15 Practical Bike Storage Ideas

From garage bike racks to wall bike racks, there are plenty of bike storage ideas and diy options out there. With thousands of bikes on the market, finding the right garage bike rack for your needs can be challenging. There isn’t one bike storage rack that works for everyone.

Indoor bike racks can be even more difficult! Depending on how many bikes you need to store, how easy it needs to be to access them, and how much space you have for bike storage, you need a custom bike storage idea that works for your unique circumstances.

woman loading bike onto saris cycle glide ceiling bike rack

As a bike testing review site, we’ve literally owned hundreds of bikes over the years and have certainly had plenty of experience of trying to store bikes in just about every place possible!

Of the 20 different systems we’ve used over the last couple of years, we’ve compiled our favorite bike storage solutions of all types. This article focuses on storage options at home, but if you’re looking for ways to transport bikes on your vehicle, be sure to check out our favorite car hitch bike racks.

We’ve broken our favorites bike storage options down into 5 groups based on how they store the bike. More detailed information about each storage type, as well as a brief review of our favorites in that category are provided down below.

Best Bike Storage Ideas

Bike Storage RackRack CapacitySmallest Wheel SizeMSRP
Vertical Bike Storage on the Wall
Steadyrack1 bike20"$80
Rubbermaid FastTrackCustomizable12"$40 - $100
Omni Bike Wall Rack5 bikes12"$70
Delta Cycle Bike Hook1 bike12"$16
Ceiling Bike Storage
Saris Cycle Glide4 or 6 bikes12"$245
Racor Bike Lift1 bike12"$40
Delta El Greco Ceiling Hoist1 bike12"$35
Floor Bike Racks
Simple Housewares Floor Parking Stand5 bikes12"$50
RAD Cycle 6 Bike Floor Stand6 bikes12"$98
Delta The Shop Bike Stand1 bike20"$40
Topeak Line-Up Bike Stand1 bike20"$63
Racor 2 Bike Floor Stand2 bikes16"$40
Horizontal Bike Storage on the Wall
Feedback Sports Velo 2D Wall Rack1 bike12"$43
Delta Michelangelo Freestanding Bike Rack2 bikes12"$80/$110
Indoor Bike Racks - Freestanding
Topeak Dual Touch Bike Stand2 bikes12"$180

Bike Storage Ideas Video Summary

Check out our video to see some of our favorite bike storage ideas in action. From ceiling storage options to kid-friendly floor racks, we’ll walk you through 9 clever bike storage ideas.

Vertical Bike Storage on the Wall

Best for Roomy Garages, Storing More than Two Bikes, Small Kids’ Bikes

Collage showing different types of vertical bike rack storage - SteadyRack, Delta Leonardo Hook, Hornug, and MonkeyBars track system

On-wall vertical bike storage allows you to store the most bikes while taking up the least amount of wall space. Bikes are hung vertically (obviously!), so you need to have enough floor-to-ceiling space for the length of the bikes. But you also need to have enough space for those bikes to stick off of the wall and into whatever room you’re storing them in.

If you have a tight 2-car garage and are trying to park both your cars inside, this style of wall mounted bike rack is not for you. It’s probably also not your best bet for indoor bike storage either, unless you don’t mind bumping into those bikes sticking off of the wall!

While kids can’t usually remove their own bikes from vertical bike racks, this style of bike storage is a great fit for balance bikes as well as any size kid’s pedal bike.

PROS:

  • Store the most bikes in the least amount of wall space
  • Very common storage style, so many options available
  • Generally fit any wheel size – from balance bikes to adult bikes

CONS:

  • Stick off the wall
  • Difficult (if not impossible) for kids to hang and un-hang their bikes by themselves

Wall Bike Rack (Vertical Bike Storage) Favorites

Steadyrack

Boy putting his bike onto the Steadyrack wall bike rack

MSRP: $70

Fits Wheels: 20″ and larger

Capacity: 1 bike

Read Full Review: Steadyrack Wall Mounted Bike Rack

Steadyrack is our favorite garage bike storage system. Its unique vertical, pivoting design makes keeping your garage organized and accessing your bikes a breeze.

While storing a vertical bike flat against the wall can be beneficial for a single bike, the pivot feature is even more handy when it comes to multiple bikes. Pivoting trays allow you to store bikes closer together, while still being able to easily access and move any bike you want. It also allows you to load up the bikes from a variety of angles, depending on where open space is in your garage.

We also appreciate that the Steadyrack doesn’t come into contact with the bike’s rim, and kids with 24″ bikes can load and unload their bikes by themselves!

