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Old 09-04-07, 07:15 PM
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Outdoor Storage Questions...

Hey there. I've recently moved into an apartment and simply cannot find a suitable spot to place a free standing rack or hang a bike that wouldn't involve getting gouged by pedals while walking doen the hall or banging one's head on a wheel when sitting on the couch.

As such, I'm wondering if there's some way I can store it outside that wouldn't result in serious cumulative damage from exposure. I've looked at little sheds and lockers, but, frankly they're all more expensive than my and my girlfriends bikes put together. We have a balcony out back, from which we could hang them (locked of course) if there were some sort of cover that would protect them from the elements. The ones I've seen have either been tarps (which would trap ambient moisture, no-good) or slip-covers geared towards travel/car-rack use. I'm unsure how suitable they would be for continuous use. I'm half tempted to whip something up out of pipe, Tyvek home-wrap, and cement buckets.

Has anyone perhaps invented this particular wheel before? Thanks all.
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Old 09-04-07, 07:34 PM
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I used to store mine on a balcony with a throw over cover it. Look around in the Recreational Vehicle sites. I have seen a draw string cover that would allow you to cover the bike, then you could use a pulley system to raise it overhead to keep the floor clear. The bike cover I had was made out of the same stuff they make car covers out of, it was breathable. Maybe buy a car cover for a small car and cut it down to fit...bound to be cheaper than buying a a couple of bike specific covers.

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I read a similar thread a few years ago in which somebody suggested storing the bike in the bath tub. It's a nuisance every time that you take a shower but it's safe and out of the way the rest of the time.
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
I read a similar thread a few years ago in which somebody suggested storing the bike in the bath tub. It's a nuisance every time that you take a shower but it's safe and out of the way the rest of the time.
Been there done that! In fact the tub was one of those claw foot monsters with the shower sticking up on a pipe. I used to lock the bicycle to the drain line It was PITA when you wanted to take a shower or bath, but it was out of the way the other 23.5 hours of the day

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