• 01-12-2013
    MI-29er
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    Anyone use these style horizontal storage racks?

    LeHigh Crawford Flip Up Storage Rack #FSR13
  • 01-13-2013
    HondaMotocross
    I have one of those horizontal hangers in my garage, it works great. I got it for only $7 or so at Lowes.
  • 01-13-2013
    MI-29er
    Does it flex at all with the weight of the bike? Two of my bikes weight 31 lbs. Just curious on how this would hold up.
  • 01-14-2013
    GpzGuy
    I'm in a similar situation. We just bought a house with a supposed 3 car garage...its only 20 feet deep by 27 feet wide....and 9 foot ceilings with bedrooms over the garage...There is one 16 foot wide door and one 8 foot door which is barely adequate to park 3 compact cars with nothing else, let alone our Armada and Xterra....We have three cars, a motorcycle, 7 bicycles, three kayaks, a car top cargo box, my workbench, 42 inch wide rollaway tool chest, parts washer, golf clubs, hunting, fishing and camping gear, and a lifetime's worth of accumulation of various tools and other garage type stuff, lawn mower, chainsaw, weedeater, and recycle bins....all to try and shoehorn in there somehow. I'm currently trying to build shelves and plan it out. I've finally resolved that my VW isn't going to have a home in the garage, which is okay since it is my daily driver for commuting when its too cold to ride the motorcycle.

    Oh yeah and I just remembered that a portion of the garage space is taken by a utility sink, an extra fridge, and the furnace and water heater, and two really unfortunately placed columns... its going to be a challenge...
  • 01-14-2013
    pimpbot
    I'm with ya...
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by GpzGuy View Post
    I'm in a similar situation. We just bought a house with a supposed 3 car garage...its only 20 feet deep by 27 feet wide....and 9 foot ceilings with bedrooms over the garage...There is one 16 foot wide door and one 8 foot door which is barely adequate to park 3 compact cars with nothing else, let alone our Armada and Xterra....We have three cars, a motorcycle, 7 bicycles, three kayaks, a car top cargo box, my workbench, 42 inch wide rollaway tool chest, parts washer, golf clubs, hunting, fishing and camping gear, and a lifetime's worth of accumulation of various tools and other garage type stuff, lawn mower, chainsaw, weedeater, and recycle bins....all to try and shoehorn in there somehow. I'm currently trying to build shelves and plan it out. I've finally resolved that my VW isn't going to have a home in the garage, which is okay since it is my daily driver for commuting when its too cold to ride the motorcycle.

    Oh yeah and I just remembered that a portion of the garage space is taken by a utility sink, an extra fridge, and the furnace and water heater, and two really unfortunately placed columns... its going to be a challenge...

    I'm dying to get access to the place to take more measurements and pics, so I get an idea of what I'm in for.... so I can start planning.

    So far, I'm thinking of making a network of Superstrut rails on the ceiling to bolt some allthread rod to, to support whatever and where ever. The issue I'm running into (in my mind) is that I hate to run lag screws into the ceiling, because I think it's just a thin board with shingles on the other side. I can bolt to the support beams on the sides, but the rail might sag in the middle under load.

    Most hardware stores carry parts for this stuff. I use it all the time for building outdoor sirens and supporting electrical cabinets. It's an erector set for grown-ups!

    http://s7d3.scene7.com/is/image/Thom...00x275?wid=600

    A bud just turned me on to these trolleys that fit in the Superstrut.

    McMaster-Carr

    He says he's got his bikes hung up on these in his garage, and rolls them back and forth like picking out a dress from the closet. He pushes the bikes closer together to fit more in a smaller space. :thumbsup: I'm thinking I can make shelves that roll back out of the way, maybe over the garage door.
  • 01-14-2013
    HondaMotocross
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by MI-29er View Post
    Does it flex at all with the weight of the bike? Two of my bikes weight 31 lbs. Just curious on how this would hold up.

    If you yank on the 2 arms, they will flex a little, as they are just metal rods; but it would take alot more than 35 pounds to bend/break the hanger. You should be fine using them.

    I trust my MTB on it, and that should say a lot because i am one of those super cautious, OCD, worry wart guys.
  • 01-18-2013
    wkumtrider
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by MI-29er View Post
    Anyone use these style horizontal storage racks?

    LeHigh Crawford Flip Up Storage Rack #FSR13

    I have two of these and one is designed to hold two bikes. They don't flex on me, even the one holding two mt. bikes.
  • 01-18-2013
    2melow
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    Originally Posted by pimpbot View Post
    Howdy,


    I'm also going to need to build a work bench, but that is another project.

