A while back, CoolTools featured a nice looking bike rack that didn't take up much space, packed in the bikes, and allowed easy access. Mathowie and I must've seen it about the same time because he actually installed one while I just sat around thinking about it.
After seeing Matt's installation, I started wondering whether I could hack one together. The main track looked a lot like a sliding gate track that I installed in our backyard. I poked around the Dero site and checked out their specs. I went down to the local Wilco store to see what they had on hand. It looked like they had all the bits I'd need, so yesterday I made a quick run to the store and bought all the bits. It took about a half an hour to install, including drilling holes and standing around thinking about placement.
Here's the list of parts, along with prices:
- ¼" lag bolts and washers (3 of each @ 33¢ each)
- 8' section of sliding gate track ($18)
- Four sliding trolleys (2 boxes at $28/box)
- Four ½" eye bolts ($3/ea)
- Two long plant hangers ($3/ea)
- Two short plant hangers ($3 for package of two)
So for just under $100, plus my own labor, I was able to build a DIY sliding bike rack in my carport with very limited space. The following pictures and videos will give you an idea of what transpired.