Here is a dilemma for the masses: Where to put your MTB(s) at home?
At home I don't have a garage, so the question is, where to mount my great steed (That's a reference to my MTB, just between me & you though).
Well after looking at lots & lots, after initial reservation about it looking so small and insignificant in naff packaging I bought FOLDING BIKE STORAGE WALL BRACKET (Sounds rubbish doesn't it). Even if in its packaging it does resemble one of ET’s dead severed pubescent arms.
Halfords Bike Hanger £15!
Their biggest bargain, ever....
Halfords describe it as their Folding Bike Storage Wall Bracket
However it's great and far less cumbersome then all of the other alternatives that I looked at. I mount my bike on it in either or two ways:
~ HANG from FORKS
~ HANG from FRONT WHEEL
~ HANG from FRONT WHEEL (CLOSE UP)
You could make a mess by drilling holes, then realising you don't want the bracket there after all (It's not like you can rubber out the holes you don't want afterwards! Well you could put some stickers, or filler (Coloured filler like pollyfilla or woodfiller), or a poster, or a painting over them!). Think about where you really want the bracket, move it around and pretend/imagine where the MTB will be and how it will look, then measure the distances, make sure it will fit, decide, then fit, see below.
It screws to the wall yes, so you'll need a:
~ Drill: You need a normal drill (240v). SDS would be overkill, but OK. 12v+ cordless wouldn't have enough power (Most of them anyway)
~ Drill bits: Masonry
drill bits (Commonly 5mm, 6mm, but I would a minimum size of 7mm
, but since the bracket will suspend a bike off it, perhaps 8mm
or even 10mm
~ Wall plugs
, same MM (Millimetre) as drill bit size used: 7mm~Brown
recommended, and only 2 wall plugs are needed for this bracket.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The wall plugs supplied with the WALL MOUNT MTB STORAGE/HANGER/CARRIER/BRACKET, maybe too small (7mm=Brown & below), especially to sufficiently hold the weight of some of the heavier bikes with accessories, so fit 7mm+ wall plugs, or larger.
~ Tape measure (To measure there is adequate space from not obstructing floor/furniture to mount bracket, so that MTB fits either from FORK or FRONT WHEEL OK)
~ Level & pen/pencil, to mark where to drill making sure drill holes, are level so that bracket when fitted in an even/level fit.
~ Large diameter wall plugs (I would use 8mm=Grey or 10mm=Blue)
~ Hammer to knock the wall plugs in
of adequate length/diameter (Posi type screws
instead of flat head screws
, these round off less easily, then even if you did slip & round off screw, then slacken/fasten with flat blade screwdriver, but if you're using long/thicker diameter screws it may be too hard to get sufficient torque with a screwdriver, hence screwdriver bit in 240v drill or preferably use coachscrews instead.)
~ COACH SCREWS (Screwfix direct)
of adequate length/diameter (Coach screws with hex heads are better then screws, because with a ratchet or spanner you have far more leverage/torque to fasten or slacken the coach screw
: Hence NOT
a bolt, as thread is self tapping style)
(Posi better with posi screws!) to tighten/slacken screws OR Socket set hexagon
10mm to 12mm (Depends on coach screws used) to tighen/slacken coach screw bolts (Ratchet and socket
, or spanner
or spanner ratchet!
~ VAC, to clean away the dust debris
OPTIONAL USEFUL DEVICE:
~ METAL/VOLTAGE DETECTOR (Maplin £10)
use before drilling to establish no electrical wires or copper water or gas pipes immeadiately behind wall were you are going to drill pilot holes for the wall plugs. But obviously it can't detect PLASTIC PIPES, nor can it detect the WATER within anything other then METALLIC PIPES!
WALL PLUG to SCREW size matrix guide:
~ 5MM YELLOW WALL PLUG: (Average Length 2.5cm) = SCREW DIAMETER (3.5mm to 4mm) SIZE 4-8
~ 6MM RED WALL PLUG: (Average Length 3.4cm) = SCREW DIAMETER (3.5mm to 4.5mm) SIZE 6-10
~ 7MM BROWN WALL PLUG: (Average Length 4.0cm) = SCREW DIAMETER (3.5mm to 5.5mm) SIZE 10-14
~ 8MM GREY WALL PLUG: (Average Length 4.0cm) = SCREW DIAMETER (5mm to 6.5mm) SCREW SIZE 12-16
~ 10MM BLUE WALL PLUG: (Average Length 4.5cm) = SCREW DIAMETER (5mm to 7mm) SCREW SIZE 14-18
STEP BY STEP HOW TO FIT into BRICK WALL:
Hold the bracket were you want to fit it, with a pencil, mark the 2 areas were you need to drill the 2 adequately (Eg: 7mm, 8mm or 10mm) sized pilot holes.
