Like many people, I keep my road bike in the house rather than the garage. Which is fine, but also just a little bit in the way. I mean, who hasn’t caught a shopping bags on the handlebars, especially if it’s on a through route such as a hallway?
I was looking at a way to store the bike safely, so it couldn’t get knocked over by the dog (or me with my shopping), and would, I don’t know, just tidy up the hall a bit.
I looked at track stands, work stands, wall hangers, pulley systems (eek), and it appears there is a recognised storage problem for bikes, purely because there is such a multitude of potential solutions on offer.
One that immediate intrigued me was the Hornit CLUG. It is unobtrusive when not in use, and in fact, unobtrusive when it is in use too. It’s also cheap at around £15.
They come in three colours; black and white, black and black, and white and orange. I wanted a black and white one but they were sold out, so I ordered a white and orange one purely because I have a sunny yellow hallway with a big picture of an orange sun halfway up the stairs. I figured it would sort of go with the decoration when it wasn’t holding my bike.
I didn’t actually realise how small it was until it arrived:
They do come in different sizes, depending on the size of your wheels and tyres, but the overall impression is that they are a lot smaller than many other options.
Mine is a ‘Roadie’ but there are also ones for MTBs etc. You just need to make sure you’ve got the one for your tyre width or it won’t work. This does mean that you can’t fit one and clip different sized bikes in it though.
In fact, if you’ve gone too small I guess you won’t get your bike to fit in it at all, and if it’s too big and it will be dangerous and the bike could easily fall out. You’ll see what I mean in a bit.
Fitting the CLUG does require a drill suitable for making holes in the appropriate masonry, but it’s not difficult and only requires you to drill two holes as the specified point.
All the instructions are on a leaflet inside, and the box also acts as a template for drilling the holes.
Once you’ve decided where to put your bike, you then hold the bike in place and measure where on the wall you want your CLUG. It is much easier if you have two people at this point so one can hold the bike and one can mark the wall, but you could do it yourself at a push.
You can have the bike standing vertically, as I have, or your could use it to hold the bike upright against a wall in the normal wheels down position. I marked the centre of the tire horizontally, then made this into a cross to get the position absolutely right and centred. To get it lined up properly, you then stick the box to the wall as shown in the picture below.
The great thing about this is that not only does it show you exactly where to drill, but if you drill through the card with it taped in place, the box catches the brick dust! Brilliant!
I should add that if you have very giving walls like me you will still need to hoover up afterwards.
Next you drill where shown, fit the wall plugs, and then fit the white part of the CLUG to the wall with the screws provided.
All drill bit sizes etc. are on the instructions, although we ended up using a larger drill, wall plugs, and screws, due to the nature of the wall we were attaching it too.
Once the white bracket is in place, simply click in the coloured inner which is the bit that hugs the tyre.
I think it would be important to make sure your tyres don’t deflate as this will effect the grip of the CLUG on the wheel and cause problems.
A completely flat tyre would deform and the CLUG could release the wheel causing your bike to no longer be safe and even to fall out.
Something to keep and eye on. As mine is by the stairs, I give the front tyre a squeeze on the way past every time. It’s nice to say hi to my bike too.
The end result is that you can ‘hang’ your bike, although hang is the wrong term because your bikes weight is supported by the back wheel being on the ground and this is very important. The CLUG doesn’t hold the weight of the bike, just provides a stable holder to put your bike in and keep it vertical and in place. The rear wheel absolutely must be on the floor.
It’s a brilliant invention, and for £15 it’s a cheap and innovative solution that most people would easily be able to live with. The bike is now a bit more out of the way of general life but can still be admired by everyone that comes in the house, and petted by me as I go up the stairs. What is not to like?
PLEASE NOTE: This feature is not sponsored by CLUG, I have no links with the company or its products, and the CLUG was purchased by me direct from the company via their website for my hard earned cash. It is also available from a number of independent and chain cycle retailers.