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Bike Rack Installation Process - Drawing

Vertical Bicycle Storage Rack
Installation Process

Step #1

The wooden bike rack is mounted to the wall with structural wood screws (1) of appropriate size and length for the wall material (i.e. - standard wood stud construction) and the applied weight of the rack and the bike. You can easily see the mounting holes (through holes) at each end of the backplate (2) - the long piece of wood used for mounting the rack to the wall or mounting surface (3).

To begin, prepare your work area by locating the following items:

  • The ERGO Bike Rack
  • FastenMaster HeadLOK Structural Wood Screws - 4-1/2" (quantity = 2)
  • FastenMaster Spider Drive Bit (quantity = 1)
  • Electric Drill + 3/16" Drill Bit
  • Tape Measure
  • Level (recommended, if available)

Step #2

Measure the wheelbase of the bicycle (4) that you intend to use with your new bike rack. If you have multiple bikes and you expect to use them interchangeably with the new rack, measure all of your bikes to determine the longest one. The longest bike will determine the mount height of the bicycle rack. It doesn't matter if your bike has 26" wheels, 650B wheels, or 29" wheels. The rack is intelligently engineered for all sizes. To determine the wheelbase of your bike, use a tape measure to measure the distance from the axle bolt (or, skewer) of the front wheel (5) to the axle bolt of the rear wheel. That's it! It's that easy.

Step #3

Clear the area where you will be installing your new ERGO Bike Rack. Make sure that the wall (or other vertical mounting surface) is structurally sound and is in good safe condition. At this time, you may wish to paint or decorate the wall prior to mounting the new rack. If your wall is of standard wood stud construction (covered with drywall, plaster, or paneling), locate a vertical wall stud nearest to the location that you desire the install the rack. You will need to use this vertical stud to properly secure the rack to the wall. Please note that an electric stud finder works great for helping this task. Use it if you have one, or borrow one from a friend. BE CAREFUL to avoid electrical lines and plumbing lines!

Step #4

Using your previously acquired "bicycle wheelbase measurement", measure from the floor (vertically along the wall stud) to the first drill point (6). This first drill point coincides with the lower Mounting Hole of the ERGO Bike Rack. The standard mounting height provides approximately 2" of clearance between the rear wheel and the floor (7). Should you desire additional clearance, add that additional distance to your bicycle wheelbase measurement. Using your electric drill and your 3/16" drill bit, drill a pilot hole through the drywall/plaster and into the wall stud at least 3" deep, but don't go through the wall if you have thin walls. Make sure to drill straight and perpendicular. And, BE CAREFUL to avoid electrical lines and plumbing lines!

Step #5

Using one of the two provided HeadLOK Structural Wood Screws and its mating Spider Bit, mount the bike rack to the wall, loosely. Using a level, make sure that the bike rack is plumb (vertically straight) and mark the upper Mounting Hole (8), by placing the second HeadLOK structural wood screw through the hole and marking the centerpoint on the wall. Using your electric drill and your 3/16" drill bit, drill a pilot hole through the drywall/plaster and into the wall stud, just as you did for the lower Mounting Hole.

Step #6

Finally, using your electric drill and the FastenMaster Spider Bit, secure your new bicycle storage rack to the wall using both HeadLOK structural wood screws. Make sure that the rack is flush to the wall, and that the screws are securely driven into the wall stud. Even though the 3/16" pilot holes greatly improve ease of installation, be careful not to strip the screw head or the Spider Bit. That's it ... you're all done. Enjoy!



Wall Plate for Bike Rack Installation Process - Drawing

ERGO Protective Wall Plate
Installation Process

Step #1

The “ERGO Protective Wall Plate” is mounted to the wall with structural wood screws (2) of appropriate size and length for the wall material (i.e. - standard wood stud construction). You can easily see the mounting holes (through holes) at each end of the wall plate assembly (1).

To begin, prepare your work area by locating the following items:

  • The ERGO Protective Wall Plate
  • FastenMaster HeadLOK Structural Wood Screws - 2-5/8" (quantity = 2)
  • FastenMaster Spider Drive Bit (provided with your ERGO Bike Rack, or sold separately)
  • Electric Drill + 3/16" Drill Bit
  • Tape Measure
  • Level (recommended, if available)

Step #2

Make sure that your vertical wall-mount bicycle storage rack (sold separately) is properly and safely installed. If you have multiple bikes and you expect to use them interchangeably with the storage rack, mount each bike in the storage rack and make note of where the rear (or lower) wheel would make contact with the wall. If desired, use easy-release painters' tape to protect the wall from tire marks, and use the tape to help mark the contact point(s).

Step #3

Clear the area where you will be installing your new ERGO Protective Wall Plate (i.e. - remove any bike that is mounted in the bike rack). Make sure that the wall (or other vertical mounting surface) is structurally sound and is in good safe condition. Using the heads of the two mounting screws that hold your ERGO Bike Rack to the wall, identify the vertical centerline that runs down the wall toward the floor. If you mounted your bike rack to a wall stud (best, and most ideal), the vertical wall stud should follow the vertical centerline. You will need to use this vertical stud to properly secure the protective wall plate to the wall. Please note that an electric stud finder works great for helping this task. Use it if you have one, or borrow one from a friend. BE CAREFUL to avoid electrical lines and plumbing lines!

Step #4

Using your previously acquired vertical centerline and the average contact tire contact point(s), position the ERGO Protective Wall Plate in a vertical orientation as desired, so that the rear tire of each of your bikes will land on the middle area of the plate. Adjust the wall plate upwards or downwards as desired to achieve the best position. Using the two holes in the protective wall plate as a template, mark the hole locations on the wall. Use a level to verify that the two holes are true vertical of each other and on your centerline. Using your electric drill and your 3/16" drill bit, drill pilot holes through the drywall/plaster and into the wall stud to 1.5" deep, but don't go through the wall if you have thin walls. Make sure to drill straight and perpendicular. And, BE CAREFUL to avoid electrical lines and plumbing lines!

Step #5

Using the two provided HeadLOK Structural Wood Screws and its mating Spider Bit (provided separately), mount the protective wall plate to the wall, loosely. Using a level, make sure that the plate is plumb (vertically straight).

Step #6

Finally, using your electric drill and the FastenMaster Spider Bit, secure your new ERGO Protective Wall Plate to the wall. Make sure that the screws are securely driven into the wall stud. Even though the 3/16" pilot holes greatly improve ease of installation, be careful not to strip the screw head or the Spider Bit. That's it ... you're all done. Enjoy!


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