Before drilling, test those areas with a metal/voltage detector to check for electrical wires/metal pipes behind the walls, if BLEEPS, find alternative location were no BLEEPS occur!
With an appropriate sized masonery drill bit (7mm, 8mm or 10mm) in the 240v drill, drill were marked, two adequate length pilot holes (If drill has guide, use drill guide, adjust/set to slightly greater then length of wall plug).
NOTE: If the drill does NOT have a drill guide or you don't use the drill guide, if you are using LONG
drill bits, take care NOT
to drill all the way through the wall and have a hole in the other side of the wall!
Then push the wall plugs
, (Same size wall plugs as hole diameter drilled: Eg: 7mm~Brown, 8mm~Grey or 10mm~Blue. Push the wall plug round end first, with flat end pointing outwards) into the pilot holes, then hammer the wall plugs most of the way into the pilot hole (If the pilot hole isn’t deep enough, pull out the wall plug by screwing a screw into it, then with the back of a hammer split, pull the wall plug out, then drill the pilot hole deeper).
MASSIVE TIP for fitting the wall plug, once pilot hole drilled:
To push the wall plugs all the way in (Without leaving hammer marks all over the surrounding wall/paintwork/vinyl!), in one hand get a screw (The screw head should be marginally larger or same size of the wall plug, hence a coachscrew head would be too big for this easy task), put the head of the screw
directly in front of the wall plug, then with your other spare hand with a hammer slowly tap the screw pointed end (Turned around, back to front, so to speak) so that the wall plug sits snugly (Just past the wall surface, 1mm to 2mm) into the wall face.
Then once both (Or more if poss) WALL PLUGS are fitted, get your 2 (etc) SCREWS/COACHSCREWS, then place your WALL BRACKET over the position it is to be fitted, then place a screw or coachscrew through the wall bracket metal plate into the visible wall plug, then tighten with tool (Screwdriver, Rachet&Socket or spanner), AND the same again with the second screw/coach screw (And all following screws/coach screws). Check from a distance the MTB bracket is level/even, then finally tighten up the two (etc) screws/coach screws. Then before mounting MTB, lightly tug at bracket to ensure it is a tight fit, if not tighten, if will not tighten, use larger screws, or fit larger wall plugs & screws, or if wall brickwork is in poor condition (Not obvious before fitting) then fit MTB bracket elsewhere, see STEP 1.
NOTE: If the surface you are fitting the bracket to is NOT a brick wall, then you would have to use DIFFERENT DRILL BITS:
~ Wood drill bit (Pointed end)
~ Drill bit size, must be 1mm diameter SMALLER
(EG: Pilot Hole Diameter = 6mm, Screw Diameter = 7mm) then the SCREW/COACH SCREWS you are going to fit so that the self tapping screw/coach screw can make in it's own thread in the ready made pilot hole. To measure the size of the SCREW to determine the next size down (SMALLER) drill bit you need, USE A DRILL BIT SIZE GUIDE:
instead of screws/coachscrews, the metal surface you need to get behind (If can not get behind the surface, then thin metal may not be sufficient thickness to hold weight of MTB, and too thick may prove too difficult to tap a thread into), such as a iron girder, then tighen a NUT onto the BOLT threads:
~ Metal drill bit (Twisted)
~ Drill bit size, must be 1mm diameter BIGGER
(Eg: Pilot hole Diameter = 7mm, Bolt Size Diameter = 6mm) then the BOLT you are going to fit, so that the bigger pilot hole you can pass the BOLT the larger diameter pilot hole. To measure the size of the BOLT to determine the next size up (BIGGER) drill bit you need, USE A DRILL BIT SIZE GUIDE.
That's how to do it, don't tell anybody I told how good it is, or how to fit it or anything.