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The floaterhoist is a ceiling-mounted bicycle hoist capable of storing a bicycle in a horizontal orientation.

Have a look at the instructions here: http://www.floaterhoist.com/D10030101.pdf

Hi, thanks for visiting my Kickstarter campaign. Together, let's bring the first horizontal bicycle hoist into existence!

The Floaterhoist is a ceiling-mounted bicycle hoist capable of storing a bicycle in a horizontal orientation. Three independently controlled rope and pulley systems attach to three points on a bicycle’s frame. The high level of control afforded by this system allows a bicycle to be pulled up in very close proximity to the ceiling. The lowest point on the bicycle (typically the end of the handlebar) will be no more than 580 mm (23”) from the ceiling surface.

The concept for the Floaterhoist was born out of dissatisfaction with the current bicycle storage options. When bicycles are stored on floor racks or wall racks, too much valuable space is consumed. When bicycles are stored using conventional vertical-lifting bike hoists, the tires hang down in the way unless the ceiling is greater than 3 m (10’) tall. The idea of lifting a bicycle horizontally came quickly, and a proof-of-concept prototype was made by attaching pulleys onto a sheet of plywood. After many hours of development by Andrew Mountain followed by a round of industrial design by Kevin Kimberley of DesignUp Inc., the Floaterhoist was born.

Universal compatibility was a top priority in our design. The Floaterhoist works with small and large bicycles, small and large frame tubing diameters, both solid wood joist and concrete ceilings, and any common joist spacing up to 600 mm (24”).

A safety device called a “rope lock” is a necessary feature of any ceiling hoist. The problem with most rope locks is that they behave unpredictably and don't always unlock when you would like them to. Our rope locks, based on a very popular sailing cleat design, are an absolute joy to use and a marvel of simplicity (no moving parts). Simply raise the ropes to unlock, and lower the ropes to lock. The rope locks are “self-locking”, halting the bike immediately if the ropes are dropped.

Our moveable pulleys are large in diameter and heavyweight, resistant to rope twisting and rope jams. We optimized the pulley wheel groove shape to keep the rope in the groove where it belongs.

Did we mention that Floaterhoist is gentle to your bike? The slings conform to the shape of the bicycle’s frame, distributing the load evenly. 

With your support, we hope to be shipping by mid December. Please spread the word and share with your friends!

Thank you!

MATERIALS
•  6061 aluminum beams
•  Nylon-6 fixed pulley structures and rope locks
•  Acetal pulley wheels
•  MFP solid-braid ropes
•  Steel moveable pulleys
•  Tubular nylon webbing slings

US Patent 7631854

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    MEASURE: Two industrial quality rigid steel rulers--the essential measuring tool. These are beautifully made precision instruments. Mitutoyo 6” (Graduations of 1/8”, 1/16”, 1/32”, 1/64”) and Mitutoyo 150 mm (Graduations of 1 mm and 0.5 mm). Includes shipping within the USA and Canada. (International orders please add $14 for shipping)

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    HOIST: You are pre-ordering and will receive a Floaterhoist bike hoist which will sell for $89.99 online and at retail. Includes shipping within the USA and Canada. For multiple Floaterhoists just pledge a multiple of $75. (International orders not available due extremely high cost of shipping this bulky item. Please contact us and we will send you updates on distribution in your area.)

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    MASTER CARTON OF SIX HOISTS: You are pre-ordering and will receive six Floaterhoist bike hoists. Shipping six hoists at once in a large box called a master carton reduces our shipping cost and we pass along the savings to you. Includes shipping within the USA and Canada. For multiple master cartons just pledge a multiple of $415. (International orders not available due extremely high cost of shipping this bulky item. Please contact us and we will send you updates on distribution in your area.)

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