Rubbermaid FastTrack Garage Organization System

Rubbermaid FastTrack wall bike rack filled with bikes and scooters in a garage

MSRP: $80 – $120, depending on size of system

Fits Wheels: 12″ and larger

Capacity: Completely customizable

Read Full Review: Rubbermaid FastTrack System

Storing more than just bikes? From ladders to hoses, cords, shovels, and shelving, Rubbermaid FastTrack can hang everything! On our FastTrack, we hang child bike seats, scooters, and bikes, but it can be customized to hold just about anything you can think of.

The Rubbermaid system can be purchased in two different lengths, 48″ or 84″. Once this wall mounted bike rack has been installed on the garage wall, you have a vast array of bike hook styles that can be interchanged as needed. They easily snap on and off and slide across the rails for quick changes to your chosen configuration. All hooks are purchased a la carte, so you only pay for exactly what you need.

Omni Bike Rack for Garage Wall

Omni wall mounted bike rack on the garage wall and loaded with five bikes

MSRP: $70

Fits Wheels: 12″ and larger

Capacity: 5 bikes

Read Full Review: Omni Bike Wall Rack

Easy to install and easy to use, the Omni Bike Storage Rack’s simplicity is what makes it great. With hooks that can move to adjust the spacing between bikes, as well as optional hanging attachments for tools, etc., the Omni is similar to FastTrack, just not quite as customizable.

If you’ll just be hanging bikes, the more budget-friendly Omni wall mounted bike rack is a solid choice. If you think you’ll need to store a variety of garage treasures, we recommend the more easily-customizable Rubbermaid FastTrack instead.

Delta Cycle Leonardo Single Bike Hook

delta leonardo bike hook on garage wall with a kids bike hanging on it

MSRP: $16

Fits Wheels: 12″ and larger

Capacity: 1 bike

Read Full Review: Delta Cycle Leonardo Single Hook

Bike storage hooks are about as simple as it gets. We love bike hooks because they allow us to hang bikes wherever there happens to be just enough space on the garage wall. No need to find enough room for wall rails to accommodate five bikes are more – you just need the space to fit one bike!

While all bike storage hooks are pretty similar, we appreciate the red rubber sleeve on the Delta hook that protects the bike’s spokes and wheel from potential damage. These bike hooks can also be purchased with a rear wheel tray that prevents messy tire marks on the garage wall.

Ceiling Bike Storage – Pulley Systems and Ceiling Tracks

Best For: The tightest spaces – bikes don’t take up any wall or floor space!

Racor ceiling bike hoist and Saris Cycle glide - two examples of ceiling bike storage

If you have a tight garage, no wall space, and no floor space, you better look up! Ceiling bike storage racks store bikes up and out of the way so that they only use that pesky extra air space above your head. Most of these systems are for single bikes, but the Saris system holds up to six bikes!

PROS:

  • Don’t take up any wall or floor space
  • Easy to access, lift and lower
  • Some models fit any wheel size – from balance bikes to adult bikes

CONS:

  • Out of sight, out of mind? 🙂
  • Kids can’t access bikes by themselves
  • Ceiling installation is more difficult
  • Bike hoists are better for only large kids’ and adult bikes

Ceiling Bike Storage Favorites

Saris Cycle Glide Ceiling Bike Rack

Saris cycle glide ceiling bike rack with four bikes hanging upside down

MSRP: $245

Fits Wheels: 12″ and larger

Capacity: 4 bikes, or 6 with add-on kit

Read Full Review: Saris Cycle Glide

We’ve tested a lot of different bike storage solutions, and the Saris Cycle Glide wins the prize for impressing us the most. It’s so cleverly designed and incredibly easy to use, it has earned a permanent spot on our garage ceiling.

With sliding rails and sliding hooks, the Saris Cycle Glide effortlessly accommodates any size bike. Which bikes you store can be changed at any time by simply sliding the hooks along the rails to match the wheelbase of your bike. Basically, this ceiling bike storage solution is the ultimate choice for flexibility!

Because the four bike rails can move horizontally across the base, it’s easy to access and remove a single bike by simply moving the other bikes out of the way. The Saris Cycle Glide also allows you to remove or store bikes while your car is parked underneath the rack!

Delta El Greco Ceiling Hoist or Racor Bike Lift Pulley System

ceiling bike rack in a garage using the racor bike pulley

MSRP: $40

Fits Wheels: 12″ and larger

Capacity: 1 bike

Read Full Review: Bike Pulley System Comparison: Delta vs Racor

For families with no room for standard garage bike racks, ceiling bike storage is the only way to go! While we certainly love and prefer the simplicity and flexibility of the Saris Cycle Glide, if you only have a few bikes to store, bike pulley systems are a more affordable option.

