Storing the bike in a small apartment is a major problem for all two-wheeled vehicle owners. For the real cyclist, the season never ends. This phrase is common in the cycling community. Indeed, there are always brave riders who are not afraid of a thirty-degree frost and go for the next ride, but most of the riders go out for a bike ride with the spring and usually store their bikes somewhere beforehand. Does a logical question arise about where to store your bike during the winter months? Today, we’ve compiled what proper bike storage ideas look like and how to prepare for extended downtime:
Bicycle storage options for apartments
The best ways to store your bike are as follows:
- Furniture bike storage
- Wall bike storage
- Balcony bike storage
- Bike storage in garage or basement
1. Furniture for Bike Storage:
A special bicycle wardrobe can be installed in apartments where there is sufficient space. In this sense, the most logical solution would be to place a closet in the hallway. For several bikes, you can independently develop the layout of the cabin. Specialized stores offer ready-made furniture in a suitable design. Furniture can be made in the form of screens, wooden, or aluminum frames. The cabinet is installed along the wall, using the space economically. It is not necessary to lift the bike vertically. Therefore, the option is beautiful and functional, but not suitable for everyone.
Using a Frame Fastener
Bicycle frame fastener with integrated storage. This option allows you to use every centimeter of space. Due to the configuration, the hooks are quite long and the space created between the bike and the wall can be used to install a shelf or stand. Also, you can store your cycling gloves, flashlight, padlock, and other accessories here.
2. Wall Mounted Bike Storage:
Attaching to the Wall Using Wheel Fasteners (Wall)
Wheel fasteners are suitable for long narrow aisles where the mount is mounted on a short wall for vertical storage perpendicular to the wall, the bike hanging in the corner along the long wall. The design is minimalist, does not attract special attention. When installing it yourself, you should carefully consider the fastening of the dowel or self-tapping screw. A constant heavy load can lead to unexpected consequences – a drop in transport.
Under Ceiling Storage
Storing bikes under the ceiling is an unusual way to be suitable for long-term storage. The fastening system is difficult to install but reliable.
You can also store your bike on the counter. The mounting option is suitable for storing two or three bikes. Shelves take up significant space and are therefore suitable for large hallways.
Behind the Door Storage
Behind the door. Bike holders can be used to hang the bike on an infrequently used door.
Corridor – wall
Specialist shops offer a variety of rack options that make it easy to hang your bike on the wall. By decorating the shelf with decorative elements, you can get an attractive design that will decorate the hallway. Upper part shelves are used in different ways – for books, flowers, small items.
3. Balcony Bicycle Storage
Storing your bike on the balcony may be one of the best solutions. However, you may need to take various precautions to protect your bike from wind, rain, and cold. As long as you take these precautions, you will have very good bike storage.
Garage and Basement
You can put your bikes there if you have one. It is important to make sure that the temperature inside is +5 degrees or higher. If the temperature is lower, seasonal storage of the two-wheeled vehicle will require a compartment. Rubber components (oil seals, anthers, tires, inner tubes, etc.) can crack inside. The result is pretty obvious: if you have suspensions, oil marks will appear on the fork legs and shock absorber bar, and the tires will need to be changed quickly.
A good option if there is no high humidity in the basement. You can attach custom mounts to any wall. You can often store your bike in the basement using hooks nailed to the wall. This kind of storage can be a good solution if you do not have a balcony or garage, but you should make sure that you take precautions against theft.