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    Looking to build a garage rack that will hold alot of bikeos and looking for some input/ideas. Definitely needs to be sturdy, keep em organized an outta the way, and want to be able to secure my bikes from tommy robbersons. Pics would be great!
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    Please post pics of a big rack here.

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    Give Ronnie a call.

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    Just use 2 X 8's making a square and then put some on the inside for the tires to fit in. Easy and cheap! Leave some space between the tire slats so the handlebars won't hit. Broseph.
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    Quote Originally Posted by helimech
    Just use 2 X 8's making a square and then put some on the inside for the tires to fit in. Easy and cheap! Leave some space between the tire slats so the handlebars won't hit. Broseph.
    I'm trying to imagine this... but it's not coming to me.

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    you can whip up one of these in about 5 minutes
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    Well, chongo asked!

    Quote Originally Posted by chongoman
    Please post pics of a big rack here.
    Just what did he have in mind?
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    Sorry no pic but I hung some 2x4's from my garage rafters and hung some hooks. At one time I have 7 bikes on it but down to 3 now. It's strong enough that I could use it to hoist an engine out of a car. Bikes hang upside down and I've never had an issue with hydro's...well, nothing that hanging upside down has caused.

    Not pretty or fancy but gets the rides out of the way so you have plenty of room.
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    I did a variation of the PVC rack, holds my three bikes and is actually attached to the wall. I will get you some ics when I get home today...I also can get you the measuremeants. My favorite part is its out of the way and even holds my sons toddler bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DankyCass
    I'm trying to imagine this... but it's not coming to me.
    Here ya go:
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    currently using a 3-bike version of the pvc stand. I've posted some pics on here before but cant find em now. I've had it 2+ yrs, the problems are 1) the pvc glue sometimes fails due to the heat in the garage and constantly getting tugged by the bikes, and 2) variance in your tires - big 2.5 tires and road bike tires can either be too tight or too wobbly.

    I'm planning on using the rubbermaid fast rails that you had a pic of. the other thing i considered were the self-standing 2 bike stands.
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    Hooked

    I like to keep mine off the ground. It gives me more room to store crap in the garage...
    It probably wouldn't be a bad idea to also attach a steel eye/hoop to the ceiling with a cable attached to lock the bikes up.
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    Maybe this wants to get an idea of your bike quiver, show just the racks not the bikes.
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    What a timely thread!

    I'm in the process of trying to figure this one out as well. I'd like to know from those with experience, what are the pros and cons of floor versus wall versus ceiling?

    I've been considering wall ideas but maybe I haven't been open to other/better options.

    I'm currently using my T2 that sits on the floor as a rack but it takes up a lot of room and I have other bikes that need a place. Kids bikes, trail-a-bikes, etc.

    The floor option would work for everything but the trail-a-bikes and if I didn't like it, it wouldn't be permanent. That might make a good trial run...
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    wait to do anything until you see what I have, as I said I will post pics when I get home tonight! It is a triangular PVC set up that can be made for a few or a lot of bikes. and attaches to the wall, when bikes are not there it takes up very little space.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noelg
    I'm in the process of trying to figure this one out as well. I'd like to know from those with experience, what are the pros and cons of floor versus wall versus ceiling?

    I've been considering wall ideas but maybe I haven't been open to other/better options.

    I'm currently using my T2 that sits on the floor as a rack but it takes up a lot of room and I have other bikes that need a place. Kids bikes, trail-a-bikes, etc.

    The floor option would work for everything but the trail-a-bikes and if I didn't like it, it wouldn't be permanent. That might make a good trial run...
    Must be that time of the year. Just this last weekend, I was looking for some DIY plans for the racks I see out at 24HOP. I currently have one similar to the one Helimech has. But we need to find space for 7 bikes, so hanging our bikes is not an option. I just stuck the rack in the corner of the garage, and the bikes fit very nicely.

    I would like to build something that allows you to hang from the seat to bring to races for easy storage.
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    I have always wondered if there is any problems with the hanging racks that use the wheel? Seems like it could cause it to go out of true??
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    Quote Originally Posted by beardedstealth
    I have always wondered if there is any problems with the hanging racks that use the wheel? Seems like it could cause it to go out of true??
    No, think of it this way. With it sitting on it's tires like normal, there are 20-40 pounds of bike weight on the wheels. With it hanging upside down, there's still the same 20-40 pounds on those wheels, just in a different direction.

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    Which ever rack you decide, In addition put a anchor bolt in your cement floor and run a cable through your bike to deter thieves. ( i got pics of this set up but cant figure out how to post them.) Help anybody?
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    simple and effective: 2x6's anchored into the studs with evenly spaced bike hooks
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    Quote Originally Posted by canyondave
    Which ever rack you decide, In addition put a anchor bolt in your cement floor and run a cable through your bike to deter thieves. ( i got pics of this set up but cant figure out how to post them.) Help anybody?
    I wanted to do this but my garage has a post-tension slab. Big no-no to drill into it. I also happen to know that the OP has the same issue.

