Last updated on March 5, 2021 by qualified builder Aaron Barnett
By now, having bikes are just as normal and common to households as baking soda and soap. Having gained popularity and favor as a means of transportation and healthy exercise over the years, it’s just as important to have adequate storage for your bike as it is to have your own room.
There are different ways to store a bike at home. In a previous article we tackled wall-mounting your bike; today, we’ll be taking a look at the best floor-stand bike racks available.
#3 Simple floor bike rack
Hromee 12 to 29-inch bikes, 6 bikes, floor type, floor bike rack
#4 Floor mounted bike stand for two bikes
Bikehand 20 to 29-inch bikes, 2 bikes, floor type, floor bike rack
Best indoor bike stand for a single bike
#3 Dual-arm aluminum stand
Reliancer 20 to 29-inch bikes, floor type, floor bike stand
#4 Non-folding Bikehand single stand
Bikehand 24 to 29-inch bikes, floor type, floor bike stand
#5 Single bike stand with adjustable height
Qualward 22.4 to 30.3-inch bike, vertical floor type, floor bike stand
The bike was invented back in the 1800s and has amassed such popularity by modern times that they now have a distinct presence in the fields of athletics, lifestyle, and transportation.
According to Statista.com, cycling statistics in the US show that around engage in bike-related activities in 2016. While that may seem small, in a country with hundreds of millions of people, it’s a pretty decent number of bike owners.
If you’re looking for the easiest garage bike storage, then this guide will be the key to all your worries.
Features to consider with a floor-mounted bicycle stand
Reasons to buy a floor-mounted bike stand
Before you buy a bike stand
Know your brands.
As with any other brand, credibility plays an important part when determining the overall quality of a floor-mounted stand. Manufacturing and a well-established track record will tell you much about the product even before you see it in person. For multi-racks, you’d want to go with names belonging to Birdrock or Hromee, while for single ones, Bikehand is good.
Check the durability.
As mentioned earlier, most racks are made of steel, making them tough and durable. You’d want a rack that will last you as long as your bike, so it’d be wise to do a little research prior to purchasing and actually ‘testing’ the product out before proceeding to the counter.
Mind your space.
Floor-mounted stands come in various shapes and sizes, think about which best fits your current living area. While it should be big enough to hold your bike/s, it shouldn’t be too large so as to be obtrusive. Fortunately, even the larger multi-stands can come in adjustable variants.
Think about the price.
There will always be a product range that will determine the price. Premium names often command premium prices, but are not always necessarily “the best”. Working with a budget, you’d want the best bang for your buck, as such, even the best of these racks shouldn’t cost you $200. Consider your needs as well as how much you are willing to invest.
Steel or alloy? Which is the best frame?
In appearance, it’s almost indistinguishable to tell steel from alloy. Steel is a very common form of metal with many uses. As a material for a floor bike stand, it’s durable, sustainable, and efficient.
An alloy is a mixture of two or more metals. An alloy bike stand is a better choice for a multi-rack as it has higher tensile strength and is longer-lived thanks to a higher resistance to corrosion.
Neither is clearly or totally superior, so base your choice depending on your needs.
Vertical or horizontal? How should you mount on the floor?
On the floor, to choose whether to mount vertically or horizontally depends on how you would want to orient your space as well as on your preference of how you’d want to get your bike.
Mounting your bike vertically tends to give easier access and makes for effortless storing as you can basically just roll your bike on and off the mount. Horizontal mounting saves you more space and also makes it easier to do maintenance work.
How does wheel size affects what floor stand to get?
Wheel size impacts a bike’s overall weight. Wheel size matters because stands have thresholds and are not always able to handle larger-sized wheels. It’s either that larger wheels make the bike go beyond the stand’s capacity, or that they’re too big to fit in the holsters, throwing balance way-off. A bicycle floor stand, compared to a wall mount, however, is pretty universal.
Why racks with built-in shelves rock and are more practical?
A rack with built-in shelves saves you more in terms of storage costs. A built-in shelf makes your rack more versatile and adds more utility as it allows you to store other accessories that make up your cycling kit.
Having a rack with a built-in shelf saves you time and allows you to organize your gear according to your preference. You simply get more out of your rack while also reducing unnecessary clutter.
Who are the best makers of floor mount garage bikes?
Some of the best manufacturers of floor-mount bike stands may come as a surprise. BirdRock home is a leading provider of extensive, quality products for the home, including garage and automotive!
Such is evident in their stands as the design is optimized for home installation and use. Another noteworthy maker of floor-mount stands is Bikehand. Though more geared towards creating cycling-specific tools, their stands are versatile and intricate.
Choosing the top bike floor stand
#1 Top bike stand for multiple bikes
Hands down, the best multi-bike floor stand is the BirdRock Home. A freestanding rack, this bike stand is designed to hold up to 3 bikes which can all be up to 29-inch sizes. Requiring virtually no installation, the lightweight, near-17 pound rack can easily be aligned anywhere within your garage or living space.
