BikeStow Up allows vertical and autonomous storage of bicycles
After moving to Loughborough University to study product design engineering, BikeStow co-founder George Laight quickly encountered a dilemma trying to store his bike in his tiny student apartment.
It became apparent that the upright storage used the least amount of floor space, but it couldn’t even put blu-tack on the walls, let alone wall hooks! At the risk of losing his room deposit, George set out to devise a solution instead. Welcome, the BikeStow Up: a sleek, self-contained approach to space-saving vertical bicycle storage.
• Efficient storage of the perfect space for your home, apartment, office, garage or bedroom …
• Roll and turn – no heavy lifting is involved.
• Compatible with road, mountain, cross, fat and electric bikes with tires up to 5 inches wide.
• Family manufacturing and in-house CNC routing in Stourbridge, UK.
How it works?
First, roll the bike and lower the “v” slider. Here, convenient preparation and basic maintenance can be done, or even left as is, for horizontal storage.
To switch to the upright setup, simply rotate the bike on its rear wheel until its seat post rests on the seat post cradle. By using the rear wheel as a pivot, no direct lifting is involved, making storage almost effortless. An included hook-and-loop strap prevents the handlebars and front wheel from turning, and features a soft foam inner section to prevent damage to the frame.
The seat post cradle is foldable, movable between five locations and interchangeable for a tall version, offering plenty of adjustments to make different bikes rest at the perfect balance point. Paired with BikeStow’s patented ‘V’ slots and ‘V’ slider layout, bikes of various sizes, from graceful road bikes to bulky e-bikes to powerful fat bikes, are always held securely .
The BikeStow Up is lovingly made in-house in Stourbridge, UK from CNC milled birch plywood, before being hand finished and partially assembled. The brushed aluminum ‘v’ sliders are locally laser cut and hand brushed just outside of Birmingham’s historic jewelry district.
This is the second bike rack solution from BikeStow, after launching the BikeStow Original almost three years ago. Likewise, the Original was also designed to solve a personal problem, after co-founder and father Simon Laight got frustrated while transporting bikes inside his new van.
The BikeStow Up starts at £ 120 and is available direct from BikeStow.com.