Everyone loves their bikes. And when it comes to getting the most out of your garage bike rack, you can do a few things to ensure it’s working properly and giving you the best possible experience. In this blog post, I’m going to share some tips on getting your bike storage system in tip-top shape!
Plan it out
Planning is the key to success, especially when planning a garage bike rack. You’ll be able to visualize what you need before you start and get help if needed, saving time and money. Planning also allows you to use your garage more efficiently and use your space better. So take some time before making a purchase decision and make sure that the bike rack will meet all your needs now or in the future.
Decide what storage you need.
Garage bike racks come in three types: wall-mounted, ceiling-mounted, or freestanding. Wall-mounted racks are the most common and easiest to install, as they screw into a stud in your wall. Ceiling-mountable racks can be more complicated to install, but you can also move them anywhere in your garage.
Freestanding racks are typically used for smaller spaces because they don’t take up any floor space. How much storage space do you need? If it’s just one or two bikes at most, then any type will work fine. But if you’re planning on storing four or more bikes at some point in the future and have enough room, keep that in mind when choosing between these options.
Think about your ceiling height
The ceiling needs to be high enough to support the rack.
- The rack should be at least 6 inches above the ground.
- For safety reasons, the rack must be at least 4 feet from the floor and walls.
Consider bike access
When choosing a garage bike rack, you should consider how to access the bikes. For example, will you be able to reach both sides of the rack? Can you lift your bike over one side and onto the ground if not? You’ll also want to think about which type of bike access suits your needs best:
- Vertical Lift or Swing Arm Style Racks – These allow users to remove bikes in either direction by swinging them out horizontally from above or by lifting them vertically from below. While this style is generally easier on users with limited space, it requires more room than other styles.
- Rolling Racks – Rolling racks are very space-efficient options that allow users to roll all their bikes out for easy storage and then roll them back in quickly. These racks are generally better suited for people who need quick access without having an excess room available.
Test it out before installation
Before you install a bike rack in your garage, you’ll want to test it out first. There are a few reasons for this:
- You should ensure that the rack can accommodate your bike and any accessories you may have. These include panniers (bags), baskets, water bottles, and other bags or containers.
- You should also ensure that with all of these things attached to your bike, it will still fit comfortably into the space provided by the rack.
- Finally, suppose you plan on using this rack for daily commuting. In that case, you will want to check whether riding in this configuration feels comfortable daily.
Hopefully, this article has given you some ideas for how to plan and install your garage bike rack. The most important thing is getting whatever setup will work best for you. So now go forth, and keep those bikes safe from thieves.