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Old 12-05-12, 09:34 PM
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Bike Geometry Question

How many bikes can I reasonably hang from a 6 ft x 6ft section of garage ceiling, and how should I arrange them?

These bikes would be hanging either by the front wheel or the rear wheel. I am planning on using the standard screw into wood hooks. With the creative use of lumber I should have some flexibility as to where I mount the hooks in my 6x6 area.

The garage ceiling is 8'4' inches high, if that matters.

I know, this isn't your typical bike geometry question, but if anyone knows how to cram an unreasonable number of bikes into a small area it is my fellow hoarders on this forum.
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Old 12-05-12, 10:16 PM
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For maximum density, I'd think you'd be best off alternating hanging them from the front wheel, rear wheel, front wheel, etc. That way the handlebars (widest part of the bike) of adjacent bikes wouldn't butt up against one another.
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I was reading randyjawa's website and he had the handlebars turned so they were in line with the frame, and the pedals off to make more room. I would think that you could fit a bunch by alternating them both by front wheel back wheel and maybe also which way they are facing.
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Stagger the hooks vertically by about a foot or more so that the handlebars and the seats of alternating bikes aren't beating each other up. You should be able to get a bike every ten inches or so this way.
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Old 12-06-12, 12:22 AM
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Here's what I did.......



Pretty much what Scooper has told you.

There's a second row out from the wall, also about six feet in length.

I personally don't see how you'll get more than ten or twelve bikes to fit
and still be able to access them easily to ride them.

Lastly, try to rig up some kind of cable locking to slow down your local
thieves. A lot of bikes get stolen out of garages around here.

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Are there any wall along the perimeter of your cube? It makes a difference. The CG of bikes will cause them to hang at an attitude other than what we would normally think of as vertical (wheels aligned as though hanging against a wall). This will in turn effect how you can nest the bikes.

So, against a wall? Or, free hanging?
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Old 12-06-12, 05:34 AM
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Over the years, I have found the bars turned and tipped down, transmission shifted to largest cog and with pedals removed, offers the best storage opportunity, from a space point of view. And, with that configuration, there is less opportunity to damage bikes.

These are not by bikes, they belong to B4H, and are so stored at 10" intervals...






...so, for a six foot run, you might be able to get 7 or, possibly, 8 bicycles. Next...

By placing bicycles on the floor, with the front or back wheel in between two hanging bikes, you might get a half dozen more. However, since you are limited to a 6 foot square, all of the above might prove difficult to achieve and why is that? Access...

Most bikes, vintage road bicycles, are about three feet high and five and a half feet long. Suddenly, the limited space the OP suggests creates issues. Rather than the seven or eight bikes, hung vertically, and the six or seven placed on the floor, might shrink considerably.

And, if you are storing good bikes, you want to minimize opportunity for storage damage, hence the pack em like sardines procedure might not be a very good idea, at all.

If you want to achieve max fit, a bike, with bars turned and tipped, pedals removed and rear derailleur shifter to top biggest cog, will measure approximately 5 3/4" (let's say 6") in width. By placing the one against the other, you can get 12 bikes in a row.

Were I the OP, I would seek storage protection, rather than bikes per cubic foot.
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Old 12-06-12, 06:51 AM
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I really think it is sick that I know the answer to this question from personal experience. If you want to keep your bikes in ride ready condition, two rows for a total of 8, maybe 10.
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Originally Posted by Scooper View Post
For maximum density . . .
you should ask the denizens of Foo. Or maybe A&S.
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Originally Posted by Scooper View Post
For maximum density, I'd think you'd be best off alternating hanging them from the front wheel, rear wheel, front wheel, etc. That way the handlebars (widest part of the bike) of adjacent bikes wouldn't butt up against one another.
He beat me to it, but he's quite a bit older, and thus was here first..... Heck, I was thinking 8 was a lot.
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