Last Updated June 2020: We’ve added new bike rack picks and insights. Prices and links have also been updated.
Leaving a bike on a New York City sidewalk is like going for a swim in shark-infested South African waters; limbs are lost, spokes are shaken, nothing left but the bones. During idle hours, city bikes need a safe place to rest inside: enter the indoor bike rack. City dwellers are masters at making a square foot somehow larger, and they’ve come up with some creative ways to store bikes. Whether it’s standing in the corner, blending in with wall decor or just plain out of the way, the method comes down to you (and your wallet). These indoor racks will keep your bike dry and safe at night.
Park Tool Storage Hook
Bust Budget Pick
Indoor bike storage doesn’t have to be complicated. The simplest solution can be found at your local hardware store (or, in this case, on Amazon). It’s a standard rubber-coated hook that can be easily installed with nothing more than a drill, allowing you to hang your bike freely from the ceiling or against the support of a wall. The hooks come in different sizes, which means you can store road bikes, mountain bikes and everything in between — just be sure to buy the right size.
CLUG Bike Clip
Best Minimalist Bike Rack
The CLUG is as minimal as it gets — it’s nothing more than a simple, polycarbonate C-shaped clip that allows you to balance almost any bike against a wall, vertically or horizontally. It should be noted that the CLUG has specific size requirements and it’s not a hanger — make sure to buy the right size and install it correctly based on the bike you’re storing.
Saris The Boss Bike Stand
Best Floor Stand
Wall mounts, hangers and racks have many benefits, but if you’re looking for a more straightforward option that prioritizes accessibility and doesn’t require installation, then a classic bike stand is a good choice. The Boss is small and conveniently portable. It grabs and holds a bike’s rear axle with a rubber-coated fork that keeps enough pressure on the bike to keep it from toppling over, all while preventing scratches to the rim or damage to the spokes. The Boss also folds up when you aren’t using it to tuck it out of sight.
Steadyrack Classic Bike Rack
Best for Storing Multiple Bikes On a Wall
There are plenty of wall racks that use a tray-like system to cradle your bike and keep it off the ground, but Steadyrack does it best. The wall-mounting storage rack uses two arms to hold a bike’s front wheel in place while the rear sits in a small clip to keep it from swinging. The Steadyrack can also be swung from side to side nearly 180 degrees, allowing you to stack multiple bikes against each other and maximize available space. When not in use, the arms fold up on themselves to create a less obtrusive profile.
Delta Cycle Michelangelo Gravity Storage Rack
Best Leaning Bike Rack
Delta Cycle’s Michelangelo rack may be on the bigger side, but it’s the only wall mounting indoor storage option that doesn’t require installation — no drills, no screws. Instead, the rack works with gravity, using the weight of the bikes to create a stable downward force that can support two horizontally hung bicycles. The Michelangelo is constructed with steel tubes and rubber bumpers that prevent any scuffs and scratches and can support up to 80 pounds of bike weight.
Feedback Sports Velo Cache
Best Freestanding Rack
Most indoor bike racks and stands involve drilling and mounting, but not the Velo Cache. This freestanding bike stand, made of anodized aluminum with rubber-coated hooks, saves on space by stacking two bikes vertically on top of each other. (You can keep your cycling stuff organized too with optional storage basket add-ons.) But the smartest feature on the Velo Cache is its disjointed cradle system, which allows you to adjust the height of each hook individually to accommodate bike frames of any shape.
CB2 Wood Bike Storage
Best Contemporary Bike Rack
Bike racks have a tendency to either blend into the wall or stick out like a sore thumb. This wood bike rack from CB2 is a simple space saver with room for your bike, plus storage for cycling gloves, a water bottle and snacks — anything you don’t want to forget before you head out for that early morning ride. The rack only works with bikes that have straight top tubes, but it holds up to 40 pounds, thanks to solid, sustainable acacia wood. (You can totally impress your design friends with that knowledge.)
Racor Bike Lift
Best for Spaces with High Ceilings
Wall mounts are great, but they require a bit of lifting and demand that the bike become a visual highlight in the arrangement of any room. Racor’s Bike Lift brings the bike to the ceiling, up and out of the way of your regular interior movements. The lift uses two simple hooks that grab a bike (up to 50 pounds) by the handlebars and saddle, and works with a rope and pulley system that can elevate your ride up to 12 feet. Excess rope secures to a separate wall cleat. Despite the Bike Lift’s simple components, it offers a unique way to free up space inside (if you have it).
Best for Families
If you have the garage space and really want to get your kids’ bikes up and off the floor, the Flat-Bike-Lift literally lifts your bikes up over everyone’s heads — out of sight and out of mind. You can fit two small bikes up there, so if its rare that the kids get out with you and ride, store them where they won’t take up valuable floor space. You’ll need to affix the bike rack to the ceiling, so be sure to check that you have studs — or hire a professional. Once installed, the bike locks into place and it’s a breeze to pull the handle down to reach it.
Best Rack If Your Bike Is the Most Important Object In Your Life
If you’re storing your bike inside, then you probably care very much about it. Cycling is your passion — declare it to the world! Or to your house guests, at the very least. The Bike Shelf is less a rack and more a furniture piece that makes a statement. It highlights the beauty of the bicycle as an object, placing it where you’d normally display a fancy OLED television or perhaps an antique sculpture. But just because the Bike Shelf comes with an inherent level of vanity, that doesn’t mean it isn’t also practical, too. The solid oak shelf is built with a rack for hanging your cycling kit, three modular drawers for storing accessories and tools, and various hanging points that can be used for your helmet, a backpack, headphones and more.