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Living Car Free Do you live car free or car light? Do you prefer to use alternative transportation (bicycles, walking, other human-powered or public transportation) for everyday activities whenever possible? Discuss your lifestyle here.

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Old 03-03-14, 06:57 PM   #1
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How do you store your bike?

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Old 03-03-14, 07:04 PM   #2
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My ex got the dining room table in the divorce. So I store all the bikes in the dining room. Each one has its own carpet runner.
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Old 03-03-14, 07:37 PM   #3
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Mine is closest to number one... sort of. I have a 40' shipping container, hope to get a new larger barn built this year.

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Old 03-03-14, 07:46 PM   #4
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I don't have anything like that article. One car garage converted into bike storage + shop. Right now I am also storing a bunch of bikes for the local co-op, so I've had to move a couple of my bikes indoors.
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See this similar thread on the Commuting Forum, ”Where do you Park it -- At Home?.”

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We’re on the second floor of a four-story condominium and when I'm riding two bikes, I keep them both and just inside the narrow entrance to our unit, leaning against the bench seat pictured below. One is an ultralight carbon fiber bike and the other is a heavy-duty beater mountain bike. The MTB is pretty heavy, and I have a back injury that makes it a chore to carry up the stairs.

This winter I am only using the mountain bike and I decided to keep it in the vestibule of the condo at near street level. The only other condo owner who might object is spending the winter in Mexico. By April when he comes back, I'll (hopefully) mostly be using the carbon fiber bike. I gotta watch the woodwork though.

It is partly visible through the door window, but it's a strong door with a good lock and a security camera.

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Old 03-04-14, 12:24 PM   #6
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From April to November, it's parked on my enclosed front porch. Throughout the winter, it hangs above my computer desk. It gets lots of attention when I have company over, people seem to find it strange of a bicycle hanging in the house instead of the garage.
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Fortunately, our apartment has closet storage space in the hallway, which fits plenty of stuff, including two spare dining room chairs, suitcases, three bikes, xmas decorations, etc. In fact, the previous tenants left a wall mount, so I've got my road bike up there for now since I'm only using my hybrid on my trainer
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For some reason this picture is loading upside down in the thumbnail and right side up on the actual photo. I'm done trying to fix it.

This is my dining room. It has laminate wood flooring instead of carpet, so it's an obvious choice for the bikes, right? I'm particularly pleased with the gallery lighting, the apartment came that way.

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I roll them in the front door and park them in the living room, leaning against the wall.
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I've got a large back room with its own entry that has most of our bikes hanging vertically (something like sixteen bikes). One tandem is hung horizontally from the ceiling and the other leans against the closet with its disc brake locked on so it doesn't fall. Unfortunately, I'm going to be demolishing that room this summer and building a two-story replacement. It's going to get crowded in the living room for a few months.
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Do real people actually store their bikes like that? I mean, people who actually ride them?
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Do real people actually store their bikes like that? I mean, people who actually ride them?
I imagine a few do. If you love bikes, but you also want your home to be attractively designed, you're going to have to take some kind of steps. Especially if you live in an apartment or a small house.

Currently, I store my bikes in the basement. There's a side door to the house, located on the landing of the basement stairs. So I only have to carry the bikes up and down half a flight of stairs. For some reason my son leaves his bike on the front porch, chained to the railing and with the QR front wheel removed to prevent theft.

I once had to bring the bikes up a very long and steep flight and store them in the kitchen between rides. Luckily it was a large kitchen. I had a hook on the wall for one bike and the other one fit in the floor space under it.
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Those designs are really cool! The way I ride, though, they'd leave my walls totally caked in gross mud and grease...

At the old place, I had a bike room, and the bike currently in use lived in the kitchen, where it wouldn't make too much of a mess. The new house is, in theory, ideal for bike storage: there's a garage (though it doesn't have power) and an unheated mud room.

Unfortunately, I had the hot idea to move in February in Wisconsin: the part of the yard leading to the garage of bikes is a skating rink, and it's incredibly difficult to get back to the mud room due to the snow and *ahem* car blocking the driveway. So, the winter bike is stuck chained out front until either the car or the snow go away. I'm guessing the car will be gone first.
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Old 03-10-14, 06:53 AM   #14
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Mine is parked in the garage. When I lived in N. Vancouver (Canada) and Peace River, AB (Alberta) the bikes were kept in my apartment.
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