Kickstarter: Store your Bikes in the Roost with the Bike-Nest

Whether you have 1 bike or are approaching S-1 (S being the number of bikes owned that would result in separation from your partner), bike storage is always at a premium. So California based engineer, Robert Ozarski, has created a slick new bicycle storage system which vastly improves upon existing pulley systems.

The Bike-Nest attaches to your ceiling via two bolts and uses a spring mechanism to raise your bike sky high. Much like a properly functioning set of window blinds, a slight tug on the cable brings your bike to ground level. You can also stop the bike in any position as it descends, which means the Bike-Nest could also double as light workstand. Bike-Nest Lady Cruiser

The design works with bikes of all different shapes and sizes

The entire mechanism weighs 10 lbs, is made of glass filled nylon, stainless steel, brass, aluminum and steel, and has a load capacity of roughly 40 lbs. The current prototype has been in use for a year and all tooling and assembly will be done in Irvine, CA.

Interested? The early birds have already picked up their nests for $85, but you can still pick one up for $115. The units will be available in white, black, or blue. Pledge your support for the project here.

Special thanks to Jerome for the tip!

Comments

Jason - 10/30/13 - 12:20pm

The metal hook would not jive with my paint. Is it just one cable? Stability?

JoeNomad - 10/30/13 - 1:02pm

It appears that this lift uses the ceiling to stablize the bike by the handlebar and seat. 2 issues that come to mind is rubbing on the seat and tape or as in his video his light. Second issue if used indoors is dirt outlines on the ceiling from the contact. He needs to use it another year and come back with a new idea.

elliott - 10/30/13 - 1:05pm

I like the idea, but it needs to connect to the bike frame at two points. If it is unbalanced, the bike will slip to one side and fall down.

Additionally, the current design can only be used on flat ceilings. If the purchaser has a vaulted ceilings, the two point connection will solve that problem.

Robert Ozarski - 10/30/13 - 1:57pm

These are good questions about bike-nest. The hook is a patent pending design it is specially designed to be non marring or scratching. The single hook self cinches around the bar so even if the bike is far off balance the bike will not slip no matter how steeply the bike or bar is angled. The single attachment makes it very easy to connect in seconds extremely securely. Not shown in the Video is that the hook is also easily stored by hooking it onto the release cord end. The cord is a loop so pulling one side takes the hook out of the way when the bike is not on it. Pulleys which use multiple hooks are awkward to find connection point on many bikes, which are secure. If you use one you will find they are very unstable. Lowering a pulley easily causes rope burns as it slides through your hands and if your hands slip the bike crashes down. With bike-nest if you let go the bike stops in place.

Andy - 10/30/13 - 1:59pm

Yeah, not seeing a problem with the pulley systems that are out there. Two points of contact and they just plain work.

Robert Ozarski - 10/30/13 - 2:06pm

Se thoughtful comments above on Bike-Nest. It’s not necessary to let the bike reach the ceiling with Bike-Nest. It can be stopped before simply by reversing the upward travel which locks it in place. The force is so gentle that resting against the ceiling does not disturb the seat or handle bars or equipment like lights. Those tend to be clean so getting dirt on the ceiling is not generally a problem. I have it in my living room for a daily rider with no ceiling marks from bike dirt, but I don’t ride in mud either, but then I would not bring a dirt bike into the house either.

Alex - 10/30/13 - 3:51pm

I feel this can be disastrous on a light roadie. This is supposedly a versatile item made to hoist all sorts of bikes from 15lb carbon roadies to 50lb downhill rigs. Fasten the bike and better not let go of that prized $10k S-works or it’ll rocket towards your ceiling at a carbon crushing pace.

Mirwin - 10/30/13 - 4:02pm

Alex, it’s a mechanically aided lifting device, not a slingshot. If your hypothetical $10k carbon road bike can’t handle being lifted up to a 9 ft ceiling by relatively slow mechanically means, as in the video, I definitely wouldn’t want to ride it down a paved hill at 40+ mph.

GG - 10/30/13 - 4:49pm

This looks like exactly what I have been looking for in my garage. Too bad the initial orders are already sold out! $85 is a possibility, but $115 is steep.

plebs - 10/30/13 - 5:24pm

@Robert Ozarski, I love it that you’ve come here to answer questions. Always a good sign :-)

Marc - 10/30/13 - 5:26pm

I have seen and used the prototype of this product and it rocks! Every bike enthusiast will someday have some version of this, even those that currently have their doubts. The hook mechanism is simple, elegant and coated so scratching is not an issue. If you can lift your bike by placing your thumb and forefinger around the frame at some location, it will work with your bike. The speed at which your bike is lifted is not aggressive and a failure to guide the bike to the ceiling would be much less traumatic then dropping the bike while attempting to hoist it with a flimsy pulley and rope system. You can stop the lift at any point, so it doesn’t have to go to the ceiling and works great as bike lift when performing basic service of your bike.

Human Cyclist - 10/30/13 - 5:27pm

Does it come with a drip tray? I fear for what is beneath the bike! Seriously, neat idea. I’ve got my stacked up on the wall in the hallway. When they’re wet I just leave them on the floor to dry.

mark - 10/30/13 - 9:32pm

Someone finally did their homework. As an engineering major this is a joy to see. I can’t wait to get my hands on one. I have a 60 pound cargo bike. Robert, is your product strong enough to support my cargo bike that is ALWAYS in the way?

Robert Ozarski - 11/06/13 - 4:47pm

Mark,
It’s limited to 40 pounds in this version. If I get this one launched with my current Kickstarter campaign, I will make a larger version for heavier bikes such as your cargo bike and for electric bikes which I am getting inquiries for also.

Linda - 12/16/13 - 8:41am

What an ingenious idea! Now.. If only I had a garage!!

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