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Old 07-28-16, 05:34 PM
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(Vertical) Apartment Bike Storage?

Recently bought a bike and need to keep indoors lest the elements do the damage my last (cheap) bike suffered. Does anyone have a way to store a bike in a tight space without drilling into a wall? Ideally I'd stand it up on the rear wheel and stick it in a small nook in my bedroom, but I would need something to block the wheel so it doesn't roll. Floors are very slippery, almost plasticky faux hardwood panels. Any ideas?

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Is the problem with drilling in the wall that you are worried about your patching abilities upon moving out, or overzealous landlord?

One hook is enough to hang from, and doesn't need but a 3/8" hole.
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Is the problem with drilling in the wall that you are worried about your patching abilities upon moving out, or overzealous landlord?

One hook is enough to hang from, and doesn't need but a 3/8" hole.
Landlord. Though my walls and ceiling are just paper pulp, so patching might go unnoticed with a hole that small. Maybe a mount in the ceiling with a strap and hook? It wouldn't need to hold the full weight of the bike, just keep it in place with the rear wheel on the floor.

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Bathtub?
lol, maybe. The tub is on the far side of the apartment, and in a ridiculously small separate room from everything else. Japanese apartments...
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How about a work stand? Capture 2 birds with one bush.
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How about a work stand? Capture 2 birds with one bush.
Probably will do that soon, just need some money. The immediate solution can be temporary.
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There is a guy in my apartment complex who always has his blinds open when I walk by (not a stalker, I swear!). He has an upright 2x4 rectangular frame with a base, that he screwed the hooks into to hang his bikes by the wheels.
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There is a guy in my apartment complex who always has his blinds open when I walk by (not a stalker, I swear!). He has an upright 2x4 rectangular frame with a base, that he screwed the hooks into to hang his bikes by the wheels.
Thanks! That's definitely an easy option. I can run to the hardware store and build a basic frame rather easily, even with my limited carpentry skills. a few pieces of wood and a hook, and I'm set.
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Thanks! That's definitely an easy option. I can run to the hardware store and build a basic frame rather easily, even with my limited carpentry skills. a few pieces of wood and a hook, and I'm set.
No problem. Thought about doing it myself, but I had a whole second room to use for storage. Just make sure you bring your base out far enough that it doesn't topple over!
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No problem. Thought about doing it myself, but I had a whole second room to use for storage. Just make sure you bring your base out far enough that it doesn't topple over!
Will do. If I go this route, I'll probably build it to fit into a corner I have free right now, so it'll get extra support on the back side, too. With a cross-beam at the bottom to stop the rear wheel, it should be pretty stable. From the top, it could look like this, with a square or triangular base and a tall beam that would sit flush against the wall and support the bike on a hook.

Edit: I have no idea why the text entry box and the actual post have different spacing...

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I saw it fine in the email notification of a quote. Looked good to me!
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Originally Posted by jefnvk View Post
There is a guy in my apartment complex who always has his blinds open when I walk by (not a stalker, I swear!). He has an upright 2x4 rectangular frame with a base, that he screwed the hooks into to hang his bikes by the wheels.
I did the same thing. Quit stalking me.
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but I would need something to block the wheel so it doesn't roll.
The rear brake and a rubber band?
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Wrap a rubber band around your brake levers to keep the brakes engaged and the tires locked. You can also get a tiny wood clamp from Lowes or Home depot for about $5.00 that you can click on/off real quick.
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Found this over on Instructables.com, will get around to building one myself once I get over my laziness. Scoured the multitude of designs on the site but like this one since the weight rests mostly on the back tire with the front wheel more or less keeping the bike in balance. The guy has a 2-bike version posted also.

http://http://www.instructables.com/...s-single-bike/



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It just occurred to me that you're in Japan; Minoura makes a stand that solves your problem exactly, and I imagine would be easier to get there than in the USA.
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(Vertical) Bike Storage Help

Recently purchased a bike and trying some options for storage. I have a ridiculously tiny apartment, though for Japan it's pretty typical. Even clearing some space for this thing, I'm going to need to store it vertically. Storing outside isn't really an option because I don't have any outside space, but even if I did, exposing it to the humidity and regular rains isn't an option. I think I have a space, but I just cannot figure out how to secure it reliably. I wedged a couple pieces under the rear tire and propped the bike up, loosely tied to the wall, but I'm concerned about damaging the tire with the cornered stopper piece. Also, it is still out from the wall and blocking my computer and end of the bed. Pictures to follow. Please help.
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Recently purchased a bike and trying some options for storage. I have a ridiculously tiny apartment, though for Japan it's pretty typical. ... .


If you had something like a basketball hoop. Maybe squash it and fix it on the wall so your front tire will hang in it. Leave the net on for décor.
I'd put it so the bike is at an angle and it would naturally roll back once the front tire cleared the hoop.
Also you could probably bend the front of the hoop downwards a little to make it easier to manage.
Just enough to hold it, but not enough for an earthquake to knock it out.
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You'll probably have to cut the two support brackets off to squash the hoop.
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Anyone of several brand so vertical bike store frames that just lean against the wall would be fine. That way you dont put any holes in the walls or ceilings.
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Recently purchased a bike and trying some options for storage. I have a ridiculously tiny apartment, though for Japan it's pretty typical. Even clearing some space for this thing, I'm going to need to store it vertically. Storing outside isn't really an option because I don't have any outside space, but even if I did, exposing it to the humidity and regular rains isn't an option. I think I have a space, but I just cannot figure out how to secure it reliably. I wedged a couple pieces under the rear tire and propped the bike up, loosely tied to the wall, but I'm concerned about damaging the tire with the cornered stopper piece. Also, it is still out from the wall and blocking my computer and end of the bed. Pictures to follow. Please help.
How is the height of the ceiling? I had a bike hanging from the ceiling once, it was on two ropes with hooks, one on the handle bar, one under the saddle, I hoisted it up and secured it in one of those clamps they use one sailing boats to keep the sail in place. You could counterbalance it if you want to make it nicer.
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It just occurred to me that you're in Japan; Minoura makes a stand that solves your problem exactly, and I imagine would be easier to get there than in the USA.
Thanks for the tip about this stand, never saw it before. Found it on eBay and Amazon for around $95.00 or so that's not too bad for US suppliers.

Interesting alternative and nice, clean design.

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Thanks everyone for the suggestions, they were all good ideas. After looking around the local hardware stores and bike shops, I decided just to get the stand that @wschruba mentioned. I had been avoiding buying one, but with my recent imperfect experiments and their costs, risks of damage to the walls, and my remaining need for a stable stand, I just spent the ¥10,000.

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Thanks for the tip about this stand, never saw it before. Found it on eBay and Amazon for around $95.00 or so that's not too bad for US suppliers.

Interesting alternative and nice, clean design.

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If you're on the fence, I'll let you know how it turns out when mine arrives.
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