Whether for leisure, as a means of transportation, or for exercise, there’s no doubt that cycling is becoming increasingly popular. While it’s a fun and easy way to get around, storing a bike isn’t always the same case. Depending on your living situation, finding a storage solution that is safe, secure, and out of your way can be easier said than done. Luckily, there’s a variety of products on the market to help with in-home bike storage.
Before diving into the types of storage equipment available, you should know what you’re working with. Consider the following prior to making your final decision on what to purchase:
- Storage Space: What kind of space are you working with? The kinds of equipment best suited for you will vary greatly depending on if you live in an apartment, a house, or have a garage accessible to you.
- Bike Weight: You want to ensure that any equipment you purchase (like a bike rack), will support the weight of your bike. Additionally, if installing anything that will be mounted to the wall, you’ll want to ensure the wall is strong enough to support that weight.
- Security: Consider the specific space in which you plan on storing your bike. Will other people have access to it or will it be a closed off area? Some wall mounts come with locks, which is ideal for those leaving their bikes in a common area.
- Wall/Floor Protection: Storing your bike inside means you’ll need to think about protecting your walls and floor from damage, like grease, dirt and water.
- Wheel Size: If a rack is the way to go, you’ll want to ensure the rack will accommodate the size of your wheels. This applies to all racks where the wheel is the central anchor, including both wall and floor models.
Now that we’ve got the preliminary things out of the way, it’s time to explore your options!
Bike stands are the simplest option, ideal for people who have space to leave their bike on the floor. Floor stands are great if you’re looking to store only one bike – you just pop the wheel into the groove and you’re done! Gravity stands are designed to lean against a wall, with the weight of the bike stabilizing the whole set-up. This is a good option if you have more than one bike to store, plus no drilling is required. Lastly, you have the classic kickstand.
Bike racks come in a huge variety. From freestanding racks to wall-mounted racks to ceiling racks, they’re all great options for mounting your bike, and freeing up floor space. Wall-mount and ceiling racks both require drilling, but typically are less bulky than a freestanding rack.
If space and aesthetics are primary concerns for you, we suggest going with a hook. While they require drilling, they are the most minimal in appearance, and are visually appealing.
A hoist is a pulley system that connects to your bike and suspends it from the ceiling – a great option in an open concept space with high ceilings.
When all else fails, give Alluster Storage a call. While in-home storage can work for some, for others it just isn’t viable. You may be lacking sufficient space or simply don’t want the eyesore of a bike in your living room. Whatever your reason, we’ve got excellent storage options for you. Our butlers will come pick up your bike and drop it off at your convenience!
Learn more about convenient storage options available to you at Alluster Storage.