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Old 02-21-18, 11:55 PM
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best ways to store rims, tires, & wheels in home shop

Wheels seem awkward to store, especially when I can't just hang them all from the ceiling or have special bolted-to-wall apparatus that a shop would have (my landlord doesn't want holes in ceiling or wall).

I have a number of bicycles and a lot of parts, but the parts that take up significant space are all wheel-related. In the past I've had more space and just set rims/wheels/tires leaned against each other against the wall. My new place doesn't have as much space.

Rims and tires can be stored like books on a shelf, and it's easy to set a rug under my workbench and line these up. But wheels have that awkward wide spot of the hub, QRs sticking through the spokes of the wheels on either side.

I'm curious to learn about systems of how people store wheels.

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Make a freestanding overhead hook rack. You can even soft wedge it between floor and ceiling for stability without using nails in the wall.

But that's only useful if you have high enough ceilings.

Otherwise, just stagger them around the base of the walls. They'll take less room if they overlap.
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Really depends on how many wheels you are trying to loose, what type, assume the quick release skewers are out, front or rear, cassettes on off ? which ever way they take up space, its either pancake fashion, with polystyrene supports / blocks between them, or the hanger arrangements like they display clothes in the shops & use hooks, maybe get a taller one & double deck hang them. You could make one up very easy, assuming not too many make it with plastic pipe.
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How many wheels do you have to store?

Mine hang from ceiling hooks. The trick is to twist the hooks at about 45 degrees so that the axles don't line up. I'm thinking it would be possible to make a floor rack using that same 45 degree angle for holding the wheels.
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I use pegboard hooks for mine. It limits the number of extra wheels I can keep around without consuming too much space, but that's not entirely a bad thing.

Having more than one bike, it's not the end of the world if there's a wheel/tire issue that puts one bike temporarily out of commission.
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Thanks for the feedback, everyone. Some kind of hanging system seems most efficient for access, and I'll do that when I own a place (if I still do lots of mechanic work at that point).
The advice to not keep too many wheels is good, as they're awkward to store.

For now, I've put rims and tires under my workbench - I don't normally have this many, but a bunch of wheelbuilding projects on top at the moment.
The various spare wheels are
(a) five in a bike box - and that's without QRs
(b) four against the ping pong table that was displaced by my bikes workroom
(c) a few under the workbench with the tires and rims

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You can build a freestanding rack out of 2x4s or PVC pipe and use threaded bike hooks screwed into the long top piece to hang the wheels, rims or tires.
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