This review is about the Steadyrack wall-mounted rack system. This rack is very innovative and helps you save some space. We all know how much room bikes take up, especially if you have several, like I do. If you live in a small apartment, like I do, tucking your bikes out of the way is a huge help.
In 2017 my wife and I sold our 3,500 sq/ft house in Brooklyn and moved back into my 800 sq/ft apartment. Together, we have 7 bikes and a few of mine are very expensive race bikes that I didn’t want to put in our limited storage space that resides in the building next door.
After a lot of research, I found the Steadyrack out of Australia. By allowing the rack to pivot to either side the space your bikes take up is reduced substantially. As you can see in the photo above, my 3 bikes are basically in the living room but also the main walkway from the front door to the rest of the apartment. If the bikes had to sit at 90 degrees from the wall, like most conventional wall racks and hooks, everyone would constantly be running into the saddles or bars sticking way out into our normal path. The racks have a 180-degree pivot capability and can be placed as close a 350mm apart.
The rack itself also folds up when not in use. There is a rear wheel cup that is deep enough to keep the wheel in place even when pivoted far to one side. They are very well-built and should last a lifetime.
The instructions are very easy to follow and all the hardware is included. A drill and a beam-finder will come in handy and it really pays to measure the height carefully. Something I didn’t do very well.
Measure Twice, Drill Once
You must take into account different bike lengths when installing the Steadyrack. You should also determine which rack you want each bike to be hang from, especially if they are different lengths. For example, my gravel bike has a longer wheelbase than my road bikes so it would have been better to maybe set one specific rack for that bike since it’s clearance is different from my others. Mountain bikes, too, can be longer than road bikes.
Also, if you’re storing things underneath the bikes like a set of rollers, make sure there is enough clearance. You don’t want to be drilling tons of holes in the walls and then spackling and painting when you should be out riding.
You’ll Need to Find a Beam
Start by finding the beam. You must mount these into a beam or onto something else that is mounted to the beams. Sheetrock/drywall isn’t very sturdy, trust me. You can take a larger sheet of plywood and bolt that to the set of beams and then mount the Steadyrack anywhere on the plywood. This is great for garages and/or when you want the bikes closer than the beams allow. In my case, the bikes are in my living room so I didn’t want a big wall of ugly plywood on display.
Once you’ve found the beam at the top be sure to find the beam at the bottom where the rear wheel cup will go. This doesn’t have to be in a beam, but you want it to be a straight line. It should only take you a good 30 minutes or so to install them and even less if you’re only doing one.
Durable and Easy to Use
After 3 years of constant use, the Steadyracks are as good as new. I really should raise them up an inch or so in order to easily slide my rollers in and out, but I guess I’m to lazy. Every time I’m pulling my rollers out to do those dreaded indoor ride, I curse and tell myself I’m going to raise them up but then never do. Thanks for reading. Ride safe!
Check out my review of the Trigger Pin Vector.
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