Toddler Proof Bike Hanger





Introduction: Toddler Proof Bike Hanger

A simple way to hang your bike in the cellar away from young hands and cat's tails.

I spent less than $3 and an hour's time getting this done with the "help" of a two year old.

Step 1: Gather Materials

A quick trip to the hardware store:

- 1/4" x 3-3/4" Lag Thread Screw Eye - Qty:2
(Other sizes will do fine, just make sure the
carabiner fits the eye and there is
sufficent thread to hold the bike up)

- 3" Carabiner 150 lbs rated
(Again other sizes are fine, just get one
with enough strength to hold the bike and
perhaps a swinging 2 year old...)

- Webbing
(I had some old webbing on hand, but nearly
any decent webbing will do)

Step 2: Make Hang Loops

Form the webbing into loops long enough to hold the tire and clip into the carabiner. You can simply knot them (seal the cut ends with a lighter), buy pre-made slings at a climbing shop, or sew them.

Step 3: Attach Eye Bolts

Measure the wheelbase of you bike and screw the eyebolts into joists at this spacing. Make sure there is plenty of threads engaged in the joist to hold your kids new swing up.

Step 4: Hang It

OK, all of the following should be obvious:

- Flip your bike and loop the webbing / carabiner around the rims. Be carefull that after wrapping the webbing your tire doesn't spin and foul your derailer and brakes or chip that new frames paint.

- Lift the bike by the webbing and clip the carabiners into the eye bolts. Don't underestimate the weight and awkwardness of your bike when you lift - It gets easier.



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    I have always used the rubber coated hooks that screw into the ceiling. Kind of like an eye hook, you can get them at a hardware store. Just screw two of them in the ceiling and the bike hangs right up, no fuss.

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    Could young kids knock the bike out of the hooks you mention?

    A determined micro-human could certainly knock a bike off the hooks mentioned by nospleen. However, you can always use busted innertubes as giant rubberbands to secure the wheels in place. Innertubes are great for removable yet secure attachments -- I've sailed boats held together entirely by innertubes!

    So put the two hooks further apart, so the slings make a V not a ||
    Makes it harder for an adult to move.

    I've also hung bikes from the headstock only, after removing the front wheel the handle bar turns 90 degrees either way and takes up less space. The front forks are pokey-outey though.

    I have something similar in my carport - but its just two big-arse ladder hooks and the wheels hang on them.

    Pro - I fit another bike against the wall below it taking no extra space. Both are locked to an eyebolt using a long chain and padlock

    Con - the damn handlebar sticks out, and since it rests against the wall... well it really hurts banging into it.

    I would recommend a third eye screw, carabiner, and webbking. The, use the third set to also suspend the crossbar of the bicycle from the ceiling. It's great as is, but I know that my youngest would reach up and get the bike swinging from side to side, at which point he'd get smacked in the head by the handle bar ends. The third set would just help to raise the bike a little bit more out of reach.

    Our 2.5 year old can knock almost anything off of anything else. It seems to be hardwired. Exactly the way he is able to automatically find the one drawer with sharp knives in every house we visit. This project looks like it would thwart him.

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    I think it would be hard for a munchkin to get this one to fall. The weight of the bike and the height it's at is more than a child can move, especially considering they have to lift it up and off, but I could be wrong. I did back my dad's Toyota pickup down the driveway when I was 2.5, so anything is possible.

    My dad just bought some hooks, attached them to the ceiling, and then wraped them in duct tape so the paint on the bike wouldn't get damaged. Sure it didn't look pretty but it worked.

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    How was he hanging the bike? If you hang it by the rims the paint can't really get damaged.