Every cyclist would prefer to house their 21-speed or mountain mount in a locked panic bunker behind razor wire, guarded by men with no necks, but for most of us that’s not going to happen. The majority of bike riders are battling with limited storage space in which to keep their two-wheeled companions, and that means getting inventive with how and where they stow it. Our suggestion for most apartment dwellers as well as homeowners is to use an indoor bike rack. These can clear floor space, add utility to the way your bike is kept, and protect your fixie or commuter bike from incidental damage from cars, doors, simple foot traffic, and the hazards of life.
Because a poor bike rack is as much of a danger to scratching your paint or popping tires, we found 17 of the best indoor bike racks for keeping your velocipede safe and stylish for long and short-term storage.
Clug Bike Clip
Tiny Dancer: About the same size as a large money clip, the Clug is as small as indoor bike racks get. It holds up a burly mountain climber with ease, or snags those slim roadie tires for a tight fit every time. Easy to hide if you want them out of sight and mind, minimalists should get these post-haste.
Delta El Greco Bicycle Ceiling Hoist
Arise: Understated and airy yet highly capable with heavy-duty cords and hook attachments, the El Greco can hang anywhere there’s a ceiling and lynch up bikes as weighty as 50 lbs (you can go higher, but it’s going to be a battle) without even trying. Works for ladders, snowshoes, tents, and many other items as well.
Velo Sock Indoor Bike Cover
Off the Rack: Rather than enhancing your storage space, the Sock keeps grit and grime off carpets and furniture and can be paired with any indoor rack for cleaner storage and less hosing off after a hard ride. Also handy for kickstand storage if that’s how you prefer to roll.
All Comers: SteadyRacks are all built alike: Folding wire frame bodies made of stainless steel that take bikes of multiple sizes. Those who use unusual tires, or rock a fat bike from time to time, should look into their larger offerings. While they lack in style, the black and chrome look melds fine in most homes, garages, or apartments, and the function makes the lack of aesthetic prowess worth it.
Michelangelo Two Bike Gravity Stand
Zero Construction: Many indoor bike racks force you to drill holes in your walls or ceiling to get them to work. The Michelangelo is smarter, using rubber feet to lean gently without punching through drywall, and it keeps bikes hanging happily out and away from wall treatments. We recommend it for renters and the mobile military set.
Looking Sharp: Despite the dangerous metallic look, the Valet has loads of stackable cork to keep your paint job safe while keeping your bike up, up, and away with a gentle cantilever shape. Beware the angular edges when passing by, as they can snag loose clothes if hung incorrectly.
Slim Pickin’s: Only road riders whose bikes bear a slender set of handlebars should get the Solo from Cycloc. It has a low profile that won’t work for wider mountain bike handlebars without hitting the wall; but for slender steeds it adds a hint of swag to your storage space.
Trim Down: Inside the box is a pair of laser cut and formed steel brackets along with an extended shelf of sustainable wood from Portland, Oregon. You cut the wood to the length you desire, then mount the whole apparatus onto the wall for simple bike storage that fits in tiny hobbit holes while adding a shelf that’s 8” deep.
Corner Office: The Rack’s hardwood track works to keep bike tires off of the wall while also adding a traditional look in walnut or maple. It takes nothing more than a couple of bolts to get it ready, and a quick lift and a switch flip is all that is needed to get your steed secured.
Zero Sum: When not in use most indoor bike racks take up some modicum of space, but not so with the SLÎT. You can use it as a permanent shelf, but we found it’s simpler to just snap it closed when grabbing the bike off of it, so there’s no wasted space. Adorn the bottom with a lovely picture or small impressionist print and it really ties a room together.
Saris Cycle Racks Hottie
Standalone: The Hottie holds a pair of bikes worth a total of about 70+ lbs on adjustable hooks that work for just about any bike size or style. Completely free standing, there’s nothing to do but put it up and hang it all out there. Additional hooks can be added for gloves, helmets, and other gear on both the front and back.
Saddle Slat: Formerly manufactured by Board by Design, the BikeAll rack/bookshelf combo uses the seat to hang the bike, which we preferred over those that grabbed it around the central frame. This method forces it to hang at a dutch angle and makes grabbing it and going much less labor-intensive.
Saris Parking Vertical Rack
Family Pack: This doesn’t cut down on space as much as many indoor racks, so it’s better in a garage or shed. Capable of housing up to 8 bikes with a basic, solid floor mounting system where you can just wheelie right into it, then lock it down; the Vertical Rack is simple enough for kids and particularly lazy adults.
Remote Rack: Here’s the overhead bike system for the svelte cyclist. Using a hydro-pneumatic system, you can slap this over your head and then raise or lower it using the strain-free remote. It holds everything in place without risk of dropping, and can be used by the most petite person; no muscle mass required.
Woodstick Iceberg Chestnut
Angular Art: The iceberg surely looks like it could sink the Titanic, and that’s a glorious thing. Made to fit into modern or rustic décor, the sharp chestnut body adds class to any home, works on any wall with a stud, and frees your steed with just a twist and a pull.
Art & Craft: Serious bibliophiles will like the added space for all their tomes, while design connoisseurs will enjoy the hand-crafted oak body. With a rubber lining to protect your bike and the oak from damage, the Pedal Pod makes modern apartments feel more homey.
Vadolibero Bike Shelf
Pretty as a Picture: Instead of getting your bike up and out of the way, the Bike Shelf shows it off with an LED touch lamp that helps you see the chain and the derailleurs as you make repairs. Made of solid oakwood, it’s a gorgeous frame that even lets you swap out the surrounding storage to suit your home, garage, or gallery.