Steadyrack Review: If you’ve ever tried to lift your bike off the floor to hang it in one of the many types indoor storage racks available you’ll appreciate Steadyrack. There are plenty of racks available in the market and some are inexpensive but impractical. Meanwhile, others are costly yet leave much to be desired regarding ease-of-use. The Steadyrack balances both price and convenience.
Out of the box, the Steadyrack consists of its main body, a rear tire rest, two end caps, and some nuts & bolts for mounting the main body and tire rest. The main body is made with a combination of steel and UV-treated plastic. The general concept of the rack is that it stores bikes vertically. You nest the front wheel of the bike off the ground in a foldable cradle and rest the rear wheel against a plastic hub.
If you’ve done a little D-I-Y, you should already have these items handy:
- Tape measure
- Power drill with drill bits: 10mm (3/8”) for the rack and 8mm (5/16”) for the rear tire rest
- Phillips screw driver/bit
- 13mm (1/2”) socket to tighten the bolts
- Stud finder (if mounting to drywall)
The rack is easy to install. Measure twice – drill once. Bikes come in different sizes, and getting the mounting height correct is important. Make sure you follow the directions so the rear wheel of the bike is the proper distance from the floor.
A Steadyrack can hold up to 77 lbs. Mounting it to the right section of the wall will dictate whether it stays put or comes crashing down. You’ll want to mount the rack to studs in the wall.
No Heavy Lifting Required
The most convenient feature of Steadyrack is it eliminates the main annoyance that bedevil many bike owners. When properly installed, you won’t have to lift your bike more than just an inch or so off the ground. Gone is the awkward workout one goes through when hanging them on overhead racks. The Steadyrack allows you lift the front wheel and roll it into place. Even your kid will be able to store her or his own bike easily.
Line ‘Em Up
The Steadyrack also swivels your bike in both directions (about 160°) almost flat against the wall. Of course, this depends on things like the size of your handlebars and so on, but the Steadyrack swivels in both directions and can stay as flat as possible next to your wall. This swivel feature can save you a ton of space especially in tight spaces like a small apartment or garage. Best of all, you can install several separate Steadyracks and line the bikes against the wall. When not in use, simply fold up the main unit against the wall and it stays out of the way.
Different Steadyracks for Different Bikes
The Steadyrack comes in different versions – the Classic Rack, the Fat Rack, and the Fender Rack. Each is able to accommodate a specific front wheel width and diameter, so be sure to purchase the right ones for each of your bikes.
The Classic Rack and the Fat Rack are similar except for the wheel dimensions they can accommodate, and the Fender Rack is a hybrid of sorts. The Classic Rack is the least expensive and accommodates standard road and mountain bikes, the Fender Rack allows you to store bikes with mudguards, and the Fat Rack accepts oversized bikes and bikes with fat tires.
Keep It Super-Simple With A Steadyrack
With a Steadyrack, there’s no more arguing about who left his or her bike leaning against the wall. On an empty garage wall, you may be able to line up all your bikes neatly, with room to spare. You will gain valuable space around the garage with its swivel feature. You can even order different colored end caps for each member of the family to identify your rack quickly. This wall-mounted rack system is well-priced. Its innovative and space-saving features are definitely worth every penny.