Step 5: Assemble Hoist Unit and String the Rope

Starting with the pilot hole on the end of the board that will take the tied off end of the rope, screw in one eye bolt that does not have a pulley attached. Use a screwdriver to help turn the bolt in.

Next screw the three pulley/threaded hook units into the other three holes on the board.

Tie one end of the rope off to the first eye hook using a bowline with a stopper knot. At this point, you should also think about which end of the hoist will hold the front and rear of the bike, and also which direction the thing will attach to the ceiling - you should also figure into this where the loose end of the rope will tie off when the bike is up in the air. Knowing this stuff will help you decide which end to attach which hook, assuming that they are different for front and rear...

Next feed the rope through the first bike hook, then back through the next pulley, then across to the next pulley, down to the second bike hook, and finally back through the last pulley. Pull all of the rope through the pulleys, leaving a few feet of extra for each hook.

Do not cut the rope until you are totally finished with the project. And then, don't be a dope and cut it when the bike is in the up position. You need to cut it when you have the most rope used in the hoist - ie when the bike is down and you know how much rope you will need.

Just to save someone a bit of work: Harbor Freight stores (and online) have this same pulley arrangement w/rope (a Bicycle Lift) for about $12 (I got it for $8 on sale). <br /> The main problem I&nbsp;have is I tried to hang a boat that was heavier on one end and it doesn't work because the heavy end will not lift until the light end reaches the top. Does anyone know of a pulley arrangement that does not do this?<br />
<p>Have you tried adding weight to the light end?</p><p>Or try moving the pick points closer to the centroid.</p>
Most bike hoists use a single-rope system, yielding a mechanical advantage of 4.&nbsp; The disadvantage of these systems is, as you stated, the heavy end will not rise until the light end is at the top.<br /> There are a few bike hoists available that use a double-rope system, yielding a mechanical advantage of 2.&nbsp;&nbsp;These allow independent control of the front and rear pulleys.&nbsp; The disadvantage&nbsp;of these is,&nbsp;the mechanical advantage of 2 allows one to lift only about 50 pounds before serious hand-pain ensues.<br /> <br /> The&nbsp;double-rope bike hoists currently available are:<br /> 1)&nbsp;&quot;Sport Solutions Up and Away Deluxe Hoist System&quot; available on amazon.com for $53.99<br /> 2)&quot;Kayak / Canoe Lift Hoist by RAD Sportz&quot; available on amazon.com for $34.95<br /> 3) &quot;BAC Industries PH-01 Storage Pulley Hoist, 100-Pound Capacity&quot; available on amazon.com for $49.99
<p>Thanks for the instructions. I don't have a torch yet, so I used some of these quick connect parts to connect the pulleys to eye bolts I screwed into the stud of my garage. <a href="http://catalog.kmsinc.net/Asset/7350.jpg" rel="nofollow">http://catalog.kmsinc.net/Asset/7350.jpg</a></p>
Man, I have been looking for some thing like this, to hang my bicycle. Terrific idea. I will make my own. Thanks for your time.
2 concerns: (not step seven, that's probably how I&nbsp;would rig it up if not for the comments)<br /> 1.&nbsp; I've always thought that heating up the metal weakens it, though maybe in this application it is no bog deal.<br /> 2.&nbsp; The entire weight of the load is suspended only by the threads of the eye hooks into the wood.&nbsp; Not sure that will last forever and could be catastrophic if it pulled out.&nbsp; I'm running a threaded eye hook through a pre-drilled hole (actually I'm using unistrut but a hole drilled through the 2x4 depicted here would work just as well).&nbsp; A&nbsp;big fat washer and nut keeps it from ever having a change of pulling out.&nbsp; This, and the method of fastening to the ceiling are super important.&nbsp; Make sure they are robust.&nbsp; <br /> <br /> Great instructable!<br />
<p>Using 2 rope slings to lift the bike. A pulley fixed securely to the overhead, with rope with a hook on one end,&nbsp; Run the&nbsp;rope&nbsp;through the pulley, and connect to the slings on the bike to the hook and&nbsp;hoist it up. &nbsp;</p>
Why did you have to attach it all to a separate piece of wood? Why not just the center beam?
I set this up, but I'm having the hardest time getting the hooks to lift evenly. I'm using brand new pulleys with the right sized rope, but I still can't seem to get it to lift evenly. Any ideas? Oh, and I modified your design to accept 4 bikes at once. Basically, I attached a 2x4 with 4 hooks across it to where you have your bike hooks. Simply hook the front wheel through the four hanging hooks. For strength, I'm using a ratcheting boat trailer crank to do the lifting.
When I built the lift for my bike, which weighs a monstrous 70-80lbs, I also needed a way to help out with lifting it period, so I tied an old lead-acid car battery to it, and it's heavy enough that it helps me lift the bike, and holds it in the air, but isn't so heavy it just takes off with the bike pulling it straight to the ceiling
