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118 of 123 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad for the Money, February 7, 2009
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This review is from: RAD Cycle Products Heavy Duty Bike Lift Hoist For Garage Storage 100lb Capacity Mountain Bicycle Hoist (Home)
I am actually using the product to hoist something other (much heavier) than a bicycle but I think my comments might still be of interest to others. I found the product to be reasonably well made. The rope, as noted by others, is inexpensive but suitable for its purpose. If you don't like it, you can certainly afford to replace it based on the product's low price. The only complaint I have is that the two pulleys don't rise at the same rate; the pulley carrying the least amount of weight will rise first and once at its maximum height, will then allow the pulley with the heavier load to rise. This probably isn't an issue for hoisting a bike but in my application, I need both pulleys to rise equally at the same time. It's an easy problem to work around but the product would be perfect without it. To be honest, I'm not sure what could be done about this as I think it's just the physics of its two-pulley design. For $12.00 each and free shipping though, I'm more than satisfied (and I purchased 4). For those hoisting bikes, it certainly beats lifting your bike in the air to hang it on a hook and, by storing the bike horizontally, you have more space underneath it than if you had to hang the bike vertically from a single hook. As for mounting, as others have suggested, I would recommend first mounting the entire hoist on a 5 or 6 foot long 1x4 and then mounting the 1x4 to your ceiling. Without the 1x4, trying to align the hoist's mounting holes with your ceiling joists is all but impossible if you're mounting the device parallel to your joists. Even when mounting the hoist perpendicular to your joists, the hoist's mounting points need to be as vertical to the bike's attachment points as possible to ensure maximum security when lifting the bike; something your joist spacing may not allow. Pre-mounting the hoist to the 1x4 eliminates nearly all of these concerns. Other than that, I highly recommend the product; it certainly beats paying $60.00 for the glorified hook of a competing product.
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Showing 1-6 of 6 posts in this discussion
Initial post: Dec 20, 2010 5:53:24 PM PST
W. Johnson says:
Could you share with us: Exactly what do you hoist and store at ceiling height with this RAD Cycle Products Ceiling Mount Bike Hoist?
Thanks for your review!

Posted on Nov 13, 2012 5:10:23 PM PST
ToDrGeorge says:
Thanks for the review, Dave. I'm buying two pulleys systems: one each for my trial and road bikes....

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2012 10:24:22 PM PST
Dave says:
Wow...I am so sorry W. Johnson....I guess I should pay more attention to these reviews huh? For any that are interested, I used the RAD Hoists to lift the fiberglass body parts off of my race car and store them suspended over the car. Normally a two-person operation, two RAD Hoists allow me to position one hook at each corner of the body and lift it off by myself.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 23, 2013 4:11:45 PM PST
R. Reich says:
Hi Dave, not sure if this could help your uneven pulley problem, but you could attach a sandbag to the lighter pulley hook so that when you hook that into the lighter side of the fiberglass body, it has more heft and doesn't raise as unevenly.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 17, 2015 9:41:25 PM PST
kevin says:
Hi Dave you think this would work good for a kayak? It's half the cost of more sturdy one but my kayak is only 55 lbs anyways? Thanks in advance

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 5, 2015 3:46:17 PM PDT
I just installed this item to store my kayak. The end of the kayak nearest the pull rope comes up first without the rear end coming off the ground so when I'm hoisting the boat up I let the front come up 1/2 way then pull the rope by hand between the front pulley and the front mounting bracket to bring the rear up. It'd kind of a see saw motion doing this a few times to raise the boat up but it works fine. Just make sure that you hang onto that rope tightly or your hand will get sucked up against the pulley that's on the front mounted part. Trust me. It hurt and I learned fast.
Bottom line - my kayak weighs 39 lbs and this hoist works great for this purpose.
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