A crazy project to hoist your bike and and down from your third floor apartment balcony at MAKE Magazine.
If you live in an apartment, you know that lugging your bike up the staircase is no fun. Back in MAKE Volume 11, Virginia-based maker Matthew Russell shared instructions for making his simple swiveling balcony hoist with us. For about $50 (or less, depending on what you have laying around the workshop), build the hoist and wrangle the staircase no more.
My apartment entry is on a second floor and I know the hassle of lugging bikes up and down narrow stairs, but I’m pretty sure my apartment manager’s head would explode if he saw something like this, not to mention how my neighbors below me would react. I’m not sure if Grace Hopper’s advice to seek forgiveness instead of permission would work here. Still, this hoist is a good solution for a common problem.
The intent is for hauling more than just bikes — though MAKE cautions makers to “never hoist people or animals.”
MAKE Magazine: Swiveling Balcony Hoist.
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