Best bike storage solutions 2022: hooks, racks and sheds

Looking for a bike storage solution that allows you to keep your bikes neat and tidy at home? We round out some of the best and explain the options

Best bike storage solutions: Asgard Bike Shed X 3
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Finding a good bike storage solution for when you're not riding is one of the biggest constraints to owning a bike. It's normally straightforward if you have a garage or roomy shed, however, not everyone is so lucky.

Bike storage can be a tricky affair — especially in a multi-cyclist-home or if your n+1 bike collection is getting out of hand, not to mention spare wheels, tyres and other components. Thankfully there's a wide range of solutions on the market which work in anything from a space-limited home to a dedicated shed, garage or other bike storage space.

We've got more information further down to help you decide what sort of storage is right for you and set out some things to think about when choosing. But first, here is our choice of some of the best solutions.

Even if you've got an indoor space to keep your bikes, it's still a good idea to immobilise them to help prevent theft, so check out our buyer's guide to the best bike locks. If you're off travelling, meanwhile, we've also got a guide to the best caravan and motorhome bike racks.

Best bike storage solutions

Best bike storage solutions

Reasons to buy

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Easy to install
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Lightweight
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Good looking
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Inexpensive

Reasons to avoid

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Need to keep tyres inflated

The Clug is a clever storage device that can be installed pretty much anywhere — because the rear tyre is still touching the ground there is no need to find a stud. Once on the wall, the plastic clip simply hugs the front wheel so your bike can hang like an ornate piece of wall art.

The roadie version suits tyres of 23 to 28mm, but there are wider versions for those riding gravel bikes, hybrids and mountain bikes, and these retail at just £14.99 / $24.99. 

CW's tech editor Michelle Arthurs-Brennan had one (well, four) on test a few years back, to great success - however, it's worth noting that you do need to keep an eye on your tyre pressure — particularly in the case of race bikes that may collect dust over the winter and risk falling out as they lose air.

You can read our long-term review of the Hornit Clug for more details.

Chol1 Arrimo

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Chol1 Arrimo indoor bike storage furniture

Reasons to buy

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Provides storage for books or cycling kit
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Looks smart

Reasons to avoid

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Only works with one tyre width and bike type
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Need to keep your bike extra-clean

Seamlessly integrating furniture and bike storage, this is probably the prettiest answer out there, killing two birds with one stone thanks to this indoor bike storage option. 

Choosing between tyre widths you can pick whether you want one specifically for your road bike or mountain bike — unfortunately you can only store the bike type you specifically bought it for. Keeping your bike clean will have new emphasis to protect your furniture.

Topeak TwoUp Bike Stand

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Topeak Two Up Indoor Bike Storage Stand

Reasons to buy

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Stable
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Can handle heavy bikes
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Portable

Reasons to avoid

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Base protrudes into the room
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Quite expensive

This freestanding storage system uses a large base to support itself and can carry two bikes up to 72kg / 159lbs meaning it can take even the heaviest eBike in your stable. This neat stand can also fold up should you need to move it in the car or on public transport. 

Topeak also makes the Dual Touch stand that pushes up against the floor and the ceiling, allowing it to have a smaller footprint. It can snug up closer to the wall, provided you're not storing a mountain bike with 800mm wide handlebars.

cycloc Endo Wall Bike

Cycloc Endo Wall Mounter bike storage hooks
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Cycloc Endo Wall Mounted indoor bike storage hooks

Reasons to buy

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Hinged hook folds flat when not in use
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Can lock your bike to the hook
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Scuff guards for both wheels

Reasons to avoid

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Doesn't handle deeper section wheels

A simple and elegant option is the Cycloc Endo. After screwing the base into the wall all you have to do is lift up the flap and hook it onto your bike's front wheel. Since it's hinged, it can be folded flat against the wall when not in use. There's the option to lock your bike to the hinge for added security. With a variety of colours, there's something to fit every favoured palette.

The included front and rear wheel pads help avoid the bike's tyres scuffing your walls. If you have deeper section wheels, they may not fit in the hook though, so check before you buy. 

Relaxdays Indoor Storage Bicycle

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Relaxdays garage indoor pulley bike storage

Reasons to buy

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Easy to install
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Frees up floor space

Reasons to avoid

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Need to ensure hooks are well fastened to the bike before lifting
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Cord may fray quickly

Perfect for the garage, this unit is simple to install and even easier to use. The claimed weight limit that it can handle is up to 20kg / 44lbs so it can handle almost anything bar some of the heavier eBikes.

Make sure that the hooks are securely attached to your bike though, especially the saddle. You may need to replace the cord too, as it can start to fray quickly.

Hiplok AIRLOK Secure Bicycle Storage

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Hiplok Airlok indoor wall bike storage lock

Reasons to buy

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Very secure
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Smart looks 
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Soft coated to protect your frame
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Can lift your bike off the floor to save space

Reasons to avoid

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Quite expensive

Up until recently, most at-home anchors designed to lock your bike securely to were quite unattractive — mainly designed for use in garages and out of sight. Hiplok aimed to end that, with the Airlok. Constructed from hardened steel and covered with a plastic shield, these insurance approved locks are designed to adorn your walls, turning your bike into a work of art.

A locking bolt secures the frame, whilst a rubberized lining protects it from scratches, and a range of top tubes can be accommodated, including mountain bikes.

Hiplok has other wall anchor options available if you're after something less sophisticated.