I think this system should be designed with higher standards as it is a life safety device. As you said, that bike can kill somebody if it's let loose. Check the rope and all connections from time to time and go for climbing knots used for man carrying applications. I would advise a <strong>Munter hitch</strong> which gives control and safety when descending the bike. This way there will be no way for the rope to just run away and send the bike down crashing. Safety first!!<br/><br/>One more thing. The hooks should have enough weight to descent to the floor when they are not carrying anything. Otherwise it could be a problem to pull them down when they are somehow pulled all the way up. What do you think?<br/>
The canoe should raise and lower evenly if your pulleys are well oiled or otherwise give you about equal friction. With this project you can use nylon rope but you will find that nylon will stretch all the time. I prefer using Dacron or polyester rope for something like this. If you can't fine polyester rope at the orange store you can find it at the blue one, and vice versa. Step 7 still gives me the heeby jeebies. Here's a better picture of a cleat hitch. It is very (VERY) simple to tie off securely. You go around the entire cleat twice (only), cross over the top once (only) then under, back to the other side twisting the loop onto the other side and you're done. Figure out something else to do with the extra rope but don't try to store it on the cleat by wrapping and wrapping. On my boat I have a zippered bag the coil of excess goes in.
LOL - yea step 7 gives my wife the heeby jeebies too. I was going to go the cleat route, but I was trying to minimize the project to hardware on hand. One of these days soon I'll switch it over to the style you suggest and modify the instructions to something more reasonable. My version is perfectly functional - but no where near as efficient. Thanks!
this is fantastic. i was about to go ahead and build, then i saw that COSTCO has this exact system for $15, less than it would have cost for me to purchase everything (called the Racor bike hoist)...<br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product.aspx?Prodid=33784&amp;whse=BC&amp;topnav=&amp;browse=&amp;lang=en-US&amp;s=1">http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product.aspx?Prodid=33784&amp;whse=BC&amp;topnav=&amp;browse=&amp;lang=en-US&amp;s=1</a><br/><br/>i am using it to lift a 14 foot kevlar (&lt;32lb) canoe to a 12 foot ceiling, i was afraid that there wouldn't be enough included rope, but there was.<br/>peter<br/>
thats neat!! i wish i had a high enough place to put this id even buy a shed with a high roof to use as an ecscuse to put this up :D
Fantastic, now my wife won't have to hear me whinge about her bike being so heavy (until she makes me ride it since the kids' trailer is attached to it). And when you decide that radial arm saw is just too dangerous, I'll take it off your hands.
Awesome instructable. Going to do this this weekend. I think I may get a little goofy and see if I can rig it with a sixth and seventh pulley in a triangle type support so that I can end up with the bike being horizontal to the ground. My head has some type of magnetism for low hanging objects.
Thank you! I used your method to hang two 14' sea kayaks in my garage. It worked great. Pulls up and sits down easily.
you've sold it to me, I'm making one of those, pronto.
This is a very nice instructable. Let me suggest one more thing: 1 week ago I bought at Target a similar setup (for about $25). It is very nice and simple (very similar design). One feature it has that you should add: if the rope disengages from its holding place, there is a gizmo near one of the pulleys that blocks the rope so that the bike does not fall. It is built similarly to the lines that pull mini-blinds up: you have to have the rope at a certain angle for the locking mechanism to unlock.
Continuing with step 7:<br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.duckworksmagazine.com/06/howto/cleats/index.htm">http://www.duckworksmagazine.com/06/howto/cleats/index.htm</a><br/>
I like the concept but am not comfortable with how easy it is to undo. Something/some kid snags the rope and that thing is coming down. With a boat you are not actually standing under it. That style would be ok with me if there was a backup tie off and you just used them to relive the pressure in order to tie off that backup knot....
FYI &quot;flag pole tie off type of thing&quot; = Cleat<br/>
step 7 was disturbing.<br/><br/>consider a <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.boatersworld.com/product/467303087msk.htm">http://www.boatersworld.com/product/467303087msk.htm</a><br/>
Thanks to both - I have revised step 7. When i get a chance to find some better hardware, I'll ditch the whole double hook messiness. But hey it works...
Impressive build, and a great Instructable. Thank you!

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