By Stan Purdum
- Easy to install
- Stores bike out of the way
- Parts are well made and operate smoothly
- Locking mechanism keeps cord from slipping backward when hoisting bike
- Directions are unclear about how to get the locking mechanism to release when lowering bike. But this is easily figured out when using the hoist system
Price: $39.99, but when you visit the site the first time, you are often offered a 10% discount on any purchase
The same system is available without the straps for $32.99
Available here: Delta
How obtained: Sample from Delta
RBR Advertiser: No
If you are like many readers of RoadBikeRider, you likely have more than one bicycle; in fact, you may have several more than one. And eventually, parking all those bikes becomes an issue. In my case, even though my garage is fairly spacious, I often find myself moving one or more of my three bicycles out of the way while doing other projects — or leaving one of our cars outside because the parking space in the garage is occupied by bikes.
Delta provides an elegant solution. Using their Single Bike Ceiling Hoist With Straps, I was able to store my mountain bike, which I ride less often than my road bikes, aloft. The hoist is a system of cord, pulleys and hooks by which you can quickly hoist a bike up near your ceiling and keep it there until you want it, and then just as quickly lower it to the floor.
The kit includes all those parts, as well as directions and screws for installation of the system. It also includes straps in case you wish to elevate something other than a bike, such as a canoe, a cargo box or a ladder. The same system is available without the straps if you are only hoisting bicycles.
The installation itself is simple enough, but the placement of the system requires a bit of thought. You want to hang the bike in a location where you won’t need to walk beneath it because most ceilings aren’t high enough to haul the bike above head height. At 9.5 feet, my garage ceiling is higher than some, but when my bike is hoisted up, there’s still only about five feet of clearance beneath it. So in my case, it made sense to hang the bike near the back wall.
You also want a location where there is a vertical surface nearby where you can mount the cleat to which you secure the cord when the bike is hoisted in place.
The next decision is whether you will hang the bike in line from a single rafter or across three or four of them. My garage rafters are exposed, so I was able to decide this quickly. If your rafters aren’t exposed, you may need to use a stud-finder (available anywhere tools are sold) to locate them. The predrilled holes in the pulley frames make it easy to use the provided screws to attach them directly to the rafters if you are hanging the bike from a rafter, but if hanging it across a few of them, as I was doing, it’s best to first screw a board across the rafters where you want the bike to end up.
The provided directions spells all this out, and none of it is rocket science. A tall stepladder and a drill with a Phillips screw bit should make quick work of it. Here’s a quick video that gives an overview.
After screwing the pulleys into place, I threaded the supplied cord through them and the hooks (each hook is actually a dual hook, for security). I placed one dual hook under the bike saddle and the other under the handlebars. I then pulled the bike aloft.
This did not require great force, but to keep the cord from slipping backward, there’s a clever locking mechanism on the pulley frame where the cord completes its journey through the whole assembly. When lowering the bike, you angle the cord the opposite direction to release the locking mechanism. In other words, if you have the cord ending its journey through the pulleys at the right end, you will angle the cord to right when hoisting the bike and angle it to left when lowering the bike. If you have the cord ending its journey on the left end you will do the opposite. (I’ve described this in detail because it’s the one thing the otherwise excellent directions are unclear about.)
This is a good hoist system and a good solution to how to store a bike I don’t use every day.
Stan Purdum has ridden several long-distance bike trips, including an across-America ride recounted in his book Roll Around Heaven All Day, and a trek on U.S. 62, from Niagara Falls, New York, to El Paso, Texas, the subject of his book Playing in Traffic. Stan, a freelance writer and editor, lives in Ohio. See more at www.StanPurdum.com.