This is a pretty simple and quick way to build a bike hoist that will lift a bike evenly and easily out of your way. The neat trick is that it uses one rope to lift the bike evenly from two points which helps it lift easily and uses pulley magic to reduce the weight of the bike for the hoister. No power tools required although a drill is handy.
This setup would also work for a kayak or canoe if you had a longer beam.
Step 1: Gather Supplies
- 5' or so 2x4 or a rafter that you can attach this stuff to
- (2) larger hooks that will hold bike. I did not end up using the ones in this pic - i ended up bending my own out of 3/8 aluminum stock from Hope Depot. Lots of options here (see hook page).
- (1) 50' length of rope. I used 3/8th inch poly (something that is softish but does not stretch much).
- (5) pulleys to fit the rope. Pulleys should all have swivel heads (two of mine did not...) and be one size larger than the rope will fit through. This give you some leeway for safety..
- (3) hooks with wood screw threads (basically monster sized cup hooks) and/or:
- (1) eye bolts that is the same size as the hooks above (you can use eye bolt style hooks for all four depending on what you have on hand).
- one drill bit that is the slightly smaller than the core of the hook shank (ie the size of the bolt if you ground off the actual threads) - err on the size of small...
- Brackets to attach hoist to ceiling - i used 2x12 rafter hangers which are $2 each at Home Depot.
Depending on your hardware, you might also need a propane torch (nothing fancy - just the small one...
- some utility screws/drywall screws (the duct tape of fasteners) or decent sized nails.
A few wrenches or something to help you bend the hooks (ie bench vice)
- Ladder and someone to hold it while you monkey around.
- Optional equipment: cheapo carabiners (like the $2 100 lb rated ones from home depot), lighter to fix rope ends, etc.