I am beginning to look into a selection of different problems to see if any of them are good enough to pursue into my final project. I am a final year computer aided product design student and we have to over come a problem as our final project.
Last year I lived in a student house and we ended up having 3 different bikes consistently being used on a near day to day basis. We all found this a bit annoying as we didn't really have anywhere to keep them, just the corridor. Which was fine until you tried to get passed carrying something large, or tried to get another one of the bikes out. We did try with putting some bike racks attached to the wall higher up so the used space wasn't an issue. This just ended up in us having some extra holes in the wall as it never really got used as the bikes were being used so frequently and it was rarer that we would be carrying something passed. I am sure most of us have got problems like this. So...
would people be interested/feel the need for a product that would help with saving space when storing bicycles?
Does anyone have any views on the idea or other problems that they would like me to try and over come.
I take it these bikes were inside. At the entrance is there any sort of canopy before you enter the building? If there is and if there is a large enough concrete pad you can place a bike rack there. It will keep the bikes somewhat covered from the elements and out of the way. Not to mention easier to take off and ride on because they will not have to be fumbled through the door to where they are stored. If there is no concrete pad big enough then pour a new one if there is enough ground to do so. If keeping the bikes completely protected form the elements then a bike locker will serve that purpose, but you need a piece of ground to put it on. I don't know if you need a concrete pad to anchor it to but it is an option.
What are the parameters of this problem and the solution to it? You really have not given us a lot of info. other then you were asked to find a solution to this problem. Are there any restrictions? Is cost a factor? Once a viable solution is reached will it actually be implimented? Waht is the time limit on this problem to be solved? I have given you some suggestions but I am shooting from the hip.
This is one of those problems designed to make you think on your feet, which you'll have to do once you get out of school and out into the real world. I am sure this is partly why your instructor gave it to you to solve.
Friend of mine has exactly that issue, students sharing a house, all of them with bikes.
Seeing as how this is a computer aided design project, where Im assuming you're supposed to design a novel device to solve the issue, you probably won't like to hear their wonderfully practical solution:
install a traditional bike rack (the kind you see outside supermarkets or schools) in the garage; its not like there was a car in there, plenty of room.