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Best way to store bikes out of the way in a small apartment

Old 10-28-05, 09:50 AM
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Best way to store bikes out of the way in a small apartment

I live in a small shared apartment in Manhattan, with all my stuff in one room. I have a mountain bike and a singlespeed in here now, and they are taking up like half of the room..

Any ideas about the best way to store them out of the way? I have seen those contraptions with all the cables that will hoist your bike to the ceiling, but i'm not sure how well that would work in my room, although the ceilings are relatively high. For one thing, i fear the whole thing falling out of the ceiling (how do you secure it exactly? It's a 105 year old building with plaster walls and ceiling).
Then there are those metal hooks for wheels that let you put the bike vertically on the wall. Do those work well? Are they bad for your rims?

Any suggestions welcome. I'm tired of tripping over bikes!

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There are bike racks that you can lean on a wall, and are reasonably secure.

If your ceiling can ake it, there is a wooden compression-mount rack at performancebike that's really nice....I use that one myself, and it fits real nicely in my near-microscopic kitchen.
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if you rent - your landlord will probably disapprove of screwing things into the wall. of course, you might just do it and repair any damage when you move out.

i live in a 350 sq foot studio and i have 4 bikes now. they take up a bit of room, but not too bad if you dedicate a corner wall to them. i just have them leaning against each other.
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Hang them puppies flat against the ceiling! They won't be easy to get down, but they WILL be out of the way. A bit of rope and some hardware hooks gets you there.
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Hanging from the rims actually puts less stress on the wheels than riding does.
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For tiny apartments: One bike hook in ceiling, even in plastered ceilings, period.
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Note that the hook needs to go into a ceiling joist. You know, the wooden beams that the plaster is attached to. If you try to hang the bike from just the plaster itself it'll pull the hook out of the plaster. Ditto with the wall mouts, they need to be screwed into wall studs usually. You can find the wood behind the plaster sometimes by knocking, but you can also get a "studfinder" which is a little battery-operated gizmo that you slide along the wall and it has a light that lights when there's something behind the plaster.
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I also live in a 350sf studio, and I'm married.
Luckily we have 2 big walk-in closets (his & hers). I have a ceiling hook in my closet that seems to work pretty well, but I have to cover my chain/chainrings with a plastic drycleaning bag to keep the grease from getting on my hanging clothes.
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Originally Posted by Ritehsedad
Hanging from the rims actually puts less stress on the wheels than riding does.
Don't you be opening that can of worms now!

Yeah, hooks on the ceiling into the studs are simple. They only create a small 1/4" hole, so you can fill that up with plaster later without any difficulties. Most ceilings have the gritty finish so it definitely won't be noticable. On a wall, it may take a little more to repair. I used to hang it near the front door so it was a simple matter to get in and out.
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I live in a cramped situation too. I also live in earthquake country so I do not relish dangling even light things from ceilings. So I now purchase only now and in the future folding bicycles and keep only one full size non folding bike. I eliminate clutter and most of the bikes could "disappear" if needed by folding since I generally do not need to fold in the house most of the time (the bikes are compact even unfolded 16 and 20 inch wheels).
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I was in a fairly small apartment for many years too. I couldn't hang things from the ceiling and since I have 6 bicycles, those wall racks wouldn't have helped much.

So, after a lot of research I came up with this:

A loft bed. A loft bed is like the upper half of a bunk bed. (Ikea sells them). 4 of my bicycles fit nicely underneath. I also hung all my spare tires from the bed slats, and stored a few other things in there. Then I bought a couple sets of shower curtains to hang from the rails of the loft bed down around the bicycles. When they were pulled closed, you would never have guessed there were all those bicycles and all that bicycle equipment underneath.

The bed is like these:
https://www.ikea.com/webapp/wcs/store...ts=10103*10144
https://www.ikea.com/webapp/wcs/store...ts=10103*10144
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good idea machka, that's pretty smart.
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350sq ft? you're living in luxury! try 180 with a roommate and 2 bikes!
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Originally Posted by -phaedrus-
350sq ft? you're living in luxury! try 180 with a roommate and 2 bikes!
Yeh, dorms rooms can suck.

My roommate and I had a huge dorm room at Penn State, a whole 12' x 18'. I'll post a picture of the loft I built from scratch tonight, made things much more bearable.
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I use the Michelangelo bike rack. Holds 2 bike, leans on the wall so no drilling, very sturdy so you can use it for minor tune ups. Give you a little more than a foot between the bikes and wall so I store most of my bike stuff behind it.

https://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=6600
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I like these racks
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