With a strong coated-steel build, the BirdRock is as durable as it is functional; combining a robust frame with the added utility of a built-in shelf, not only does it do a bang-up job at securing your bikes, but also your other cycling accessories such as helmets, bottles, and even other sporting gear! Talk about versatility!
Best bike stand without helmet storage shelves
If you’re looking for a pure multi-bike floor stand, then you won’t find anything better than the Hromee. This rack can hold up to 6 bikes and is designed in such a way that you can easily orient 6 individual, yet identical-looking, brackets to fit your space.
Made of durable steel coated with an anti-rust finish, the Hromee provides you with a simple yet efficient multi-bike stand that offers both stability and non-damage protection.
Best bike floor stand for a single bike
When it comes to single bikes, the Bikehand 20 is the ultimate bike stand. The stand’s design is relatively simple but highly innovative. Requiring no installation, this powder-coated steel bike stand can hold anything from a standard road bike to professional mountain bikes.
The Bikehand prides on being stable; it safely cradles the wheel of your bike and holds it firmly in place at 3 points. The push-in mechanism of the stand also makes it easier to place and/or get your bike. As if all of this wasn’t enough already, the stand also folds, making it portable so that you could bring it with you on your cycling tours!
Most affordable bike stand for multiple bikes
The Simple Houseware wins as the most affordable multi-bike floor stand. It’s a cost-friendly alternative to the Hromee and is not too shabby considering that this roadbike stand can house up to 5 bikes. Much like the Hromee, this stand comes with 5 individual racks that can be assembled as per your needs.
If you’re looking for a dependable budget multi-bike floor stand, then this powder-coated, weather-resistant rack is your best bet.
Ways to install a bike stand on the floor
Fix it to the ground for stability.
Many people just sit their bike rack on the floor or ground of their garage while letting the base stabilize itself.
I think it’s much better to stabilize your bike floor mount to stop it from moving around, and to limit any possible damage to your garage surroundings and your bikes the reason to get a floor bike rack in the first place.
If fixing options are not included, why not DIY a way to fix it to the ground. You could find an angle bracket or a metal strap, or simply drill a hole in the 4 corners of the base and use a concrete anchor or a screw on a timber floor.
You could also upgrade your Ryobi cordless drill to Dewalt or Makita for more power.
Tools you’ll need: A lightweight hammer , power drill, 4 concrete anchors or 4 screws for a timber floor, and a socket wrench.
For perfect leveling and plumbing jobs, doing DIY an electric leveling tool can help.
And for other bike storage options, checkout how to mount a bike on a wall.
Read more on fixing types below:
Safety tips for installing garage bike racks on the floor
Comparing floor bike stands for multiple bikes
|Birdrock||Mythinglogic||Hromee||Bikehand||Cycling Deal 4||Cycling Deal 5||Simple Houseware|
|Verdict:||Best for multiple bikes||Best floor stand without shelves||Most affordable|
|Bike Capacity||3 bikes||3 bikes||6 bikes||2 bikes||4 bikes||5 bikes||5 bikes|
|Compatibility:||12 to 29-inch bikes||12 to 29-inch bikes||12 to 29-inch bikes||20 to 29-inch bikes||na||12 to 29-inch bikes||12 to 26-inch bikes|
|Material:||Steel||Alloy steel||Steel||Steel||Steel||Alloy steel||Steel|
|Type:||Stand-up rack||Stand-up rack||Floor type||Floor type||Floor stand||Floor type||Floor type|
Comparing floor bike stands for single bikes
|Bikehand||Feedback sports||Reliancer||Bikehand 24||Qualward|
|Verdict:||Best floor stand for single bike|
|Compatibility:||20 to 29-inch bikes||20 to 29-inch bikes||20 to 29-inch bikes||24 to 29-inch bike||22.4 to 30.3 inch bike|
|Material:||Steel||Anodized aluminum||Aluminum alloy||Steel||Steel|
|Type:||Floor type||Floor type||Floor type||Stand-up floor type||Vertical floor type|
If you’re looking for the ideal indoor, multi-purpose multi-bike floor stand rack, then you can’t go wrong with the BirdRock Home. This durable and free-standing bike mount is a welcome addition to any living space.
Want numbers, but no shelves? Then the Hromee is your homie as it can house up to 6 bikes and has 6 individual racks that you can choose to the layout.
Pamper your sole bike with the Bikehand 20. This portable stand securely cradles your bike at 3 points and features an easy push-in mechanism for quick grab-n-go cycling. For all your multi-bike budget needs, the Simple Houseware rack is the solution – easy to install and weather-resistant, it’s a pretty good deal for the low price.
That covers the best floor stand bike racks! If you’d like more options on how to house your favorite bikes, then also check out our guide on the best bike wall mount .
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