Secondary Storage

Published on February 11th, 2008 | by Jules IKEAHacker

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stolmen bike rack





i really like michael’s idea for bicycle storage with the stolmen posts. i just wonder how easy it is to get the bikes up and down the pole. that’s a workout in itself!

he says, “there are a lot bicycle storage/rack-systems on the market, but none of them met my expectations in function/style and price. i wanted to get 2 bikes on a wall in my apartment.

so i build one on my own. here’s how it looks:

bicycle rackall you need to get from ikea is one stolmen post, two brackets and four hooks. you’ll also need some screws and some aluminium 20x20mm square pipe, maybe some foam rubber.

1. cut two pieces of the square pipe; choose the length depending on the design of your bike frame.
2. drill 3 holes into the pieces of square pipes.
3. screw a hook on each end of the pipe; screw the pipe to the bracket.
4. now you can mount the stolmen post and adjust the two brackets on it.
5. finally glue some of the rubber foam to the hooks to not scratch the bike frame.

bicycle rackbicycle storagethat’s it! all in all this should just take you like ½ hour. the price of approximately 40euro is unbeatable.”

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63 Responses to stolmen bike rack

  1. lesr says:

    this is cool. featured it in my mtb blog :-)

  2. Anonymous says:

    This is genius! We’ve been looking for a sleek & inexpensive way to store our bikes since they take up so much floor space. Thanks for sharing. Time for an Ikea run!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I have this same setup, but with one of the designs on the market. A few bike racks are height adjustable, not sure if the Ikea bar pictured here is or not.

    His system looks sturdy, but I’d be wary of putting a bike with a sloping top tube on it. In fact his mountain style bike on the bottom looks a little off kilter.

    Most rack’s I’ve seen allow you to adjust the the hangers independently.

  4. Greg says:

    The BEST way i can think of to allow for the stand to work BETTER is as follows!

    Put one of the two hooks on upsideown for each bike.

    the right side up one on the back, and the upside down one the front end (or whichever end is heavier on the normal hooks, and the light on the upside down one.

    All this does is make a ballance that WILL tip heavyside down, and the hook on the otherwise upside down will hold down the lighter end that wants to go up.

    This should hold it in place even BETTER and rid ALL your concerns about uneven bike tubes :)

    HACK THE PLANET (couldn’t resist)

  5. Gino says:

    and if you get your bikes stolen, you still have a stripper pole!

  6. NRT says:

    I’m slightly embarrassed to say that was my first thought too, Gino!

    Nice rack, Jules.
    Er….

  7. MikeLovely says:

    is that a pinecone rim setup?!!!!!

  8. Mike Sapak says:

    I put together an uglier and cheaper version of a similar rack. Parts cost about $15, and construction took about 30 minutes. Pics and description here: http://mike.sapak.info/2007/12/31/diy-bike-rack

  9. kamilo says:

    There is an easier way that you don’t need to drill holes or anything. Ikea already has a bike rack and poll system that you can probably purchase for under 40 Euro.

    http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/10058712

    and

    http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/00120125

    It’s called a Broder poll and cycle holder.

  10. Make sure you keep the tires away from the walls, or you will get black marks that are impossible to remove. Remember that the front wheel will turn if the rack isn’t 100% level, and it really doesn’t take much contact with the wall to make a mark.

  11. filmdork999 says:

    where were you guys 2months ago! i bought 3 ugly bike mounting hooks from home depot for ~$5 each- the price is better but this rack is much nicer. i would have gladly built this instead to keep the bikes out of the way in our garage.

  12. nnod says:

    I liked this so much I went out and did it. Thanks for the idea, it’s just what I needed.

    Here is the result:

    http://donn.dyndns.org/affair_20080217

  13. paul says:

    Anybody have a good source for the square tubing in the US?

  14. aschers says:

    home depot sells this tubing, but he issue is that they are all battered up (and the home depot rep told me that they all ship such that they get damaged easily)

  15. aschers says:

    Where might I find suitable foam in new york city?

  16. JPTwins says:

    like Kamilo said above, i just went with the BRODER poles, extension pole and bike hanger. maybe not as elegant, but it’s in my basement and works great.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the basic idea. :-] Our initial plan was to construct the vertical stripper pole variety, but addition expense would’ve been incurred given our pitched (non-level) ceiling. So, we went horizontal, wall to wall near the ceiling, in a small utility/storage room. My 29er hangs by the rear wheel (absolutely no need for concern re: wheel strength, for a normally tensioned & trued wheel), and the front wheel hangs separately. We used a couple of end connectors, and bought a couple of steel shelf hangers from Home Depot that are rubberized at the working (bicycle contact) end. These hang from the end connector hole, with no modifications necessary.

