Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Fifty Plus (50+)
Reload this Page >

How Do You Store Bikes?

Notices
Fifty Plus (50+) Share the victories, challenges, successes and special concerns of bicyclists 50 and older. Especially useful for those entering or reentering bicycling.

How Do You Store Bikes?

Old 02-04-21, 02:59 PM
  #1  
jppe
Let's do a Century
Thread Starter
 
jppe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 7,990

Bikes: Cervelo R3 Disc, Pinarello Prince/Campy SR; Cervelo R3/Sram Red; Trek 5900/Duraace, Cervelo P2C/Duraace, Cannondle Tandem/Ultegra, Lynskey GR260 Ultegra

Mentioned: 55 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 540 Post(s)
Liked 537 Times in 264 Posts
How Do You Store Bikes?

It looks like we値l be moving to a smaller house one day. The plan would be to sell our two story house and move into a one story house to help us as we get less mobile. In the process we値l greatly reduce the size of our house. However we will have a generously spaced two car garage in the new house.

I might be able to keep one bike on the garage floor, but ideally the others would be stored off the ground. Those would either be on the walls or hung from the ceiling. What have you found that works well for you?
__________________
Ride your Ride!!
jppe is offline  
Old 02-04-21, 03:16 PM
  #2  
Iride01
Hits [ENTER] b4 thinking
 
Iride01's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: Mississippi
Posts: 6,258

Bikes: '20 Tarmac Disc Comp '91 Schwinn Paramount '78 Raleigh Competition GS

Mentioned: 28 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2427 Post(s)
Liked 1,121 Times in 823 Posts
Currently for me, it's a wife that is tolerant enough to allow me to keep a couple bikes in the formal dining room which isn't used much as a dining room. <grin>

Right now the bikes in the house are in those little individual stands that many bike shops use to hold a bike upright on the floor by the rear wheel. The other are in the extremely overcrowded garage. Two hung on the walls and held by the top tube with a home made hangars and the other is disassembled and on the shelf.

Been thinking of adding on to the house which will include a bike room just off the back door of the house. I'm really leaning toward those brackets that hold a bike vertically on the wall by either the rear or front wheel.

I've seen some that are hinged to allow you to turn the bike to an angle, presumably to take up less of the room interior. But I'm not so sure how well that will work out if the bikes are spaced as close as I'd have to have them in the size room I'm planning.
Iride01 is offline  
Old 02-04-21, 03:18 PM
  #3  
caloso
Senior Member
 
caloso's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Sacramento, California, USA
Posts: 39,872

Bikes: Ridley Excalibur, Gazelle Champion Mondial, On-One Pompino, Specialized Rock Hopper

Mentioned: 64 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2537 Post(s)
Liked 1,781 Times in 880 Posts
I just use wall hooks. Simple, inexpensive, effective.
caloso is offline  
Old 02-04-21, 03:52 PM
  #4  
Biker395 
Seat Sniffer
 
Biker395's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: SoCal
Posts: 5,165

Bikes: 2008 Scott CR1 Pro; 2006 Schwinn Fastback Pro and 1996 Colnago Decor Super C96; 2003 Univega Alpina 700; 2000 Schwinn Super Sport

Mentioned: 17 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 740 Post(s)
Liked 645 Times in 264 Posts
Mine are all rafter hooks in the garage or sitting in the family room to be admired.

At some point, I'll be in the same boat, so I'm interested in the answers too.
__________________
Proud parent of a happy inner child ...

