With bikes becoming more popular than ever before more consideration has been given to how to store them. With over 25 million of us owning bikes, the question is how can we store them using the least amount of space possible!
There are a number of different solutions on the market, here are just a few of them……
The traditional lean them up against a wall method!
The cheapest and easiest method if you only have 1 bike or lots of wall space for multiple ones! This one takes up the maximum amount of space and the bike you want is always the one closest to the wall! There are better solutions than this one!
Perfect if space isn’t at a premium and very easy to just lift your bike onto. Usually hooking your front wheel onto a hook. The disadvantage to this method is that it uses a lot of space in terms of depth but not width. Velogrip has overcome this problem by using hooks, which swivel in a bar, which is screwed into the wall. This means that you can rotate the bikes at an angle to reduce the depth they take up.
This clever design means that your bike can be stored inside your home or easily using a horizontal rack or some sort. Lots of people have come up with clever DIY methods of creating their own racks as well as the ones you can buy.
Hanging your bike from the ceiling
Does exactly what it says on the tin! Use a hoist device to lift your bike from the floor! A real bonus if floor space is tight. It can also be quite time consuming to get your bike so daily bike use wouldn’t be ideal with this method. You would also need to have high ceilings!
Racks and Stands
Then there are the non-permanent methods like stands and racks, which lean against the wall or which go floor to ceiling. These are a great option if you move regularly or don’t want something that you have to physically attach to your building.
Other things to consider are locking your bikes up or together so they don’t get pinched and thinking about how many times a week or month you need to access your bike because some systems are definitely more complex than others!
With a bit of clever thinking there are many DIY methods you can create ! Bike storage doesn't need to cost the earth. Just think outside of the box!