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Old 11-16-08, 05:55 PM   #1
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Hung Some Bikes

I hung up two bikes today so I can get the car in the garage.

During most of the spring, summer and fall, the car stays in the driveway, but as the cold and snow starts, the car goes in the garage.

We had snow this week, and I had to scrape ice off of the car.

I still have my wife's main bike and my "utility bike" not hung and available to ride. The hung bikes come down easily. My wife's 2nd bike is in the family room on a trainer for the cold months.

Anyone else hanging your bikes?

BTW, had a great ride in 60F temps today.

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Old 11-16-08, 06:12 PM   #2
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Every single rafter in our 2-car garage has either bikes, frames, or wheels hanging from them. Every square inch of our garage, including most of the floor space, is utilized in one way or another.

In fact, our garage hasn't seen a car in it since we bought our house close to 20 years ago...
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Old 11-16-08, 06:15 PM   #3
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My son's Klein is hanging over the gap between two cars. Its on a cord/pully system that takes a couple of minutes to lower. In the basement I have 3 wheel hooks on studs and 5 on the rafters. I can tuck 3 - 4 more bikes in one corner. I carry all of my bikes out of the basement to ride/commute. Fortunately only the cyclocross with electric kit weighs more than 30lbs.
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Two bikes hanging on one of those lean-up-against-the-wall racks. On top, my 96 Giant ATX 760 MTB, which doesn't see much use now that I have moved from the mountains, in fact, just 11 miles this year. Below it is my 02 Bianchi Eros, upon which I just put flat pedals for tooling to the store and fitness center. On the floor, behind my truck, is my wife's Diamondback, which she hasn't touched in years. My #1, 05 Giant OCR sits on the floor, leaning against the workbench, ready to go.
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No, but I should. Several years ago the "human" sized door to the garage disintegrated and I've not yet gotten around to replacing it. No door means no locked garage, so no bikes in there (except one old Performance frame, which I wouldn't mind if it was stolen).

The back bedroom is mostly full of bikes (though you can still walk in there in you move carefully!). The bikes would have to share the garage with the Miata, but that could still work. So, like I said, I should. Once I get that door replaced, piece of cake!

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Every single rafter in our 2-car garage has either bikes, frames, or wheels hanging from them. Every square inch of our garage, including most of the floor space, is utilized in one way or another.

In fact, our garage hasn't seen a car in it since we bought our house close to 20 years ago...
Well, I don't know what you do after an ice storm or heavy snow, but I really hate scraping an inch of ice off of the car or a foot of snow!

The car I am referring to is one I bought several years back just for commuting. It is a 93 Ford Escort which I keep driving as it just won't stop going. It goes in our 3rd bay.

The other two bays always garage our two other cars (2000 neon and 2006 Town and Country).

Why 3 cars for 2 drivers?

Well, I figure by driving the Escort, I am saving the other two cars for later. And, the Escort is only a little bit more in insurance, gets 30+ miles per gallon, and the registration is about $35 per year. And I would not get anything for it if I sold it, and it runs GREAT!

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Probably not what you meant, but my bikes are always stored hanging in the living room. This photo is from last winter. You'll note the road salt on the mat.

Even so, I am in the middle of seasonal preparations. I quit for the night and will resume in the AM. Snow is in the forecast for every day this week. It's even supposed to accumulate.

First, I took the cyclocross tires off the second wheelset and mounted my studded snow tires. The CX tires are fine in plain snow, but when it gets icy, the studs are a must if I'm to keep from falling down in front of traffic. They're heavy though, so I use two wheelsets to simplify switching back and forth with changes in the weather.

The nice silvery SKS P-35 fenders are coming off the Portland for the winter. I'm replacing them with Planet Bike Cascadia fenders. Ugly things, and quite a bit chessier than the SKS. But, I broke the rear SKS one last winter because of the way I have to stand the bike on its rear wheel (and fender) in the shower stall to hose it off before hanging it back on its hook in the living room. The Cascadia fenders are shorter, but have a long rubber mudflap. I'm hoping the bike will rest on the mudflap while in the shower, instead of on the plastic part.