Best bike storage solutions

Feedback Sports Velo Column 2 bike indoor storage unit

Reasons to buy

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Can store up to four bikes
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Transportable
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Works with different ceiling heights up to 3m

Reasons to avoid

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May need to fix the upper mount for a secure hold

Similar to the Topeak Dual-Touch rack, the Feedback Sports Velo Column uses the tension between the floor and ceiling to securely hold your bikes in place. The column can adjust to 10 feet and can hold up to four bikes with additional hooks, which are sold separately.

Make sure that the upper fixing point is fast against the ceiling though, so that it can't slip off once you load up the Velo Column.

Asgard Bike Shed

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Reasons to buy

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Frees up shed/garage space
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Insurance approved
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Weatherproof
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Large capacity options available

Reasons to avoid

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Need a flat area outdoors

Asgard manufacturers insurance approved bike storage sheds out of heavy-duty metal. Sheds are available in a range of sizes- to suit anything from one to eight bikes — with extra 'police approval' certification on larger versions.

You do need a flat platform in your yard large enough to place one, but if you've got the space they're a great idea. If you're installing it yourself, expect to need to spend time on preparation and assembly though.

Read more: Asgard shed review, which covers how we prepared, assembled and used the shed.

Steadyrack

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Steadyrack

Reasons to buy

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Bike is held by the tyre reducing risk of wheel damage
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Bike stands on the floor so no lifting needed
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Rack pivots, so you can lay your bike close to the wall

Reasons to avoid

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More expensive than a standard hook

The Steadyrack allows you to mount your bikes vertically on the wall, with only the front tyre coming into contact with the rack — meaning there is no risk of damaging those fancy carbon wheels or scratching your frame. But the real genius of these wall-mounted wheel trays is they pivot almost 180-degrees, meaning bikes can be folded out of the way.

The install process is a little more involved than other racks, requiring at least four holes to be drilled into your walls (six if you use the optional wheel guide on the bottom), so they probably aren't the best option for renters.

Park Tool Storage Hook


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Park Tool Storage Hook

Reasons to buy

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Cheap and simple
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Easy to mount
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Can stagger height to accommodate more bikes

Reasons to avoid

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Hooks around the rim, so could damage a carbon wheel

If you own your home, or just have a really cool landlord that doesn't mind if you drill a few holes in the walls, a bike storage hook is probably the cheapest and simplest way to store bikes. 

Essentially a rubber-coated hook, bikes can be hung vertically on the wall by the front or rear wheel, and the hooks can be staggered in height to allow them to be snuggled up close to one another without knocking handlebars. That said, they do come into contact with the wheel and can damage hoops that use laminated carbon fairings.

Bike storage solutions: decisions to make before you buy

Do you want to keep your bike inside or outside?

If rolling dirty bikes through the house is frowned upon, you may want to go for an outdoor solution. As garage break-ins are not uncommon, some sort of secure shed may be the ideal solution to your problem. There are a few insurance approved secure outdoor sheds on the market like those from Asgard, but they don't come cheap. Some of their models are also police approved, and can come with handy shelves to store riding gear and spares.

Do you want to put screws in your walls?

If you're opting for indoor storage, you need to decide if you're willing to drill holes in the wall. If you're comfortable using power tools, simple bike hooks or something like a Steadyrack will allow you to make good use of your wall space. If not, a freestanding pole-type rack that runs from floor to ceiling might be the ticket. Alternatively, there are some clever looking pieces of furniture which can act as stands as well, but these are anything but compact.

Do you want to make a statement of your bike?

Some options allow you to hang your bike on the wall, or display it in the centre of the room atop a purpose-designed piece of furniture. Of course, this needs to be approved by other members of your household and generally requires you to pay adequate attention to your bike cleaning routine.

Do you want to have the bike locked up in position?

If security is a major concern, you can opt for a storage option that's lockable - whilst traditional ground or wall anchors are not the most attractive options to display, there are some more inviting options like Hiplok's Airlok.

What types of bike storage are out there?

Wall mount bike storage

One of the most common types of indoor bike storage, the simple wall mount usually consists of hooks that are screwed into the wall. They are either attached to a stud, masonry or a sheet of 3/8in ply across the wall — which is bolted to studs.

Wall mounts do come in a variety of shapes though with more elegant options also doubling up as shelves and attractive pieces of wall furniture.

However, tread cautiously if you're renting, and make sure you run this past your landlord so you don't risk losing your security deposit because you wanted to store your bike more fashionably.

Bike storage-specific furniture

If your landlord or member of your household puts the kibosh on drilling, then you'll need something a bit less permanent. More and more people are finding the answer in bike storage-specific furniture.

This wide-ranging term is based around standalone shelving units that have bike slots or hanging spots built-in. These not only store bikes but can store your helmet riding shoes and kit or books, DVDs and other personal amenities.

Freestanding bike storage stands

If you own more than one bike or you live in a house of cyclists, then buying bike storage-specific furniture may be a tad expensive and not very space-efficient. In this realm, there is everything from freestanding racks that don't touch the walls, to poles that create tension between the floor and ceiling.

Pulley and winch systems

If you're poor on floor space but rich with vertical space, a pulley system may be the best choice for you. Directly attached to the ceiling or the wall high up, these allow you to store your bike above your head. Reminiscent of dockyard workers and sailors, you attach your bike to the harness or hook and hoist your bike up towards the ceiling.

These usually come with a secondary attachment to ensure your bike doesn't then swing with any breeze or slight touch. This keeps your floor free without the danger of a free moving bike hanging above your head.

Bike Storage Sheds

If you just want somewhere to store the bike that's not in the house then a small bike shed is a great investment. Usually costing a bit more than the other solutions, these are tidy isolated units that can sit at the end of the garden and shield your bike from the elements effectively without being an eyesore or in the way.

If you're still stuck for space, then maybe check out our guide to the best folding bikes.