If you’re anything like us, you probably have a growing, if not a full on, bike storage problem. There’s road, mountain, commuting, cross, cruising and even fat bikes - the question is how to keep them in some kind of order and not just piled up against each other in the bedroom. Maximizing the indoor space devoted to bike storage is a big deal, and not surprisingly the industry has come up with numerous ways, at all sorts of price points to store that bike. Today, we’ll look at one of the new offerings from Feedback Sports based out of Golden, Colorado - The "Velo Hinge”.
Currently the two bikes that get the most use in my house are proudly displayed and ready at a moments notice on the Two Bike Gravity Rack from Delta which is great, but I always like to keep my eyes open for other ideas. The Velo Hinge certainly sounds interesting, but will it work? I must admit i was skeptical at first but gave it a try anyway, and at $24 CDN, its not too cost prohibitive.
It arrives fully assembled and all that is required is mounting on a stud. Just imagine a door hinge with a hook that folds out and with a bike hung on the hook by the front wheel, the hinge allows the bike ‘door’ to be closed flat to the wall - therefore taking up much less room than a traditional hook. A small bumper for the rear wheel is included to prevent the rear wheel from swinging. The hook on the hinge itself is coated with a soft plastic to protect your wheels and the entire setup feels very solid. Weight is rated to 22.6kg (50lbs) and as long as it’d mounted properly, i see no reason that it couldn’t hold the heaviest of bikes in your fleet.
The instructions recommend mounting the hinge two metres off the ground, but before just blindly following these measurements as I did the first time, make sure you have enough ceiling room to actually clear it with the front wheel. Once you’ve sorted out the location, be sure to note which way you need the bike to swing, the hinge can go both ways. 1/8” pilot holes are a breeze to mark using the hinge itself, and after quickly drilling them out, just drill in the screws. Once complete, hang the bike and mark where your rear tire will sit, to then install the rear wheel bumper, again a simple pilot hole drill, the whole process won’t take more than ten minutes start to finish.
The Velo Hinge performed exactly as advertised, and could certainly fit a wide range of wheel size, even those deep wheels, provided they’re not Zipp 1080’s - there’s roughly 3.5-4” room. It’s a great way to optimize tight spaces and easy to set up. I half expected the bike to swing back into the room once I had ‘closed’ it flush with the wall, but it stayed put and still looks great. If you’re in the market for a bike storage solution that’s simple and has a nice ‘wow’ factor, I’d strongly consider the Velo Hinge.