How do you guys store your bikes?

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11/16/2015 4:52 PM

I'm gonna reorganize my garage soon to make it a more functional shop space for working on bikes. Curious what you guys are using for bike storage. Currently I'm using a Home Depot DIY sawhorse to store the bikes, but it's getting unstable and it's not the easiest thing in the world to get bikes on and off once it gets crowded.

Here's an example on what I'm talking about:



I've seen some people make some pretty rad, inexpensive and more convenient ideas, like this PVC stand.




Looking to build something that fits 5 bikes with easy access, curious what you guys are using?

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I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.

11/16/2015 5:10 PM

I always used to use bike hooks on the wall at about six feet off the ground. That way they take up less floor space. Right now they're just lined up in my parents chicken coup. Maybe you just need a chicken coup?

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11/16/2015 5:38 PM

I used to have a combo of the PVC style rack and bike hooks: I would rack the MTBs and put the lighter road bikes on hooks in between. Our bike rack was made of wood though and just held the rear tire so it didn't stick out far from the wall. Currently in my apartment I'm using what is essentially a burlesque pole I got from MEC (Canadian equivalent of the American REI) by Swagman to hold two bikes on a post, which works great if you have enough wall space. It's either space across a wall or in front of it that you lose, it's up to you to decide which fits the area best.

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11/16/2015 7:43 PM

I own shimano brakes on all of mine so I try to store them anyway possible that's not straight up.

That way when I roll out into the street and realize my brakes need to be pumped 20 times before they work, it makes it a lot more exciting in traffic.

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11/17/2015 8:51 AM

kidwoo wrote:

I own shimano brakes on all of mine so I try to store them anyway possible that's not straight up.

That way when I roll out into the street and realize my brakes need to be pumped 20 times before they work, it makes it a lot more exciting in traffic.

I've never had that issue with my Shimano brakes. Air bubbles?

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11/17/2015 8:51 AM

Prop palettes on wall
back rear tire into slots
...
profit!

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11/17/2015 9:01 AM

I've got all the road bikes and clunkers that don't get ridden often hanging on hooks, in addition to the bikes that get used regularly on that sawhorse. It's actually a decent setup, but I think I can make something more compact that would be cleaner (and more stable).

Palettes might be a good call, FCP. I've got a nook in the corner that's pretty useless and just collects car parts and used oil currently, might be able to just throw a palette in there w/ some planks removed.

It'd be rad to build something like this, more compact though:



But it'd probably end up looking like a wooden version of this:



I've also considered just biting the bullet and buying four of five scorpion stands, or these things:



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I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.

11/17/2015 9:13 AM

Here's my setup. Plywood board screwed to the wall joists to secure the hooks to. The hooks are staggered so I can fit 7 bikes in a fairly tight space. It's easy to unhook each one individually. Was pretty cheap too, about $60 all together. Just need to paint the plywood board so it blends in to the wall.



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11/17/2015 9:27 AM

Oz, what spacing/staggering are you using (vertical/horizontal)? I'm trying a similar setup but handlebars are all running into each other.

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11/17/2015 9:47 AM

#camperlife



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11/17/2015 9:49 AM

Oz_Taylor wrote:

Here's my setup. Plywood board screwed to the wall joists to secure the hooks to. The hooks are staggered so I can fit 7 bikes in a fairly tight space. It's easy to unhook each one individually. Was pretty cheap too, about $60 all together. Just need to paint the plywood board so it blends in to the wall.



this ^^^

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11/17/2015 10:01 AM

I just pile mine in a corner. I'm trying to figure out the optimal formula to make sure the one I need is NEVER at the front. I'm pretty close to nailing it.



And to finish off my storage masterpiece, I also have the "Bike of Damocles" hanging over my head. I'm hoping all those helmets might help break the fall if it does come down on me one day.

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11/17/2015 10:06 AM
Edited Date/Time: 11/17/2015 10:24 AM

KiloMike wrote:

Oz, what spacing/staggering are you using (vertical/horizontal)? I'm trying a similar setup but handlebars are all running into each other.

Horizontal spacing is 70cm and vertical roughly 50cm. You do get some overlap of the bars with wider bars but different head angle and bar heights mean that the bikes still hang properly. You might have problems if all your bikes have a similar bar height and have 750mm+ bars, but you could always stagger the hooks on each row by 10cm vertically to solve that.

