A few threads came up with a 'garage' search regarding options and ideas of a garage setup. Some good pictures, some conversation of peg board vs cabinets. However I am curious if anyone else has an answer or is having the problem that I am.
Finally got into my first home. New. 2 car garage. Plenty big. I split it in half, one car gets space, the other side is for bikes. 19 on the wall for my wife and I, hanging on the wall, large hooks placed into studs. (fyi - a previous rental had them all at the same level and you would alternate hanging them by top/back wheel to get them to fit, however I staggered them 10 inches, so they can all hang by the front wheels.... much less hassle when you realize you are off sequence or trying to pick up a big MTB bike from the back end). We also have the trainers and rollers and a TV for workouts.
Anyhow, the issue I am having is temperature/humidity. We went out the other day, rode a few hours on the mountain in the snow, had some water crossings, and basically froze out cables so we couldnt shift up front. After the ride at the house, it is just warm enough to melt the ice after a few hours, however it is pretty darn cold to work in the shop.
Question 1) Do you use a heat source in the winter? Ive kinda been looking at a halogen heater.... low electric use, no propane fumes/explosion risk, and its not trying to heat the whole place.
Unless I use a rag to dry the bikes off, and any clothing (gloves, shoes) we leave out there do NOT dry. We live in the PNW (base of Galbraith Mtn if you wanna go ride!), and obviously there is going to be some moisture. I bought a PEET dryer for the shoes, but really would like the bikes to dry well after washing and when hanging.
Question 2) Do you use a dehumidifier in the garage, or set some sort of fan blowing to assist with drying tasks? Or possibly combine the two and just use a bigger heating element to dry when needed as well as heat me when Im working in there?
A little lengthy, I apologize. Thanks for taking the time to consider it. Any other things that you put into your workspace and love, I would like to hear it! (like rubber mats on floors or something?