Bike Wall

  • Jeff Belcher 6y

    Saw this on Apartment Therapy but didn't see any real instructions. Care to share your method for doing this? I'd love to give it a shot.
  • Joel Didriksen PRO 6y

    i'd also love some more instruction on how to build this one...
  • Ryan Jones 6y

    just sink some lag eyes into your floor and ceiling, and space them just inside the length of your top tube and far enough from the wall that your handlebars don't hit. run a length of aircraft cable (3/16 or 1/4 will do the trick -- use coated if you're worried about scratches -- so far my un-coated works fine, though) through and attach together with an eye/eye turnbuckle (i keep mine at the bottom for easy tensioning). the brackets are just flat corner irons (like national brand from any hardware store) and tiny hex bolts and nuts. each bracket is two corner irons sandwiching the cable and two hex bolts. they slide up and down if you push them, but the bike will hold them in place. it wouldn't hurt to cover them with a pad if you have one. oh and you don't need to go crazy with the tension.
    let me know if you have any questions
    good luck
    -ryan
  • lasertotheface 6y

    i really like this idea but i somehow don't think my old plaster ceiling would hold the weight and i would hate to drill holes in my nice inlayed hardwood floor.
  • GregMoore 6y

    This looks awesome! I'm totally going to give this a shot.

    I think it would work if you mounted the eyelets to the wall instead of the floor / ceiling. that way you just have to find two studs.

    My question is.. why doesnt the flat corner iron tilt down with the weight of the bike? I guess that's where the tension comes in?

    My bikes are fairly light track bikes, but im still curious as to how those brackets hold up.
  • Ryan Jones 6y

    Greg --

    Wall-mounted eyes probably won't work because you'd have to leave them sticking out pretty far off the wall. Even narrow bars on track bikes still stick out a good way.

    I'll try to shoot a detail of the corner brackets, but the weight of the bike actually helps cinch them in place. They're loose enough on the cables that you can can slide them up and down when there's no weight on them. You just sandwich the cable between two angles, bolt the top and the middle (on each side of the cable), and then tip them down. The friction and weight keep them from moving.

    Let me know if that didn't quite clear it up. I'll get a photo up as soon as I remember to shoot one.
  • Julie 6y

    Minimalist = beautiful!

    Will try it if I can find a way around not using the floor.. Maybe wall + depth of radiator? I'll post a pic if successful.
  • M1CW01 4y

    Great idea!
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