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Old 01-05-13, 09:21 PM   #1
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Home storage solutions

My current home doesn't have a garage or shed (until this summer hopefully). Between my Wife and I, there are 4 adult size bikes in the house. My road bike stays on the trainer when it's not out on the road, but the other bikes are leaned against the wall. I've been trying to find a storage solution and haven't been happy with the results.

Anybody have any suggestions or creative solutions? Pics would be nice!

I already bought this rack and it's going back tomorrow.
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Well, since my couch is covered in bike parts anyway; I lean one bike in front of it. Another goes in front of the kitchen counter since I'm not much of a cook. 2 more go in the front entry hallway; since that area is really just dead space that only gets used on entry/exit. Another goes in front of the laundry machine; really how often do you need to get at that?
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Well, since my couch is covered in bike parts anyway; I lean one bike in front of it. Another goes in front of the kitchen counter since I'm not much of a cook. 2 more go in the front entry hallway; since that area is really just dead space that only gets used on entry/exit. Another goes in front of the laundry machine; really how often do you need to get at that?
Yeah, I don't think that would fly with the wife. That and the 5 y.o. might try to do something "interesting" or "creative".
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Old 01-05-13, 10:45 PM   #4
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Well, since my couch is covered in bike parts anyway; I lean one bike in front of it. Another goes in front of the kitchen counter since I'm not much of a cook. 2 more go in the front entry hallway; since that area is really just dead space that only gets used on entry/exit. Another goes in front of the laundry machine; really how often do you need to get at that?
Sounds like you really need a 2-bikeroom house!
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Here's my solution:
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how about something like this.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Racor-Pr...item3cc8e5a072

i remember seeing a stand with 4 or 6 bikes where you stand them up on the rear tire and hang them by the front wheel in a circle around a center pole like a coat tree. i cant find that one but it probably wouldn't be hard to make.

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Old 01-06-13, 12:13 AM   #7
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found it a harbor freight

http://www.harborfreight.com/cycle-t...rage-2628.html
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One easy trick is to pop off the front wheels. That allows you to turn the fork sideways so the bike takes up less space.
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I never thought much of those Michaelangelo racks either, but you can use the same idea by installing some ladder hanger hooks high enough on the wall that one bike can hang above where another hangs (or leans), cuts required floor space in half. The same can be done with bike hooks from the ceiling, but make darn sure they are well anchored into the joists. Nylon dog choke collars make good slings for hanging bikes from the top tube using ceiling hooks. Just pull the loop through so it is no longer a noose and hang it over the hook by both rings.

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I like the Harbor Freight rack, but being from HF I question it's quality. I think I'm going to attach hooks into the wall. I can stagger the height of the hooks to minimize wall usage. I just need to ensure I'm hitting a wall stud.
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I have one of those. It's not for daily use;getting to a bike on the inside is a pain,and you really have to be careful how you interlace the bikes together. Turning the bars and removing the pedals helps alot. But for storing 6 bikes you don't use much(see my sig) in a reasonable amount of space,they're pretty cool. Build quality is decent as well.
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I already bought this rack and it's going back tomorrow.
I've got two of those;they work really well,can be moved easily(no permanent mounting),and are surprisingly stable(haven't knocked one over yet). I would think if you're planning on building a shed,that this would be the perfect solution for now.
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Rent a small storage space. I forget what they called at the moment (old age is tough!) But there are storage facility's all over the country, and you could also use it for other things until you get your garage built.
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I've got two of those;they work really well,can be moved easily(no permanent mounting),and are surprisingly stable(haven't knocked one over yet). I would think if you're planning on building a shed,that this would be the perfect solution for now.
There was more to it than just stability. I really wasn't able securely get my bike and my wifes bike together on the rack together. I just didn't trust the stability and I didn't want to worry about it.
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http://www.rei.com/product/799952/de...9-001b2166c62d

Saw this in my tenant's sun room, pretty cool.
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