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Bicycle Storage Basics

By Malcolm Rivers

Bicycles come in all shapes and sizes. They are highly versatile and can be a great option for transportation or just for enjoyment. Bikes are also very cheap to maintain, especially when compared to cars, which makes them a good option for those trying to live frugally.

Bicycles are stolen fairly regularly, especially when stored outside. Even the most expensive, high tech bicycle locks available can be circumvented or destroyed. If thieves can't steal the whole bike, frequently they'll take pieces or elements like the tires, bicycle seats, or even pieces of handlebars. A good way to avoid losing bicycles to theft or damage is to store them in your home.

Bicycles are awkward to store. They aren't necessarily large but they can have considerable height and length. Bikes' handlebars, tires, and pedals jut out and can catch on clothes or obstruct hallways. Storing bicycles in the house doesn't have to be difficult or expensive but does require either some specific equipment or a little ingenuity.

Bike Racks

Bike racks are a great option for storing bicycles in your dwelling. They range size, capacity, price, and ideal location. There are wooden racks and metal racks, vertical racks and horizontal racks. One can find a rack to fit any price range or living situation. When the living quarters are smaller, vertical racks can be a good fit to minimize the space taken up by the bicycles. If you have multiple roommates living in the same quarters, it might be worthwhile to use a 3 tiered rack to store the bikes for all of you.

The pricing for bicycle racks varies substantially and can match any budget. The prices range from around double racks for $40 through full size racks, designed to keep three to five full sized bicycles, for $500. Review your budget, your needs, and your spacing to find the best bike racks.

DIY solutions

For folks who can't afford a rack, or just don't want one, there are ways to store bicycles around the house and minimize the obstruction they create.

  • The first rule of thumb is that you always want the bike leaning against something; the bigger, the better. Leaning bikes against walls and the like, makes them less likely to be walked into or tripped over. Obviously, walls in narrow hallways aren't your best bet but if you've got a larger room where you can find walls that aren't part of the more used thoroughfares in the house, you can have a good space to store your bicycle.
  • Secondly, you want to sort out where you'll likely be exiting with the bike when you're using it. If you can find a wall, preferably perpendicular to your way out of your dwelling, that makes a great place to lean a bike. Its out of the way, lets you avoid tracking tire tracks around the house, and can make entering and exiting the house with the bike easier.
  • Finally, never try to store more than one bike in the same place and time without a rack. The bikes' protruding pieces can get hooked on each other and scratch paint or damage pieces of other bikes. Also, when bikes fall as a group, they can be very difficult to pick up and rearrange, its best to store these bikes individually, out of the way of people walking, against walls, and preferably near doors.

Remember to use these tips when sorting out how to store a bike or multiple bikes in your home or apartment. Keep in mind that these ideas will vary in application based on your individual needs, bicycles, apartment, and budget. Best of luck!

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In 2005, Malcolm attended Harvard University where he received his Bachelors of Arts...

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