Top 4 Bike Storage Ideas of 2023
Cyclists who live in small spaces know the conundrum: You want easy access to your bike but hate tripping over it all the time.
After spending about 30 hours researching dozens of indoor bike storage platforms, we’ve rounded up and tested the 10 most viable options, leaving our bikes at their mercy for days — and sometimes weeks — at a stretch.
Ultimately, we decided that for most people, the Delta Cycle Michelangelo Gravity Rack is the best way to store your bike indoors.
Installing the rack requires minimal effort and experience, is lightweight and sturdy, and can accommodate one or two bikes of any type – mountain bikes, road bikes, hybrids and even step-down cruisers.
Assembly of the Michelangelo was easier than all the other options we tested, requiring only a Phillips screwdriver and a drill. They are also low impact, requiring a total of one screw to attach to the wall. Additionally, its ladder-like frame is made of thin but sturdy steel tubes that prevent the stand from taking over your interior decorating system.
The arms that hold the bikes on the Michelangelo are movable, allowing the rack to handle bikes with sloping top tubes or complex full suspension frames. Repositioning the levers (don’t do it while the bike is on the rack!) is just a matter of twisting them so they move freely – you won’t need tools at all, which means this rack is also easier than all the others. Others to adjust once assembled. The Michelangelo has two additional hooks for accessories, so you have somewhere other than the handlebar to hang your helmet.
Hanging your bike vertically (i.e. by the front wheel) allows you to fit it in the wall space behind a door, or in a corner. Unlike some of the other vertical storage options we’ve tried, which require you to lift your bike well off the ground while simultaneously twisting the wheel to place it on the hook, the Steadyrak Classic Rack pops out of the wall like an old-fashioned ironing board. To place your bike on this rack, tilt it back on its back wheel and roll it forward until the front wheel rests in the rack, which is wide enough to accommodate even mountain bike tires. If the Michelangelo, our main pick, is out of stock, this is almost a good alternative.
If a gravity rack doesn’t work but you still want to hang your bike parallel to the wall, the Ibera Adjustable Bike Wall Rack is your best bet. It’s highly customizable: you can change the height and width of the support arms with simple ratcheting mechanisms, and it’s easy to install the arms in the correct configuration. The shelf itself is attached to the wall with telescoping tubes so you can also adjust how much it protrudes into the room – another useful feature for small spaces.
If your wall space is completely taken up by windows, doors, bookcases or artwork, the Feedback Sports Velo, which accommodates two bikes, is probably the best choice for you. It can be fixed in place between the floor and ceiling. You don’t need to screw it down or screw it into place, so it can be easily moved if you decide to rearrange the furniture. This bar is also sturdily designed, and the support arms adjust to fit different types of bike frames.