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Old 11-15-09, 01:51 PM   #1
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Indoor Storage

Hey guys, I've been trying to figure out the optimal indoor storage setup for my bikes, and I want to get some ideas from y'all. So, post pics of how you store your bikes inside and give any insight you have on the topic.

I tried the hooks but they didn't work out b/c my studs are in all the wrong places. Last night, I bought this delta michelangelo bike rack off craigslist, so I'll see how that works out. So far so good, but it seems a little bit flimsy. Here's a pic of the michelangelo:

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This is an ugly wooden A-frame I built for about $20 to store 5 bikes in my old house. Very, very ugly but it worked well.



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I found the being single and owning a four bedroom house made storage simple. Since my girlfriend moved in, I've had to make a few concessions. The bikes no longer have their own bedroom, but I still have a few in the 2nd lounge room, and one in my office. The rest are out in the storage shed.

Leaning them against walls or hanging them from the repair stand is as fancy as I ever got.
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Since my girlfriend moved in, I've had to make a few concessions.
That's how it begins. Pretty soon you'll be wiping little asses and hauling diapers on a cargo trailer. Ride your bike for fun? Ha!
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That's how it begins. Pretty soon you'll be wiping little asses and hauling diapers on a cargo trailer. Ride your bike for fun? Ha!
Seeing as how my daughters are married and my son is in college, the odds of little ones running around here are absolutely zero. She does have a daughter that's ten though, and this winter, we're building her a BMX bike to race. While they've cut into my free time, we do go on bike rides together, and she doesn't mind me sneaking away on my Harley now and then, but is more likely to go with me. I have no complaints.
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Seeing as how my daughters are married and my son is in college, the odds of little ones running around here are absolutely zero. She does have a daughter that's ten though, and this winter, we're building her a BMX bike to race. While they've cut into my free time, we do go on bike rides together, and she doesn't mind me sneaking away on my Harley now and then, but is more likely to go with me. I have no complaints.
Meh. It was a joke.
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Meh. It was a joke.
I waited until my son was two months old to strap his car seat into a trailer, behind a TT bike. There was an actual diaper bag in there back then. No joke.
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I've had one of those Delta Michelangelo racks for about two years across two apartments and I've been pretty happy with it. Usually just my road and mountain bikes hang on it, so figure about 18lbs + 28lbs.

I also happen to have a very large apartment, so that rack shares a spare bedroom with all of my other bikes either learning against walls or in a Park work stand.
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I don't have pics, but when I had to store 3 bikes in 1 room, hang em from the ceiling against the wall using any rubber coated hook.

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At my girlfriend's place she hangs her bikes (and my bike) off the ceiling with hooks. Just flip it upside down and hook in the wheels. Works quite nicely if you've got the ceiling space
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The trick to hanging bikes when you need to hang several from the wall or when the studs are not in the right place is to put a 2x4 into the wall at the studs and then put the hooks into the 2x4. I did this in my last apart to hang four bikes (we had like 12 in the apartment at one point). it worked great and I just removed the 2x4 from the wall when I moved out.

I opted not to put it back up in my new apartment since I'm only dealing with my four bikes. I picked up the Topeak stand that can take up to four bikes if you buy an extra two racks. I just put it up the other day and it looks great and took like five minutes to install, didn't require anything more than a 5mm allen key.
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The trick to hanging bikes when you need to hang several from the wall or when the studs are not in the right place is to put a 2x4 into the wall at the studs and then put the hooks into the 2x4.
Or, attach the 2x4 to the ceiling, and you can fit a lot of bikes and wheels in a relatively small space.
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I never thought of drilling a 2x4 into the studs. that's a great idea.

twitch--are you hanging the bikes completely upside down from the ceilling or hanging them from the ceiling so that they rest against a wall?

My apartment is kinda weird--tons of windows and a fireplace, so there's hardly any free wall space, which makes storage hard. Building a rack seems like it could be a fun project. I'm glad to hear someone else has owned the michelangelo and had good experiences w/ it, tho.
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I am building one of these the next time I go to ikea
http://ikeahacker.blogspot.com/2008/...bike-rack.html
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i'm about to get some of these from OP and see if i can make use of them:
other than that, me and my roommate have four bikes to work with... and they're scattered around the living room.



i know, terrible setup.
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I never thought of drilling a 2x4 into the studs. that's a great idea.

twitch--are you hanging the bikes completely upside down from the ceilling or hanging them from the ceiling so that they rest against a wall?

My apartment is kinda weird--tons of windows and a fireplace, so there's hardly any free wall space, which makes storage hard. Building a rack seems like it could be a fun project. I'm glad to hear someone else has owned the michelangelo and had good experiences w/ it, tho.
Completely upside down. A hook for each wheel. She's got high ceilings so you can walk under them with tons of room to spare. If your ceilings are lower you could hang them against a wall over like a couch or something though
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hooks in the garage ceiling. easy.

(except for the mortgage on the house to which the garage is attached...)
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Damn dude, I want your garage
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Here's some pics of my man-cave:










These pics are old, but illustrate a couple cool ways to store bikes inside. The big double-decker floor rack is facing inwards now, a little bit further into the garage, with 3 more bikes on the back side of it (My roommate's commuter, my commuter, and his girlfriend's commuter) . I also no longer have the IRO, my T1 (dedicated track-racing bike) lives in the house, and there are two more geared road bikes (my Soma Smoothie and my roommate's Lightspeed).
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cost like 50 bucks to make.

via this:
http://ikeahacker.blogspot.com/2008/...bike-rack.html
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i have lucked out with the 2 houses i have been living in during college. my old house had a room that wasn't hooked up to the heating system in the house so no one used it but me as my bike room(i called it my office). my current house has a basement that is huge, so i've got plenty of space.
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i wanted to do the ikea hack but my ceiling's taller than that post
what to do, what to do..?
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I am so envious of you guys with spare bedrooms and garages. I had to repurpose a bathroom. The shower wasn't QUITE wide enough for a standard wall rack, and the walls/ceiling weren't receptive to drilling so I had to hang them christmas-tree-style from this rack. Works pretty well actually.

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i wanted to do the ikea hack but my ceiling's taller than that post
what to do, what to do..?
Just cut it down with a pipe cutter or hacksaw.

Also, I would recommend against using aluminum to hold your bikes up. Aluminum will fatigue over time and eventually fail catastrophically, and be unnecessarily harsh every time you set one on the holder. Use a steel pipe, and get that nice, plush, "round" feel that you just don't get from aluminum. Steel is real!
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Just cut it down with a pipe cutter or hacksaw.
Will that make it longer?
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