The floaterhoist is a ceiling-mounted bicycle hoist capable of storing a bicycle in a horizontal orientation. Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on December 10, 2011.
About this project
Have a look at the instructions here: http://www.floaterhoist.com/D10030101.pdf
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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!
• 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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The Floaterhoist works with mountain bikes, road bikes, downhill/freeride bikes, cruiser bikes, and BMX bikes.
The Floaterhoist was not designed to work with recumbents bikes, but it may work with some SWB recumbents. The sling on the middle pulley may have to be longer in order to attach to the seat of the SWB recumbent. Please contact us with your specific application.
25 kg (55 lb)
3 m (10 ft)
My ceiling is taller than 3m (10 ft), if I replace the ropes with longer ones will Floaterhoist work on my ceiling?
Yes, if you provide long enough ropes, Floaterhoist will work on any ceiling height. The benefits of Floaterhoist are most dramatic on ceiling heights of less than 3m (10 ft), but there still may be compelling reasons to install on a ceiling taller than 3 m (10 ft). Please note that you must use the following type of rope: 6 mm (1/4”) diameter, solid braid, nylon or multifilament polypropylene. You must use three different colors of rope. At a typical hardware store, this rope is sold only in white. Please contact us for assistance.
MA = 2
300 mm (12”), 400 mm (16”), 480 mm (19.2”), 600 mm (24”)
Yes. Concrete anchors are included.
No, the Floaterhoist must be installed on a level ceiling.
I have resilient channel (a.k.a. hat channel or furring strips) isolating my ceiling drywall from my solid wood joists. Can I attach the Floaterhoist to the resilient channel?
Yes, it is possible to install the Floaterhoist onto resilient channel, hat channel, or furring strips, however, you must be very careful to check that every screw actually engages with the channel. If the screw doesn't "tighten down" (if it continues to spin freely) it is not engaged with the channel. Remove it and try again in a nearby location. After all the screws are installed, you must test the strength of the installation by grabbing the hoist and trying to pull it off the ceiling. If the hoist doesn't remain tightly secured to the ceiling during this test, you must remove the hoist from the ceiling and reinstall it in a nearby location. Warning: Have an assistant hold you and your ladder steady while you perform this test. Warning: Please don't hang from the hoist, personal injury may result.
Two people are required to install a Floaterhoist. A holder is provided to allow an assistant to help with the installation process.
Instead of laying the bike on the ground, can I leave the bike standing upright while I connect the bike to the hoist?
No, you cannot connect the bike to the hoist while the bike is standing upright. If you do so, the slings will slide up the frame tubes as you begin to lift the bike. Furthermore, it is awkward to connect the slings to a bicycle that is standing upright.
When I lower the bike, can I change the bike's orientation from horizontal to vertical so that it lands on its tires?
No. As the bicycle's orientation approaches vertical, the slings will slide up the frame tubes of the bicycle causing the bicycle to suddenly tip. Furthermore, it is awkward to disconnect the slings from a bicycle that is standing upright.
No, the points of contact with the ground are the tires, the left pedal, and the left handlebar end. The drivetrain components are facing up--so there is never danger of the derailleur touching the ground. The only damage that has occurred in testing was a scuff to the finish of a road bike's left brake lever. When laid down, a road bike’s left brake lever may contact the ground. For this reason, we recommend placing an old sock over a road bike’s left brake lever to protect its finish.
Yes. Fox and Marzocchi say it's OK to store hydraulic suspension forks horizontally. Hayes says it's OK to store hydraulic brake systems horizontally as long as the bike is bled properly.
I notice that the Floaterhoist uses a lot of plastic components. Do these plastic components flex during use? How strong are these components? Will these components eventually break?
The plastic components are extremely stiff and strong. Nylon-6 retains its impact resistance even at sub-zero temperatures. These components were designed to last a lifetime under normal use.
Floaterhoist uses very soft and supple tubular nylon slings that wrap around the bike frame and loop over the hooks. Slings are a very gentle way to suspend a load--they distribute the force over a large area. The slings will not scratch your bike frame unless foreign material such as sand or dirt is allowed to come between the sling and the bike frame.
Estimated delivery is late Dec. 2011 or early Jan. 2012
- (30 days)