There are very few occasions when I feel the need to actually take the time to sit down and do a quality review of a product because I like it (or dislike it) that much. This is one of those occasions. I. Love. This. Product. I love it. I have not owned a bicycle in...
There are very few occasions when I feel the need to actually take the time to sit down and do a quality review of a product because I like it (or dislike it) that much. This is one of those occasions. I. Love. This. Product. I love it.
I have not owned a bicycle in years (I learned that adults can''t say "bike" or people think you bought a motorcycle). Since this lovely global pandemic of viral illness shut down society, I''ve been home more than I have ever been in my entire life; I desperately needed a bike just to get out and have something to do.
So, a few hundred dollars later and suddenly I had a new bike sitting in the middle of my very small one-bedroom apartment, and absolutely no idea where I would put it. I needed a product that could store the bike in such a way that would make it easily accessible while also out of the way and somewhat inconspicuous: I didn''t want my little living room to feel like a storage closet.
So I researched and tried one rack that was designed to lean against the wall. First, I had to decide where I would lean it: I have a lot of artwork that decorates the walls. I had to take down a large print and figure out where to relocate it. The rack turned out to be so flimsy and cheaply made that I wasn''t even confident stepping away from my bike after placing it on the rack, which bent and seemed to strain underneath a mere 35 pounds of bike. Further, that piece of junk left scuffs on the walls and made me add the Magic Eraser to my next shopping list. But that''s a review for another day. I returned the rack and bought this one.
This rack, the RaxGo Free-Standing Bike Rack, was a total delight compared to the other rack I tried. In fact, I am completely satisfied, thrilled with this purchase. It has earned the five stars I''m leaving here; it was worth every penny. Take a look at the photo: the RaxGo Bike Storage Rack does not lean against the wall, so that beautiful view of Manhattan can stay right where it is! The rack is very sturdy; the manufacturer''s posted weight limit is 90 lbs., or 45 per bike, but truthfully it could probably hold much more than that. It is designed for a maximum of two (2) bikes; the manufacturer advises to not attempt to place more than two bikes on the rack. Nowhere in the instructions does it suggest that a bike can be hung vertically (as mine is, in the photo), but the bike is suspended very naturally this way—there is no wobbling or uncertainty. The bike is very secure, and this positioning works best for my space.
My one complaint with this product is its assembly. I am very good with tools and putting things together, but I found the instructions to be oversimplified and very unhelpful. To construct the rack, you require a 10mm ratchet; there is no way around it. That is something that really ought to be announced on the box but it was on PAGE 5 of the instructions that this tool is required. I had to go to the store and buy a basic ratchet with that size to finish the work. While handling the parts, I had to backtrack and correct pieces that I accidentally put on backwards because the images in the instructions are so poor. However, once the rack was finished, I was so impressed and pleased with how this rack secures and presents my bike that I do not deduct that fifth star over the frustrations of assembly.
The other small concern is the handles that tighten the arms which support the weight of the bike: while the arms are steel, the handles to tighten the bolts that secure the arms are actually plastic. I would take care not to needlessly over-tighten, as I imagine the handles could crack. (Should the handle ever break, it would not cause the bike to fall—it would just be very annoying, as a wrench or screwdriver would then be needed to tighten and loosen the bolt.) But because there is no need for frequent loosening and tightening once you have the height adjusted for your bike, it should be fine.
Overall, this is an awesome product that performs well, should last a long time, and is well worth the asking price. I highly recommend the RaxGo rack for your bike storage needs.