The Cactus Tongue bike storage

Cactus Tongue in stainless steel

Cactus Tongue in stainless steel

I came across the rather nice Cactus Tongue bike storage solution at Spin London and had the privilege of chatting to the developers Jon Taylor and David Morgan.  What you see here is the stainless steel version with protective leather pads.

There’s no way I would want one of these to simply hang bikes on in my garage.  To justify it I would need to be living in a trendy apartment in a prestigious district and where I would be wanting to store my dream machine.  It’s not just a storage solution, it’s a classy way of displaying a gorgeous bicycle.  The right bike, with the right background and lighting could look absolutely stunning with one of these Cactus Tongues.

There’s enough room, I understand, to use this for storing a road bike as you can see, plus it could also take an MTB with slightly wider handlebars.  As an alternative you could hang a bicycle by the handlebars for a different way of storage.

Cactus Tongue in stainless steel

Cactus Tongue in stainless steel

It was also nice talking to Jon and David, two confident designers with an eye for gaps in the market . They have combined a practical solution with some style here and like most brilliant ideas it is the simplicity of it which works best of all.

I couldn’t resist also commenting on the bike itself, sorry I can’t recall if this was Jon or David’s.  It was certainly a beautiful vintage bicycle going back to the 1980s having been thoroughly restored with the most beautifully understated colour scheme and some classy Campagnolo components.

Cactus Tongue with the equally beautiful Raleigh

Cactus Tongue with the equally beautiful Raleigh

Great for:
– Classy road bikes, vintage and gleaming
– Minimilist carbon fibre machines
– Modern environments
– Keeping the floor clear for your clean clipless shoes

Less good for:
– Storing heavy bikes or Bike Shaped Objects, unless you’re into weight lifting
– Storing muddy, wet and dripping MTB in a swish lounge
– Using in a garage full of spiders where nobody will appreciate it

Click for the Cactus Tongue website where you can buy one direct.  There’s a choice between the stainless steel seen above or a powder coated version which is more weather proof.

Thanks to Jon and David for your time in chatting and I wish you every success with this.

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