BikeStow Review. A must-have bike rack for your van and home
In this review, we are going to take a look at the bike rack from BikeStow. A foldable, portable, bike rack for your home or van that doesn’t require any faffing with removing wheels. Simply slide the “V sliders” up. wheel your wheel into the rack and then clamp the “V Slider” back down on to your tyre.
The BikeStow bike rack has been designed to safely and securely hold your bike with no chance of damage to your frame. The rack comes in three size options to hold two, three or four bikes in a single rack. There are also multiple colour/finish options Raw, Storm Grey and Black (which is what the rack I am reviewing is).
In this BikeStow review I will be writing about the bike rack which supports up to three bikes and is made from black laminated birch plywood but also features a custom One Track Mind Magazine vinyl that BikeStow were kind enough to sort for us.
”I would go as far as saying is a must-have product for anyone needing a bike rack for their van, home, office, garage or even bedroom!Will Brett-AtkinOTM Mag
The BikeStow is made in Birmingham UK from CNC routed laminated birch plywood. The V Sliders are made from laser-cut brushed aluminium.
Prices range from £179 to £289 depending on the size of the rack you choose. This may sound like a lot initially but when you consider the quality of the item, materials required to make them and how well it works you realise it’s actually very good value for money. Plus the time saving when loading and unloading your bike compared to other racks. Previously I’ve used axel mounted racks which are great as they keep your bike secure and save room in the van but they are a right faff especially when juggling multiple bikes, muddy conditions and heavy EMTBs. I’ve not had any such issues since switching to the BikeStow bike rack.
Another great think about the BikeStow is that it’s doesn’t discriminate. Whether your a roading, gravel rider, Enduro racer or Downhill rider and even Ebikers your bike will fit as long as your tyres are 26″, 27.5″, 29″, 700c. The V Slider grips the tyre so no need to fork out extra money on fork adapters and you no longer need to worry about your awkward bike frame and shock positions as the frame doesn’t come into contact with the rack at all.
Having said that, BikeStow is working on an adapter to allow for smaller wheels for those parents of young shredders out there so watch this space.
- Bikes of all disciplines can be held; road, mtb, e-bikes etc
- Wheel diameters including 700C, 26″, 27.5″ and 29″
- Tyre thicknesses up to 2.6″ can be held in the raw models, and up to 2.6″ on 29″ wheels or 3″ on 27.5″ or smaller wheels in the laminated models.
- Folds flat for convenient storage when not in use.
- Secures the bike by the wheel – no scratches, dents or damage to your frame.
- Quick and easy, multiple bikes can be held safe and secure.
I reached out to BikeStow for any comments and this is what Julie Laight had to say:
2020 was a really busy year finally moving out of our garage where we were literally building on our hands and knees, and into a unit with our own CNC router so we can bring everything in house. George has set up a YouTube channel where every now and again he uploads videos of projects we have on and just general progress from our move over the last few months. What’s really great is more and more orders are coming through from recommendations, as a small family business that’s the best feedback we could have.
Is it worth the money?
The BikeStow bike rack is certainly worth the money. Not only will you be getting a warm and fuzzy feeling from supporting a small family run business but you will be getting an excellent product that I would go as far as saying is a must-have product for anyone needing a bike rack for their van, home, office, garage or even bedroom!
I think it’s also important to mention that as with all our product reviews this is an unbiased review. But especially in this case as I have personally purchased this bike rack. It’s such a good product and I needed something to transport bikes on a daily basis often multiple bikes at a time and this has made my life so much easier.
I have been using the rack for a couple of weeks now and it’s an absolute breeze to use. The only time I have had an issue and it really is a small one is when using 29r wheels with large mud spike knobs. It just takes a little extra wiggling to get it in and out of the rack but this really is clutching at straws for anything negative to say and it’s still a darn sight easier than removing your wheel to mount in a fork-mounted bike rack.
I think moving forwards loading and unloading the van is going to be so much less of a chore. So even less excuse for me to go out whatever the weather and slay some single track!
What do you think of the bike rack from BikeStow? Have you tried one yet? If not how are you currently transporting and storing your bikes?
Want to get your hands on one of the racks from BikeStow? You best be quick as these babies sell out fast! If there isn’t one in stock then signup to their mailing list so you will be the first to know about new stock.