The problem with most bike racks is that they’re unpleasant to look at when the bicycle’s being used. Luckily, there’s a new suite of options cropping up alongside the hipster-renewed enthusiasm for urban biking. Here are 10 options we approve of, priced low to high.
Above: There are several hoist-style bicycle mounts available on the market, but we like this one for its all-black finish and combination of good price and positive reviews. The MV Power Garage Bicycle Hoist is mounted directly into the ceiling and uses a rope-and-pulley system to hang up to two bikes overhead; $21.99 at Amazon. Above: The most minimal solution included here, this Bike Rack from Etsy vendor World of Our Cubes contains two wooden rods that mount into the wall to hang a bike. The rods are covered in rubber to prevent scratches; $45 at Etsy. Above: The Wood Bike Storage rack from CB2 has a nook to hang a bike and a small platform for storing keys, water bottles, and other accoutrements. It’s made of solid Sheesham wood; $49.95. Above: Spare the walls and mount two bikes on the Michelangelo Gravity Stand, which leans against the wall and uses the weight of the bikes to hold it securely in place; $49.99 at Amazon. Above: Here’s a good-looking, simple floor option. The Bicycle Floor Stand from Horse is made in the US of reclaimed oak wood and has a stainless steel frame; $110. Above: The Rack from St. Louis–based Artifox is made of solid white oak or walnut wood (sourced from the American Midwest) with powder-coated steel hooks that keep the bike in a secure, vertical position; $199. Above: Another option when wall mounting won’t do—the Zen bike rack from Chilean brand Chol1, made of pine plywood in a natural, dark wood, or white finish; $285.60. Above: Handmade in Berlin, the wall-mounted Slit bike holder (shown in white) is made of plywood that folds out to hold your bike and folds flat against the wall when not in use. It has a felt surface to prevent scratches and also comes in black; €225. Above: The work of French artist Thibaut Malet, the Bike Hanger for One Bicycle is made of solid oak wood and leans against the wall, protected by cork padding, and can be folded for easy transport; €350. For more, see A Portable Bike Rack for Urban Aesthetes. Above: The Kryon Bike Safe from Milan-based Vadolibero is a stainless steel wall-mount that doubles as a lock. The standard version comes with a soft gray pad on which to hang your bike, but an upgrade offers a hand-stitched leather saddle in five colors; starts at €440. For more storage options, see: Above: We’re not including it in our official list of 10 because the price makes the Domus Bike Shelf impossible for most people, but it’s a good idea—an independent unit with drawers, hooks, and shelves for storing bike-related gear for the serious cyclist. Made in Italy and available in three wood finishes, it’s €4,600.