More and more of us commute by bike, but existing storage options can be unsightly and unsafe. We founded Spoke Systems in 2012 to solve this problem by designing, fabricating, and installing custom bike storage solutions that are handcrafted to meet our customers’ needs.
Based in San Francisco, a city steeped in cycling culture, we’ve spent years designing and building custom furniture, working in the bicycle industry, and commuting by bike. Our racks are beautiful, sturdy, and efficient–perfect for protecting bikes and keeping them out of the way in style.
The Spoke Systems aesthetic relies heavily on wood and metal, with simple, efficient designs that elevate the bike rack to the realm of custom furniture. Every step of our fabrication process is done by hand, from selecting and preparing the best-available boards to cutting and powder-coating our unique hooks, ensuring character and durability.
Noah founded Spoke Systems to join his love for making clean, modern furniture with his passion for cycling. He creates all of our rack and hook designs and enjoys working with clients to develop creative bike parking projects. Noah grew up riding around his hometown of Napa, California, and rediscovered the efficiency of pedal power after moving to San Francisco in 2002 and working for years in a local bike shop. He holds a degree in furniture design and fabrication from California College of the Arts, and has worked as a custom furniture designer and maker. He has participated in many multi-day charity rides, including the AIDS LifeCycle from San Francisco to LA.
Eric draws on his background in partnership development, sales, and client management–as well as his enthusiasm for cycling–to build our relationships with businesses and raising community awareness for the importance of functional, stylish bike parking. His interest for biking started as a child in his hometown of Meadville, Pennsylvania, where he rode his orange Diamondback BMX down the street at breakneck speeds, and continued as an adult cycling on the streets of Chicago and in the Arizona desert. Eric has been living in San Francisco since late 2010 and proudly car-free since April 2011. He enjoys biking and exploring San Francisco.
With a decade of experience as a writer, reporter, and editor, Rachel crafts Spoke Systems’ content on and off the Web and helps support our social media outreach. She grew up in Palo Alto, California, where she thought of her bike mainly as a mode of transportation. After moving to San Francisco in 2009, though, she realized it’s also a great way to exercise, meet new friends, and get to know the Bay Area’s natural beauty. An avid road cyclist, Rachel has participated in multi-day charity rides including the Group Health Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic and Bike MS: Waves to Wine. On weekends, she can often be spotted climbing hills in the North Bay.
Our racks are designed to withstand constant use, and look good while doing it. We have lots of experience designing and installing them, and we use a custom-designed jig to aid with the installation to prevent damaging your walls. We also include a kick plate to protect the wall from lower wheel scuffs, which we can match to the color or finish of the rack itself.
We make our own custom metal hooks out of anything from pipe fittings to waterjet-cut steel. We love getting creative, and can work with you to come up with a design that is as quirky (or subtle) as you need.
Typically we use solid wood backing boards, which are either finished to show off the beauty of the wood or painted to match the decor of your interior. We can also make racks out of a variety of other materials, such as beautiful live-edge slabs, reclaimed lumber, or simply hot-rolled steel. Our racks are primarily wall-mounted, but we can design other types of racks to suit your space.
It depends! A typical 8-foot rack holds between five and six bikes, but it really depends on the style of the rack. Tell us what you need, and we’ll come up with a plan that fits your storage, aesthetic, and budgetary needs.
Again, it depends on what you want. For a simple rack, the turnaround can be as low as a week. For something more complicated, it will probably take a bit longer to build.
Good question! The best way we’ve found is to hold your handlebars steady with one hand right next to the stem and the other holding onto your seat tube, lift upward and wiggle your front wheel onto the hook. Don’t worry if it’s awkward at first—you’ll quickly get the hang of it!