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Racor Pro ABL-1R Aluminum Ceiling Mounted Bike Lift

by Racor
3 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews

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  • Bike and ladder lift for garage ceiling storage
  • Mounts to parallel or perpendicular to joists
  • Cam lock secures rope with every pull
  • Rust and chemical proof
  • Designed for ceilings up to 12 feet; 75 pound capacity
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Product Description

Product Description

ABL-1R Features: -Bike and ladder lift.-Securely holds 1 bike or ladder.-Easily raises one bike or ladder to the ceiling up to 12 feet.-Unique rail system for easy mounting.-Weight limit 75 lbs. Includes: -Direct mount - screws into wall stud (fasteners included).-All hardware included for easy installation. Construction: -Construction: Sturdy aluminum. Assembly Instructions: -Assembly required. Dimensions: -Dimensions: 4.75'' H x 38.5'' W x 2.75'' D. Warranty: -Warranty 1 year.

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Nothing eats up garage floor space faster than bikes and ladders. This bike and ladder lift hoists those bulky items up to the ceiling and out of the way. A unique rail design means easy mounting either parallel or perpendicular to garage ceiling joists. A smart cam lock locks the pull rope with every pull so you don't have to hold down the whole load between lifts. Designed for ceilings up to 12 foot, the lift has a 75-pound capacity for stable storage of most bikes and ladders. Made from heavy gauge aluminum, the lift won't rust for years of reliable bike and ladder storage. --Brian D. Olson

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Technical Details

Part Number ABL-1R
Item Weight 5.5 pounds
Product Dimensions 2.8 x 38.5 x 4.8 inches
Item model number ABL-1R
Color Aluminum
Item Package Quantity 1
Warranty Description 1 Year Limited

Technical Specification

Manual [PDF ]

Additional Information

ASIN B000M38JC6
Customer Reviews
3 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews

3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #411,063 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#155 in Home Improvement > Storage & Home Organization > Garage Storage > Bike Racks & Stands
Shipping Weight 5.5 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Date First Available March 7, 2007

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I'm not sure if these have just gotten worse lately, or what, but the latest reviews are telling of what the current product is like. I bought two of these units for my garage.

These arrived in a huge box from Amazon, and were packaged very well, with no visible signs of damage.

I opened the first box, and started going through the instructions (mostly decent, could use some extra steps), and checking the fit of everything, after noting some of the reviews. Everything seemed to fit inside the track during inspection, and the parts seemed of decent quality.

When I started assembly of the first unit, I installed the track. Once this was done, I tried to slide the metal stops with the allen bolts in them, into the track, only to find that they no longer fit when the track is installed (the track must be slightly bowed, and then after assembly, it slightly closes the track). I e-mailed the company to ask if they had modified metal stops, and was told that this was the first time they had heard of the problem, and that they did not have a solution. Instead of prying the track open, I decided to use a sander to sand down the metal stops, because prying on the track only left tool marks on it. I was then able to install everything correctly, and it looked like it was going to be a decent product, until I fished the ~40 foot rope (...does it really need to be that long?) through the pulleys.

I got my bike (~25lb XC mountain bike) setup below the lift, and it took nearly 5 minutes just to get the hooks lined up and holding just the right pressure on the rope, to keep the other from coming off, once I had done the first.
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If you've got high ceilings, this is a great way to store you bikes in your garage. I've got a double car garage with two single car garage doors. My bikes fit great in between the doors and high enough I don't have to duck underneath them to walk under.

Like I said in the title of this review, my biggest praise for this product is that it is safe. I chose the more expensive than the one for half the price because of the cam lock feature. Once I get a bike hoisted all the way up to the ceiling, I can let go of the rope and the bike stys right where it is, it will not come down on its own. This is a HUGE feature if you've got kids. The last thing you want is a bike falling on some kids head because they were screwing around with the rope (which is natural for a kid to do).

The only thing that I found somewhat difficult was initially hitting the studs in the ceiling when screwing in the board. My ceiling is textured, so my stud finder wasn't very effective. I finally hit the stud after the first couple of trys. But once you hit the first stud, measure out with your tabe and you're good to go.

Quick note- I suggest screwing in a 2x6 to the ceiling, making sure that is very secure, then screw the bike lift into the 2x6. I think its more secure this way and gives you more room for error when screwing into the studs (four screws per stud vs one)

Installation of the device is a snap. A third grader with a ladder could figure it out. The rope (they give you more than you need) is very strong & doesn't feel like it'll fray any time in the future.

I'd recommend this lift for bikes any time.

On a side note, I can't see using one of these for a ladder.
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Once finally installed it works great.

My problem was that the rail opening on one side was undersized. This meant that the metal stops, which hold the pulleys in place, would not "slide", as the instructions say, in place. I tried to wedge them in on an angle and hoped upon tightening that they would push their way into place, but they only got stuck.

I ended up yanking out the stuck squares and used a longer ratchet extension to open up the first 6 inches of one side by prying it in a few places. Since it's made of aluminum, it left a few marks, but that did the trick.

There were no signs of damage to the piece or the box, so it was apparently a manufacturing issue.
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I was disappointed in this lift. I am guessing it works okay for most bikes, but it really isn't designed for extension ladders (which is why I bought it). It worked okay with my 8ft step ladder. I did have issues with the rope coming off the pulley. The info said on the website for up to 75 pounds, however the instructions clearly say max of 50 pounds.
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This bike lift is great. Installation requires a little thought, but after you figure out one it is simple to install another. I purchased two and was very pleased with the product for the price. I just ordered another from Amazon. I had read previous reviews and decided to use 2-1/5" screws from the hardware store. I also drilled pilot holes for the screws which made installation faster & easier. The installation instructions are vague but use your head, take your time and you will be pleased with the lift.
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