Biker395 is offline  
Old 02-04-21, 04:24 PM
  #5  
Steve B.
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: South shore, L.I., NY
Posts: 4,815

Bikes: Flyxii FR322, Cannondale Topstone, Miyata City Liner, Specialized Chisel

Mentioned: 16 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1840 Post(s)
Liked 550 Times in 363 Posts
Wheels hanging on 3" hooks on basement wood ceiling beams. I've had multiple bikes hanging vertical this way for 20 years, no issues.
Steve B. is offline  
Old 02-04-21, 04:27 PM
  #6  
pdlamb
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: northern Deep South
Posts: 6,606

Bikes: Fuji Touring, Novara Randonee

Mentioned: 31 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1474 Post(s)
Liked 606 Times in 404 Posts
Rafter hooks for the ones that don't get ridden much. Bad news it, I don't end up saving a lot of floor space, as I have to leave room to get them down.
pdlamb is offline  
Old 02-04-21, 04:56 PM
  #7  
HD3andMe
You need a Trail Chicken
 
HD3andMe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2020
Posts: 605

Bikes: Niner RLT RDO ||| Ibis HD3

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 377 Post(s)
Liked 407 Times in 205 Posts
Pedal hooks allow you to make great use of space.



HD3andMe is offline  
Likes For HD3andMe:
Old 02-04-21, 05:32 PM
  #8  
UCantTouchThis
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2020
Posts: 736
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 252 Post(s)
Liked 591 Times in 271 Posts
7 bikes have their own bedroom. And a treadmill if they feel the need to workout.
UCantTouchThis is online now  
Old 02-04-21, 05:35 PM
  #9  
GlennR
On Your Left
 
GlennR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Long Island, New York, USA
Posts: 7,853

Bikes: Trek Emonda SLR, Sram eTap, Zipp 303

Mentioned: 32 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2622 Post(s)
Liked 1,799 Times in 921 Posts
Hook from the ceiling.

GlennR is offline  
Old 02-04-21, 05:49 PM
  #10  
davester
Senior Member
 
davester's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Berkeley CA
Posts: 1,910

Bikes: 1981 Ron Cooper, 1974 Cinelli Speciale Corsa, 2000 Gary Fisher Sugar 1, 1986 Miyata 710, 1982 Raleigh "International"

Mentioned: 51 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 600 Post(s)
Liked 261 Times in 152 Posts
Mine are all hung upside down from hooks on the ceiling above the hood of my wife's car. That way they aren't in the way when walking around in the garage. I don't store my mountain bike that way because I've been told that it is bad for the suspension fork (don't know if this is an old cyclists wife's tale though).
davester is offline  
Old 02-04-21, 05:56 PM
  #11  
OldsCOOL
Senior Member
 
OldsCOOL's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: northern michigan
Posts: 13,188

Bikes: '77 Colnago Super, '76 Fuji The Finest, '88 Cannondale Criterium, '86 Trek 760, '87 Miyata 712

Mentioned: 19 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 634 Post(s)
Liked 457 Times in 251 Posts
I have a special bike room where special bikes stay. The MTB’s are very nice but stay in my bike shop year round.
OldsCOOL is offline  
Old 02-04-21, 06:47 PM
  #12  
reverborama
Broom Wagon Fodder
 
reverborama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 1,364

Bikes: Fuji Supreme; Kona Wo; Nashbar road frame custom build; Schwinn Varsity; Nishiki International; Schwinn Premis, Falcon Merckx, American Flyer muscle bike, Motobecane Mulekick

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 42 Post(s)
Liked 61 Times in 27 Posts
Rafter hooks for the bikes that aren't ridden much. Fat bike has a PVC stand that I made from many plans found on the Internet. Regular 3-season ride leans against the garage wall.
reverborama is offline  
Old 02-05-21, 08:20 AM
  #13  
pdlamb
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: northern Deep South
Posts: 6,606

Bikes: Fuji Touring, Novara Randonee

Mentioned: 31 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1474 Post(s)
Liked 606 Times in 404 Posts
Originally Posted by UCantTouchThis View Post
7 bikes have their own bedroom. And a treadmill if they feel the need to workout.
If my wife woke up in the middle of the night because she heard a noise, and found a bike riding the treadmill...

