Hooks (big cup hooks, really) that screw into a joist in the garage are cheap and store bikes vertically using little space. I flip the bike up on it's rear wheel and roll it over to the hook while holding the grips. I put my hip against the seat and pull the bike up to catch the front wheel on the hook. Easy.
I have always used hooks hanging from the ceilings until the past few years. My 5' tall wife and the kids had trouble getting to their bikes, so I built a rack on the floor. Several of my bikes still hang, but the most used ones sit in the floor rack along with their bikes. There was no cost since it was built out of scrap 2x4 from a construction site.
I made a rack for the back wall of the garage - all bikes hang there just over the hoods of our 2 cars. Works for me, but it means that I need to remove 1 or both cars if I want to get to some (but not all) of the bikes. The bikes are set up staggered up/down and there are 2 "narrow" spots for the road bikes (versus wider spots for the MTBs). Our most-used bikes are on the outer spots for easier access.
Since we're a growing family, I'll need to build another rack for my daughters' trikes and run bike.
I always wondered hanging bikes from their front wheels have any affect on hydro brakes or fork seals causing them to weap if they sit for awhile?. Will master cylinders weap? Just a dumb question but was wondering.
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