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Keeping a dirty bike in an apartment

Old 08-07-19, 12:00 PM
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Keeping a dirty bike in an apartment

Hi there,

I'm moving into a new apartment in a month and will have to keep my bike inside my unit. The front entrance way into the unit is small and you make an immediate right turn once walking in and then a left to get to the kitchen/living room. I have space to store the bike in the main area of the unit but don't want to track in dirt since I commute in wet conditions and also in the winter. Does anyone have ideas to keep my bike inside without thoroughly washing the bike or floor every time (basically every day)?

I believe I may have space right at the front entrance to store my bike vertically with hooks but I'm concerned about getting dirt on the walls from the tires and also about the strength of hooks in drywall. I'm looking at the following hooks:

https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/m...-0687091p.html
https://www.amazon.com/CLUGTM-Small-...?tag=geapat-20
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Steadyrac...klVwD0LXUWb0s0

Any help/ideas would be appreciated. Thanks!!
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Velosock and/or hit it with a garden sprayer before you bring it in.
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Old 08-10-19, 01:04 AM
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It is quite difficult to keep a dirty bike inside the home.
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Old 08-10-19, 05:06 AM
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It seems like when my bike is dirty, it immediately climbs up on guests or furniture...seriously, I think something like a velosock is a good idea. If you just want to keep the spots on the wall clean where the tires touch, consider some clear film such as Sure Swatch (we got it at Home Depot in paint department)...these are 9x12" low tack, adhesive backed clear film, usually used to try paint colors on walls. I've had a piece (painted blue) on my den wall for over a month and it is holding up fine...you can move them a few times before the adhesive expires. No mess on wall. Lol, if you like this idea, come help paint my den!
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I don't understand the logistical layout exactly, but if you are just getting your bike just inside the door way or close to it, just go get yourself an area rug that covers that territory. Something you don't care about destroying, you can take outside and shake off, and something that will hold up to weather. You can go to home depot and get a piece of scrap something, somewhere, or even go to a local thrift store is where I found mine. It's about 6 feet long and 2 feet wide, and made more like a front door matt than it is carpet. I just role my bike in the front door and directly onto that. If you have some length to go, just make it longer. If you have turns to deal with, just do the same. You can even get a temp strip of something to get to the area you have permanently laid down and pick it up when you have guests or don't want it in the way.

Don't cheat though on dry days or patches of carpet that are exposed. Even light dirt on the tires will wear on the carpet fast. As for the walls, you can get as creative or expensive as you want. You can DIY areas you know are prone to contact with all different kinds of ideas and materials. Home depot is your best friend. If you are going around a corner a lot where dry wall is exposed, I would find some kind of plastic strip that is bent in a 90 degree to cover that and protect it. You could even DIY that too with just about anything, even as simple as cardboard and duct tape. You can be as creative or ghetto as you want on it depending on your budget. I would be creative and DIY something fun or cool.

Often you can find fun and usable things in thrift stores to protect areas you are worried about.
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Originally Posted by kingston View Post
Velosock and/or hit it with a garden sprayer before you bring it in.
I like the idea of the Velosock but am unsure if I'm willing to spend that much on one... What about an old fitted sheet...
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I like the idea of the Velosock but am unsure if I'm willing to spend that much on one... What about an old fitted sheet...
Why not? or maybe a waterproof mattress cover or this bike cover upside-down. Plenty of DIY hacks. Get creative!
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Buy new towels. Make sure they are brown or dark green or dark blue. Wipe down your bike in the hall with a used towel from the day before, and wipe up the floor (with it) when you are done. Boom.
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Buy new towels. Make sure they are brown or dark green or dark blue. Wipe down your bike in the hall with a used towel from the day before, and wipe up the floor (with it) when you are done. Boom.
And store the bike in the bathtub in case there are further drips.


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