Gear Up Up & Away Bike Hoist System

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Gear Up Up & Away Bike Hoist System
Bikes on the floor get in your way, and putting them on the wall isn't always a better option. If you've got tall ceilings, this overhead storage rack can solve your space issue. It's compatible with ceilings up to 12 feet high, conveniently storing your bikes out of your way, so you can still utilize the space underneath.
  • Foam-padded hooks protect your frame
  • Includes heavy-duty steel mounting brackets, hardware and wall-mounted tie-off cleat
  • Compatible with bikes of any shape or style, including tandem bikes
  • Fits ceilings up to 12 feet high
Gear Up Up & Away Bike Hoist System
  • CAPACITY 1 bike
  • UPC 666696400250
  • NOTES
  • Rating 3

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Gear Up Up & Away Bike Hoist System
 
3.2

(based on 6 reviews)

67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Versatile (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Road biking (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (4)
    • Cycling Style:
    • Speed oriented (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (5)

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1.0

Troublesome installation

By Jed

from NY

Pros

    Cons

    • Cheap Hardware
    • Not Suitable For Tandems
    • Skimpy Rope

    Best Uses

      Comments about Gear Up Up & Away Bike Hoist System:

      The directions say you'll need a screwdriver and measuring tape. You'd better add a drill bit and a drill to create pilot holes for the screws. But good luck, because even if you drill pilot holes the screws are made of such cheap metal the heads strip out. Then you have to take the screws out with pliers because the heads strip out before they're tight. If you don't have some real screws stashed in your basement, you'll have to make a run to the hardware store.
      The illustrations in the instructions are tiny and blurry. You'll need some more luck trying to figure out how to thread the rope through the last pulley mechanism, because the instructions and illustrations are useless.
      I bought this to raise a tandem up out of the way in the garage. The pictures on Nashbar's site make you think the pulleys go up evenly, together, as you pull on the rope. No, not really. One end goes up while the other doesn't move at all. After several pulls, you have to pull the high end of the bike DOWN to get the low end UP, and keep repeating that exercise until both ends are finally fully raised.
      The rope supplied with the kit is slippery and thin. That means when you raise a heavy bike like a tandem you can't get a good grip on the rope to lift the bike. So you wrap the rope around your hands. This allows you to lift the bike, but the rope is so thin it now cuts into your hands most uncomfortably from the weight of the tandem. So I recommend keeping a good set of work gloves nearby.
      I've done many home projects, from simple basic repairs to complete bath and kitchen renovations starting from the bare walls. I found installing this device a trial and more effort than it deserved.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Well thought out design

      By Tony

      from Schroon Lake, NY

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Road Biking

        Comments about Gear Up Up & Away Bike Hoist System:

        I attached a small U bracket to the back plate in order to more easily attache the nylon pull roap. Jim

        • Cycling Style:
        • Speed Oriented
        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        1.0

        This product is junk

        By Christo da Shrimp

        from Blacksburg

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Cheap
          • Poor Construction
          • Wears Out Quickly

          Best Uses

          • None

          Comments about Gear Up Up & Away Bike Hoist System:

          I was so excited to order on of these to try out for my bike as I just moved into a loft with 18 foot ceilings. After mounting it as the instructions indicated and watching the youtube video to make sure that I ran the rope properly I can say that this product is garbage. Only one of the pulleys has lifting power and I can raise one end of the bike while having to pull the rope around the first pulley to lift the other end of the bike. After raising the bike to the ceiling I had to get a ladder to get the bike down.

          If you want a pulley system you are better off buying a few Pulleys and some rope, (both of which will be much higher quality) from your local home improvement store to make your own pulley system. After just playing around with it trying to get it to work properly the rope started to frey and I am not sure If I would try to use it to hold my bike from the ceiling.

          Although its a great idea and If it worked, I would clearly order a few more of them, it does not work and I am stuck with my bikes on an upright floor stand instead of hanging them above where they should be.

          • Cycling Style:
          • Speed Oriented
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          GOOD SYSTEM WITH MODIFICATIONS

          By Living The Dream

          from Colorado

          About Me Avid Cyclist

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Mountain Biking
            • Road Biking

            Comments about Gear Up Up & Away Bike Hoist System:

            system works to get bikes up and out of the way. the bracket works for the handlebars but however not the seat. nowhere for the bracket to grip. modified via visit to Lowes for carabiner clamp and straps to go under and around the seat.

            • Cycling Style:
            • Speed Oriented
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            4.0

            Convenient Bike Rack

            By Bob K

            from Adrian, MI

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • "poor Man's" Repair Stand
            • 4 To 1 Weight Reduction
            • Hangs Bike From Ceiling

            Cons

            • Rope Jumps Pulley
            • Ropes Twist A Lot

            Best Uses

              Comments about Gear Up Up & Away Bike Hoist System:

              You can hang the bike from the ceiling in just a few minutes without pulling out a ladder. You can raise the bike to any height you like to work on it, but you have to keep the bike from swinging since it isn't a real repair stand. The bracket seems to be designed to mount to a flat board instead of a ceiling joist.

              • Cycling Style:
              • Comfort Oriented
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              4.0

              I bought 3 of them and they work great!

              By Tracy

              from Powhatan, Virginia

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Mountain Biking
                • Road Biking

                Comments about Gear Up Up & Away Bike Hoist System:

                I have 3 bikes so I wanted to be able to mount them from my garage ceiling to save space. I screwed the pulleys into 3 2x6 mounting boards and nailed them into the rafters of my garage. They work great and keep my bikes looking organized and out of the way. My only challenge was figuring out where to mount the brackettes that store the extra rope. It has to be mounted on a side wall. I wish they would put some sort of rope-winder device on the end to take up the excess. (Pay attention to the distance between the pulleys measurement. If they are too far apart or too close together the hooks won't grab the bike correctly.)

                • Cycling Style:
                • Speed Oriented
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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