Bikes are a great eco-friendly way to get around the neighbourhood. They are, however, also fairly bulky and storing them can be a real hassle, especially if you don’t have much space to start with.
Below, we take a look at some innovative ways to keep your bikes out of the way while not in use.
A small tin or wooden shed in your backyard is a perfect way to store your bike. The downside of this option, though, is that you’ll need space for the shed and it will take up valuable backyaard space.
Wall rack or hooks
Install either a rack or hooks on an exterior wall close to ground level where bikes can be hung vertically from their handle bars.
If your storage space is limited, you may want to consider installing a roof hook on the ceiling of an inside room.
Ceiling-mounted bike rack
This option is most suitable for apartments or condos where there’s no yard and back walls are out of reach. The downside here, however, can be that it takes up prime living space.
A pulley system is an excellent choice for those whose ceiling is out of reach otherwise.
Welded pipe construction
This option is reliable and inexpensive, but it does take up more space than most other options.
Upright bike storage rack
If you’re looking for a heavy-duty option, then a sturdy upright bike storage rack is your best bet.
Standard floor bike rack
If you have the floor space, then a standard floor bike rack is your best bet.
Bike storage tips
-Invest in an indoor bicycle stand to keep your equipment out of the way while also freeing up space by allowing you to hang it from the ceiling
-Use hooks and straps to secure bikes on any wall for easy access and use those same hooks for other bulky items.
-If you have the space, consider buying a bike wall rack.
-Consider investing in an outdoor bike stand as well to prevent weather damage and other hazards that come with leaving your bikes outside where they can be stolen or damaged by natural disasters.
-Keep security in mind when choosing a bike rack. Bikes should be secured to racks with locks or chains
Garage organisation tips
Most bikes will end up in the garage, and will end up contributing to the clutter and mess often found thre. Here are some tips for keeping your garage space tidy and organised:
-Install hooks for items like reflectors, pumps and tyres on higher hanging areas that can be accessed without lifting heavy objects overhead
– Organize free space with shelves or racks to store tools and other long-term projects
-Use decorative boxes to hide things you don’t want guests to see: old helmets and shoes make great spaces for storing ugly everyday necessities like batteries, garden supplies, paint cans etc.
-Utilise space in the ceiling or attic for long-term storage of bikes, ladders and other large objects.