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notfred 12-31-06 01:52 AM

My new bike rack (with pictures)
 
So, I just moved to the awesome city of San Francisco. I got a new apartment, and a new roommate.

Just for fun, here's a couple pictures of the view from the roof of my apartment:
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/150/3...6b3a9e1778.jpg

And if you look a little farther to the right, you get to see a certain large red bridge:
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/125/3...f8b436cf87.jpg

Unfortunately, you don't get quite the same view from inside, instead you can barely even see the water:
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/158/3...3917de385a.jpg

The water is close enough that when you're falling asleep at night you hear the waves crashing on the beach, which is awesome :)


But anyway, this thread isn't about my view, it's about my bike rack. So, I'm new to the city. I got a job here, and needed to find a place to live. Unfortunately, I knew exactly two people in the area, neither of which needed a roommate. I didn't want to try to find a place by myself, partly because everyone knows how expensive SF is (the 2 bdrm apt I ended up getting is $1800/month) and partly because I don't really like living alone, especially in a new area where I don't know very many people yet.

So, one of my friends in the area put me in touch with a friend of his who was looking for a place. We met once and got some food and chatted for a while to see if we got along. He seemed like a pretty good guy, and we decided we'd find an apartment to share.

It turns out, he's a bit of a cyclist himself. We each brought two bikes to the new place. Coincidentally, each of us brought a fixed-gear townie/commuter bike, and a cross-country mountain bike, which I found a bit funny, that we'd have such similar taste in bikes considering we'd barely met before.

Now, having four bikes in the house is awesome, but they tend to take up a bit of space, so we decided to make a rack for them. Well, my roommate went out to home depot to purchase some track-making supplies, but found a pre-manufactured rack kit, and bought that instead. He brought it home and tried to install it, but got stuck and had to go out somewhere, so I decided I'd put up the rack.

Anyway, here's our new bike rack:
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/166/3...00470088b2.jpg

Woohoo, all four bikes neatly stored in an otherwise unused part of the room. It kinda makes the living room look like a bike shop, but I like bike shops, so that doesn't bother me at all :)

Anyway, there was a ton of extraneous information in this thread unrelated to my bike rack, but I hope you liked it anyway.

cooperwx 12-31-06 03:06 AM

Best use of a dining room I've seen lately! Are either/both of you commuting in your new town?

531phile 12-31-06 03:40 AM

can you tell me the name and model of that pre-manufactured rack kit you mentioned. thanks. I was in the "Bay area" as people in San Franciso likes to call it, for the first time. Unfortunately, I only biked once over the Golden Gate on a crappy rental. Next time, I'm going to make sure I ship my own bike to really explore San Francisco.

cwodave 12-31-06 08:37 AM

Nice set-up. I like the idea that the bikes are central to life and shoved in some corner of the basement.

I have something similiar in my garage and I've found that the tires mark up the wall quite a bit. You might consider a protective cover where the lower tires hang.

Dave

notfred 12-31-06 01:11 PM


Originally Posted by cooperwx
Best use of a dining room I've seen lately! Are either/both of you commuting in your new town?

I will be. He works 15 miles away and drives to work, and just rides the bike when he's going somewhere in town.

Scorer75 12-31-06 02:00 PM


Originally Posted by notfred
partly because everyone knows how expensive SF is (the 2 bdrm apt I ended up getting is $1800/month)

Nice rack but that rent is not bad for 2 bedrooms. My sister pays north of $3,000 for a 1 BR in Manhattan.

wheel 12-31-06 02:30 PM

Ohh I would have to go on a diet,
Tour bike
Mountain bike
Utlity bike.
I could store my ghetto bikes outside.


Good roomates are hard to find!

Yea that rack looks awesome.

bac 12-31-06 02:33 PM

Very nicely done!! :)

donnamb 12-31-06 04:29 PM


Originally Posted by 531phile
can you tell me the name and model of that pre-manufactured rack kit you mentioned.

Yes, please do, notfred. Also, how much was your setup?


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