I use a lovely Hybrid as my main mode of transportation to work every day. I just moved into a third floor apartment with no bike storage. I do have a back porch, however.
I had a thought of possibly installing a pulley system to lower my bike from the third floor porch down to ground level each day. Most of the bike pulleys on the market are designed for indoor use, to lower bikes from your apartment ceiling down to the floor. I am not an engineer and I know very little about the physics of my scheme so I am looking for advice.
Does anyone know if these commercially available products can be used to lower a bike 3 stories? How do I prevent the bike from banging against the building on the way down? My bike probably weighs 20 pounds. My sister has an old, beater mountain bike that weighs at least 35 pounds. I would want to be able to lower both of these bikes safely.
I welcome any advice.