The Bike Valet, a Butler For Your Bicycle

Bike Valet by Reclamation Art + Furniture Kick Starter Wall MountThe Bike Valet by Reclamation Art + Furniture is a simple, minimalist wall mount for indoor bicycle storage.  It supports one bicycle and features two hooks to serenade your helmet and gear.  The Bike Valet looks to be in the same price range as the Cycloc wall mount, so it isn’t the cheapest on the market by far.  But, if price isn’t an issue, this wall mount is endowed with maximal style and character.  The Bike Valet looks more like a piece of Second Empire furniture than a wall mount.  My only complaint is that there is no integrated coffee-cup holder, but I guess some things must be sacrificed for the art of minimalism.

On that note, the Bike Valet will come powder-coated in a variety of majestic colors: black, blue, cream white, grey, pale green, and red.  They give a choice for the product to be equipped with either leather pad or neoprene pad to prop the bike on (keeping the Vegans in mind I assume). The Bike Valet is laser cut, hand bent, and made from 1/8” quality steel.  On a side note, the mount extends 12″ from the wall, so it shouldn’t provide any issues with most handlebar widths apart from mountain bikes.    More about this classy rack after the break.

Fixie Minimalist Wall Mount by Reclamation Art + Furniture

Reclamation Art + Furniture is still in the process of getting this project off the ground, so the Bike Valet is on Kickstarter.  They are halfway to their proposed goal and are offering a discount to all Kickstarter backers.  All Kickstarter backers get the Bike Valet at $75.00 plus shipping ($12 continental US).  If you want to see the Bike Valet in production, you can help the Bike Valet make its way to the shelves with a pledge at their Kickstarter page.  Below is a nifty video of Steven Tiller from Reclamation Art + Furniture describing the Bike Valet.

Comments

doug - 01/22/12 - 12:41pm

75 dollars for 2 pieces of bent metal?

Gerald - 01/22/12 - 2:54pm

I’m not a fan of how the cable is getting rubbed on the top tube of the Cannondale. Fail IMO, don’t scratch an expensive frame.

Sam - 01/22/12 - 3:34pm

“On a side note, the mount extends 12? from the wall, so it shouldn’t provide any issues with most handlebar widths.” Unless you hope to use it to hang almost any modern mountain bike…

harro - 01/22/12 - 4:23pm

$75 for that? lol

Colin - 01/22/12 - 4:34pm

Thanks for your contribution Sam, I updated the post to include the information in your comment!

Gillis - 01/22/12 - 6:18pm

In regards to Sam’s comment I would argue that in an apartment I would want my handlebars to protrude as little as possible. And that turning the bars slightly would allow it to sit more flush to the wall. I really think the mounts’ distance from the wall is not an issue.

@ Gerald: When hanging a bike from the toptube (of which there are many mounts available in this style) there is no way to avoid this. The best you can do is to be conscious of it when hanging and move the cable over the mount or perhaps make a groove where the cable will lie.

Ghost Rider - 01/22/12 - 8:12pm

“Serenade” your helmet and gear? What? This thing sings to your kit as it hangs from the wall? Did you perhaps mean “segregate” or “sequester”?

Dan Streelman - 01/22/12 - 8:38pm

For the people complaining about the price…

You are not paying for the raw material, you are paying for the clever idea and design, the time it takes to fabricate, the overhead and equipment it takes to make it.

Any product you buy costs more than the materials that went into it. Regardless of weather or not you think its worth the 75 bucks, the design is simple and elegant and the hooks on the top and bottom make it even more useful.

Robin - 01/23/12 - 12:12am

That’s a nice looking piece. I think the price is alright.

Chipollini - 01/23/12 - 2:50am

I hope they had insurance for that break in… I like the product, but I also think it’s a bit spendy for something I could make for 5 dollars and time.

Ed - 01/23/12 - 5:07am

Cycloc is better and cheaper

Bill - 01/23/12 - 10:50am

Dear art school students: stop designing bike racks made for straight top tubes. Any modern road bike would look ridiculous (or your art piece is going to be crooked)

Art School Student - 01/23/12 - 11:12am

Dear Bill, all wall based bike storage I’m aware of have a level arms. You don’t have to drag “art school students”, etc.. in to your uninformed comment. You also don’t know anything about “modern road bikes”. The amount of slope on the top-tube varies considerably from one end of the spectrum. BH and Giant’s tend to slope quite a bit, where as my BMC and Storck have minimal slope. Trek top tubes change their slope depending on the size of the frame, with a 59 having little slope relative to a 51. I further contest that the bike would look “ridiculous”. troll.

Dear Chipollini, false.

Chip - 01/23/12 - 11:15am

I thing it looks pretty suhweeeet myself.

You guys are a trip…… “Ew…… I might scratch my bike!”

roney - 09/22/13 - 9:43pm

Anyone who designs and fabricates custom pieces know that the prototype and custom pieces cost A LOT OF MONEY. Once the design is figured out, it doesn’t even worth making less than 1,000 units for the price to start to come down. $75 seems to be quite low for this item, it’s less than 1 hour of qualified labor, specially in California, plus try buying metal, rubber pads, screws, paint, in small quantities to make it. Now think about the cost of the equipment you need to have to cut & bend the metal just right… I make custom bike hangers that cost $350 to $1,200… I admire these guys getting it out for $75 bucks! Great job!

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