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Old 05-20-09, 07:53 PM
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Help with storage problem..

I've started unpacking my bikes and unfortunately our new house is not as big as our previous one. Can you guys post pics of how you guys store your bikes. I'm thinking of doing something along these lines as I have many, many, many bikes.
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I was just on the phone this afternoon with a storage place-- I need to get the former living room, now office/bike room, back to some semblance of normalcy (i.e., get all the project bikes off the floor and into storage, and then work on getting them out of storage, one project at a time.).

Storage is expensive...

Plan B will be twice as expensive as storage...
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The secret is to not keep them all in one place. I have several (four, I think) projects & parts bikes hanging from ladder hooks in the garage (similar to bike hooks but longer). I have a frequent rider hanging from another set of hooks, and two bikes parked between my car and my workbench. My current project is on the workbench. I have one bike in the house- in the living room- and two parts bikes and a soon-to-be rebuilt Fuji in my back yard (next to the house, under the eaves).

At any given time I can get any of my four regular riders ready to go within a minute, maybe two.

So you don't look at any one spot and think, "Wow, that's a lot of bikes!" But they are there.
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OMG... I just did the math and I actually own a dozen bikes!
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Old 05-20-09, 08:30 PM
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OMG... I just did the math and I actually own a dozen bikes!
Well..............I have upwards of 30 complete bikes with a couple/ framesets. We have a small garage and a tiny shed in the back. My wife is talking about me either building another shed in the back or buying one just for my bikes. People; I LOVE MY WIFE!
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Originally Posted by gr23932 View Post
Well..............I have upwards of 30 complete bikes with a couple/ framesets. We have a small garage and a tiny shed in the back. My wife is talking about me either building another shed in the back or buying one just for my bikes. People; I LOVE MY WIFE!
That's the solution.

If it were me, I'd pay attention to security-- make sure you can lock them to something solid in the shed, or make sure the shed can be securely locked.

But definitely listen to your wife, she's on the right track.





My "Plan B" is to rent a parking space at my building, buy a bike rack, and lock most of my bikes up in my "bike parking space." It's a pricey solution, but I may have to go with it sooner or later.
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My basement is a forest of steel.
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Why, you must have the second best set-up in all of Ann Arbor - unless you happen to be the fellow who owns Bicycle Classics.

gr - redxj is definitely on the right path. I would have made my set-up similar to this one if I didn't have pre-existing shelving around the perimeter of my shop. Mine is far less efficient - except for my wheel storage - which is as good as it gets in a basement..
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that is an awesome basement.

to the OP... you can just give a few bikes to me, I charge less than the storage place

seriously though I helped my grandfather put up storage for 3 bikes in his garage a few years ago...the ceiling was very high in there so, we used two small pulleys in the ceiling for each bike with clothesline run over them with rubber coated hooks tied on the ends of the clothesline... it was like a hoist for bikes. Plus it was fun to get bikes down by lowering them to the ground.
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Is this the 10 O'Clock free bike give away thread?
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Redxj- your set up is great, yet I do not have a basement and my wife wants to be able to use the garage for her van. I might be able to put maybe 10 bikes in the garage and the rest we'll see. My goal for this weekend is to unpack all the bikes(8) in the rear shed and see how much space I have to work with. After that, I will start on the ones in the garage.

USAZorro- I think redxy's setup is the way to go; that is until I run out of usable space in the garage and rear shed. I just hate thinking about having to waste money on building or buying a shed instead of using it on my bikes.

Here is one of my former storage rooms. I really would like to keep it nice and clutter free like Redxj's.
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So you got my room done I will be right over ,did you get the cable TV installed like I asked
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I got dibs on the yellow/red one!
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Hooks in a ceiling joist, if you alternate the bike handlebars up and down you can get them quite close, about a bike a foot...
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Loosen the stem, turn all bars the same way and hang pedals from the saddle. Put cardboard in between. You can really pack them in this way and have them ready to ride in a couple of minutes.

P.S. redxj has more room than most bike shops and he's just showing off now .

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Hooks in a ceiling joist, if you alternate the bike handlebars up and down you can get them quite close, about a bike a foot...
You can get away with this using wall studs as well. I was skeptical, but I put up 2 racks, one with 6 hooks and one with 4, in my living room. They're mounted horizontally just like the ones in the OP. I thought for sure the hooks would twist downward and torque themselves out of the wood, but they're holding up just fine. Now if I can only get my roommates to wrap their heads around the "1 up, 1 down" concept...
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I don't have as many bikes as some of you but my brother help me make this rack then I found some metal ones like for 30$ somewhere.
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You can get that number down to 29 when you sell me that sky-foam Gazelle I know you have somewheres in that pile!
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Here's one that I built a few months ago. I plan on staining it, but just haven't gotten around to it. Since this photo I've added rubber strips to the arms to protect the frames. I could also modify it slightly and be able to hang two more bikes off the back of it.

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Originally Posted by Glennfordx4 View Post
So you got my room done I will be right over ,did you get the cable TV installed like I asked
Yes, but I am sorry you will be stuck watching it on a 57" widescreen TV through the frames of a few bikes



My basement shop is always in a constant state of change. When I first set up shop I only had enough room for a repair stand, bench and enough room to turn around in. I then started cleaning and moving stuff out of my way so I started taking over half of the basement. I still need to do a lot more work as I have three work benches I got from a LBS when they remodeled. The plan is to use two or three of those and put a 4X8 sheet of plywood on the wall behind one and hang all of my tools on the plywood. That is the setup at the bike shop I work at, and it is so handy having the majority of the tools you need right there in front of you. Right now tools are stuffed in a small Craftsmen tool box or hanging on the repair stand.

Bike and parts storage has been tough as well. I even have bikes stashed out in the garage and the barn. For parts storage filing cabinets are the best as you can often find them cheap or even free. I have two more lateral filing cabinets in the garage for use in the shop. I just need to reorganize and find a spot for them. Some more pics of the my basement "shop" through the years
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I hang mine from the ceiling. It works well so far.

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[QUOTE=redxj;8977094]Yes, but I am sorry you will be stuck watching it on a 57" widescreen TV through the frames of a few bikes



NO problem my bags are packed and I left a note on my pillow for my wife ,she'll understand
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Before I moved "shop" to the basement, I had about 11-12 bikes in a 12x10 room. I hung them on the wall studs and had more on the floor. It was great, but a HUGE pain to get to any bike that wasn't used regularly.

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You can get that number down to 29 when you sell me that sky-foam Gazelle I know you have somewheres in that pile!
Ha! I just finished removing all the components off of it and I'll finish rebuilding it all campy once I find the parts within all my boxes.
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