    Sorry for the lack of pix; that would serve to explain things way better than my weak text here. Cheers, =dg=

  18. Z says:

    this is pretty cool
    and all ikea stuff… that’s great!

  19. Eric says:

    Out of curiosity, what kind of weight does that stolmen post carry? How heavy are those bikes?

    The reason why I ask is that it would be an ideal way to mount an HDTV flatscreen, in a setting where the walls are too thin to carry any load.

  20. Jules says:

    eric, yes, the stolmen can be used to hang up your tv. here’s one hacked.

  21. C.J. says:

    i am having trouble finding someone in newyorkcity that will cut and drill this pipe to size…

    any ideas?
    thanks
    cj

  22. John Eaton says:

    Great hack! I’m just about finished building mine. I have one question; is there any way to not drill into the ceiling/floor? The reason I ask is because I am living in a college dorm next year and I don’t think they would like the holes.

  23. Joel says:

    The broder system isn’t as pretty but the extension post just uses tension to hold itself up.

  24. Anonymous says:

    this looks like a great set-up, but i have one problem, one of my bikes have brake cables running on the bottom side of the top tube…i don’t want to have the bike resting on said cables…anyone have any ideas?

  25. Anonymous says:

    To anon:
    A clamp system that grips your seat post is probably what you’re looking for, it’ll leave your cables untouched.

  26. Chris Combs says:

    Nice hack. I feel obligated to point out that in the US, wall-mounted bike racks are available for $60, which isn’t particularly much more than 40euro… http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000077CPK/

  27. Helpful Spirit says:

    Great job. I love innovation.

    Just a piece of help for the wo/man who needs to get the “black tire marks” “off” your walls.

    You might not be able to get the tire marks “off” your wall. And the next step might be to over-paint the spot. But then you could find that the spot shows through when you point it with latex paint. This is also true of ink-type spots.

    The solution, in the USA, is a primer called KILZ. That will do it.

  28. dai_shan says:

    Just wanted to say “Thanks”. Finally, got around to building this. Love it.

    @Chris Combs: this is waaayyy better than that $60 joby at Amazon, and still cost less. (about $53)

  29. Joel says:

    I like it, and to think, I was going to do some gross PVC mess at Home Depot.

  30. Tom Willer says:

    Bike racks are easily installed since there are plenty of brand of bike racks online.

    These bike racks helps to prevent the bikes to be stolen.

  31. Matt says:

    Question: anyone in Toronto-area know where to get the aluminum piping? I called Home Depot and all they have is the big stuff used for duct-work.

  32. Anonymous says:

    Great idea! Thanks!

  33. you’re a genius! thank you for sharing, and most of all… i’m going to do this!

  34. Markus says:

    Thanks for sharing! I just built this, and it looks and works great. A few notes (partly in response to previous posts):

    1. I don’t know how anybody would put this together in half an hour. Maybe under ideal conditions, meaning you had all the parts and tools already there (and the pipe cut to size). I didn’t.

    2. Home Depot (at least the one close to my home in Brooklyn) does carry the square aluminium pipe. None of the employees even knew about it though, and I only found it by chance after searching the store for over half an hour.

    3. Yes, the pipe looked somewhat scratched and banged up. It also didn’t come in the length I needed (and they wouldn’t cut it for me at the store), so I bought a small hacksaw and cut it myself, then filed the edges down. I’m sure there are more elegant ways to do this, with better looking results, but this works.

    4. Drilling the holes isn’t that difficult, as long as you have bits that can handle metal.

    5. I used 1/4″ hex bolts, washers, and wing nuts for the hooks, and 3/8″ for the middle hole (which connects the cross bar to the bracket).

    6. If you don’t want to drill holes in the ceiling or floor, you can also attach the pole to the wall (hardware is included).

    7. Haven’t yet figured out how to keep the front tires from swinging sideways.

    Good luck! It took me several trips and hours to assemble all the materials and tools and then build it, but am really happy with the result.

  35. Anonymous says:

    Instead of using felt to protect your bike, road tyre tubes (700×23) cut to length and stretched over the hooks work just as well. Looks much neater than glued on fabric

  36. Marc says:

    Best IKEA-hack idea I’ve seen till today.

  37. Anonymous says:

    I just made one as well.

    Here are my tips:
    1. Be sure and purchase the correct bolt so it mounts flush against the square pipe.
    2. You can purchase the square pipe at Home Depot in the shelf section (not plumbing.) When I asked if they had it a Home Depot worker told me no. Glad I checked.
    3. You can purchase the saw from Ikea which has a nice pipe holder which will keep the post flush so your cuts are nice and square.
    4. You can use “super fine” sandpaper to sand the sides.
    5. You also need three screws and plastic sheetrock mounts if you are planning on installing it in sheetrock (Ikea doesn’t supply them with the mounts)

  38. Tony Thayer says:

    Markus:
    A velcro cable tie through your bike wheel and through the downtube of your bike will prevent the front wheel from wandering away.

