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Old 12-25-04, 09:58 PM
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Bike storage in a small apartment

My apartment is only a little bigger than an I-pod, so bike storage is a problem. Does anyone have ideas? Are there any secure (lockable) racks that I could use in the outside hallway? Any that don't require serious damage to the walls, etc? Any that are pretty cheap? Alternatively, does anyone know of racks (don't have to be lockable) that hang from the ceiling to save space? Please keep in mind that I don't have a lot of money to spend on this, and I rent so I can't do serious damage to the walls or ceiling. I have one bike now, but will get a second when I figure out how to store them.
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Old 12-25-04, 10:21 PM
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Umm you could just get those BIG U hooks and screw them into the ceiling. Simple spackle compound can cover them up when you move out. Cheapest and easiest method, make sure you use a stud finder to locate a board to screw into.
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Yep, a 99 cent bike hook is all you need.
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Performance sells a 2-bike rack that is a press fit between the floor and ceiling, if that would work for you....but it stores the bikes horizontally, not vertically.

Their metal one is 60-odd bucks.

Or you can do the hook method.
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Old 12-25-04, 11:43 PM
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I just lean mine up against the wall in my room next to my bed.
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Old 12-25-04, 11:45 PM
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Originally Posted by slvoid
I just lean mine up against the wall in my room next to my bed.
Same way I feel. I have mine sticking out where ever and once I have my trainer it will be in the middle of my room so I can watch TV or whatever....people can work their way around my bike.
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Old 12-26-04, 12:10 AM
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Originally Posted by slvoid
I just lean mine up against the wall in my room next to my bed.
I sleep with mine. One on each side.
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Old 12-26-04, 12:11 AM
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Originally Posted by Chuvak
I sleep with mine. One on each side.
I gotta see a pic of this....
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Old 12-26-04, 12:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Chuvak
I sleep with mine. One on each side.
I woke up one morning with a chainring tattoo on my face...
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Old 12-26-04, 01:39 AM
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apparently you'd done something to upset your bike... so it took a few liberties while you slept.
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Old 12-26-04, 02:19 AM
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When living in small apartments..I liked living on the second floor...Kept my bikes on the patio,under a tarp...My expensive bike..Would not mind leaning it on the wall, in the bedroom...Only free wall, it was...
But on the patio..I would chain my more expensive bike to the railing...Security freak when it comes to my bikes.
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Old 12-26-04, 03:01 AM
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I use one of the indoor racks from supergo... freestanding and it works fine... my road bike though usually gets stuck next to the bed and window...
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Originally Posted by PWRDbyTRD
I gotta see a pic of this....
let me see if they agree to it.........


Originally Posted by slvoid
I woke up one morning with a chainring tattoo on my face...
Are you sure it wasn't chain lube?
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Old 12-26-04, 10:56 AM
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I have four bikes..What would I do..Have to convert one bedroom for bike storage...
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Old 12-26-04, 12:38 PM
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Just how many square feet is your apartment?

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Get rid of some furniture. Use bikes as clothes dryers when not in use. Hooks in ceiling. White toothpaste works as spackle when moving out. I saw a bike pulley cord lift for the ceiling for under twenty bucks at walmart (bleaugh!) in this sunday's advertisment. I know a guy with 16 bikes in his apartment.
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Originally Posted by koffee brown
Just how many square feet is your apartment?

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I don't know square feet but there is a small living room, smaller bedroom and medium sized kitchen. So far ceiling hooks sound best. Could I rig a lock so I could use the outer hallway? I have always put the bike behind the fridge. This works OK except I have to move a chair and storage box every time I go for a ride. And I'm getting lazier every year! Also, I have used my bike as a clothes dryer, along with an electric fan.
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If you can keep your bike in your apartment I would not risk leaving it in the hallway...just doesn't seem worth it to me.
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Old 12-27-04, 12:17 AM
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Originally Posted by richmyer
So far ceiling hooks sound best.
Best & most practical solution....
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Old 12-27-04, 08:59 AM
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U hook--problem solved
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Originally Posted by The Fixer
Yep, a 99 cent bike hook is all you need.
...he said he's from MI...the thing'll be sopping wet from snow, salt and rain. Maybe a pan underneath the bike
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My buddy locks his bike to the radiator in the hallway, that way it says nice and warm, even though it's a bit lonely out there.
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Originally Posted by Chuvak


Are you sure it wasn't chain lube?
He did say his face not his cheek.......
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Originally Posted by vrkelley
...he said he's from MI...the thing'll be sopping wet from snow, salt and rain. Maybe a pan underneath the bike
Oops.... I didn't realize he lives in MI.
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Old 12-29-04, 11:21 AM
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i have three bikes in my bedroom. tightly placed next to each other, they really don't take up too much room. About the size of a medium desk, i'd say.
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