You know you’re a triathlete when you have an entire bedroom in your house dedicated to your bikes and triathlon gear. This is the case in my house, and the fiancée and I are attempting to tidy up the spare bedrooms. With three bikes, a futon, bookshelf and other random gear there isn’t a lot of room for a guest to sleep. Our solution? Find a way to mount the bikes on the wall.
After searching through various wall bike mounts on the World Wide Web, we came across an ingenious and inexpensive idea of using an old pair of drop-down bike handles to hold up your bike. Here is step-by-step instructions to creating your own wall bike mount.
Step 1: Gather all the supplies and tools you will need.
- Malleable Fittings – Floor Flange Female $4
- 1″x6″ malleable pipe fitting $2
- Cordless or Power Drill
- Stud finder
- Handle bar stem $6
- Allen wrenches/socket set
- Tape measure
- Used handle bars including new tape (~$20)
All of these things used to make this wall mount were things we already had or were purchased locally. The handle bars came from Brone’s Bike Shop from their spare parts bin and were wrapped to help protect the bike when hanging from the bars.
The pipe fittings were found at Mill’s Fleet Farm.
Step 2: Decide where you want to hang your bike on the wall. Find the studs in the wall to ensure the bike won’t come crashing down in the middle of the night. Use the stud finder then mark the wall with a pencil to prepare for the step 3.
Step 3: Install the flat pipe fitting to the wall using the screws and drill.
Step 4: Screw the pipe into the flat piece attached to the wall. For documentation sake, steps 4-6 are photos of the hardware assembled on the floor instead of the wall (as it should be). It’s much easier than trying to balance on a ladder and take pictures.
Step 5: Once tight, put the handle bar bike stem inside the pipe.
Step 6: Install the handle bars to the bike stem. Again, tightening until snug, but not fully secure.
At this point you will have something like this hanging from your wall.
Reminder that none of the bolts holding the handle bar to the pipe are tight. I’ll explain why in a moment.
Step 7: If you have a light road or TT bike, go ahead and place that baby onto the handle bars. If you have a heavier bike, I’d suggest phoning a friend to help you.
Once the bike is mounted you can make adjustments to the bike stem to ensure that the bike is level and not touching the wall. Tighten down all of the snug parts so that they are secure. Sit back and enjoy your handiwork and new functional bike artwork.
Total Cost: ~$32.00