A mounting kit is included for mounting the bikes on materials such as masonry and timber. If you are mounting to steel, it is recommended that you check with your local hardware store to find out what tools and screws you will need. Mounting to drywall is not recommended unless you are mounting to a stud.
Well, we are not going to sugar coat it. These are expensive bike racks, especially considering their simple, yet ingenious, design. However, to cushion the blow, there are two included in a single order and we haven’t seen much negative feedback about them!
All in all, we think is a great option. The price is a little higher than we would like to pay, but it would be great for families, or even to split with a friend. We love the design and how easy to use and install these racks are.
8. Allen Sports
Easy to install
Poor quality mounting screw
No rubber grips
A little too tight for 2 full-size mountain bikes
For a biker that wants to store their bike in their garage quick and easy, and spend a little less money, this unit is an excellent addition. It is small, simple, and is easy to install. It can hold up to two bikes, and the unit is able to be folded in when it is not in use.Read more
Ease of Use
This model is different because it doesn’t use any hooks to secure the bike in place. A horizontal arm that folds out from the wall cradles the bike under the frame to lift it up off of the floor. This arm is deep enough to accommodate two bikes that sit side-by-side.
There is a little bit of installation, but it isn’t much. The unit is shipped with a singular wooden screw that is used to affix the unit to the wall. It may be ideal to also dig out the stud finder to make sure that the rack it as study as it can possibly be.
The unit is composed of a painted black heavy duty metal that is capable of holding approximately 50-70 pounds. It’s a bit more utilitarian than some of the other garage storage racks on this list and doesn’t provide the soft rubber grips like other models.
One of the best features of this bike rack is the affordable price. This is one of the most affordable bike racks on this list, and also one of the most rugged and sturdy, making it an excellent value.
For riders that want something simple to install for a place to throw their bike up off of the garage floor when they are done using it, this is an excellent product that is offered at a fantastic price.
9. StoutMax Set
Easy to install
Tight fit for mountain bikes (tires that measure 29”)
If you are in the market for something inexpensive, simple, and hassle-free, the StoutMax Heavy Duty Bike Storage Hooks are going to do the trick for you. Each hook holds one bike, and each pack of hooks can hold eight bikes. You control the distance and location between bikes. If you need to store four bikes in the garage, and four bikes in the storage shed, this pack will offer you that option, and at an incredibly affordable price.Read more
Ease of Use
The use of these hooks is simple and self-explanatory. After screwing the hook into the desired location, the user simply lifts the bike up by the end and hangs the back tire from the hook. Of course, this design can sometimes be a little cumbersome when trying to lift a potentially heavy mountain bike onto a hook that is hanging from the ceiling.
These hooks do need to be installed, but there is no need to dig out your toolbox. The StoutMax EZ Thread design allows the users to simply screw the hook into the garage beam.
As stated above, the screw is made from a StoutMax EZ Threat material, making it easy to hand-screw these hooks in place. The hook itself is made from a heavy duty metal and is covered in a soft rubber material that serves to prevent slippage and scratches to the rims of the back tires.
This is one of the most affordable garage bike racks to make this list. They come in a pack of 8, making the storage of one bike comparable to a cup of coffee.
If you don’t want to wrestle with drilling holes and affixing mechanisms to the walls of your garage, this product will be perfectly suited for you. These hooks are so versatile that if you only needed to store four bikes, you could use the other hooks to safely store lawn tools and free up even more floor space in your garage or storage shed.
10. Titan Track Overhead
Easy to install
Can hold various sizes of bikes
Minimal garage footprint
Mounting screws are not reliable
This garage rack is designed for those that have more than one bike that they are looking to store. There are hooks that glide along a track that make the storage of various sizes of bikes simple and easy. The TITAN TRACK Overhead Garage Storage System is for those who are serious about freeing up garage floor space.Read more
Ease of Use
Hooks are placed along the long beam that is affixed to the ceiling. The user then lifts the bike up and hoists it onto the hook by the back tire. The hooks easily glide along the beam and allow for many different sizes of bikes. This model is able to support up to five bikes of various sizes.
This garage rack is mounted on the ceiling. The simple bar with pre-drilled holes should be aligned to a joist or garage beam. The user must drill holes into the ceiling beam to affix the long rack to the ceiling. Tools needed for installation include a drill and a stud finder if joists and beams are covered by drywall.
The wire rack is composed of a heavy duty metal material, and the hooks that hold the bikes in place are capable of holding up to 50 pounds per bike. Additionally, the necessary hardware to mount the rack is provided with purchase.
The price of this unit is one of the more expensive models to make this list. However, this garage rack is a little more versatile than many of the other racks and is able to hold more bikes, making it a pretty good value.
If you are in the market for a new garage rack that has a simple design, offers no footprint on your garage floor, and is capable of storing a myriad of different sizes of bikes, this garage rack is well worth the slightly padded price tag.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
Ease of Use
Installation is key when it comes to garage bike racks. It can be subjective what makes the best garage bike rack based on the user’s garage. If you have a finished garage with drywall and drop ceilings, the types of racks that require you to drill holes may not be ideal. Plus, it means that you have to dig out or buy a stud finder to make sure the rack is secure as possible. If you aren’t willing to do that, you might want a floor model. Floor models have a larger footprint than the kind that you drill into the wall but require little to no installation right out of the box.