Well, it would be an interesting experience!
pdlamb is offline  
Likes For pdlamb:
Old 02-05-21, 08:42 AM
  #14  
donheff
Senior Member
 
donheff's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Capitol Hill, Washington, DC
Posts: 1,472

Bikes: Specialized Tricross Comp

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 51 Post(s)
Liked 20 Times in 14 Posts
I have a very small garage so I hang mine by the wheels from hooks near the side wall. We have four of them.
donheff is offline  
Old 02-05-21, 08:50 AM
  #15  
Snotrub
Senior Member
 
Snotrub's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2020
Location: Texas
Posts: 71

Bikes: 2012 Cannondale Carbon Flash 2; 2017 Cannondale CAADX 105; 2021 Trek Domane SL6; 2021 Trek Top Fuel 9.7

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 17 Post(s)
Liked 31 Times in 20 Posts
I bolted a 2X6 to the frame of my metal shop. At first I just had hooks coming straight out from the 2X6, but the bikes took up too much room sticking straight out. So, after seeing a swiveling bike rack advertised on social media, I looked them up. They were $100 each, so I passed. After thinking about t for a while, I bought 4 regular door hinges and attached them to 5" pieces of 2X4 then attached them to the 2X6. That worked OK, but I had troubles putting the bikes in the hooks because they kept turning on me. I went back to Home Depot and bought 4 screen door hasps with a hook and eyelet that I can hook and unhook to keep the hooks from moving. I like it. We'll see how long the 2X4's last, but they've been good for a few months. Total cost - $20.

Snotrub is offline  
Old 02-05-21, 09:10 AM
  #16  
Phil_gretz
Journeyman Bike Commuter
 
Phil_gretz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Alexandria, VA
Posts: 6,406

Bikes: '71 Jeunet 640, '79 Peugeot PXN10LE, '88 Fuji Saratoga, '13 Motobecane Fantom29 HT, '16 Motobecane Turino Pro Disc, '16 Motobecane Gran Premio Elite, '18 Velobuild VB-R-022

Mentioned: 19 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1205 Post(s)
Liked 1,010 Times in 548 Posts
Saris makes the Cycle Glide ceiling rack system that hangs the bikes inverted, and has adjustable spacing. The previous owner of my home conveyed these with the sale, along with another floor-to-ceiling two-position bicycle stand that I use in my shop area. So, my home came with six built-in storage positions. Nice.


Last edited by Phil_gretz; 02-05-21 at 09:15 AM.
Phil_gretz is offline  
Old 02-05-21, 09:16 AM
  #17  
Phil_gretz
Journeyman Bike Commuter
 
Phil_gretz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Alexandria, VA
Posts: 6,406

Bikes: '71 Jeunet 640, '79 Peugeot PXN10LE, '88 Fuji Saratoga, '13 Motobecane Fantom29 HT, '16 Motobecane Turino Pro Disc, '16 Motobecane Gran Premio Elite, '18 Velobuild VB-R-022

Mentioned: 19 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1205 Post(s)
Liked 1,010 Times in 548 Posts
I also put up pulleys for the mountain bikes. This way, my wife can get hers down without my help. Plus, they're unwieldy to lift overhead.
Phil_gretz is offline  
Old 02-05-21, 12:10 PM
  #18  
HD3andMe
You need a Trail Chicken
 
HD3andMe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2020
Posts: 605

Bikes: Niner RLT RDO ||| Ibis HD3

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 377 Post(s)
Liked 407 Times in 205 Posts
Originally Posted by davester View Post
I don't store my mountain bike that way because I've been told that it is bad for the suspension fork (don't know if this is an old cyclists wife's tale though).
Yes, that's not true. Upside down is fine, and is beneficial for many forks because it keeps the foam rings lubed.

The downside to storing bikes upside down (see what I did there?) is for folks with disc brakes that aren't properly bled. Air in the system that is usually at the reservoir and doesn't affect performance will migrate to the caliper, causing spongy brakes until it works it way back to the lever.
HD3andMe is offline  
Old 02-05-21, 12:15 PM
  #19  
jppe
Let's do a Century
Thread Starter
 
jppe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 7,990

Bikes: Cervelo R3 Disc, Pinarello Prince/Campy SR; Cervelo R3/Sram Red; Trek 5900/Duraace, Cervelo P2C/Duraace, Cannondle Tandem/Ultegra, Lynskey GR260 Ultegra

