Monthly Archives: December 2008

Double Vertical Bike Rack is Triple Cool

Earlier today, I was looking for a great solution to the problem of hoisting TWO bikes at the same time. Reader Niamh liked my earlier post on the subject, and asked me if I could find a ceiling-hoist rack for two. Man, I tried. And while I couldn’t find EXACTLY what you were after, Niamh, this terrific wall mounted bike rack looks like it’s up to the task of handling two bikes AND saving space, doesn’t it? It’s the Wall Mounted Bicycle Rack – Double Vertical:

Cool! And while the bike won’t hang from the ceiling, Niamh, the Double Vertical is a really strong, really tough customer that is made of durable steel (SOLID steel) that is a snap to install in your garage (even with your washer and dryer taking up the space you need for bicycles! 😛 ). The cool thing is that the Double Vertical not only comes with it’s own tools to install it, but it has some pretty cool security features as well. If you use a cable lock when you put your bikes in it (always a good idea) the “security loop” stops anyone from making off with your bike(s). God forbid anyone got into your garage, but if they did, they wouldn’t be getting away with your bikes!

Take a look at that! Not only is the Double Vertical safe, but it has added room for storage. You can put anything you need there, from helmets, water bottles, bike path maps, even a “go-bag” of everything you need for a quick bike ride getaway at a moments notice! See those molded rubber hook guards? They’re there to protect your wheels and rims, another cool addition to the design. So, Niamh, what do you think? It’s not EXACTLY a hanging ceiling-hoist double bike rack, but it’s CLOSE! Let me know what you think, write me back, and please review the Double Vertical if you install it. Thanks again for reading!

BY REQUEST! Another Great Garage Rack Solution (with a Sports Rack, too!)

My friend Carter Hayes really like bikes and biking, because of the health benefits, and because he lives in a city. In the Pacific Heights area of San Francisco to be exact. Big city. He really liked the idea of a space-saving storage/sports rack that also doubles as an upright bike right, but he wasn’t completely sold on the one I covered earlier. The look wasn’t to his taste, and he wanted something that could hold more sporting goods. Like snowboards and skis. No problem, Carter. One of my other favorite Bike Rack/Sports Rack combos would be just perfect for you. Take a look at this Garage Bike Rack with Sports Rack from the site STACKS AND STACKS.

It’s got what you need, and it has it in style. Featuring a totally cleaner design and more room than the one I mentioned earlier, THIS Rack comes in a cool silver color, and has neatly designed arms that can adjust so you can hold two bikes of any style! That’s cool. And we all know how cramped San Francisco homes can be, so it’s a great bonus that the Rack measures only 26″ wide in TOTAL! You can forget worrying if it will fit! That cool silver color I was talking about? It’s actually a silver powder-coat finish, one that will help the Rack live a long and healthy life. And best of all, this Rack is yet another model that comes complete with assembly tools (it’s getting harder to find them WITHOUT tools!), and it’s a breeze to set up and install. So the bases are really covered her: you’ve got room for you bikes, ADJUSTABLE room; you’ve got lots and lots of space for your sport and bicycle equipment; it’s a great size for cramped apartments or garages; and it’s easy to build! Do we have a winner? I think so!

P.S. See you at the Amgen Tour of California, Carter!

Olden Times School Style Bike Rack!

I’m sure a lot of you remember parking your bicycle at school in the morning, and locking it up real safe with a good chain and lock on the bike rack. It was almost like a business parking lot or something, only instead of cars, we all had bikes. Sometimes I get nostalgic (remember the olden days) when I come across an old bike helmet, or bmx bike, or this Bicycle Stand. It takes me right back to elementary school.

While your school days are behind you, that doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from similar bike rack storage at home. If you have a family of your own now (like I do) this Bicycle Stand can really help out with keeping your kid’s bikes and helmets organized and safe.

It’s a Bike Rack For 6 Bikes! With plenty of storage to go around, this bike rack is ideal for storing bikes for the whole family, from the little ones to the adults. A tough, powder-coated steel frame that works well with the front wheels of your kid’s bike, keeping them steady and upright. Even better, the Bicycle Stand‘s heavy duty carbon steel frame uses plastic inserts at all of it’s connection points to eliminate that metal-to-metal contact, you know, the kind that can lead to rust, corrosion, and a Tetanus shot.

