Delta Michelangelo Two-Bike Gravity Stand

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3 Responses to Delta Michelangelo Two-Bike Gravity Stand

  1. K. Yasuhara says:
    109 of 114 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    affordable option for apartment-dwellers, November 25, 2005
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    K. Yasuhara (Seattle, WA) –
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    This review is from: Delta Michelangelo Two-Bike Gravity Stand (Sports)
    I use this rack in my apartment to keep my bikes away from rain and thieves. I like that this rack requires no wall-drilling and keeps bikes flat against the wall (rather than sticking out like those racks that hang bikes by their front wheels.) I’m very impressed with its stability, considering the rack itself is pretty light. There’s only one contact point with the wall, which has a big, rubber end (like the two feet) so it won’t scratch or mark. The feet stick to my carpeted floor quite securely, and my guess is that they’d work well on noncarpeted surfaces, too. The hooks that hold up your bike have a generous, rubbery coating, so they won’t scratch up your frame. I keep two bikes on the rack, with my regular commuter on the lower one, and the rack is quite stable, even when only the upper bike is on it. For those of you who care, the rack is manufactured in China, so I’m sure Delta’s making a fortune, but I had lots of trouble finding a U.S.-made alternative.

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  2. The Pessimist says:
    92 of 98 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    An Ok rack for those on the budget, October 20, 2006
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    The Pessimist (New York, USA) –

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    This review is from: Delta Michelangelo Two-Bike Gravity Stand (Sports)
    Pros:
    * It’s hard to find a (two) bike storage solution that cheaper than this ($50)
    * Decent quality and finish (but read on)
    * Works on carpeted surfaces (check out the images I posted)
    * Can be installed over a heater (with room to spare)
    * Arms have padded hooks that hold my Kestrel (with a fairly unusual top bar x-section) OK. I think it’ll work with any bike.

    Cons: (most have been pointed out in earlier reviews)
    * The 2-3 threads for the bolts to hold on to is definitely not enough for this weight bearing construction
    * Almost impossible to take the bike off without changing position of the arms
    * Arms are too long, thus the bike is too far from the wall taking up substantially more space than it would have taken if it just stood next to the wall without any rack. The other consequence is that the front wheel has too much room to turn, taking even more space. The latter might be more of a problem for front-heavy triathlon bikes, but I’d still watch out for that.
    * The top of the rack needs to be chained down to the wall (hardware is provided), but that limits rack’s portability (which is not what you’d immediately think after reading Amazon’s product description)
    * The whole construction is a little bit springy-flimsy … but I don’t think I would have been any happier had I bought something else. I decided on this rack after 2-3 months of looking around … I guess this is what you get for 50 bucks.

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  3. N. Choi says:
    49 of 64 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    There are two versions — this one is good, January 26, 2006
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    N. Choi
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    This review is from: Delta Michelangelo Two-Bike Gravity Stand (Sports)
    I needed two bike stands as my roommates and I have quite a few bikes together. After a while of online search, this one seems to fit the bill. I live in an apartment, and drilling on walls is not an option. So I order one from amazon right away, to see if it is really as good as the reviewers said.

    A day later, after a stroll in a local major department store, I found apprantly the same one for significantly less! So I thought this is the first time I got something for a higher price than in amazon. I bought it from the store right away. I unpacked it, and found the quality not to be as good as reviewed. The paint seemed like it will peel, and in some places it looks badly welded. In fact in the process of assembly, the threads on some of the screws got so badly worn I had to exchange for another one at the store. The exchanged one I got still has a worn screw in the vertical tube, and other assorted quality problems. The stand is holding up only because of gravity. So I thought I had a sub-par product, with another one coming.

    However, when I got one from amazon, I immediately noticed the difference. The packaging is different. The content is also different in small but significant ways. The design and the assembly instructions are the same, but the one from amazon has higher quality paint on. The screws and the hex key are much better. Instead of one hex key for all the screws as in the inferior version, there are two hex keys, each of a different size. The thicker hex key is used to tighten the arms, because that requires more force and thus more susceptable to thread wearing. I set it up without the problems I encountered in assembling the one I got from the major store. It’s much sturdier. I can tighten the arms better without worrying about messing up the screws. It looks like the one amazon is selling is one that is improved over the initial design. So the lesson here is, get it from amazon, and don’t be cheap. I noticed that amazon has another listing that has the same title as this one. I guess you don’t want to touch that one, if that’s indeed for the inferior version. As for this product, I highly recommend it for reasons stated in other reviewers, but order it here so you know you’re getting the better ones. If not for the bad experience of getting an inferior version from somewhere else, I’d have given it 5 stars.

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