I have the bikes with wide bars on the top row and road/xc bikes on the bottom row. The bikes on the top row can be removed in between the bikes on the bottom row. The bikes on the bottom row drop down after being unhooked so it's no problem getting them out.

Another good thing about hanging them is that the bikes can drip dry and/or any mud that drops off them is easy to sweep up without having to move all your bikes.

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11/17/2015 10:14 AM

Got some Clug wall mounts working well for the time being big bike one is a bit stiff when u lock it in but dose not move

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Axon31

11/17/2015 10:17 AM

I don't know how to add a link/photo to an old post so I am unfortunately posting again.

The bike pole from Swagman that I got a MEC. Not this one doesn't require any screws going into the wall, you just expand the pole until it squeezes itself against the floor/ceiling: Bike Pole

And the multi-bike wall storage. We used the spacing of the width of your road bike at its widest point (cranks+pedals usually) to make sure there was enough room for the bike to hang: Wall storage

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11/17/2015 10:18 AM

KiloMike wrote:

Oz, what spacing/staggering are you using (vertical/horizontal)? I'm trying a similar setup but handlebars are all running into each other.

You could just hang half by the back wheel?

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11/17/2015 10:24 AM

I use SteadyRacks (https://steadyrack.com/) they're expensive but worth it to me, the swiveling part alone is great, and I like that they hold bikes by the wheel and not the rim.

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11/17/2015 11:04 AM





I welded up a little stand for my bike to reside in the garage. It's small and easily moved. I also bring it on trips so I can do post ride maintenance. It has some anti slip sick on pads on the bottom. You can see where I had to add an extra brace for a 27.5" wheel.
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11/17/2015 11:11 AM

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Mine was under $50 and holds four bikes in less than 6 feet of wall space. They swivel which is nice. The only thing I need to add is an S hook so hanging them up and taking them down is easier. If I had more space, it would be easy to get a few more bikes in.

I also put a plywood shelf on top where I keep my helmets and other bike-related stuff.

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11/17/2015 12:34 PM

ARK65 wrote:



I welded up a little stand for my bike to reside in the garage. It's small and easily moved. I also bring it on trips so I can do post ride maintenance. It has some anti slip sick on pads on the bottom. You can see where I had to add an extra brace for a 27.5" wheel.

that is bad ass haha

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Axon31

11/17/2015 3:03 PM





My indoor and outdoor set ups.
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11/17/2015 4:15 PM

Psh, you guys put way to much effort into this. My garage (they're bikes, they're gonna get scratched anyways):


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They call 'em fingers, but I've never seen 'em fing.

11/17/2015 5:03 PM

tire warmers are great for keeping the wall clean.... XD



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11/17/2015 5:35 PM

ARK65 wrote:



I welded up a little stand for my bike to reside in the garage. It's small and easily moved. I also bring it on trips so I can do post ride maintenance. It has some anti slip sick on pads on the bottom. You can see where I had to add an extra brace for a 27.5" wheel.

Nice! Welding your own stuff is Fun. That's my new word.

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11/17/2015 5:38 PM

Luke_Lu wrote:

tire warmers are great for keeping the wall clean.... XD



Those exist?

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11/17/2015 5:49 PM

Big Bird wrote:

Those exist?

I had them custom made. Other than the fact that it doesn't heat up the tires, the only problem is they didn't make it according to my measurement and came up a bit too short... XD

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11/17/2015 7:13 PM
Edited Date/Time: 11/17/2015 7:16 PM

No tire warmers here... Please excuse the mess. I have a few more bikes hanging on the opposite wall and a couple BMX bikes in the living room on display. My "man cave" extends through out the house. #bachelorpad



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11/17/2015 7:56 PM

http://www.utahmountainbiking.com/goodies/TruckbedBikeRack.htm

I adjusted the sizes based on how wide the tires are.

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11/17/2015 9:12 PM

I ended up building a pair of these:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Vertical-Bike-Rack-from-2x4s/



Free standing, solid, and keeps the bikes up and out of the way but still accessible. Daily commuter and MTB up front. Road bike and Wife's bike in the back as they get used less.

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11/18/2015 12:04 AM

Oz_Taylor wrote:

Here's my setup. Plywood board screwed to the wall joists to secure the hooks to. The hooks are staggered so I can fit 7 bikes in a fairly tight space. It's easy to unhook each one individually. Was pretty cheap too, about $60 all together. Just need to paint the plywood board so it blends in to the wall.



I was considering this, but don´t want my forks to be levelled the wrong way as it will dry out all the seals and stuff over winter..

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