Having a bike is a great thing on so many levels and especially if you ride it to work. It’s better for the environment, can be cheap to own and maintain, and will go a long ways to keeping you in better shape and having a longer life that you can enjoy. They are almost a must have for camping trips and other outings with the family so it makes sense to have one. So you do have one and the problem now is where do you put it when you’re not using it? Well this depends on your living situation and how you use the bike. So, let’s take a look at a few different ideas and approaches to storing your bicycle.
Bicycle Storage Racks – There are a few different ways to hang your bike up and out of the way and one of the most common is to get a dedicated storage rack. These racks can hang off of the wall and also the ceiling. Ones that hang off of the wall will grab the frame of the bike and put it up in the air and out of the way. They can be stored a few deep and if you have the wall height, can store them two high for even more storage. Racks that hang off of the ceiling tend to grab the wheels of the bike and the bike hangs there upside down. This is great if your ceiling is tall enough to get them up and out of the way and still leave room underneath it.
Bicycle Storage Shed – This is along the lines of more outside dedicated storage for bicycles. Sometimes a storage shed dedicated to just bikes will not be very deep but will have a nice wide door to easily get the bikes in and out. They will racks to hang your bike off of and may only be about three feet deep or so to tuck in under a deck or just right next to the house.
Garage Bicycle Storage – The most common place to put your bike, if you have one, is in the garage. However, a bike can take up a bunch of space when not in use so there are a few options. This can be a great place to hang different styles of bicycle storage racks. One good spot for some garage ceiling storage is to hang some bike racks above the area where you park your car. Stick them out over where your car hood ends up for some decent room. The drawback to this setup is that you might need to pull your car out of the garage when you want t get to your bikes. Hangers off of the wall or even a few hooks to hang a bike from the garage ceiling might be the best approach.
Portable Bicycle Storage – This is the idea of taking your bikes up camping or getting them to your favorite trail. For a car, there are bike rack systems that go around your trunk lid or off the rear bumper that will hang a few bikes for taking them somewhere. For a truck or a camper, there are similar systems that are built to slide into a receiver hitch under the rear bumper.
There are many different options for bicycle storage solutions and a little thought and planning on what room you do have and how often and even how many bikes you plan on storing and using will help you determine what kind of bike storage you need.
For some mor informations, check out our article on Bicycle Storage Ideas.