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Put the claw on your bike just like good old Baron von Raschke.  The Gladiator Claw securely holds your bike off the floor, reducing the clutter in your garage. Yeah, you could use a hook, but trying to wrestle a 50lb bike onto a hook above your head is harder in practice than it sounds on paper.

With the Gladiator Claw you lift the bike up and push the tire against the plunger pad, and the claw grabs your bike tire.  To remove the bike, push it up until the tire pushes the plunger pad, and the claw will release the tire.

The heavy-duty die-cast aluminum arms will securely hold bikes up to 75lbs — what exactly are you riding that weighs that much? — and the arms are covered with soft thermoplastic grips so they won’t scratch the rims.

We couldn’t find many sources online yet, but the Gladiator Claw has only been out for a short time.   If you have to have one now, you’ll pay $60 at Amazon.

The Gladiator Claw [Gladiator GarageWorks]
Street Pricing [Google]
Via Amazon [What’s This?]
Baron von Raschke [YouTube]

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15 Responses to Put Garage Floor Clutter Into A Submission Hold

  1. PutnamEco says:

    I use a bicycle hoist to store canoes (I guess it may work for bicycles 🙂 ), I feel it is a more versatile option, cheaper too.


  2. Daniel says:

    I want to see the video of them getting that bike unhooked – that reflector will have caused a bit of a problem.

  3. Joe says:

    50 lbs.? I hope it has a small motor!

  4. I don’t own a bike and I haven’t for countless years, so here was how I came up with 50lbs:

    Everyday Joe (Joe in the generic sense not the commenter) owns a mountain bike from Walmart. (I think this is realistic. I bet only a small percentage go to a bike shop and those that do still only buy $100 to $200 bikes.)

    I went to a biking forum and read a few posts about bike weight and found they were talking in the 25-30lb range for a mountain bike. We’re talking enthusiasts here so I figure their talking about advanced materials not steel framed junk.

    I doubled the number and rounded it to a nice even 50lbs.

    So after Joe’s comment I went and looked at Walmart online:


    that particular bike weighs 45lbs.

    I don’t think I was to far off.

    That doesn’t even count the resurgence of old fashioned bikes — those probably weigh even more.

  5. SlowJoeCrow says:

    Some downhill and freeride bikes weigh up in the 45-50 lb. range, and cost $4-5000 as well but I doubt anybody with one of those hangs it from the garage ceiling. My mountain bikes are in the 25-30 lb. range, and sit in stands on the floor.

  6. Mr P says:

    this was on the next great American inventor last year. They were in the top six then fell out. Nice to see it finally hit the shelves

  7. Fabian says:

    Nice idea, what a rip off though.

    Many other products do the same for 20 times less money.

    The company needs to get a clue in the consumer pricing dept.


  8. Chris says:

    Wouldn’t hanging the entire bike’s weight off one point on the rim be a really good way to give your local bike shop more wheel-truing business come spring? I’ve always wondered about that. I’d be curious to know if anyone’s actually tried hanging a bike by one wheel for a winter and comparing how far out of round the wheel gets to how much true the wheels lose just sitting on the ground.


  9. Johnny says:

    Chris, if the tire gets out of round with 50lbs, what would happen when you hit a pothole??? the tire would have to be junked. tires have to support your weight + the frame + the force of the impact is way greater than 50lbs.

  10. Joe says:

    1. Agreed, this is an overly complicated solution, big, coated, screw-in hooks work just fine.

    2. Benjamen–my 50# comment was a bit tongue-in-cheek. You’re right about the average bikes out there.

  11. KMR says:

    This auto-refresh is really annoying… once again Toolmonger Staff, a lengthy (quality) reply is lost due to the advertising-push auto-refresh you guys use.

  12. KMR says:

    Let’s try this again, as I now have to write my replies in Word and then paste here….

    Wire wheels don’t work in compression, they work with the spokes in tension. With the bike hung in that manner, the mass of the bike is still acting on the wheel’s hub, loading the majority of the spokes in tension. The rim should not go out of round.

    Wire wheels are incredibly flexible, perhaps one of the reasons they were favored for automobiles when roads were less developed than today. Automakers have always tried there hardest to stiffen up wire wheels when their cars were used in competition; this is why automobile wire wheels progressed from spoke counts like 48 to 60 to 72. As you progressively add spokes, the wheel become stiffer (and heavier). It wasn’t until aluminum and magnesium casting technologies became advanced enough in quality control that producing solid alloy wheels became practical. Which is why in the 1960s you see a rapid change to solid alloy wheels in most forms of motorsport. Solid wheels are stiffer and do it with far less mass – and they’re now cheaper to manufacturer as well.

  13. Zathrus says:


    As Mr. P says, this was on a season of American Inventor. It’s really not a bad idea, since the point is to make it a lot easier to store and retrieve the bike — all you have to do is lift it and hit the “target” and it automatically hooks/unhooks. If you’re lifting a 50 lb weight well over your head, awkwardly (like, oh say, a Wal-Mart special mountain bike, by the front wheel and frame to a hook on a 10′ garage ceiling) then I can see how it might be useful.

    That said, yeah, I’ll take the $.50 hook myself. And, in fact, that’s what killed it on American Inventor — the judges couldn’t see how it could viably compete against solutions that were either far less expensive (the hook), or far easier (pulley lifts).

    I think they found the right reseller though — let’s face it, Gladiator makes a lot of nice looking and functional stuff, but they charge far more than others for a rather slim margin of improvement.

    IIRC, they thought it would go for about $25 on the show.

  14. Lungofish says:

    I was trying to figure out why so many people in the amazon reviews gave 4-5 stars for what they themselves admitted was essentially a massively overpriced J-hook.

    Then I read the single 1 star review and it’s associated comments and it made a lot more sense. They’re almost all “Amazon Vine” reviewers – they got them for free. You have to go back through three pages of reviews to find someone who actually paid money for it.

    This explains a ton of other Amazon reviews I’ve seen lately that have had me scratching my head.

  15. Matt says:

    This is on sale/clearance at Lowes. It is the version 3.0 which is black plastic attaches to the wall system, not the ceiling like in the picture (I think its version 2.0). It is on sale for 15-17 dollars or something like that. I may pick 2 up since I have a Gladiator garage already.


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