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The Clug offers simplified bicycle storage

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May 13, 2014

The Clug is designed to make bicycle storage easier

The Clug is designed to make bicycle storage easier

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When it comes to storing bicycles vertically, a wall-mounted hook that grabs the front wheel rim is what's usually used (although there are exceptions). It's effective but perhaps not always that attractive, plus it presents a head-banging hazard. The Clug offers a lower-profile, more interior designer-friendly alternative.

Created by Vancouver-based Hurdler Studios, the Clug is simply a flexible C-shaped bracket.

Its outer plastic "clipper" section is first screwed into the wall, using a template incorporated into its cardboard packaging to establish where the holes should be drilled. Adhesive picture-mounting strips will reportedly also work, if you don't want to put holes in your wall.

The two main components of the Clug

The soft elastomer "gripper" section is then placed inside the clipper. While the clipper provides the tension to hold onto the bike's front tire, the gripper provides the grip (appropriately enough) while also protecting the rim from scratches.

The designers are currently raising production funds for the Clug, on Kickstarter. A pledge of CAD$9 (about US$8.25) will get you one, when and if they're ready to go. The current version is designed to fit road bike tires, although a bigger model for mountain bike tires is in the works.

More information is available in the pitch video below.

Source: Kickstarter

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Ben Coxworth An experienced freelance writer, videographer and television producer, Ben's interest in all forms of innovation is particularly fanatical when it comes to human-powered transportation, film-making gear, environmentally-friendly technologies and anything that's designed to go underwater. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where he spends a lot of time going over the handlebars of his mountain bike, hanging out in off-leash parks, and wishing the Pacific Ocean wasn't so far away.   All articles by Ben Coxworth
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6 Comments

I think i'd prefer the brake version in the video!

Andrew James Knowles
14th May, 2014 @ 01:54 am PDT

You would need a different sized mount for every different size tire. That could end up being a lot of holes in the wall. (Only hipsters are as conformist as the people in the video.)

lostjr
14th May, 2014 @ 08:17 am PDT

Kind of flimsy. Why not just use standard garage wall hook turned sideways? And it will fit all bike sizes and your bike wont fall out by accident.

Matt Fletcher
14th May, 2014 @ 09:04 am PDT

These guys are hardcore. They took their shiny roadbike out into the wilderness to clip it to a tree. Thank goodness someone has addressed the problem of finding a spare spot in those overcrowded and difficult to lean against forests.

Mia H
14th May, 2014 @ 10:52 pm PDT

@Matt Fletcher

Try it and you will find out why not.

I have made a lot of bike racks, for bike shops, for home, for friends and for the tops of cars. Currently I hang nine bikes vertically using the "garage hook", alternating front and back wheels. The rack stands on the floor and just leans against the wall. There is a beam with guides for the lower wheels to hold the bikes at a 45 degree angle and keeps the bikes from swinging into each other. This also keeps tire marks off the walls. I have a shelf above the beam the hooks screw into to store spare parts and gear. Not nearly as simple as a Clug but a very effective design.

There is a lot to like about the concept and the neat installation guide. The video is also well done. I can see these used at work and home but there may be a few problems:

1) The user needs to have a way to keep tire marks off the wall.

2) The clug only fits a specific (or narrow range?) tire size and the installation is for a specific wheelbase. You might need to have your name on your Clug at work.

3) If your tire goes flat does your bike fall down? Long term storage might be a problem.

4) If you bump into your bike will it fall down? Or a better question: How hard can you bump into it without knocking it over?

5) If you leave your bike Cluged in for a few months (we have long winters here) does it mess up the tire?

Intellcity
14th May, 2014 @ 10:53 pm PDT

there are many problems with this solution and probably the reason that it is not found in bike shops.

other than those mentioned above, safety is a big concern. also it looks like an iRip of the tool holder sold and patented by the container store.

uwe
16th May, 2014 @ 01:30 am PDT
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