NCAA - DUAL CHAMPIONS!
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: From Sarasota, FL sitting in front of a computer spewing random thoughts!
Bikes: Intense Uzzi SL, Masi Speciale, Trek 3700 Nashbar Single Speed, Old Cilo Road frame
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Being a bike-aholic storing bikes is always a problem for me.
I now have 8 bikes, and a couple of my friends bikes as well.
Over the years I've done several things. A very effective thing to do is to make a rear wheel rack out of PVC pipe and fittings. You can make two side by side U-Shaped racks and drop the rear wheel in each with the front wheels going in opposite directions. Takes up little space and hold the bikes securely. Think 3 squares connected together. This makes two slots.
I've used 1-1/2" pipe and it was overkill. 1" or 1-1/4" will work, just use the heavier gauge pipe (schedule 40 - I think).
Another option is to hang a galvanized pipe from the ceiling and hang your bike from the saddles. You just slide the front of the saddle over the pipe. Since the saddle is toward the back of the bike, the bike will hang with the front lower than the rear keeping the bike secure merely from the weight.
You can also use hooks and hang the bike from the front tire.
You can use a pair of hooks side by side and hang the bike from the handlebars.
Or you can use the double hooks for the handlebars and a third hook to catch the seat and hang the bike horizontally.
Can be done very economically.
I would avoid using wood. I've built several racks out of wood and they are really heavy! Sure you can design it in almost any shape, but wood just gets too heavy.
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