We’ve made no secret of our fondness for bikes, even suggesting that they could be the key to solving some of our pressing problems. But if you live in a tight apartment, having a bike presents its own vexing question: How do you store your precious ride? Chain it to a pole outside, and you may never see it again; bring it inside, and you risk tripping over it or snagging your dress pants. Some clever wall-mounted options have hit the market in recent years, including the popular and unobtrusive Cycloc, but few are as stylish as the Bike Valet, a new project gaining funding momentum on Kickstarter.
Designed by Steven Tiller of Reclamation Art and Furniture, the rack consists of two pieces of laser-cut cold steel that have been heated and hand-bent into sculptural curves, the insides of which are covered in either leather or neoprene to protect the bike’s finish. It weighs in at 6 pounds, is 24 inches long and, once mounted with the provided fasteners, protrudes 12 inches from the wall, allowing for handlebar widths of up to 21 inches--enough space to accommodate most road bikes and fixies.
Tiller is offering the Valet for $87 (shipping included) on Kickstarter--it normally retails for $95--with the hope of raising $10,000 for 100 preorders and the tooling equipment that was stolen just a day prior to shooting his Kickstarter video. Pledgers have a choice of six colors: red, blue, black, cream white, pale green, or grey. Go here to place a pre-order.