Bring Tokai into your home with these wooden bike racks

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Bikes look best riding, but there is no reason why they shouldn’t look good in stowage, either. (Photo: Wallock)
Bikes look best riding, but there is no reason why they shouldn’t look good in stowage, either. (Photo: Wallock)
  • Bicycles and space are a constant struggle in any apartment, house, or garage.
  • Wallock produces a stylish solution from sustainably harvested wood.
  • Sturdily built, these racks can easily accommodate heavy e-bikes. 

Few things trigger greater disharmony between cyclists and family, than bike stowage.

Riders get upset when bikes are bumped or damaged, and non-riding family members become annoyed having to manoeuvre around awkwardly parked bikes.

The best solution is a wall rack, which presents its own set of challenges. Whether you store bikes in the garage or room in the main dwelling, unsightly wall rack hardware can be contentious. Especially if you live with someone who fancies themself as a South African version of Marie Kondo.

Adding form and function to your home – and order to your bike collection

Wallock is a Durban company that specialised in doing what its eponymous name says: helping you mount activity gear out of the way of any daily home and garage routine. One of its products is the Tokai, an elegant and functional bike stowage solution.

Wood has earned its value as the construction material of choice, combining strength with low weight and a pleasant, natural, aesthetic. Sustainability is a core product development value of Wallock’s carpentry approach, and it uses birch to make each Tokai bike rack.

The Wallock bike stowage system uses a wall panel installation, featuring rails. Connecting its Tokai bike mount to the wall unit is effortless. It uses a clip system, instead of nails or screws, which any amateur DIY victim will know the frustration of using – especially with imperfect sizing or thread profiles.

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The rack fits any size bicycle. (Photo: Wallock)
Cycling, Bike Rack,
Wallock, based in Durban, helps you mount activity gear out of the way. (Photo: Wallock)

It can handle a lot of bike(s)

With its pleasingly organic wooden shape, Wallock’s Tokai bike mount can accommodate any configuration of bicycle.

It has a total load rating of 70kg, which is plenty, considering the average mountain bike weighs between 12-15kg. Much of the excess load carrying capacity is well purposed to mountain the latest-generation e-bikes, which are often double the weight fo a conventional mountain bike.

Unlike a traditional bike hook, the Tokai mount allows your bike to hang on its tyre, instead of hooking the rim, which can risk damage if you inattentively rack or unrack it. The generously wide load surface of Wallock’s Tokai mount allows for any tyre size to easily fit, even enormous fatbike rubber.

A single Tokai vertical bike rack retails for R367.33 with various wall panel sizes available, ranging in price from R1066.21 to R2525.20.

How does a Durban brand choose to name its bike rack after a Cape Town suburb? Wallock desired a name that would be instantly associated with mountain biking and Tokai forest is one of South Africa’s original off-road cycling venues.  

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