Most of us have been there before. Whether it’s your house, at a race, or at the trail head, you lean your bike against something for just a second. Turn your back, and the bike mysteriously starts moving scratching your car’s paint or damaging the wall in the process. To address that very problem, two companies an ocean apart have some unique solutions.

Started by a local ripper on both bicycles and dirt bikes, Motomat is all about protecting the finish on your vehicle. The simple idea is as cheap as it is effective, which is to say it works pretty well for not a lot of money…

No stranger to traveling the country with a dirt bike, mountain bike, or cross bike in his van, founder Chris Douglas thought it would be handy to have something he could slap on his vehicle to protect the paint. Granted, there are a lot of different ways to park your bike at an event, but we see bikes leaned up against cars all the time though it apparently even more common with motos. The Motomat is a large 5 x 7″ magnet on one side, while the other side is covered in 4mm of very slow rebound EVA foam.

Simply slap it on your car, rest the handlebar against it, and the foam deforms around it doing a surprisingly good job of holding it in place. For added security you can rest the rear bike tire against the car tire like above, and the bike isn’t going anywhere.

If you get creative, you could use the Motomat for road bikes as well, though you will likely need two of them to cover all of the contact points. The bonus though is that if you have two Motomats, they attract to each other for easy storage which helps keep the magnet surface clean. Note that Motomat recommends cleaning the paint surface before applying the magnet which is why my salt lick of a car above has one clean spot. Available in black or white, a single Motomat sells for $9.99 and can be purchased directly through Motospec Inc.

Across the pond, Cyclogical is onto a similar idea with a different approach. When we first saw their product at the Eurobike Scottish development booth, it was called the Stumpy. Along with the name change, the Gripster now features a small magnet in the center to expand its use.

For drop bars or flat bars, the Gripster provides a grippy connection between the end of the bar and whatever surface it’s leaning against. That could be an interior painted wall for protection of the wall, an exterior concrete wall for protection of the bike, or like the Motomat, the side of a car to protect the paint. I will say though that since the Gripster uses a small, hard magnet, it did leave more of a mark on the side of the car than the Motomat did.

Funded through Kickstarter, the simple rubbery device fits almost every bike and sells for £9 (about $14.50).


  1. Really? I hope this is about protecting the finish on your wall or car because if you are that crazy about scratching a mountain/fat bike you might as well just hang it on the wall as “art”.

  2. Ive always found the best way to park a bike is to lean rear tyre against something, problem solved. At your car, tyre against tyre

  3. I seriously can’t believe this. People are trying way to hard to come up with something new to sell to bike riders. Literally, the very first time you take your bike somewhere in your car, you figure out how to lean it up against it without scratching anything. Leaning a MTB up against just the tip of the bar is a bad idea too. Won’t take much jarring, rummaging around the car to shake the bike off balance, which could cause it to fall against the car, where all the pointy metal bits are going to do a lot more damage than just leaning it by the saddle/rear tire.

    Hey, props to the inventor, if he makes a million bucks selling this, good for him, but I just smh at all the useless junk (usually KS stuff) that comes out of this hobby.

  4. I’m in agreement with you guys. Who needs to buy this stuff when it doesn’t take long to figure out the art of the lean. I have been known to use a small thick rubber band as a parking brake when needed. Leave it on your bike and stretch it around the grip and brake lever when parking on inclines or whatever. Simple, effective, lightweight, and practically free!

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