Also keep in mind that if your bike has hydraulic disc brakes, you shouldn’t be storing your bike upside down. That makes the Racor and Delta bike pulley system particularly suited for high-end bikes.

Bike pulleys can accommodate any size bike (12″ to 29″), but they must be installed according to the length of the bike’s wheelbase. If you install the system to fit a 12″ bike, you’ll need to adjust the system as your child graduates to larger bikes.

Garage Bike Racks for the Floor

Best For: Organizing vs. saving space, larger garages, easy access

garage bike racks - 5 bike floor stand and woom balance bike stand

While most home bike storage systems aim to save floor space, bike parking racks use it right up! Floor bike racks are commonly used for the bikes that get the most use and need the easiest access.  They’re often part of a larger system of garage bike storage where some bikes are stored up and away to save space, leaving just enough room for a few bikes on the ground.

PROS:

  • Best access for bikes that get used often
  • Easy for kids to use
  • Can be used in the garage or in playrooms to store balance bikes

CONS:

  • Many don’t fit kids’ bikes under 20″
  • Take up precious floor space
  • Some are not disc brake compatible

Garage Bike Rack Favorites

Simple Housewares 5 Bike Floor Parking Rack

SImple Housewares 4 bike garage bike rack on garage floor. Five bikes loaded, smallest is a balance bike, largest is an adult bike

MSRP: $50

Fits Wheels: 12″ and larger

Bike Capacity: 5 Bikes

Read Full Review: Simple Housewares 5 Bike Floor Parking Stand

Call it “old school” but floor bike racks have stood the test of time for a reason. They’re so simple!  And with the Simple Housewares floor bike rack, you can store a family of bikes for a very affordable price tage.

This is another bike storage system that’s gained a permanent spot in our garage. Young kids don’t need mom or dad to lift their bike off the ceiling or wall hooks.  

No more bikes in a tangled heap on the garage floor. Your kids can take responsibility for getting their own bikes out of the garage, and hopefully you can train them to put them away as well. It’s super easy, so they have no excuses!

RAD Cycle Six Bike Garage Bike Stand

RAD cycles bike floor stand with 4 bikes parked and helmets hanging

MSRP: $98

Fits Wheels: 12″ and larger (with some modifications)

Bike Capacity: 6 Bikes

The RAD Cycle six bike floor stand is unique for two reasons. First, you can store bikes in two different directions – three on each side, facing each other. If you don’t have enough room in your garage for that, it can be used as a 3-bike stand with bikes in just one direction.

The second unique feature is that it has hooks for helmet storage. Ever have helmets strewn all over the floor? Or can’t find your kid’s helmet because it doesn’t have its own “spot”? This is a simple solution to that problem.

While this floor bike stand isn’t the best for storing 12″ and 16″ bikes, it can be done. For small bikes, we added a 2×4 block on the floor of the rack to make the tire fit more snuggly in its parking spot.

Delta Cycle Shop Rack

Side by side images of the Delta Cycle Shop garage bike stand in the garage. Each with different sized kids bikes

MSRP: $40

Fits Wheels: 20″ and larger

Capacity: 1 bike

Read Full Review: Delta The Shop Bike Stand

This floor bike rack was made to take a beating on your garage floor. Delta’s The Shop bike stand is super sturdy and durable, with rubber feet to help keep that stand in place while getting your bike in and out.

The Shop’s standout feature is that the rack arms are adjustable in width. Make that spacing more narrow for tiny kids bikes, or widen them for mountain bikes with plus size tires.

Topeak Lineup Stand

road bike being held up by the topeak lineup stand up garage bike rack

MSRP: $63

Fits Wheels: 20″ and larger

Capacity: 1 bike

Read Full Review: Topeak Line-up Stand

Topeak’s standing bike rack features a spring loaded cradle that minimizes contact with the rear wheel. As you can see in the image above, the contact point with the wheel is nowhere near the derailleur or disc brakes (if this bike had them).

The Line-up stand is limited in that it can only accommodate tires up to 2.5″ wide. Additionally, while its minimalist design saves on floor space, it’s definitely not as stable as other floor bike racks. As a result, it’s best not to use it in a high-traffic area where the bike may get bumped.

Racor PBS-2R Floor Stand

MSRP: $42

Fits Wheels: 20″ and larger

Capacity: 2 bikes

Racor’s 2 bike floor bike rack is a stable and sturdy option for storing two bikes on the garage floor. Racor’s design allows you to store two bikes in the same direction, or facing one another. One drawback we’ve had in our own garage is that the rack can easily slide when trying to load your bikes in, so you may want to add some rubber grip on the bottom.