I'm considering mounting the SKS fenders on Yellow Bike for the winter. Then I won't have to wait for completely dry roads to take it for a spin. Last year I was able to ride it one or twice a month through the winter. I'd like to get out on it a little more, but I won't ride it below freezing or in the wet.

In any event, as soon as I get the Cascadia fenders all sorted out, I'll be ready for this:


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tsl - you are so organized!

Puts me to shame. Looks like a great setup. Everything all together.
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2 hooks in front of my car for my Giant
2 hooks in front of her car for her Giant

The LeMond leans against the wall next to my car.
It's a tight squeeze to get into my car.
Sacrifices must be made.

The Kaitai, for now, leans on the wall next to car, too.
When -if- the new bike comes, more hooks go up in the rafters for it.
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This is what my garage looks like year round.

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Well I, for one, am relieved. Given the title, I thought perhaps your bikes had been bad and you executed them!
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We used to have 1 hanging in the garage. Now all the bikes are in the house.
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Well I, for one, am relieved. Given the title, I thought perhaps your bikes had been bad and you executed them!

You ought to see what I do to people who disagree with me!
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tsl - you are so organized!

Puts me to shame. Looks like a great setup. Everything all together.
Small-space living does that. There's not enough room to allow oneself to become disorganized. So the space (or absence thereof) forces organization.

Now, back when I had my three-bedroom house with finished attic, full basement and 2-car garage, I had crap spread out everywhere. Of course the ex made his contributions to the mess too.
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I haven't had to hang a bike yet but because of this forum it looks like I will be buying a shed. My wife wants me to move my tools and bikes somewhere so she doesn't have to move them to get a file or craft.
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Shed it is for our bikes. Garage ceiling full of radio controlled airplanes.

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I hang all of my bikes. In fact, I put in a 20x14 shed just for the bikes, workstand, tools, extra wheels, car rack, etc. And, no, the lawn mower, and other "stuff" does not make it's way into the bike shed. It's much easier to keep it this way with both of the kids off to college. Sometimes when I unlock the shed door, and look at the bikes handing there as I try to decide which one to ride, I swear I hear them saying, "Take me! Take me!" Frankly, I think they would be offended if they had to share space with something as crude as an automobile.
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Old 11-17-08, 08:28 AM   #19
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I have a small shed in the back yard for bikes but they never seem to make it there I keep all of them (3) in the garage.

I did store bikes in it when I had the extra hybrids for the grandkids. Since selling them it's been emply. Guess I'll need to find something else to store in the shed.
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OK, since the public demands it!

ANdys 3 wheeler, Nora's Trek 7600?, my Spec HR, Lemond BA and Windsor Leeds



Noras Spec HR in trainer in family room



My Diamondback trainer in basement

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My wife's old road bike stays at her mom's house (she spends 4 or 5 hours there most days helping out and likes to sneak in a ride now and then), my old road bike is my commuter which sits in the garage in front of my van, the other 6 bikes are in the garage hanging above my wife's car. Our 2 new road bikes are readily available but our 4 MTBs require moving the car to get them down.
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I've posted these in the past,

SUMMER MODE....



WINTER MODE....





The Beast winters on the porch as it's a year 'round ride



...and thanks to an understanding bride the most recent acquisition winters indoors...



This daughter hasn't been displaced by my bikes. This pic was taken last winter during
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this pictures serves as wall paper on one of my 'puters, (not my collection, friend's from another forum TaosGlock) -

Moved three and added another to hangers in storage unit, two hanging in my garage, other four placed to be retrieved and ridden when weather turns fair. If I retrieve a bike I found locally on Tuesday, it may be kept in doors upstairs in office/mini family room.
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Anyone else hanging your bikes?
Yes, and it was a sad, sad day.

We keep trying to convince ourselves that deep down somewhere yet undiscovered we enjoy cold weather riding. So far, it hasn't worked, but the bikes will get a couple of trips to the south this winter.
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I hang our 3 bikes up with the pulley-type hangers. They are convenient to get bikes up/down for a higher ceiling garage, but you have to have a place to put the excess cordage and not get tangled in it. So far they are hanging above/beside the 2 cars or behind one. I have one more spot I thinking of putting a 4th bike. Isn't it getting close to Christmas?
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