Riding on Air

Organizing your bikes for the winter season –Picture of bicycle lift box

Hello All, I find I struggle with finding a good place to put our bicycles for winter.  It seems we have a lot of wasted space above us in our garage so I thought this was a good way to take advantage and store our bikes overhead for the winter.

I purchased this bike hoist at Harbor Freight on sale for $10.00 each. They are really simple to put together and make hanging our bikes overhead a five minute job. And only one person is needed to complete the task.

Now that’s what I’m talking about! Only a few screws and a drill for this project. The mounting board is optional.

I simply mounted the hoists onto a mounting board and then screwed the board into my ceiling. This kit comes with instructions. But here is a quick how to:

I used a scrap piece of plywood that I had laying around but you will need to at least a 50 inch board to mount to                .  Measure the distance between your handle bars and your seat. Mine was 30 inches. Then mount the brackets accordingly making sure that the lift brackets fall within that distance it doesn’t have to be exact they can be a bit further apart.  That is the beauty of the lift kit.

I used 6 small button head screws to mount the brackets with…they are not included in the kit. I didn’t want them going through the entire mounting board.

I put my rope through the hole on the rear bracket and tied my double knot. Then I left the rest of the rope hang until I mounted the board to the ceiling. Be sure to use a stud finder to find your ceiling joists and keep in mind the distance you need from your front or back tires or even your handle bars from hitting the wall.

Usually ceiling joist are every 16 inches. Screw your board in place. Once that is secure, see the diagram in your user manual on how to proceed in stringing your rope through the pulleys and hanging brackets. Mount your rope cleat on the wall and you are ready to hang your bike.

This will be a great organizer and time saver in the future.

Mischele Makhlouf

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One response to “Riding on Air

  1. Thank you so much for the information, Mischele! This is a great idea. We have our bikes in our shed in the backyard for the winter and in the garage for the rest of the year, for an easier “get-to.” However, the hoist keeps the tires from going flat, that’s for sure!


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