WHEELYLIFT, €149, www.wheelylift.com

In the past we’ve looked at a variety of parking solutions, for both the home and workplace, and the Wheelylift is the latest product to enter the fray. It got its first public airing at the Cycle Show in Birmingham — but we managed to secure an exclusive early sample in late summer.

The component parts need some simple assembly; a couple of brackets are bolted into the central unit, then the pivoting arm is attached. All that’s then required is to drill half-a-dozen holes — three for each bracket — into a secure mounting surface. We bolted it to the brick wall in a basement, for which the fittings were included; for other walls remember to factor the weight of the stand itself plus your bike into the potential load-bearing equation. The bottom of the stand needs to be mounted between 55-65cm from the floor, so ensure your space has sufficient clearance. Once up, that’s the work done though.

To get your bike hung, you have to pull the metal arm down to its lower position, slide the front wheel onto the red ‘hook’ and, as you push your bike forward, the mechanical action lifts your bike up into its vertical hanging postion. To test its credentials, we tried hanging a weighty steel butcher’s bike, a 35lb downhill mountain bike and an old Raleigh Grifter (made from iron girders) — all without a hitch. Sure it’s more expensive than a simple metal hook from B&Q, and total overkill for your carbon road bike, but for heavier bikes it’s saves a lot of back-breaking sweats. JK

PROS ideal for heavy bikes 
CONS overkill for light bikes