Sunday, June 14, 2009

Installing a ceiling mount Bike Lift.

I dicided to install a ceiling mount bike lift for storing our bikes and free up some precious garage space. I found a good priced bike lift from Costco online, it's made by Racor ($14.99 +shipping and tax). It has fairly good review online, so I gave it a try. The product works really well, construction is fairly good. Rope quality is somewhat okay, not the best but easily replaceable. Fasteners that came with the unit is also of good quality, although some reviewers have reported some quality issues.

Tools needed:
Philips head screwdriver
Drill with drill bit
Tape Measure
Stud locator for ceiling with drywall
For installing multiple bike lift: 2 x 8 and 2 x 6 wood, length depending on number of lifts (see below)

Bike lift box and install instructions. See pics below (Click pic to enlarge)

Amazon Search Links:
Ceiling Mount Bike Lift: Click here.

I installed 3 bike lifts; to evenly space them, I used 2x8 plank of wood for the front pulleys and 2x6 for the back pulleys. Stud spacing is usually 16 inches apart and there is no enough clearance between bikes, i needed 20 inches spacing in between each lifts so as not to hit the adjacent bike during lifting and lowering. I staggered the bike placement (bikes are facing in opposite direction) so handle bars wont hit each other during lift operation. See pics below.

That's it!


  1. What did you attach the 2x8 and 2x6 to the ceiling with? Lag bolts? ordinary screws?

  2. I use lag screws.