Mentioned: 55 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 540 Post(s)
Liked 537 Times in 264 Posts
Originally Posted by Snotrub View Post
I bolted a 2X6 to the frame of my metal shop. At first I just had hooks coming straight out from the 2X6, but the bikes took up too much room sticking straight out. So, after seeing a swiveling bike rack advertised on social media, I looked them up. They were $100 each, so I passed. After thinking about t for a while, I bought 4 regular door hinges and attached them to 5" pieces of 2X4 then attached them to the 2X6. That worked OK, but I had troubles putting the bikes in the hooks because they kept turning on me. I went back to Home Depot and bought 4 screen door hasps with a hook and eyelet that I can hook and unhook to keep the hooks from moving. I like it. We'll see how long the 2X4's last, but they've been good for a few months. Total cost - $20.


Terrific! You致e already figured out what I was hoping to see someone do. I like what you致e done as it takes up minimal space along the wall plus you can access the bikes from the ground. Do you mind taking a close up picture of the hook holding the wheel and the 2x4? I知 having trouble figuring out how the wheel is held up. I really like the idea of them folding against each other.

I currently have bikes on ceiling hooks and standing on the floor of the garage leaning against walls. . I値l be losing a room I built on the back of the garage which currently holds all my tools and lawnmower so a lot of that will need to go into the garage at the new house.. I also have 5-6 sets of golf clubs hanging on the walls and another 5-6 lying on shelving in the front of the garage. I値l need to get rid of all but a couple sets of golf clubs. Plus I have enough bike clothing to occupy a whole closet. This is going to be a real challenge .........
__________________
Ride your Ride!!
jppe is offline  
Old 02-05-21, 12:44 PM
  #20  
Snotrub
Senior Member
 
Snotrub's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2020
Location: Texas
Posts: 71

Bikes: 2012 Cannondale Carbon Flash 2; 2017 Cannondale CAADX 105; 2021 Trek Domane SL6; 2021 Trek Top Fuel 9.7

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 17 Post(s)
Liked 31 Times in 20 Posts
Originally Posted by jppe View Post
Terrific! You致e already figured out what I was hoping to see someone do. I like what you致e done as it takes up minimal space along the wall plus you can access the bikes from the ground. Do you mind taking a close up picture of the hook holding the wheel and the 2x4? I知 having trouble figuring out how the wheel is held up. I really like the idea of them folding against each other.

I currently have bikes on ceiling hooks and standing on the floor of the garage leaning against walls. . I値l be losing a room I built on the back of the garage which currently holds all my tools and lawnmower so a lot of that will need to go into the garage at the new house.. I also have 5-6 sets of golf clubs hanging on the walls and another 5-6 lying on shelving in the front of the garage. I値l need to get rid of all but a couple sets of golf clubs. Plus I have enough bike clothing to occupy a whole closet. This is going to be a real challenge .........
I'm at work, but the hooks I got at Home Depot for $2 each. They're basically screwed into the center of 5" of 2X4. The hinges are screwed into the 2X6 and the 2X4 on the left side of the 2X4 so they swing to the left. I can take a closer picture this weekend and post on Monday. I stay off the computer and phone on the weekends for my own mental health.

Here's a link to the hook at HD:
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Everbilt...1221/202305458

Link to the hasp:
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Everbilt...5342/202033980
Snotrub is offline  
Old 02-05-21, 03:25 PM
  #21  
jppe
Let's do a Century
Thread Starter
 
jppe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 7,990

Bikes: Cervelo R3 Disc, Pinarello Prince/Campy SR; Cervelo R3/Sram Red; Trek 5900/Duraace, Cervelo P2C/Duraace, Cannondle Tandem/Ultegra, Lynskey GR260 Ultegra

Mentioned: 55 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 540 Post(s)
Liked 537 Times in 264 Posts
Originally Posted by Snotrub View Post
I'm at work, but the hooks I got at Home Depot for $2 each. They're basically screwed into the center of 5" of 2X4. The hinges are screwed into the 2X6 and the 2X4 on the left side of the 2X4 so they swing to the left. I can take a closer picture this weekend and post on Monday. I stay off the computer and phone on the weekends for my own mental health.

