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by Anne-Marije Rook
January 26, 2017
In this edition of Women’s Product Picks, we take a look at kit by Voler and Queen of the Mountain, Club Ride Apparel’s versatile top, Foothill Products’ ingenious way to store wheels, and Bontrager’s hi-vis women’s jacket
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When I moved into my new apartment at the end of last year, I was faced with a problem: I was downsizing to a one-bedroom, so where the hell were all my bikes and gear going to go?!
The extra costs and inconvenience of storing my gear in a storage unit just wasn’t an option, and so my living room now doubles as my bike room. As such, it needs to look presentable while being functional. So when Foothill Products sent me their latest product, a wheel storage solution called “The Offset Hook,” I was stoked.
Inventor and CEO Douglas Schaller said he came up with The Offset Hook when he, too, was faced with a one-bedroom storage problem for him and his girlfriend’s seven bikes and 11 wheelsets.
“While our bikes were neatly organised, the wheel situation was near-chaos,” he said, adding that the standard hooks available at the hardware store neither worked well nor looked good.
And so, he came up with his own: a machined aluminum hanger to get the most out of the vertical wall space in your garage, basement or living room.
As the name suggests, the hanger offsets the individual wheels so the hubs and skewers are out of one another’s way, which means they can lie parallel to the wall. It protects your wheels by getting them up off the ground and off one another. Additionally, the hooks feature a soft pad for the wheels to rest on, guarding them against possible scratches.
Each hook holds two wheels, and is available in three colours: silver, red and black.
The hooks are easily installed using two screws. The screws, however, are not supplied as screws are specific to the type of wall (plaster, drywall, wood, concrete, etc.) you will be mounting the hook to.
As the name suggests, the hanger offsets the individual wheels so the hubs and skewers are out of one another’s way, which means they can lie parallel to the wall.
Why we like them:
It’s a simple yet elegant solution to storing your extra wheelsets, much better than a standard ladder hook can. It look clean and keeps your wheels protected.
As with other hooks, you do have to remove the skewers to hang the wheels neatly and keep them from getting tangled up.
Price: $25 USD per hook