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Old 01-21-08, 08:49 AM   #1
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How to store my 'bike collection'?

It started with one bike.... A freebie vintage fuji 10speed with a bent head tube that a nice craigslister gave me. Next came the mountain bike to hit the local trails with. Before long the wife wanted a bike so she got one too. I gave away the Fuji to a gentleman who needed a means of transport to work, but then Raleigh decided to build the Detour Deluxe so I needed one of those. My administrative assistant gave me a roller trainer so I cobbled together another bike that could be used exclusively on that. Then I got the great idea that I should train for a cyclocross race this fall so I picked up an old schwinn off Craigslist with canti brakes and an ungodly amount of tire clearance. Now I don't know how to store all these bikes?!

I know that many BF.netters have 10+ bikes so how do you store them all? I have a little room in my basement but I'm trying to maximize both efficiency and convenience of storing the bikes. Does anyone have pics &/or descriptions of how you store all your bikes? I tried to do a search but most of the stuff on Google was outdoor type racks or racks for only 1-2 bikes. I have a garage full of tools so I would have no problems building something but I'd love to see how some of you store your bikes for inspiration.

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I hang mine in the garage. Used those rubber coated hooks from the hardware store. Need to get a couple more since I have two bikes leaning against the wall.

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I hang mine vertically by the front wheels. If you have a lot of bikes you can alternate hanging them by front and rear wheels or you can rotate the hooks 45 degrees so the handlebars don't bump.
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Please remember that if you hang a bike by the rear wheel, all the blood rushes to the head(tube) and can cause a head(tube)ache.
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I fount some wall mounts at the Home Despot for about $9 each. Twin rubberized hook arms that cradle the top tube. They fold up when not in use. Sorry for the lack of pictures, I'm feeling lazy at the moment.
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Get a shed= A big shed.

No new pics but "Spare" bikes are now in the eaves hanging from the saddles- Riding bikes are either on the stand for maintenance or on stands to keep upright and available.
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Thanks for the replies. I don't have anywhere that I can afford to give up that much headroom to hang them all from the ceiling but I found this rack: http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...temnumber=2628 for $40 that looks like it has potential.
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Hi Ryan...(in chorus)

First you get 40 acres, then you build a 60'x60' barn with 14' ceilings, then you add two 20'x60' extensions...oh wait a minute you said bicycles Most of my ridable ones are stored in my 8'x40' shipping container/shop. I use the racks that Banzai was talking about, I can get a bike up high on the wall and one directly under it on the floor. They take up about a 6' long section of wall per bike. I only have 8' head room, so that was the only way I could get it to even come close to working. I will try and remember to post pictures when I get home this weekend. Currently I have 4 on the wall and the rest parked wherever until I can get straightened up.

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Thanks for the replies. I don't have anywhere that I can afford to give up that much headroom to hang them all from the ceiling but I found this rack: http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...temnumber=2628 for $40 that looks like it has potential.
That looks nice. You can move 'em around! Get one and report back to the forum.
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It starts that way for all of us. I've been four months without a score.
I've got this cute lil Pug lined up to buy tomorrow if the price doesn't go too high.
That should stay my jones for a few months.
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Thanks for the replies. I don't have anywhere that I can afford to give up that much headroom to hang them all from the ceiling but I found this rack: http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...temnumber=2628 for $40 that looks like it has potential.
Wouldn't be for me.

It looks to me like the bikes would bang into each other too much and you have to move all of the bikes around to get at the one that you want. I'd think that would result in reluctance to put bikes on the rack so you'd be back where you are now except with an empty bike storage rack in the middle of your shop or garage.
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It starts that way for all of us. I've been four months without a score.
I've got this cute lil Pug lined up to buy tomorrow if the price doesn't go too high.
That should stay my jones for a few months.
I am headed off on Friday to look at a Pug MTB supposedly 1) steel and 2) a "tall" frame oh and BTW it is blue

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When I lived in a 2 bedroom apartment, I wanted the second bedroom to look like a bedroom and not a bicycle storage facility. (My landlord had some issues with my bicycles) So I bought a loft bed ... it's basically the upper bunk of a bunkbed. The bed part can be set up at different heights, but I chose the highest, and then I put the bicycles underneath. I could fit 5 bicycles under there if I set them in just right.

To hide the fact that there were 5 bicycles in the apartment (actually I had 6, but one was on my trainer), I bought fabric shower curtains and hung them from the rails of the upper bunk. The bicycles were tucked neatly underneath, and at a casual glance, no one would be the wiser.

I also got various hooks that I could put over the slats, etc., and I hung my tires and some of my other cylcling stuff under there too.

In your case, if you didn't need to "hide" the bicycles under there, or create a guest room, you could also use the bunk area on top to store stuff.
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I only have 2 bikes right now, but I have room for 3. I hang them by the front wheel from coated hooks in a 2x4 screwed through the drywall into studs. I'm also a college student, so I can get away with bikes in the living room, but this would be ideal for a spacious basement or garage. If you alternate hanging them by front/back wheel, or hang 2 rows of hooks at different heights you can hang a lot of bikes in a very small amount of wall space. This space is 56 inches wide, enough for 3 bikes.
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No new ideas here--I'm a one-hook-through-the-wheel-and-hang-vertically guy. But if you're really cramped for space, you can get five bikes in the space of four (or at least six in the space for five) if you alternate hanging one by the front wheel, the next by the back. Then the bars can almost touch the centerline of the bike rather than bumping into the next bike's bar.

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If you are blessed with high ceiling in your garage, you can continue what you're doing, but hang them alternatingly front/rear. Apparently, the 16" joist spacing allows this. It's just wide enough.

If you are not with high ceilings, and looks like you aren't, try hanging them horizontally to save headroom.
Use those wider hooks for ladders to buy you some more maneuvering room. Hang by wheels, seatpost, and handlebar/stem.
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If there's a way to hang on the garage ceiling vertically, then tip it to lay flat on the ceiling using another hook/lock.
Another way may be to cut a large/er access hole in the ceiling and have a way to get them all up into the extra space up there, and just keep your most useful ones down in the garage space.
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Maybe something like this, from eBay US. It's self-supporting (ie, no holes in walls or hooks from ceilings) and if it doesn't work here, you can move it there. Get a series of them and put them back-to-back. Maybe.


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Thanks for the replies. I don't have anywhere that I can afford to give up that much headroom to hang them all from the ceiling but I found this rack: http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...temnumber=2628 for $40 that looks like it has potential.
looks like a great product, and including my wife's bikes I now, all of a sudden, have 6 bikes.
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Thanks for the replies. I don't have anywhere that I can afford to give up that much headroom to hang them all from the ceiling but I found this rack: http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...temnumber=2628 for $40 that looks like it has potential.
That is one unbelievable rack. And at that price- All I would want to check out is the quality of the product. Go for it.
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