How to Install Bike Hooks in the Garage

James Young

Bicycle hooks offer cyclists a safe, space-saving method of storing bikes. Rubberized portions of the hook hold the bike either by the frame or by the wheel rim. Install one hook if you intend to hang a bike by the front wheel; two hooks if you choose the frame method. Mount the hooks on any strong part of the garage frame such as a wall stud or a beam.

Proper storage saves bikes from corrosion.
  1. Find concealed studs in the garage wall, using a stud locator. Procedures vary slightly with model, but in general simply activate with the "On/Off" button, and place the bottom of the stud finder on the wall. Slide right or left until the finder signals a stud edge. Mark the location with a pencil.

  2. Locate the other edge of the stud in the same way, and mark it with a pencil. The stud lies between the two marks.

  3. Measure the bike's entire length with the tape measure, from the front of the front wheel to the back of the back wheel. Add 6 inches to the overall length to allow clearance above the garage floor. Bike length plus 6 inches equals hook height.

  4. Measure the hook height from the floor with the tape measure, and mark the hook location on the wall stud with the pencil.

  5. Check the diameter of the threaded portion of the bike hook shank. Select a twist drill no larger than the solid part of the threaded shank.

  6. Drill a hole in the center of the wall stud at hook height, using the power drill and twist bit. Drill deeply enough to match the length of the threaded portion of the bicycle hook.

  7. Rub the bar soap over the threads of the bike storage hook. Bar soap adds lubricant to the threads, making installation easier and reducing the possibility of a jammed and broken hook.

  8. Insert the tip of the bike hook in the hole and twist. Screw the hook into the stud until all the threaded portion is in the wood and the hook is oriented properly.

  9. Lift the bike, and hook the front wheel rim with the storage hook. Adjust the wheel so the hook presses against the rim, not against a spoke.