10 Ways to Hang Your Bike on the Wall Like a Work of Art

Bicycles may be utilitarian vehicles, but to many cyclists they are also works of art. These humble machines often hold untapped aesthetic potential, and since they take up a lot of floor space, too, why not hang them from the wall instead of propping them against it? That way, everyone can admire your bicycle — without stumbling over it — while it isn't in use.

Here are a few ideas for how to hang your bicycle on the wall like art.

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Knife and Saw

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All the blogs are agog right now over Chris Brigham's Bike Shelf that we showed on Treehugger a while back. It is one of a number of designs that we have seen recently that kill a couple of birds with one stone: They give you an elegant way to store your bike inside in small spaces; They display your pride and joy artfully; They often have additional storage for your helmet or your keys; They just look lovely. Available from Knife and Saw for US$ 299 in walnut.

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Perhaps the granddaddy of all the simple, elegant designs is the Cycloc, designed by Andrew Lang and a hit since 2006 when Warren showed it on Treehugger. The UK Design Council gushed: “The Cycloc is a minimalistic triumph of form, function and social awareness”. It is so minimal that Lang was worried; according to the Guardian:

Despite citing his creative vision as one that celebrates design simplicity; "paring products back to their fundamental elements," he wasn't initially convinced the idea had legs. "At first, I thought that's too simple, so I explored a few options before coming back to it as the most elegant."
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There are some really cheap alternatives, such as this simple hanger, the Leonardo, that has been for sale for years at 15 bucks, down from 20 when Collin covered it in 2007. It has a simple hook for the wheel and a plate to put under your rear wheel to protect the wall. Available here. But unlike the more expensive designs, it holds the bike perpendicular to the wall rather than parallel to it, so the bike is not really on display, and might get in your way.

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The Perch, from Clankworks of Pittsburgh, who make "accessories for the modern cyclotourist," is more elegant than the Leonardo, while also "providing additional storage for the things you’ll need on your ride: helmet, lock, jacket and more." Again, I think designs that hold the bike parallel to the wall are more suitable for small spaces and display purposes. The price is not listed on the website at this time, at Clankworks.

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British Designer Tamasine Osher has integrated a lot of storage into her PedalPod; there is room for everything. She takes her design seriously:

The intention is to rekindle the human relationship with objects, encouraging an interaction of the visual with the tactile, expressing the simplicity of materials and honest construction — perhaps to stimulate curiosity and awaken emotions using contrasting forms and elements.
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The Hood by Quarterre

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Treehugger Bonnie first noticed the work of Quaterre at Clerkenwell Design Week last year, seeing their Branchline two-bike rack. But the designers also produce a lovely wall mount. The Hood is a very simple and clever design,

Hood is crafted from folded steel and handfinished with leather. Hood is wall-mounted and holds a single bike securely from its top tube. The leather sleeve protects the bike frame while the inner slot allows for a bike lock.
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Bike Valet

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The Bike Valet is a new design from "Steven Tiller, Stephanie Birch and baby Bennett" of Reclamation Art + Furniture. It recently made a splash at Kickstarter, where the designers describe the problem:

We live in a small downtown apartment, and if we happen to be dense enough to leave our bikes outside they wouldn't last more than a few days, even with the priciest lock around. We lost a beautiful, vintage, hand-made Kleine in just such a way a couple years ago. So we bring our bikes inside. Given our storage issues, this makes navigating the entry hall difficult. I personally have tripped over or snagged a pair of dress pants on an awkwardly placed bicycle more than once. The solution? The Bike Valet.

The design works on the same simple principle of leverage as the Cycloc, but the metal is, I think, a little more elegant.

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Chris Meierling's Pallet Bike Rack

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Chris Meierling recycled old shipping pallets into a lovely home office and bike storage system. The pallets provide an interesting background for the bikes (as does the red paint) and can also support other types of storage. He writes (without explaining exactly how the bikes are hung):

The pallets shelves were rough and dirty. I picked 4 pallets up off a nearby street, made the shelves, and screwed them directly into my drywall with drywall anchors. Each pallet had about 10 screws across the pallet to distribute the weight; each anchor had a 40 lb hanging capacity.
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Bike Rack Birdhouse from Dimini

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I must confess I have a soft spot for humour in design; that is why my personal favourite is the Bike Rack Birdhouse from Lauren Thomas and Jennifer Karam of Dimini. The designers write:

The bikerack birdhouse mounts on the wall easily and securely offering a innovative indoor storage solution for your bike and helmut. Made of Mahogany plywood and finished by hand with all natural non-toxic beeswax and linseed oil, this piece will lighten the storage load and brighten your home.
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Bike Storage from Jeremy Kehoe Studio

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I have not shown double bike systems, as they are a whole other genre. But I did love Jeremy Kehoe's clever and beautiful bike storage system, first seen at Toronto's Interior Design Show last month. It can actually carry up to four bikes and accessories, which can quickly be changed with a clever hook system, no tools required.

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Wait, there's more...

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Most of the designs shown are limited run, but a lot of companies are in the storage business and Treehugger has shown a lot of different ideas over the years.