    Lust4boyz, why don't you just build a rack like mine (similar to pitch's)? THEN just put a big photo of your MOM'S horrendous face on the wall.....that will scare ANYBODY away!!
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    as promised

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    oops
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    i think I fixed it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pitch
    simple and effective: 2x6's anchored into the studs with evenly spaced bike hooks
    how do you keep your wall so clean looking? mine is marked all to hell from tires.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chollaball
    how do you keep your wall so clean looking? mine is marked all to hell from tires.
    Pic taken about 10 minutes after all the bikes were hung for the first time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eabos
    I wanted to do this but my garage has a post-tension slab. Big no-no to drill into it. I also happen to know that the OP has the same issue.

    Lust4boyz, why don't you just build a rack like mine (similar to pitch's)? THEN just put a big photo of your MOM'S horrendous face on the wall.....that will scare ANYBODY away!!
    I was actually gonna use your Mom as a guard dog but it's only a 2 car garage an she can't even turn around in one of those.
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    I'm leaning towards this:

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    Original poster did you figure something out?

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    I have a tendency to overkill just about everything that I build. I used rubber caster wheels at the top so I can roll bikes side to side. I wanted the bike storage to take up as little space in the garage as possible.

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    Thats awesome! Where did you get those casters brozeph?
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    Quote Originally Posted by lostboyz
    Thats awesome! Where did you get those casters brozeph?
    You can pick up the casters at any hardware store (Ace, HD, Lowes etc.). I bought 2" rubber casters and cut the end off the steel axle to remove the wheel. I used a bolt to replace the axle in the hangers that I made from 1x for the front and back and 2x blocks for the spacers. The pipe is 11/4" black pipe that I had laying around. The only thing I would change is more offset between bikes and larger hooks to make it easier to get the bikes in and out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ_AlanS
    I have a tendency to overkill just about everything that I build. I used rubber caster wheels at the top so I can roll bikes side to side. I wanted the bike storage to take up as little space in the garage as possible.
    Wow....that is........more effort than I can commit to a project.

    Looks awesome...good job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ_AlanS
    You can pick up the casters at any hardware store (Ace, HD, Lowes etc.). I bought 2" rubber casters and cut the end off the steel axle to remove the wheel. I used a bolt to replace the axle in the hangers that I made from 1x for the front and back and 2x blocks for the spacers. The pipe is 11/4" black pipe that I had laying around. The only thing I would change is more offset between bikes and larger hooks to make it easier to get the bikes in and out.
    Alan,

    Awesome rack!!! Nicely done. I might just have to copy that...

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ_AlanS
    You can pick up the casters at any hardware store (Ace, HD, Lowes etc.). I bought 2" rubber casters and cut the end off the steel axle to remove the wheel. I used a bolt to replace the axle in the hangers that I made from 1x for the front and back and 2x blocks for the spacers. The pipe is 11/4" black pipe that I had laying around. The only thing I would change is more offset between bikes and larger hooks to make it easier to get the bikes in and out.
    What do you mean more offset? Vertically with the hangers? I am thinking that an additional pipe might be handy, maybe another 6 inches out from the first pipe...

    Got any more detailed pictures?

    Thanks,
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    PS I am guessing that you are an engineer...

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    Mine is in the same vein as Pitch's but I used dowels in the middle to hold 8 or 10 pairs of skis. And it's nice to have it elevated off the floor so you can sweep under the tires,
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobo_krkk_NIN
    What do you mean more offset? Vertically with the hangers? I am thinking that an additional pipe might be handy, maybe another 6 inches out from the first pipe...

    Got any more detailed pictures?

    Thanks,
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    PS I am guessing that you are an engineer...
    More vertical offset so that bars and seats have more space. Not an engineer, just a carpenter and general contractor.

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    I use the Rubber Maid Fast Track racks from Home Depot. Easy to mount, no fabrication and I can get 6 bikes on 4' bar. easy to add or subtract individual racks.




    Quote Originally Posted by lostboyz
    Looking to build a garage rack that will hold alot of bikeos and looking for some input/ideas. Definitely needs to be sturdy, keep em organized an outta the way, and want to be able to secure my bikes from tommy robbersons. Pics would be great!
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    Well I made my decision...

    I was struggling to find THE solution that would work with SO many different "bikes".

    The epiphany came when I realized I didn't have to go with ONE choice.

    I went with the Fasttracks for the flexibility of changing things around (which I've done already at least twice today!) I also used my old 2-bike stand for the Trail-a-bikes!

    This was my preliminary configuration:



    ...and this is the latest!



    We'll see if I come up with something better tomorrow!

    I LOVE that I can reconfigure it anytime I want. As life (and bikes) change and kids grow, I wanted the flexibility to change/grow with the flow...

    It's still (and may always be) a work in progress...
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    very cool. thanks guys for the ideas.
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