Another cool thing about this Stand is the conveniences: not only are all the hardware and assembly tools included, but it comes complete with an accessory storage rack! One that holds helmets, book bags and more! So you don’t end up with bike accessories laying around on the floor. Pretty cool, and pretty old school. So if you’re thinking back to the old days with a smile, why not pick this beauty up and make all-new memories? (Your kids will thank you!)

Ride a Rocket Scooter? I have a Rack for that, too.

Christmas was a real blast. The family really had a fun time, a great day. It was certainly a vacation from Bike Racks, but as you’ll see, Bike Racks are never too far away from me on any given day!

So, Christmas morning I received a neat new pair of Ibex El Fito Knickers (the kind with flexible Spandura® in the seat and inner thighs for maximum durability!) and a new Bell Ghisallo helmet in my favorite colors BLUE and WHITE, but — ha-ha — Christmas isn’t all about ME, is it? Nope, of course not. Alison got a new instant computer camera, and my sons Aaron and Michael got a Super Nintendo and Sega CD, respectively. But my boy Aaron got the real prize this year: a Rocket Scooter! (You’re exactly right, Michael is not yet old enough for one!) The Rocket Scooter is of course powered by a rocket — a real rocket that propels the scooter at some pretty cool speeds! Aaron got all the neat things to go with it, too, including Helmet and Faux Rocket Backpack (faux means fake!).

It was designed by my friend Theodore Bennet who works at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada. (No, thats not a fancy way of saying CANADA. La Cañada Flintridge is in Pasadena, California, America!) Theodore built the Rocket Scooter out of a titanium-dipped tri-weave aluminum frame and disc brakes and high speed wheels with sealed roller bearings! Awesome! It also has a 350 lb thrust hydrogen peroxide rocket motor. It’s clean fuel, and safe for the environment, too.

So where to store the Rocket Scooter? I have my Bike Racks know-how down pat, but a Scooter is something I had to really think about. Then it hit me. My friends at STACKS AND STACKS have a terrific Scooter Stand available! It’s a jet-black beauty that features anti-skid rubber feet to keep the stand securely in place when it’s in use. And it also includes mounting hardware, so you can easily install it without hunting for extra screws and whatnot. This Scooter Stand is perfect for storing scooters and keeping them free from damage! And you’ll want to keep your Scooter safe, especially if it’s a Rocket Scooter.

The Scooter Stand from STACKS also works great for regular Scooters, which is good, because the family enjoys Scooters almost as much as Bicycles! (Ha-ha, I know. I DON’T, but they do!) We take the regular non-rocket variety sScooters out to the path they have around Lake Ridley at least once a month. Alison likes to take pictures of me and my sons all the time on Scooters, but I’d love to have some more shots of us ON BIKES! Ha-ha. (That’s probably why she got a new camera for Christmas! Hint! Hint!)

Are These Bikes Having a Party?

Holy smokes, those bikes look like they’re on “Dancing With the Stars”! Ha-ha. But they’re not – they’re actually racked on one of the coolest, most efficient bike rack/sports rack combos I have ever seen! The amazing Bicycle and Sports Rack from our pals at STACKS AND STACKS is a treasure for not only bike aficionados, but sports fans as well!

The Bicycle and Sports Rack is perfect for storing up to 4 bikes at a time, with a narrow design that makes storage a snap. If you’re garage is as cramped as mine, you’ll certainly dig that feature! But the neatest feature this rack features is completely unexpected – let’s take a closer look:

Awesome! It’s like a sports locker AND a bike rack, ALL IN ONE! That’s pretty cool. And for a parent of some serious little sports-crazy kids, keeping all their sports stuff all in one place makes me and my wife’s life a lot easier. Balls, skateboards, even Alison’s ski poles will fit on that rack. That’s really cool. The folks who created the Bicycle and Sports Rack really know what they’re doing.

Sometimes stuff piles up, and if your sporting equipment is piling up, and you want to rack them all in one place, this is your ticket to bike and sports rack perfection. The Bicycle and Sports Rack is a terrifically cool way to stay organized! Take it from me, this is a great way to keep your garage and bikes and gear clutter-free! (It also makes a unexpected and thoughtful gift, as the holidays are close. Trust me, they’ll love it!).

