[Noisebridge-discuss] [dorkbotsf-blabber] Vertical bike storage - quiet/small winch and track?

-pEEf- peef at mindfart.com
Wed May 20 15:43:32 UTC 2015


I second Greg's idea; mount a garage door opener with the track vertical,
and fabricate a hook to go where the garage door connection linkage
normally attaches.  It's already got the track, limit switches, the control
electronics, the remote control, etc.  If you buy a premium one, they are
very quiet.  You might need an extra idler or 2 on your hook/track
interface if there is too much weight on the hook causing cantilever
binding at the track.  You could re-do the enclosure and mount it up on the
ceiling (or even IN the ceiling if you had attic access), for greater
aesthetics.

-Phil

On Tue, May 19, 2015 at 9:26 PM, Stuart O Anderson <emblem at gmail.com> wrote:

> A cheaper solution might be to make the track out of a 2x4, using urethane
> skate wheels (or similar) for the bearing points (have built this before).
> For a high torque DC drive I'd check out online surplus dealers (AS&S,
> MPJA, etc) looking for worm gear drives.  Car window, seat adjust, and RV
> awning lifts are common and might work for your application.
>
> On Tue, May 19, 2015 at 8:50 PM, Greg Leyh <lod at pacbell.net> wrote:
>
>> I'd go with the 80/20 system.  Structural, versatile, and offers a
>> plethora of accessories, such as linear bearings www.amzn.com/B006YVZ6XK
>>
>> A modified garage door opener would provide the most economical linear
>> actuator for this application.  Could even re-use the remotes.  -Greg
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> On 5/19/2015 4:17 PM, Anders Nelson wrote:
>>
>>  Dear smart people, I want to make something.
>>>
>>> I have really high ceilings in my flat and I'd like to store/display my
>>> and
>>> my roommates' bikes vertically along the wall. I need to have them raised
>>> up above the floor higher than anyone can reach though if this is to be
>>> useful.
>>>
>>> So I'd like to make a motorized system where I can hook my front tire on
>>> a
>>> relatively standard tire hook, press a button and have the bike winched
>>> up
>>> along a track to arrive high on the wall near the ceiling.
>>>
>>> Does anyone know of supplier(s) for ball-bearing tracks along which I can
>>> bolt a bicycle storage hook? Next, is there a good solution for a quiet,
>>>
>>>> 50lb winch or gearhead motor you know of?
>>>>
>>>
>>> I've just started looking for parts, surplus is fine as is new stuff.
>>>
>>> Any help is appreciated!
>>>
>>> --
>>> Anders Nelson
>>>
>>> +1 (517) 775-6129
>>>
>>> www.erogear.com
>>>
>>>
>>>
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