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Old 11-26-14, 01:41 PM
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Storing a bike in a small area

So, my wife hates that I keep my bike in the house.
I don't want to leave it outside in the shed (because it leaks...) and I don't want to put it in the basement (narrow stairwell and it's not good for me to be yanking it up a twisting stairwell every morning at 5am)

It basically lives here most of the time



She wants it out of that hallway.

What can I do? My house is tiny.
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Old 11-26-14, 02:29 PM
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Could you put some hooks up high on a wall for the bike's top tube? I take it you don't have a garage ceiling that it could hang from.
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Old 11-26-14, 04:36 PM
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Yes ... can it go up? Can it be hung from the ceiling? Is there anywhere to hang it vertically?

Type the words ... hang bicycle vertical ... into Google and click Images to see pictures of possibilities.
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I was squeezed for room this fall when I expanded my workshop in the basement. I found this at Harbor Freight:

Mobile Bike Storage

It will work for you if you have a spare room, but if your bike is living in the hallway, then probably not. They also sell those bike lifts if you have high ceilings.

Bicycle Lift
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Old 11-26-14, 05:33 PM
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Originally Posted by chapel View Post
So, my wife hates that I keep my bike in the house.
I don't want to leave it outside in the shed (because it leaks...)

She wants it out of that hallway.

What can I do? My house is tiny.
Fix the leaks in the shed?
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Old 11-26-14, 06:33 PM
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Loosen the stem, turn the bars & take off the pedals and it will be narrower.
Upside down on hooks in the ceiling works for Me .

NB: Bikes can be stolen from sheds without you knowing it. you would need to really beef up the security on it.




BTW Folding Bike are Ideal in small spaces.

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Old 11-26-14, 06:35 PM
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You need to take up less space or make the trip up and down the basement stairs more manageable.

first choice: get a folding bike. Stash it out of sight in a closet.

second choice: get a minivelo. Make the stairway carry easier.

What about a cover for the bike in the shed? What's gonna happen to the bike if it just stays in the shed as-is?
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Old 11-26-14, 06:50 PM
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Make it flatpack.
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Originally Posted by MichaelW View Post
Make it flatpack.
Fresh. It'd be cool to see that as OEM spec on a variety of bikes.
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Old 11-26-14, 07:25 PM
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Hang it up!
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If you have some sort of dresser, couch or other furniture that sticks out 1-ft to 2-ft from a wall, you can put a tension pole that goes from floor to ceiling and put the pole behind the furniture. The bike hangs on the pole, above the furniture, on hooks. Looks like this:

So, imagine if the pole is only holding the upper bike, and there is furniture where the lower bike is shown.
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Old 11-27-14, 01:05 AM
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Only other options I see are:

-folding bike
-Find a way to make due with the shed
-Lock the bike up outdoors somewhere. Use a really good lock and lube the chain and cables frequently. If a bike is ridden regularly and is regularly lubed, it can handle being stored outside, exposed to rain. If you just let it sit, it will quickly start to rust.
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Originally Posted by chapel View Post
So, my wife hates that I keep my bike in the house.
What can I do? My house is tiny.
How much space does your wife take up?
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Old 11-28-14, 09:57 AM
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she's more easily moveable.
Are there like 'bike covers'?
I don't mind putting it in the shed as long as it's covered.
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Fold a big plastic sheet in half, and suspend it from the shed ceiling with a rope to make a tent. Just slide the bike between the sheets.
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Originally Posted by chapel View Post
she's more easily moveable.
Are there like 'bike covers'?
I don't mind putting it in the shed as long as it's covered.
Yes, there are bicycle covers. Type bicycle covers into Google ...
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Old 11-28-14, 08:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
Yes, there are bicycle covers. Type bicycle covers into Google ...
too easy...
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Another option is to get your wife hooked on riding. Then you'll have two bikes taking up space but she won't mind having them in the house.
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Hang it on the wall along with some cycling posters and other cycling related items and make it a decoration. Paint an outline of the bike on the wall where it sits so when it's gone it becomes interesting art either way. I know you could not talk wifey into this, so you have to do this when she is gone and do a nice job of it. Post here and let us know how she likes it!
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Originally Posted by jhazel View Post
Another option is to get your wife hooked on riding. Then you'll have two bikes taking up space but she won't mind having them in the house.
Springtime plan

I cleaned out my basement, so I guess I'll store it there when the commuting weather is poor.
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