October 11, 2019
I completed construction of four of these for integration into our basement bike storage. The instructions and material are clear, creating an easy project.
A few thoughts for improvement opportunity are as follows:
- Countersink the bolts inside of the side boards to avoid marring any wheels
- Larger tire sizes such as for fat bikes will likely require wider than 1x6 board. Our 4.5" tires needed a total back board width of 6.5"
- There is excess material in the design. I removed certain areas such as the outer top of the site boards and outer ends of the flip-down boards (to lie flat on ground).
- Make sure your width of the side boards is snug as possible to allow for best retention of the bike. One design challenge I don't see a way around here is the variability you may have if you change tires/wheelsets on a bike. My commuter has different width for winter and summer, so it is not being stored on these.
Overall, this is a nice solution for storage if you have the space. Keep in mind the potential for interference between saddles/handlebars when you set your spacing between racks. On a 16" center, I was able to fit four mountain bikes just right with alternating orientation.
- Justin Wheelock
April 29, 2019
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