How did it happen that so many people have garages packed full of junk and end up parking their cars outside? I will admit that I used to park my truck outside all summer because a motorcycle (or two) filled half my garage. The bicycles and strollers added to the problem. I sold the last motorcycle nearly two years ago and we’re beyond the stroller stage at this house. Being able to park two cars in our two car garage is something I take pride in.
However, bicycles seem to multiply like socks and hangers now and they only get bigger as the kids age. On a trip to the hardware store last fall, I discovered something that has really helped. I’ve seen the screw-in hooks for hanging bicycles and ladders before and I already had a few in my garage, but these rafter hangers are even better.
I bought these Everbilt brand hooks at Home Depot but you can find similar ones at other hardware stores and on Amazon. The heavy duty Everbilt hooks support 50 pounds each. I couldn’t find the weight limit for these two hooks on Amazon but they look very similar.
I love these hooks because they’re cheap and I don’t have to drill holes in my garage rafters. Standing on a ladder drilling a hole above my head in a 95 degree garage is not something I enjoy. I can also move them around wherever I need them. If you have enough clearance you could hang one wheel from a hook but I prefer to use one for each wheel so that the bikes are up high enough to park our SUV under. I do have to watch my head though when I’m walking around in the garage. If the car isn’t there, I have forgotten that the bikes are low enough to hit my head on.
I initially bought two pairs of hooks and recently picked up another for my ladder. Below are some pictures so you can see how they hold the bikes and ladder. As long as you’re strong enough to lift your bicycle upside down and get it on and off the hooks, these are a great option for storage.
I’ve never understood how people can justify keeping a pile of stuff they never use in their garage while they park their expensive car in the driveway or on the street. Hopefully, things like these hooks can help.
Copyright Dave Lubke and www.davelubke.com, 2017