Bike Storage for Apartments

Storing your bikes in an apartment can be a tricky task. The first thing to do is figure out where you want to store your bikes. If you have a balcony or storage closet then these can be good choices. If not perhaps a laundry room. Where ever you choose to store your bikes the next thing to do is figure out how you want to store them. I have a small closet that can comfortably fit three bikes and at most four. I am trying to figure out the best way to store these bikes while leaving room to store other things I own. Gear, tools, camping equipment and miscellaneous boxes are also on the list. I think I have figured out a good way to store them by using boxes and a home made bike rack. I will probably end up putting the front or back wheels on a rack which will be slightly elevated to allow to store equipment. I have thought about using a bike hoist to hoist my unused bikes up but do not yet know if the ceiling is high enough to do this. One thing that is not good to do is store your bikes vertically. As mentioned in other articles on this site using bike hooks to hang bikes by one wheel is not the best idea. It does get the bikes out of the way but if you made an investment into your bike it would probably be better to invest some money in storage for them. There are many products that can be purchased to help organize apartments for bike storage but you can save some hard earned cash by using 2×4’s and screws to construct your own. A combination of the two could be used. Once I get back from my vacation one of my first projects is to build some good storage for my closet that will allow me to store my bikes and all of my gear. I will be posting pictures along the way with a how-to for any one that is interested. Once it is complete I hope to see other people using the techniques I use to maximize their storage space. I’m always interested in seeing how people store their bikes so if any one uses tips from this website I would love to see pictures. Any one who sends me pictures will get an article written about them with a link back to their home page or blog. So what are you waiting for? Show me some commend love and send me some pictures!







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