A good problemI used to have only one bike, a mountain bike.
Then I bought a road bike and realized how it could complement my mountain biking and allowed me to ride when the trails were unridable, and then I had two bikes.
I then started hearing a lot about how great singlespeeding was, so I thought that I'd like to try that, and then I had three.
I soon realized that I didn't want to lock up any of these bikes at work or the bar or the grocery store, so a commuter/grocery bike made four.
My problem is small compared to some who feel that four bikes is a good starting point and I could probably ditch the singlespeed, but I keep thinking that this winter I'll ride it more.
So along with the rest of the bikes of my family, it was becoming a holy mess of jumbled bars, pedals in spokes and on deraillers, and chipped paint. And inevitably the bike I wanted to ride today was under the rest of the leaning bikes, and by now I'm beginning to think that I might as well just drive, for as long as it will take to dig the one I want out.
Something needed to be done. I'm no handyman and have a limited number of tools, but with careful planning this simple rack was an ease to build and install.
This is a simple bike rack/shelf made with 2 x 4s and plywood, costing around $40 in materials and a couple of hours of assembly and hanging (less for most, probably). I chose a length of 8 feet, since those were a readily available length of lumber and I had the hardware store make all the cuts since I don't have a radial saw. An 8 foot length allows me to hang 6 bikes (or 5 bikes and one unicycle) and gives a good amount of storage space above.
I first nailed the shelf together with the 2 lengths and 3 crossbeams on the floor. Next nailing the plywood top on.
I measured the height based on the length of the longest bike and was able to balance the rack on a ladder plus a cooler that placed it at approximately the right height (it was a little sketchy, but worked.)
I then drilled pilot holes and screwed the rack to the wall in the studs with lag screws, while maintaining support with the ladder/cooler combo.
The next step was attaching the diagonal supports which I screwed to the wall and under the rack with 3 inch wood screws.
I added braces at the wall that I found at the hardware store that may not be necessary but give me peace of mind when I hang my bikes up.
Hooks were added to the front to hang the bikes from and a couple on the sides for spare tires or wheels.
It would be helpful to have a second set of hands while drilling and attaching the rack to the wall, but could be accomplished solo.
The diagonal supports can be undercut a bit and still will be able to snug in, but if they are too long will stick out and not look as neat.
If your sick of stacked bikes and have the room on a wall for this rack, it's an easy solution that gets your bikes up off the ground and easily accessible.