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Mounting Bicycles on Walls - Questions and Answers



Mounting a bicycle on a wall can be a convenient and space-saving solution for bike storage. However, many cyclists have questions when it comes to choosing the right bicycle wall mount and understanding its proper usage. In this article, we will address some common questions people ask about mounting a bicycle on a wall.

What is a Bicycle Wall Mount?

A bicycle wall mount is a device designed to securely hold and store a bicycle vertically, or horizontally, against a wall. These mounts help maximize floor space and keep your bike out of harms way.

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A verical bicycle wall mount

It typically consists of a sturdy frame or bracket that attaches to the wall and cradles the bike's frame (if it's held horizontally) or the front wheel (if it's held vertically). 

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A horizontal bicycle mount

Some bicycle wall mounts include a rail so that a number of bikes can stored next to each other on the wall. 

How Do I Choose the Right Bicycle Wall Mount?

When selecting a bicycle wall mount, there are a few factors to consider:

Can I mount heavy bicycles on the wall?

Make sure the wall mount you choose can safely support the weight of your bicycle. Different mounts have different weight capacities, so it's important to select one that matches your bike's weight.

You should also consider how you will lift the bike onto the wall as this can be a major issue with mountain bikes, downhill bikes and electric bikes. You don't really want to be hurting your back trying to hang up bikes.

Some wall mounted bicycle hooks, and racks for multiple bikes, will allow the bike to be held upright without needing to actually lift the bike off the ground.

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All gearhooks bike hooks and racks allow you to mount bicycles on the wall without lifting them

Should I mount the bicycle on the wall vertically or horizontally?

You can mount bicycles on the wall either vertically or horizontally. Neither will damage the bike in any way. Which is best for you will be determined by the type of bicycle you have, if you have more than one bicycle t mount, and where you want to store it (or them).

Vertically mounted bikes will be held by the front (or sometimes the rear) wheel, and will hang from a hook or rack. Vertical wall mounts are more common and are suitable for any type of bicycle. These allow the most bikes to be stored in the least space and are often used in a garage or a shed. 

Horizontally mounted bikes will usually be held by the frame although some rest both wheels on two tiny 'shelves'. Horizontal mounts are a great option if you want to showcase your bike, often in a lounge, hallway or man-cave. However, because the bike is held horizontally across the wall, they will use a lot more space. Road bikes are often stored this way because they can easily be lifted onto the wall and they look great mounted like this. You might not want muddy mountain bikes in the lounge and you might not want to be lifting heavy e-bikes onto wall mounts at all. 

Are all walls suitable for hanging bicycles on?

The best type of walls are solid walls like brick, breeze block or concrete. In this case you will need to mount the hanger using wall plugs and srcrews. Some mount with just a single fixing which makes installation easier.

Wall mounts can be used on plasterboard (or drywall) with the help of anchors. In this case it is better to find the wooden frame behind the wall and screw into these where possible.

How much space do I need to mount a bicycle on the wall?

If you are mounting a single bike on the wall its quite easy to imagine how much space you need. If you are planning to mount it on the wall vertically, just wheel it up to the wall on it's back wheel and you will see how much space you need. 

Mounting bicycles vertically on the wall is the best way if you have lots of bikes to store. You can work out how much space his will take by adding together the width of the handlebars. Some storage systems allow the bicycle handlebars to overlap, thus taking up less space.

Similarly, if you plan to mount the bike on the wall horizontally you can prop it up on some furniture or just hold it against the wall to make sure there is enough space.

What does it cost to mount a bicycle on the wall?

A simple bike hook will be relatively cheap. A multiple bike storage solution is likely to cost more, but will hold many more bikes. It also means you can move bikes around and store other things in between the bikes without drilling more holes.

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A bike rack for 5 bikes

How Do I Install a Bicycle Wall Mount?

The installation process may vary depending on the specific wall mount you choose. However, here are some general steps to follow and tools that you will need.


  • Tape measure
  • Spirit level
  • pencil (to mark the wall)
  • Electric drill
  • Suitable masonry or wood drill bits
  • Vacuum cleaner (to clean out the hole and tidy up after)
  • Hammer (to hammer in any wall plugs)
  • Screwdriver (or something suitable for the supplied fixings)

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Mounting a bike on a wall with just one hole


  • Locate a suitable area on your wall for mounting. Ensure there is enough space for the handlebars and wheels to overlap the mounting point.
  • Mark the position where you want to attach the mount. Use a level to ensure it is straight.
  • Use a drill and appropriate screws or anchors to securely fasten the mount to the wall. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for the specific mount you have.
  • Double-check the stability of the mount before hanging your bicycle. Give it a firm tug to ensure it can withstand the weight and won't come loose.
  • Hang your bike on the mount, making sure it is positioned securely and won't accidentally fall off.
  • Check the mount every time you use it to make sure nothing has changed.

Can I Mount Any Type of Bicycle on the wall?

Most bicycle wall mounts are designed to accommodate a wide range of bike types, including road bikes, mountain bikes, and hybrid bikes. However, it's essential to check the weight capacity and compatibility of the mount to ensure it can support your specific bicycle. Some mounts have size restrictions, especially for larger or heavier bikes, so be sure to check the product specifications before making a purchase. Remember, if its a heavy bike, lifting it onto a wall might prove difficult!

Is It Safe to Mount Expensive Bicycles on a Wall?

When properly installed and using a high-quality wall mount, it is generally safe to mount expensive bicycles on a wall. However, if you have concerns about potential damage or theft, you may want to consider additional security measures like using a lock or storing your bike in a locked room. Some wall mounts even come with built-in locking mechanisms to provide an added layer of security.

Can I Mount Multiple Bicycles on the Same Wall?

Yes, you can mount multiple bicycles on the same wall if you have enough space and use appropriate mounts. When working out how much space you need remember to take into account how handlebars and wheels will stick out on each side or above the wall mounts. When mounting vertically you can often mounts some bikes higher than others to allow handlebars to overlap, thus saving space.

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GearHooks 'Flying V'

Some wall mounts are specifically designed to hold multiple bikes, allowing you to create a neat and efficient bike storage area. These multi-bike mounts come in various configurations, such as vertical stacking or horizontal arrangements, depending on your space and preferences.

Will hanging a bicycle by the wheel damage the wheel?

This is very unlikely. Bike wheels are very strong and easily able to hold the weight of the rest of the bicycle. Most mounting hardware will have a rubber covereing to make sure even carbon rims will not get damaged.

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A single bike hook

Are brakes affected by hanging bicycles on a wall?

Ordinary brakes will not be affected but hydraulic brakes may become spongy after being hung up vertically if there is any air in the system. To solve this, either bleed the brakes or just pull the levers several times until the brakes harden up again. Make sure they are working properly before you ride off.


Mounting a bicycle on a wall can be a practical and stylish solution for storing your bike, especially if you have limited floor space. By choosing the right bicycle wall mount and following proper installation guidelines, you can safely and conveniently store your bicycle while optimizing your space. Remember to consider factors like weight capacity, mounting style, wall compatibility, space availability, and your budget when selecting a wall mount. With the right mount, you can showcase your bike as a piece of art, keep it easily accessible, and add a unique touch to your living space or garage. So go ahead, get that bicycle wall mount, and enjoy the benefits of a clutter-free space!

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