    What are you all doing for bike hanging and gear storage solutions? Pics are most welcome.

    Here is what I did. This is my second total garage build out, I learned a lot from our *tight* 2 car garage in the first house.

    Get as much as you can off the floor. I epoxied the floor, spray textured the walls thick splatter/orange peel ($30 texture gun found on Craigslist) and put 2 thick coats of stain blocker Kilz on the walls and ceiling. I can spray the garage out with water which is nice, you can eat off the floor when it is clean. Epoxy is the way to go for sure if you want to take it to that next level - it really finishes it off. I built a shelf 2 feet from the ceiling 1/2 way around one side. My wife and 2 young kids have problems getting bikes from the hooks, so I have them in Feedback Sports RAKK stands bolted to a piece of plywood. I could probably get 8-10 bikes hanging if I staggered them a bit. I drive an old car, so it lives outside 90% of the time but I can readjust if needed and pull the car in before bad weather.
  • 01-20-2013
    vicx2ww
    i cant see the attached image
  • 01-21-2013
    GpzGuy
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by 2melow View Post
    Here is what I did. This is my second total garage build out, I learned a lot from our *tight* 2 car garage in the first house.

    Get as much as you can off the floor. I epoxied the floor, spray textured the walls thick splatter/orange peel ($30 texture gun found on Craigslist) and put 2 thick coats of stain blocker Kilz on the walls and ceiling. I can spray the garage out with water which is nice, you can eat off the floor when it is clean. Epoxy is the way to go for sure if you want to take it to that next level - it really finishes it off. I built a shelf 2 feet from the ceiling 1/2 way around one side. My wife and 2 young kids have problems getting bikes from the hooks, so I have them in Feedback Sports RAKK stands bolted to a piece of plywood. I could probably get 8-10 bikes hanging if I staggered them a bit. I drive an old car, so it lives outside 90% of the time but I can readjust if needed and pull the car in before bad weather.

    I'm actually starting to regret my decision to epoxy my garage floor. The paint seems to be holding up, but I needed 3 gallons to do the floor. Kits sold as 2 gallon and 1 gallon kits...says the color was grey, but the color didn't match! Also, according to the guys over at garage journal, ceramic tile is the only way to go. I don't think I'm going to texture my walls, just paint them. Kilz might work very well as a base coat and penetrate the sheetrock, thanks!
  • 01-21-2013
    GpzGuy
    Using uni-strut is a very good idea. I just got done making inexpensive cantilevered shelves with 3/4 inch plywood ripped into three 16-inch wide, 8 foot long shelves, with a 1x2 inch furring strip wood glued and screwed along the front edge of the shelf to give more rigidity along the edge and provide a lip to keep stuff from rolling or falling off. I hung these shelves on angle shelf brackets mounted to every wall stud each 16 inches. They are extremely strong, durable, can be hung at any height including above most garage doors, and very easy and inexpensive to make.
  • 01-25-2013
    pimpbot
    Getting close! Papers signed last night, down payment wired this morning, and we should have keys on Tuesday.

    Sorry for the picwhoring... but....

    Left wall....

    <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/g_PDqgpthpJIzbQ2w6m5usyecZuB-e9tE8j71GmBTis?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-4YqxpY2lYi0/UP6ebuTWigI/AAAAAAAAf2I/EcrDyYJaKzc/s800/IMG_4558.JPG" height="600" width="800" /></a>

    Right Wall:

    <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/HDS8leIlNCCm3CDA7Sdu-cyecZuB-e9tE8j71GmBTis?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-lrXafS4ReTo/UP6edPrGGOI/AAAAAAAAf2Q/JS9YWiyZtQU/s800/IMG_4559.JPG" height="600" width="800" /></a>

    Back wall....

    <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/HL1NBy1yrQjL3dsUNR-Zs8yecZuB-e9tE8j71GmBTis?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-JsK5ecBYozk/UP6el2iFPwI/AAAAAAAAf2g/dRk0Z31Pz1E/s800/IMG_4561.JPG" height="600" width="800" /></a>

    The ceilings aren't as high as I remember. Looks like 9' at the short ends, 12' in the middle. I hope that is enough room to hang stuff and still have room to park cars.
  • 01-28-2013
    jeepergirl17
    congrats!
  • 01-28-2013
    Way2ManyBikes
    I am so loving the look of this garage. Makes me want to do a wood ceiling in my garage.

    Kudo's to you
  • 01-28-2013
    pimpbot
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    Originally Posted by Way2ManyBikes View Post
    I am so loving the look of this garage. Makes me want to do a wood ceiling in my garage.

