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Old 10-17-05, 05:57 PM   #1
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How does everyone store their tandems?

I've got our mountain bikes, trailer, tag-a-long, and the Fuji tandem hanging upside down in the garage, the road bikes are on an ultimate stand in the house, but I don't know what to do with our new Trek tandem. It's a pain to get in and out of the house, plus takes a lot of room. I hate to hang it upside down because it has low spoke count wheels, and well it's still new. I've seen some pulley lifts, I really don't have much if any wall space. What do you guys do? I might just rig up some padded rope and hang it upright from the ceiling.

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Old 10-17-05, 06:39 PM   #2
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We just lean ours against the workbench in the garage. There's no room for a car with all the bikes anyway. We've even got our Electra cruisers in our bedroom - her idea!
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Suspended from the ceiling of the garage... along with the rest of the bikes.


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Great pics and website. I'll likely hang it from the ceiling upright with some sort of pulley system.

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Old 10-17-05, 10:56 PM   #5
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I hang ours by the front wheel from a hook in the garage. I seriously doubt that the low spoke count wheels will be damaged by this. They'll take much more of a beating with the stress of two riders exerting force on the rear wheel, turning, and going over potholes or bad road surfaces than hanging from a hook, IMHO. (My tandem wheels are 48-spokes, FWIW.)
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Old 10-17-05, 11:22 PM   #6
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I just installed a pulley system in our garage. Under $30 on eBay. I'm pleased with it. We have 2 tandems; one's leaning against the garage wall, while the other is on the pulley system overhead.
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Old 10-18-05, 06:25 AM   #7
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leaning against the wall of my shed, nothing touching but the bar tape... well away from the Ernesto COlnago paintjob next to it. I'm negotiating for a C50HP tandem.... have to sell the house first.
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Old 10-18-05, 11:28 PM   #8
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We have a 2 car garage and only one car. Have had as my as 5 tandems in the garage utilizing TC Bikestand (metal, holds rear and/or front wheel).
Currently only one tandem and one single parked in garage now . . . got lots of elbow room!
Ceiling mounted pulley systems work, as do bikehooks threaded into ceiling beams, as do flush-against-the-wall wooden or metal stands available commericially or home made.
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Mine rests in the hallway of my 2 bedroom bronx apartment. The hallway is plenty long and wide enough to comfortably walk past Iris (that's her name). Manhattan apartments are often too small for bicycles, much less tandems. I know a Manhattan tandem owner who hangs her tandem in an entry way, above the front door using the Bike Hoist pulley system. Otherwise, there are very few tandem owners in New York City.

Getting my tandem out of my second floor apartment involves going through 4 self closing doors (3 if I don't use the elevator)--all of which seem to swing closed really fast, which is a major pain. If I'm with a stoker, I take the bike down the elevator, with the bike standing straight up on the rear wheel. If I'm by myself, and ferrying the tandem to meet a stoker somewhere, the bike goes down one flight of stairs, and I have to get it through the 2 self-closing front doors, with 4 stairsteps between them.

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Leaned up against the kitchen table. Is that weird? At least we did move the other two road bikes into the spare bedroom first. lol
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Upside down on cheap hooks in the garage.

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I think some people spend more time organizing thier stuff than using it.....
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I squeeze my two tandems in between my three pinball machines! (And you think your one tandem takes up a lot of space!!!!)
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professional park stand with the big metal plate ... latched on to the seat post or captians down tube.
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I shot Trek an email and asked them about hanging low spoke count wheels upside down and they said no problem, as many of you did. So that is what I'm doing for now. I still might work on a pulley system, but with the garage ceiling filling up fast (see sig), I'll wait for some nice weather to make any changes.

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I shot Trek an email and asked them about hanging low spoke count wheels upside down and they said no problem, as many of you did. So that is what I'm doing for now.
I always recommend that anyone using bicycle storage hooks slip a small section (2") of auto heater hose over the hook to protect the rim from being mared by the hooks. Invariably, if you hang a bicycle wheel from a plastic or rubber coated bicycle hook the weight of the bicycle being concentrated on the edge of the rim and the plastic coated hook will split the plastic and put the anodized finish of the rim in direct contact with the metal hook. That, in turn, will leave small little permanent marks on your rims. The heater hose is tough stuff...

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We hang ours from the Ceiling but we have added tandem specific kickstands to both our tandems which gives at times many more options. I don't favor leaning them on a garage work bench.
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Suspended from the ceiling of the garage... along with the rest of the bikes.


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TandemGeek -- is that a Honda VFR or CBR100XX Blackbird I see sitting in the garage next to "ALL" those hanging bicycles?
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Yep, that was my first guess!! Too nice! I have the 03' VFR and LOVE it. I have several friends who ride the Blackbird also ... and love it. I've ridden one twice now ... and just let me say WOW ... what speed and exhiliration!

Sorry to hijack the thread ... just noticed another nice "bike" ... but with a mechanical motor as opposed to a human one.
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Hello, we store our tandem using on of those bike pulley systems. It works great. I have a rear rack on the bike and that is what the clamp goes on. Tie a knot in the rope and it will stop right at floor height make it easy to hook the bike up and hoist away.
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