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Old 09-11-15, 03:16 PM
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Storing 5 Bikes in an Apartment?

So my wife and I live in different cities due to our careers but we are 'getting back together'. While my bachelor pad in Indy is fine for having 4 bikes in what used to be the dining room, her classy riverfront pittsburgh apt isnt going to fit my 4 and hers.

We are going to get a slightly bigger apt, but I doubt I will have an entire room to devote to 5 bikes and a mechanics stand.

What do I do?
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Old 09-11-15, 03:26 PM
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There are a number of options, depending on floor plan and ceiling height. Some of the floor-ceiling racks hold 4 bikes by design.

Then there are the creative options, like raising a bed 18"-2' off the floor, and making a flat area that bikes can be slid into form 3 sides, with the wheels overlapping in the center.

Years ago, when I lived in a tiny Manhattan apartment with 2 road bikes, I stored one wheels off in a closet, and the active one in a slot I made by moving some furniture away from the wall. It wasn't hidden, but at least I could sit without moving it out of my way each time.

Other places, if you have a long corridor, you can mount a track pretty high on the wall for 2 wheels, and the bike can lean into the hal over your head, restrained by a laching hook. 2 bikes can be placed this way and not be in the way. In fact, that approach can allow bikes to be stored high and out of the way, just about anywhere you don't mind looking at them.

So, it really isn't about the bikes, but about what's acceptable to your wife. Of course, you could look for a new job in another city and solve the problem altogether.
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Old 09-11-15, 03:34 PM
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...So, it really isn't about the bikes, but about what's acceptable to your wife. Of course, you could look for a new job in another city and solve the problem altogether.
This is the crux of it. I have a job in a different city but am moving to 'remote' work lol. She isnt as fond of the bikes as I am. I guess we need to find a home first then think about how we can make them fit.
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Originally Posted by bonner1040 View Post
So my wife and I live in different cities due to our careers but we are 'getting back together'. While my bachelor pad in Indy is fine for having 4 bikes in what used to be the dining room, her classy riverfront pittsburgh apt isnt going to fit my 4 and hers.

We are going to get a slightly bigger apt, but I doubt I will have an entire room to devote to 5 bikes and a mechanics stand.

What do I do?
Get divorced . . .
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Three inside in a hallway, two on the patio/balcony works for me.
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You are reconnecting with your wife and moving from Indy to Pittsburgh and one of your main concerns is where to store a couple of extra bikes?
I truly feel bad for you and I hope some unknown friendly soul on the Internet can help you figure out how to physically fit all five bikes into your apartment
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I lived in a relatively small 2-bedroom apartment for a lot of years. I kept my 7 bicycles in the second bedroom. But I wanted that room as a spare room too, so I bought a loft bed (basically the upper bunk of a bunk bed) and kept several of my bicycles, and tires, and all sorts of stuff under the bed. I hung a cloth shower curtain around it all so that the room looked "normal" much of the time.
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Pedals off + loosening stem and Turning the handlebars and they stack in less space .
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Originally Posted by bakes1 View Post
You are reconnecting with your wife and moving from Indy to Pittsburgh and one of your main concerns is where to store a couple of extra bikes?
I truly feel bad for you and I hope some unknown friendly soul on the Internet can help you figure out how to physically fit all five bikes into your apartment
I dont get this response. Maybe I am misreading it. Yes I am moving from Indy to Pitt, and yes I am concerned with where I am going to keep my bikes. Crazy thing to ask about on a bike forum..
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Originally Posted by bonner1040 View Post
I dont get this response. Maybe I am misreading it. Yes I am moving from Indy to Pitt, and yes I am concerned with where I am going to keep my bikes. Crazy thing to ask about on a bike forum..
I think bakes1 is reading far too much into the fact that you're moving back in with your wife. He doesn't get that many happily married couples live apart for any number of reasons, including work, having to care for a relative or whatever.

OTOH in the unlikely event that he is reading it right, I'd assume that you wouldn't ask for marriage counseling here, so the bike questions are appropriate anyway, and the marital issues would be taken up elsewhere.
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My wife and have lived apart for the last two years so that we could both pursue our careers.

Back to regular programming, I think I am going to go with this type of mounting system.
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
I lived in a relatively small 2-bedroom apartment for a lot of years. I kept my 7 bicycles in the second bedroom. But I wanted that room as a spare room too, so I bought a loft bed (basically the upper bunk of a bunk bed) and kept several of my bicycles, and tires, and all sorts of stuff under the bed. I hung a cloth shower curtain around it all so that the room looked "normal" much of the time.
That's a good idea, I've been wanting to do a loft bed anyway. I have a quite small 2 bedroom house, most my sheds and the carport are crammed full of reclaimed lumber, I'll not want my finer bikes sitting out this winter.
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There are freestanding racks arms for high and low hanging 2 bikes per arm on the front side

and 1 more on extra shorter arms to stack on the back , for total of 6..
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Originally Posted by bonner1040 View Post
My wife and have lived apart for the last two years so that we could both pursue our careers.

Back to regular programming, I think I am going to go with this type of mounting system.
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That looks like a pretty elegant solution. In an apartment I would keep in mind something that is easily reversible so you don't lose any deposit money due to holes/damage.
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