Horizontal Bike Storage – On the Wall

Best For: In-home storage, tight garages, or displaying bikes as art

Collage of different styles of horizontal bike storage - DaHanger sprocket hood, Delta Michelangelo two bike gravity stand, Velo 2D wall rack, Rubbermaid FastTrack system

On-wall horizontal bicycle storage secures a bike flat against a wall, taking up significant wall space, but very little space in the actual room. Because it takes up so much wall space, it’s not common for more than two bikes to be stored this way in the same room.

There are two different styles of horizontal bike storage – (1) a free standing horizontal wall stand that leans against the wall, and (2) a wall-mounting version that’s installed on the wall itself. Horizontal bike storage is very common for storing bikes indoors.

PROS:

  • Can fit in most rooms in your house – great for apartment dwellers
  • Generally easier to lift up and down than vertical storage
  • Come in free-standing or wall-mounting options
  • Great for “displaying” bikes
  • Some options can fit the smallest bikes – even balance bikes

CONS:

  • Take up a ton of wall space
  • Generally can’t store too many bikes this way
  • Most only fit larger kids bikes (24″ and sometimes 20″)
  • Can be difficult for kids to raise and lower bikes on their own
  • Bikes with wider handlebars are more problematic

Horizontal Bike Storage Favorites

Feedback Sports Velo 2D Wall Rack

Feedback Sports Velo 2D bike rack mounted on the wall of the garage. Holding a kids bike.

MSRP: $63

Fits Wheels: 20″ and larger

Capacity: 1 bike

Read Full Review: Feedback Sports Velo 2D Wall Rack

The Feedback Velo 2D wall mounted bike rack takes up minimal wall space while its 2-dimensional moving arms maximize its customizability for your bike frame.

Each arm can move independently up or down the small column base, making the 2D customizable for almost any bike frame design. For bikes with flat top tubes, this feature is unnecessary. But for kids bikes or bikes with sloping top tubes, it’s a big win. From balance bikes to road bikes, we’ve been able to fit every bike we tried on the Velo 2D.

Remember – bikes with wider handlebars are a harder fit because the bike sits so close to the wall.

Delta Cycle Michelangelo Free Standing Bike Rack

Delta Cycle freestanding bike rack in a home office, holding two bikes

MSRP: $80/$110

Fits Wheels: 20″ and larger

Capacity: 1 bike

Read Full Review: Delta Cycle Michelangelo 2 Bike Rack

Delta’s freestanding bike rack has several advantages. (1) It can store two bikes horizontally, without any damage to the walls. (2) It can easily be moved at any time.

(3) The frame cradles can be adjusted up or down, and angled in or out to accommodate virtually any frame design. We were able to store everything from balance bikes to kids bikes and adult bikes.

While this standing bike rack can be used indoors or in the garage, we prefer it for indoor bike storage, so it could easily be included in the section below as well.

Indoor Bike Racks – Freestanding

Best For: Rooms with walls you don’t want to damage, or are difficult to attach hardware to

Collage showing examples of indoor bike rack telescopic racks - Topeak Dual Touch, RAD Cycle Woody Bike Stand, and Feedback Sports Velo Column

If you have two or more bikes to store and you don’t want to attach any hardware to the wall, a bike storage column or telescoping rack our favorite indoor bike rack idea. Pressure set between floor and ceiling, bike storage columns take up the same amount of space as horizontal wall storage but are constrained to areas of the home where the ceiling is low enough to accommodate the column.

PROS:

  • Doesn’t require you to put any hardware on the wall – great for renters
  • Can be used indoors as well as the garage
  • Can be moved from one area to another

CONS:

  • Limited to rooms within the column’s height range
  • Generally can’t store too many bikes this way
  • Usually only fit larger kids bikes (24″ and sometimes 20″)
  • Can be difficult for kids to raise and lower bikes on their own

Indoor Bike Rack Favorites

Topeak Dual Touch Bike Stand

Topeak Dual Touch bike stand installed in a home office for indoor bike rack. Four images, each holding a different sized bike.

MSRP: $180

Fits Wheels: 12″ and larger

Capacity: 2 bikes

Read Full Review: Topeak Dual Touch Bike Stand

Topeak’s Dual-Touch Bike Stand is a sleek, minimalist design that keeps the focus on your bikes, not on a clunky rack. The concept is interesting, and quite simple: it’s a black anodized aluminum pole that is pressure-set between the floor and ceiling (dual contact points). No mounting hardware, and no damage to any walls required!

The Dual Touch’s rack arms are highly adjustable to fit flat and sloping top tubes, and bikes sizes from kids to adults.

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