This weekend we spent a couple hours installing bicycle lifts to store 2 bikes in our garage by hanging them from the rafters. With a pulley and catch system, they are easy to lower and go for a ride, and easy to lift back up again.

How to hang a bicycle lift

Our garage is a very small two-car garage. My goal is to one day have two cars in that garage, but right now there is just too much stuff in the way, so we are slowly moving anything and everything that we can up and out of the way. This weekend it was our daughters’ bikes.

They just recently learned how to ride bikes, and we are so proud of them. We want the bikes easy for them to get so they can practice riding whenever we have time. We’re hoping that soon they will be riding their bikes to school on most days.

We found these bicycle lifts, and they are exactly what we needed. Not too hard to install. They lift the bikes up where we have more room in our garage. And they are easy enough for our kids to use.

The Bicycle Lift came with almost everything we needed. The few tools we used were:

Tools needed to install the Bicycle Lift: drill, screw driver, tape measure, 2X4 board

a tape measure, a drill, a screw driver, a ladder, and a 2X4 long enough to sit on top of the rafters

 

The lift hooks onto the bicycle handle bars and the back of the bicycle seat, so we measured the distances between the two. We then screwed the two pulleys onto the 2X4 that distance apart.

Measuring the distance between the handle bars and the rear of the seat

measuring the distance between the handle bars and the back of the seat

Mark the measurement onto the 2X4

marking the measurement on the 2X4 board

Pre-drill the holes for the screws

placing the pulleys over the measurement marks on the 2X4 board, and pre-drilling holes for the screws

Attach the pulleys to the board with 6 screws

using 6 screws to fasten each pulley to the board

We attached the 2X4 to the rafters in the garage (actually, we laid the board across the rafters and then used Liquid Nails to make sure it wouldn’t move).

Next we threaded the rope through the pulleys and the hooks.

Rear pulley of the bicycle lift

close-up of the rear pulley

Thread the rope through the pulley and the hook

threading the rope through the bicycle seat hook then the rear pulley again

hooking the bicycle onto the threaded hooks

hooking the bike onto the bicycle lift

Next we tested lifting the bike up and down with the pulley. The rope seemed kind of long when the bike was up, but when it came down, it used most of the rope, so we couldn’t shorten it.

A kid raising the bicycle on the lift

easy enough for a 7-year-old to lift the bike up and bring it back down again

When you take the bike off the bicycle lift, the hooks fall to the floor which is not helpful. So my brilliant husband lowered the bike to the ground, then tied a knot in the rope up by the pulley so the rope wouldn’t let the hooks fall.

Tying a knot in the rope by the pulley

tying a knot in the rope to catch the hooks from falling

close-up of the knot

just a simple knot tied in the rope

My girls spent the next half hour at least raising and lowering their bikes with their new bicycle lift. Who knew a storage solution could be so much fun!

a kid using the bicycle lift

my kids can store their own bikes up and out of the way

Two bikes stored using bicycle lifts

What storage solutions have you used in your garage? I’d love to hear them. My garage can use all the help it can get! Tell us about your ideas in the comments.

 

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