Introduction: Hoizted: Pulley Bike Storage

Hoizted is a bike lift design that allows for the efficient storage of your bike(s) off the ground, whilst using easily accessible products from your local hardware store to ensure it is a true Do-It-Yourself build.

The design of the lift, however; improves on the functionality and appearance of other bike lifts on the market. The design is centered around a ‘lift’ which securely holds the front wheel of a bike and slides up and down along with the movement of the bike.

The lift incorporates a few nifty design features to assist its operation:


The lift is titled 5° from the ground and wall to resist the backward motion of the wheel during the hoisting operation.


A tapered wedge securely holds any wheel on any sized bike. The v-groove shape self-centres the wheel upon loading to ensure the most amount of surface area is gripping the rubber.


Bearings are fixed to the outside of the lift and allow for the smooth movement of the lift up and down the side rails.

A series of two bearings (one either side) are provided at the top and base of the lift to ensure there is no adverse tilting of the lift during operation.


The lift is moved through the magic of pulleys - but not just any pulley - a Block & Tackle system, which is a specific arrangement of pulleys designed to half the effort required to hoist something.

The product uses predominantly timber materials and can be customised to suit the aesthetic or storage needs of the builder. All materials can be replaced by cheaper or dearer alternatives.

The lift provides room to attach other belongings, such as a helmet, so get creative on what to do with the remaining space!

The lift can be fixed to a variety of surfaces with the appropriate fasteners.


Plywood sheet

20m Rope: Grunt Super Silver

1x 50mm Pulley: Zenith Single Fixed

1x 50mm Block & Tackle

1x Backboard: Plybrace 2440x1200x7mm

2x Side Sliders: Untreated pine board 2000x90x45mm

8x Lift Guides: Richmond Bearings 9mmx30mm

2x Lift Guide Fixings: Zenith Cup Head Bolt & Nut 10mmx170mm

3x Hinges: Pinnacle Butt 100mm

1x Curtain Cleat: Windoware 110mm

4x Friction washers: Zenith Nylon Washer 10mmx2.1m

Step 1: Overview

Designers Note:

We recommend you read through all instructions prior to commencing the build. You may prefer to use alternative materials than those specified below, which are intended to provide a clean, elegant finish.

You may also find you want to incorporate some ‘extras’, which may need to be taken into consideration before following the steps outlined in this instructable.

Happy building,

Jamie Hough

Ben Fiteni

Makushla Harper

Luke Willard

Lilli McDonald

Step 2: Bill of Materials

Step 3: Reference Guide

Step 4: Cut Backboard and Base

1. Measure out rails, cut out using a 30mm hole saw at either end to create curves and use a circular saw to cut the straights

2. Once both rails done cut a back piece and attach to the back and a smaller piece to attach to the bottom to enclose the back and bottom of "box" I used 4 screws is bottom pieces (2 either side) and about 8 (4 either side) in the back piece

Step 5: Cut Guidance Rails

Glue each side slider piece to the backboard, then screw the pieces together for extra support.

Step 6: Cut Bike Lift

The bike lift will be assembled from plywood, which needs to be cut out.

Using the above image as a guide, cut out the sides and base of what will become the lift for your bike. Sand the edges of each piece.

Cut the 4 distinct patterns of the bike lift from
two pieces of plywood (2 of each pattern).

Refer to the stencil pattern for troubleshooting the angle and dimensions of the cuts.

Pattern ‘A’ forms the outermost edges of the lift and are intended to form the protective walls. The pattern of this piece can be altered to suit personal aesthetic tastes.

Drill two holes in each piece for the axle using a 10mm wood drill bit.

Step 7: Assemble Bike Lift

The V-shaped holder for the bike wheel assembles as follows:

Glue together all 5 L-shaped pieces of plywood and clamp together to dry. By staggering each piece, a v-shaped groove will be created, which will hug multiple different tyre shapes.

After cutting each piece of the lift, use a hand plane and chisel to chamfer the edges to create a consistent slope across each piece, then sand the entire exterior to create a smooth finish

Next, attach the two side pieces to each side. Glue them in line with the base of the v-groove, then screw them in place for extra support. Use the base of the lift - a squared, flat section - as a guide for aligning each piece together. Apply wood glue between each piece and set aside to cure with the aid of a clamp. Fix with countersunk screws for extra support during lifting operation.

Screw together with 3 screws that are they same length as the 8 pieces of ply, allowing to go through each piece but not extending out the end, I put one in each corner of the 'L' 3 total and had 2 coming in from one side and the 3rd coming in from the other to ensure that all plys were attached properly.

Step 8: Attach Pulleys and Cleats

Attach the pulleys and cleats to the structure using a screwdriver and screws. Use countersunk screw from a flush appearance.

Bike Wedge Pulley (Pulley 1)

Screw the pulley into the top of the Lift with two screws. Use longer screws for a more secure fit (40-45mm).

Block and Tackle (Pulleys 2 & 3)

Screw the pulleys into the backboard and side sliders. 2 screws for the rear and 3 for the side.

Rope Cleat

Screw the cleats into the front section of the side sliders. Left or right hand side depending on preference.

Step 9: Assemble Components

Affix the side sliders to the backboard and base using countersunk screws.

We recommend 4 screws on the base (2 either side) and 8 screws along the extent of the backboard (4 either side). Use shorter 20-25mm screws.

Next, slot the lift into the cavity and use 2x nylon washers and 2x bearings in an alternating pattern on a bolt that runs through the lift.

Step 10: Thread Rope


1. Secure the rope to the pulley.

2. Thread the rope around the back of the upper-left pulley. 3. Thread the rope around the back of the bottom pulley.

4. Thread the rope around the back of the upper-right pulley. 5. Thread the rope through the Cam cleat.

6. Thread the excess rope onto the cord cleat after operation.

Block & Tackle

The use of three pulleys, one attached to the lift (the ‘load’) and two attached to the top of the structure, results in a Block and Tackle arrangement, which effectively doubles the mechanical advantage of the system.

Hoisting your heavy bike up into storage has never been easier!

Make Fail Safe

Incorporate a cam cleat, borrowed from sailboating for security. The cam cleat (blue) is integrated into a swivel base that is fixed to the structure. The base allows you to pull from any orientation and maintain a constant motion, with a pulley (green) ensuring smooth action.

The cam cleat is one-way only, when you release the tension the spring-loaded cleats grip the rope and hold it firmly.

Step 11: Trying It Out

The lift can accommodate a range of tyre and wheel combinations,
From skinny 23mm tyres on road bikes wheels (700c) to fat 3” tyres on a mountain bike (29”), the wedge can accept them all.

Through testing you can identify any weaknesses to the structure. Pay attention to any bending, tweaking or creaking as these will indicate where the structure is compromised.

Make it yours

If all works seamlessly, modify the product as you seen fit - timber is a wonderfully adaptive material that can readily accept additions, such as hooks for a bike helmet or accessories.

You can also paint it whichever way you want if you prefer not to see the natural grain of the plywood and pine combination.

Step 12: Optional Extras

Adding hooks

Adding some hooks to the bottom of the lift will create a great place to put your keys and bag for easy collection when the bike is in the hoisted position.

The side of the lift is a great place to hang a helmet or essentials for the ride. Never forget your pump again!

Angled stow

If you have even less space, you could install the Hoizted bike lift on hinges and attach them to a brace board. This will enable you to rotate the bike from perpendicular to the wall for even greater space efficiency.

Reinforcement strap

For extra peace of mind, a strap can be attached to hold the tyre in place while you lift your bike.

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