Not only do you want to make sure that your bike is secure, but you also want to ensure that the objects around the rack are secure. There have been many instances where an unsecured bike rack had fallen, and not only did it damage the bikes that were on the racks, but it also damaged the cars that were in the garage. No one wants that to happen. Therefore, when selecting bike racks for this list, sturdiness was one of the most important features that we looked into.
In order to keep your bikes safe and secure, an effective bike rack should be made out of sturdy metals, but should also be coated with soft rubber or vinyl to avoid scratching and scuffing your bike. Many hooks were considered less than ideal because they were not coated with soft rubber. Without a soft rubber coating, not only could the rack scratch the frame of your bike, but it can also be less sturdy because they can slip off the hook easily and cause severe damage to your bike.
Not only do you want to make sure that your bike is secure, but you also want to ensure that the objects around the rack are secure. There have been many instances where an unsecured bike rack had fallen, and not only did it damage the bikes that were on the racks, but it also damaged the cars that were in the garage. No one wants that to happen. Therefore, when selecting bike racks for this list, sturdiness was one of the most important features that we researched as well.
Cost is important when shopping for garage bike racks. You have already invested a decent amount of money into the bike itself and you don't want to risk losing the bike to a bad fall. While price and functionality don't necessarily go hand-in-hand, no one wants to spend a lot of money storing their bikes– they want to use that money to buy accessories for their bikes and save up for fun trips. Ideally, for this list, it was important to keep costs as low as possible while still providing the best security and stability for your bikes.
Expert Interviews & Opinions
If your garage has concrete floors, you will want to be careful if storing your bike on the ground. The concrete can pull moisture out of the tires and cause them to crack. You can either put down a blanket or towel or choose a bike rack that hangs on the wall.
Even though your bike will be stored in your garage, locking it up isn't a bad idea. How many times have you accidentally left the garage door open and left the neighborhood? Better to be safe than sorry.
If you live in a small apartment, a few of these systems would still be a great option for you. Wall mounts are a very popular way to keep your bike secure while still maximizing space. Make sure that you always check that the wall is strong enough to hold the weight of your bike before mounting something heavy, such as a beach cruiser.
Other Factors to Consider
An often overlooked feature to pay attention to is the weight of the bike that you will be storing. All those miles of riding may have sculpted a fierce and powerful lower half of your body, but unless you have also been working on your upper body strength- lifting up your bike vertically to hang from a ceiling hook every time you get back to the house may prove to be particularly difficult for you. If your bike is heavy, perhaps a floor unit would be a better choice for you.
Also, take into consideration your skill level when it comes to installation. There is no shame in being all thumbs when power drills are concerned. That just means that a floor model bike rack unit may be more up your alley rather than the models that require the use of stud finder and power tools. Consider your limitations before buying a garage bike rack, because a poorly installed bike rack can do more damage to your bike and the belongings in your garage than not having to install one at all.
Frequently Asked Questions
q: Why should I buy a garage bike rack?
There are plenty of reasons for buying a bike rack for your garage. First of all, extra storage space is always a good thing. Bikes can tend to take up a lot of room in a garage, and navigating through a cluttered garage with additional bikes can be difficult, especially if you want to maximize your storage space abilities. Secondly, an effective bike rack can prolong the life of your bike. Keeping your bike up off the ground prevents it from being exposed to potential water damage and hazards that can result from a garage floor that is frequently exposed to the elements.
q: What’s the best type of bike rack for my garage?
If the reason that you are buying a bike rack is that you are looking to maximize the space in your garage, the type of racks that require being drilled into the wall will be ideal for you. These not only lift the bike up off of the floor, but many make the bike flush against the wall, enhancing the depth of your garage. At the end of the day, maximizing the space in your garage is the most important thing, because more garage room means more room for other toys.
q: What’s the best bike rack for my bike?
Some bikers feel that the type of storage methods that hang your bike by the rear wheel can place undue strain on your rear tire. These type of rack may be ideal for short-term storage between rides. If you are looking to store your bike away for a long winter and you are worried about placing any undue strain on your bike, you may want to invest in a garage bike rack that cradles the bike by the frame or one that cradles it by the handlebars and seat.
q: Is it safe to have my bicycles hanging in my garage?
Bicycle racks for the garage are quite safe and usually, when installing, you can see that they are hanged with very durable screws and the support they provide is quite tough. If a bike rack is installed correctly in a garage, you should have no issues with your bicycles hanging for the whole season.
q: How much weight can a bike rack hold?
Every bike rack will have a different maximum weight that they can hold, but they will for sure have plenty of weight room to store your bicycles with ease. If you go to hang anything else on the bike racks in your garage be sure to check the maximum weight section which will be printed on the side of the rack.
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