  39. H says:

    IKEA has discontinued the Stolmen line of products so run before they are all gone. Unfortunately the posts were out of stock already at our local store so I am out of luck. :(

  40. Anonymous says:

    Discontinued? Last week a guy from a Finnish cycling forum was told at local IKEA that they are changing the color of the Stolmen line. New parts are going to be white instead of metal/gray. Unfortunately, the gray hooks were already out of stock and they didn’t have white ones yet.

  41. Anonymous says:

    Just picked up my GREY Stolmen components on Saturday…the rack was installed first thing Sunday am…works great! The IKEA here in Woodbridge VA has PLENTY left.

    LOVE the fine tensioning at the bottom with the bolt….thinking of getting more components just in case I add a couple more bikes.

    Thanks all…great idea…love the TV hack too.

  42. Lenni says:

    Ikea doesn’t stock those Stolmen parts anymore – at least not online. Does anyone know a good replacement?

  43. Anonymous says:

    I ditto above. The Orlando store discounted all silver finish pieces and now all Stolmen is a powder finished white (including hooks).

  44. Anonymous says:

    Does this work for women’s bikes as well? I can’t figure how to mount them.

    Thanks! Great idea

  45. Anonymous says:

    Just got some powder white posts, brackets and hooks today at the local Ikea (Finland). Definitely not discontinued, just a change of colour. Gonna look for the square aluminium pipe next week.

  46. ahbeeahkao says:

    How do you secure the pole? especially the one on the ceiling?

  47. Anonymous says:

    Can anyone tell me what the diameter of the pad on either end of the pole is please?

  48. Anonymous says:

    Just picked up the white pole, hooks, and brackets. Im not sure how good the aluminum tube will look with it though.

    Also, how important is screwing it into the ceiling? will the pole stay up by tension alone?

    Any good ideas for foam/rubber for the hooks and at the ends of the pole?

  49. Anonymous says:

    Also have a women’s bike I want to mount so I was just going to make one lower hook and one upper hook approx one foot apart since my top tube is sort of S shaped and flattens out toward seat tube.

  50. Finished mine today: http://arkijaharrastus.net/2011/02/02/stolmen-pyoratelin/

    Bought the steel vertical tube precut from the local metal seller Rautasoini. After reading the instructions, assembly took about half an hour.

    To others thinking about some rubber for the ends of the pole: they come with the pole. At our place, the tension seems to hold the pole steady enough. I, despite our kids, did not screw it in.

  51. Anonymous says:

    Those nasty bike tire marks usually come off with TSP (harsh cleaner) sold at paint stores.

  52. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the idea!
    I made a similar set-up in Finland. However, I omitted the horizontal bar and connected hook-bearers together without using the flush backside rings and then mounted the hooks and rotated them 90 degrees sideways to have two hooks side-by-side. The protruding bearer connector (covered in roadie tube) makes this perhaps only suitable for my thin steel frames. I pulled roadie tubes over the hooks completely for complete scratch proofing. I have my post close to the wall with the roadie bars pressing against the wall gently. This avoids wheel contact with the wall.

  53. Awesome idea! Totally brilliant!

  54. Paige says:

    Perfect! I’m coming to terms with the fact that at least for the next year, while my husband is in a very time- and uniform-intensive program, the ironing board is going to live in the living room. We got a new cover for it on Etsy, so it looks nice and bright and fun, but I don’t want it to just sit open all the time. We use it right next to our Stolmen entertainment center anyway, so I’m going to hang it right off the side. We’ll probably move it into our Stolmen’d closet once the need for constant starching subsides. Thanks!

  55. I’m taking this idea and running with it! We are moving into a MUCH smaller place and don’t have the space for four bikes on the floor anymore, maybe this will work. I’ll take photos of the finished product and maybe even post about it on the blog. – skippy

  56. Nice way to save space, and it doubles as a dancing pole!

  57. Anonymous says:

    Hey,

    Thx for the inspiration! At last, I’ve done my too:
    http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/430640_192607640844749_100002865420183_287177_249836196_n.jpg
    Unfortunetly in Hungary, you can buy this pole only in white color. But anyway i think it look good. I made mine with two hooks, and I made the foam part from used inner tube.

    Greetz!

    skizo

  58. Luke says:

    Does anyone know where the photos went? I was thinking of doing this and I get the gist of it but I would love to use his photos as reference.

  59. Michael says:

    How do you secure the pole? especially the one on the ceiling?

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