    Kudo's to you

    Thanks!

    The whole top floor is like that. That's one of the things that sold us on the house. :thumbsup:

    Downside is, there is almost no insulation up there. Asphalt shingles on tar paper on probably 3/4" plywood. Maybe a layer of bituthene in there. That's about it. It's gonna be toasty this summer in the house, and no AC. :madmax:

    We're seriously considering a solar system.

    One, there are deals out there where you pay like $3500 for installation, and you lease the panels back for 20 years or so for cheap (and transferable to new owners)... a lot less money than is shaved off the electric bill, so it is a net win. This house does not have gas service, so everything... stove, oven, heat, hot water, clothes dryer... is all on electricity, so we're going to get a monster electric bill. I need to offset that. It doesn't help that there is no central heat, either. That's another upgrade we're considering, if we can get gas service. We have neighbors who have gas, so it can be done... probably not for a reasonable amount of money, tho. Trenches are crazy expen$ive.

    Two, putting solar panels on the roof will put the roof in shade, so it won't get so hot in summer. We're told that the roof will also need to be replaced in the next 5-10 years, so that will probably have to happen at the same time.
  • 01-28-2013
    Way2ManyBikes
    maybe start a thread on The Garage Journal I would love to follow the build up
  • 01-29-2013
    MI-29er
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    Well after searching for a wall mount I decided to make my own out of some old roadie drop bars. The only thing I have to do is have them powder coated. Parts list: 2" x 6" x 3/16 ss plate. SS 3/4 socket weld coupling, 12" x 3/4" SS pipe and old school steel droppper bars with the facatory stems. I had to bore out the 3/4" pipe for the stems to slide in some what easily. Then I used the swedge on the stem to lock it into place. Works great and cost was next to nothing to make. Powder coat will be blue, then the bars will be wrapped in some padding.
  • 01-29-2013
    Way2ManyBikes
    looks awesome. I think i would consider tape instead of powder

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by MI-29er View Post
    Well after searching for a wall mount I decided to make my own out of some old roadie drop bars. The only thing I have to do is have them powder coated. Parts list: 2" x 6" x 3/16 ss plate. SS 3/4 socket weld coupling, 12" x 3/4" SS pipe and old school steel droppper bars with the facatory stems. I had to bore out the 3/4" pipe for the stems to slide in some what easily. Then I used the swedge on the stem to lock it into place. Works great and cost was next to nothing to make. Powder coat will be blue, then the bars will be wrapped in some padding.

  • 01-29-2013
    MI-29er
    The reason for the powder coat is this. The drop bars where crome and they had alot of rust pitting. So I sand blasted them. Over time they will rust again. So thats why I'm doing the powder coating.
  • 01-29-2013
    Way2ManyBikes
    makes perfect sense
  • 01-29-2013
    Axe
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    My favorite wall hook is Elfa. It is the only one I found that is easy to use with 2.4" tires. I put all our bikes (9 of them) on the wall.

    And save space in the garage by using ceiling storage racks.
  • 01-30-2013
    jrm
    Axe, did you mount a board horizontally between two or more studs or just drill into the studs to mount the wall hooks. Like the hooks b/c i can take um with me when i move.
  • 01-30-2013
    Axe
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jrm View Post
    Axe, did you mount a board horizontally between two or more studs or just drill into the studs to mount the wall hooks. Like the hooks b/c i can take um with me when i move.

    Just screwed them into studs. Did not want to buy into the whole system with horizontal rails (but I can do that later).

    I also alternate height, so that handlebars to not interfere. And I sometimes keep wife's bike on a RAKK floor holder, so that she can take it out easily. Plus a roof hook for BMX bike.

    I need a bigger garage. ;) Wife is looking for a new house recently - that was my only requirement...
  • 01-31-2013
    pimpbot
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Way2ManyBikes View Post
    maybe start a thread on The Garage Journal I would love to follow the build up

    Heh... I'm not likely to make this a showroom kinda thing. I'm just getting ideas and probably going to do a low budget potentially ugly garage space build.

    BTW, got the keys to the place on Tuesday, mostly finished my trailer, and hauled my tool boxes up yesterday.

    Bikes go up today.

    I can't wait to get moved in.
  • 02-02-2013
    bikerNik
    You can check out a few options of what I have used in small apartments and in a garage - a do it yourself option: How To – Building a Bike Storage Rack | Bikes, Biking Resources, Biking Fun

    and a commercial low cost option:More Options for Storing Your Bicycles – This Time Using a Commercial Option | Bikes, Biking Resources, Biking Fun