Hang ‘em High!

Well, you certainly don’t have to have the moves of a Fred Astaire to get up on the ceiling. And you don’t have to be a Bat and hang upside down. And you really don’t need super powers like Spider-Man, either. How do you do it? Let me explain to you how. Feast you eyes on some serious awesomeness. This amazing Aluminum Overhead Garage Rack and Hoist takes your bike, and HANGS IT!

Pretty neat, huh? The first time I installed mine, the kids and I stood and stared. Alison said it looked like a scene out of her favorite film, “E.T. The Extra Terrestrial”. She was exactly right, and the Aluminum Overhead Garage Rack’s tough cam lock and frame is exactly right as well. You know what? It also holds ladders, if your bike is out in the shop. Or you’re out riding it. It’ll actually safely hoist up anything you want, up to 75 pounds! That’s great for my cramped garage. There just so much stuff around in there, the Aluminum Overhead Garage Rack really helps. It helps your bike “rise above”! (Ha-ha, sorry, bad pun.)

I’d nab one of these Aluminum Overhead Garage Racks quick, and hang your goods up, if I were you. You’ll be envied by your neighbors, and like I said, your kids will love watching things float up there. Mine do. And Alison was so happy after I bought one, that she snuck a song onto my iPod. I heard it on my morning bike ride. Know what it was? One guess. Give up? Here you go:

The Great Outdoors!

I love the outdoors, and I love bikes, and I love my family. Remember that scientist who combined peanut butter and chocolate? Yeah. I also like to combine the things I love! Best weekend ever: me, my sons Aaron and Michael, and my wife Alison all headed out to Blackberry Hill, out to the amazing paved bike trail they have there. We had a great time. Really, really great. We biked all day long, each with our own bikes!

You know, getting all those bikes out to place as neat and bike-friendly as Blackberry Hill is no easy feat, but my friends at STACKS AND STACKS have the perfect solution! And you know what? It made my trip possible! Check out this awesome Car Bike Rack – 4 Bike. It holds FOUR BIKES!

Yep, the Car Bike Rack – 4 Bike attaches to the SUV and holds our bikes safely and securely, so there are no accidents. And it gets all our bikes out to the farthest paths, or just around the corner to the local park! It’s a real sturdy and easy to install deal, and it has soft vinyl cushioning, which is grooved, to keep your bikes unscratched. Boy I like this Car Bike Rack – 4 Bike, and I think you will too, if you have the a large family and the need for a large bike racks. I tell my wife, “no more having kids honey”, because the Car Bike Rack – 4 Bike won’t hold any new bikes! Ha-ha. Just kidding. We’ll get a bike rack that holds FIVE.

Make Sure The Bike You Rack is Still In One Piece

Mark Twain said “Learn to ride a bicycle. You will not regret it if you live.” Ha-ha. He really did, you can look it up. But his point is that sometime you can fall down, or, God forbid, get in a bad accident. But he also thinks Bicycling is worth it — and so do I.

Keeping safe and learning the rules of the road isn’t just something kids with training wheels should think about – absent minded adults are just as likely to end up under the wheels of a Greyhound Bus if they don’t mind their surroundings. The terrific site has everything you need to know about keeping your Bicycle, and your body, all in one piece. Did you know that 33,000 people die in car crashes in the U.S. each year? That’s terrible. You know what’s worse? 1 in 41 is a bicyclist.

And it goes without saying that if you survive an accident, chances are your Bike will not. Hanging a broken Bicycle on a Bike Rack is not only sad, but it’s a tragic reminder that sometimes things can go wrong.

Don’t fret though, Bicycle Enthusiasts, and don’t even consider giving up the Bicycle Lifestyle (and by extension, the Bike Rack) – because the hard data clearly shows that a well-informed, well-aware, and well-prepared Bicyclist is a healthy, long-living Bicyclist. Never let the dangers of anything in life keep you from doing them – don’t let fear enter your mind. With sites like on our side, and we can all breath a sigh of relief knowing we’ve learning the rules of the road, the tricks of the trade, and the importance of Bicycle safety! Knowledge is power!