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Old 08-17-07, 01:41 AM   #26
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I'm fine with it in other people's home and I would walk right over to take a look. At my house they're all hung in the home office (rather than the living room) for easy access. They're kept in white-glove condition and cleaned before they're brought back inside.
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Old 08-17-07, 01:42 AM   #27
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I would prefer to not let my chain grease drip on a white carpet tho.
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I'm thinking a couple of stainless hooks and cables with nice cherry ceiling mounts...a couple of recessed halogen lamps to highlight the accents...maybe some flashy photo of you suffering in a race on the wall in the background.

Then you can keep you bike next to the piano.

The problem for me is those pesky kids would make a mess of everything if I left my bikes accessible.
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My prized BMX bike sleeps where I sleep.




And the rest are in the basement, current count is 6 behind me. The "100 year old restoration bike" (as dubbed by my friends) is sitting in a crate in the garage, with about 400lbs ontop of it.
What is it with BMX bikes and that painfull looking seat position? just yesterday I saw one dude with the seat almost vertical! just what part of your anatomy goes where when you sit down?.... perhaps I shouldn't even ask, maybe its one of those things that I really don't want to know
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Old 08-17-07, 05:49 AM   #30
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I would prefer to not let my chain grease drip on a white carpet tho.
That can't happen if the bike is well maintained.
I have 1 bike and 1 recumbent trike in the family room, 4 bikes in the study, my velomobile in the pergola attached to the house as it won't fit through the door.
I have been known to do maintainence in the lounge.
The wife tolerates it but does object when more bikes/trikes start to collect in the family room.
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I prefer my bikes in the garage. There, I can lock them to rafters for security.
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To us, our bicycles are not only a piece of artwork, but a specialized extension of our personalities and our lifestyles. I don't think it's tacky to display them at all.

I think that the method of displaying your bike can do a lot for aesthetics though. If you buy a $5000 painting, and lean it against the wall, will it look as nice as if you hung it properly and lighted it? Probably not. I'd suggest getting a nice, solid rack to hold both bicycles. Have you seen the type that hangs one over the other? Perhaps a nice dark mat to place underneath the bikes to catch road grime. Heck, you could even add some low power spot lights to shine on them if you want. A bicycle can be displayed in a proud and classy manner at the same time, it's just all in the implementation.
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Old 08-17-07, 06:39 AM   #33
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Those of us who live in small apartments in New York City are wondering where the heck else we'd keep our bikes.
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Old 08-17-07, 07:10 AM   #34
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We've got this 2 story entrance in our house that has been undecorated for seven years. It's just 2 giant blank walls with a staircase on one side. My idea has been to hang a few old bikes on the walls as decoration. I would prefer old track bikes but old cruisers would be cool too. So far the wife, who rides also, doesn't see the coolness factor in it. But until it gets some sort of decoration I have a chance.
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2 of my bikes and my girlfriend's bike go in my sister's old bedroom (vacated when she got married and moved out last year). I have one more in the garage.

Unfortunately my mom keeps nagging me about that bedroom turning into the bicycle room, or as i like to call it "The Bicycle Bay".

I really need to get one of those wall racks so i can free up some of the floor space in there...
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Old 08-17-07, 07:21 AM   #36
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Those of us who live in small apartments in New York City are wondering where the heck else we'd keep our bikes.
Exactly. The bike is in the living room because it won't fit in the bathroom.
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Old 08-17-07, 07:30 AM   #37
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So....

I have always stored my bike in the rec room in the basement, but it is getting to be a pain getting the bike in and out. I have a very clean garage but has always avoided mounting the bike there, as I am concerned about the Toronto cold weather. Think that is a valid concern, that maybe it is all right to put a mount on the garage wall and mount the bike there? I like to ride all the way til December before putting my bike away.
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Old 08-17-07, 08:12 AM   #38
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Does anyone else remember the old TV show "Vegas"? The lead guy had a Schwinn Paramount on the wall of his place in the living room. I always wanted to do that. I'm thinking about doing it in my rec room.
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Seinfeld had a bike stored along the wall in his apartment though I never saw an episode where he actually rode it. (A green mountain bike, I believe) It's super hip and cool to have a bike stored in your living room -- shows how green-friendly you are!
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Old 08-17-07, 02:08 PM   #40
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What is it with BMX bikes and that painfull looking seat position? just yesterday I saw one dude with the seat almost vertical! just what part of your anatomy goes where when you sit down?.... perhaps I shouldn't even ask, maybe its one of those things that I really don't want to know
There are a few reasons why we have the seats like that, #1 is because the toptubes are so short we need the room to put the foot under them when we do tricks like can-cans and such.

#2 is because the seat is so much lower then the bars and just the geometry of the bike makes it a bit more comfy then just having it flat.

And #3 is because it's a lot easier on the seat rails/post guts when the bike falls down and smashes the seat into the ground.
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Old 08-17-07, 02:29 PM   #41
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What do you think of when you walk into an adult's house and next to the piano are two bikes leaned against the wall?
I wonder why so much good parking space has been given to the piano.
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Old 08-17-07, 02:32 PM   #42
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See...now the BMX seat thing makes so much sense. I hope nothing bigger than an upright piano, cuz, that's one bike ...maybe two worth of parking.
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Bikes in the house, guests go in the garage.
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How about a bike in a small 12x15 dorm? I need to keep it inside because there are no bike closets. I am thinking of lifting my bed maybe a foot or seeing if it will fit in the closet.
Raise your bed on stilts, you'll be amazed how big your room will become.
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I think it's fine. Mrs. Caloso disagrees, unfortunately, so in the interest of domestic tranquility the bikes sleep in the garage.
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To us, our bicycles are not only a piece of artwork, but a specialized extension of our personalities and our lifestyles. I don't think it's tacky to display them at all.

I think that the method of displaying your bike can do a lot for aesthetics though. If you buy a $5000 painting, and lean it against the wall, will it look as nice as if you hung it properly and lighted it? Probably not. I'd suggest getting a nice, solid rack to hold both bicycles. Have you seen the type that hangs one over the other? Perhaps a nice dark mat to place underneath the bikes to catch road grime. Heck, you could even add some low power spot lights to shine on them if you want. A bicycle can be displayed in a proud and classy manner at the same time, it's just all in the implementation.
That's exactly how I see it. of course I haven't added the spot lighting, but perhaps I should.

I've got three of these in the living room:

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If 8 bikes, three trailers and a 9' longboard in the livingroom is tacky, you don't want to see all the fishing tackle, spearfishing gear, boating supplies and bodyboards in the master bedroom.
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I have two in the house, one in the van, and one in the garage. I make sure they wipe their treads before entering the house.

So a bike in the house is not unsual to me. But 40 cats or a horse in a house looks outa place.

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What do you think of when you walk into an adult's house (not an apt or dorm) and next to the piano are two bikes leaned against the wall?
I'd wonder what the heck that piano's doing there in the house .

Actually, and much to the chagrin of my wife were she to be with me, I'd probably be talking bikes for the rest of the evening .

If I had a garage, I'd keep my bikes in the garage. But all I've got is a house, so the bikes come inside. Usually they end up blocking the main floor hallway that leads in from the door.
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I don't care what anyone thinks of my bikes in my bedroom, living room, dining room, or den. If it bothered me I'd get more therapy.
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