Here's a link to the hook at HD:
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Everbilt...1221/202305458

Link to the hasp:
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Everbilt...5342/202033980
Perfect, I see exactly what you've done--no need for more pictures. I already have some of those hooks just waiting to be used!
__________________
Ride your Ride!!
jppe is offline  
Old 02-05-21, 08:54 PM
  #22  
Cougrrcj 
Over forty victim of Fate
 
Cougrrcj's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: NE Ohio
Posts: 3,637

Bikes: A few...

Mentioned: 16 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 517 Post(s)
Liked 239 Times in 169 Posts
I like it!

Originally Posted by Snotrub View Post
I bolted a 2X6 to the frame of my metal shop. At first I just had hooks coming straight out from the 2X6, but the bikes took up too much room sticking straight out. So, after seeing a swiveling bike rack advertised on social media, I looked them up. They were $100 each, so I passed. After thinking about t for a while, I bought 4 regular door hinges and attached them to 5" pieces of 2X4 then attached them to the 2X6. That worked OK, but I had troubles putting the bikes in the hooks because they kept turning on me. I went back to Home Depot and bought 4 screen door hasps with a hook and eyelet that I can hook and unhook to keep the hooks from moving. I like it. We'll see how long the 2X4's last, but they've been good for a few months. Total cost - $20.

Nice solution! I'm gonna be needing a new storage solution as well when the Wife and I move South for Retirement in a couple years. BUT - we just bought a lot on a 'hill' that will require a 900-foot elevation gain in only 1-1/2 miles. My life's previous experience of living in the glacially-scoured lower Great Lakes has spoiled me...I'm gonna need 'hill-climbers' instead of 'flat-landers' Or take the "cheaters' way out" and drive to the bottom of the mountain to ride...
__________________
'75 Fuji S-10S bought new, 52k+ miles and still going!
'84 Univega Gran Tourismo
'84 Univega Viva Sport
'86 Miyata 710
'90 Schwinn Woodlands
Unknown brand MTB of questionable lineage aka 'Mutt Trail Bike'
Plus or minus a few others from time-to-time

Cougrrcj is offline  
Old 02-06-21, 08:04 AM
  #23  
GlennR
On Your Left
 
GlennR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Long Island, New York, USA
Posts: 7,853

Bikes: Trek Emonda SLR, Sram eTap, Zipp 303

Mentioned: 32 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2622 Post(s)
Liked 1,799 Times in 921 Posts
My son's garage.
GlennR is offline  
Likes For GlennR:
Old 02-07-21, 09:46 AM
  #24  
bblair
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Posts: 189

Bikes: Lynskey R230, Trek 5200, 1975 Raleigh Pro, 1973 Falcon ,Trek T50 Tandem and a 1968 Paramount in progress.

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 80 Post(s)
Liked 83 Times in 60 Posts

Simple bike hooks, about $1 or $2 a piece on ebay. 2x4 from Lowes. That was the only thing that I had to leave the house for, Covid and all.

My bikes are always inside, in the basement. The only exceptions are my tandem (too darn big and heavy) and my single speed which I use to run local errands.
bblair is offline  
Likes For bblair:
Old 02-07-21, 10:12 AM
  #25  
AdkMtnMonster
Airplanes, bikes, beer.
 
Join Date: Jan 2020
Location: Off the front
Posts: 507

Bikes: Canyon Endurace CF SL 8.0 current favorite, newest bike.

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 253 Post(s)
Liked 520 Times in 225 Posts
Originally Posted by davester View Post
Mine are all hung upside down from hooks on the ceiling above the hood of my wife's car. That way they aren't in the way when walking around in the garage. I don't store my mountain bike that way because I've been told that it is bad for the suspension fork (don't know if this is an old cyclists wife's tale though).
Depending on how old your wife is, she might have the info. Ask her.
AdkMtnMonster is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright ゥ 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.