Don’t want to keep your bike outside and don’t have garage space to put them away? Check out these clever bike storage solutions.
So, last year I got myself a bike for commuting to the office (back when I worked at an office) because it was faster than taking the bus. Also because it’s healthy and fun, but I discovered that after starting to ride.
Victoria, where I live, is a great place to bike. Plenty of bike paths and dedicated lanes on the roads, beautiful vistas and long bike trails for day-long excursions. If where you live or where you want to do do not match the downtown-centric or university-centric bus lines, it’s usually faster to hop on a bike. That was the case for me.
A safer, drier spot for my beloved
So, that’s the fun part about biking in Victoria. But here’s a less fun part, at least for me: stashing my bike where it’s safe. For now, I’ve kept my bike locked to the fence outside during the summer and put it on the upstairs balcony for the winter. But I would like to find a safer, drier spot for my beloved De Vinci bike, and so I began exploring indoor bike storage.
I don’t have space to just leave it around–the corridors are narrow and all the rooms are filled with things. There may be some space in my office, but that would mean taking my bike up and down the stairs every time–something I would rather avoid.
Here’s what I discovered about bike storage in all its glorious, creative range.
The first and most common type of bike storage is the wall-mounted kind. Just lift your bike a few feet and place it on the mount, and there you go! Your bike is safely stored until your next outing.
When I talk about wheel-supported storage, I mean the kind of storage that grasps the wheels of the bike rather than the frame. This type of storage usually makes your bike jut out and away from the wall. These are great if you have several bikes to hang side to side–it takes less overall space than piling them upwards.
The frame-supported type of bike storage is more common, but only works for one or two bikes. There are many designs available: some that use a column-type support like the Gravity rack, others that you need to fix to the wall like the Cycloc or the Monet Single Bike Rack.
Some even have design appeal, like the Cycloc!
Frame-supported racks, being the most affordable and practical solution (some as cheap as $20), is probably going to be my choice, but let’s keep looking.
If you have high ceilings or are short like me, or just want to use the space above you, you can always opt for the clever and impressive ceiling storage solution.
They tend to be more expensive and require tall people (or a chair) to operate, but they help maximize your floor space, when floor space is an issue.
Some companies have solved this problem by making lift storage, for example the Racor PBH-1R Ceiling-Mounted Lift. Hook your bike and lift it up with a rope, and take it down when you want to go for a ride. No chairs required!
Another clever ceiling solution I found is the Gladiator Claw. Get one, and you can hang your bike by its back wheel. Get two, and you can hang both wheels, or two bikes at a time.
If you have several bikes to store, you can use the more expensive (but extendable for up to 6 bikes) Saris Cycle Glide. The bikes hang by their wheels, leaving the handlebars completely out of your way.
For the more design-conscious among you, maybe you’d like to take a look at double-duty furniture. Not too long ago, Fast Co.Exist reported on a South American line of furniture/bike storage for small spaces. The clever addition of a stabilizing groove to a normal-looking sideboard gives you a space to put your bike that might otherwise go empty anyway. (Check out more pieces on the Chol#1 page; it’s in Spanish but you don’t need to speak the language to marvel at the cleverness.)
How did you solve your bike problem?
Of course, only if you had a bike problem like me. But if you did, what kind of storage did you choose? Did you hang your bikes on the wall or on the ceiling? Would you go for a solution like the one proposed by Chol#1?
Let us know in the comments!
Otherwise, find more examples and photos of bike storage options here.