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Where do you keep your bicycle at home?

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Is it nestling behind the sofa, out in the garden or simply chained to the railings out the front of the property? A major problem for cyclists is where to keep your bicycle at home. Or, more accurately, where to keep the many bicycles which we own safe, dry and out of the way?

The scale of the problem was revealed in an article last year in which one London estate agent noted that cyclists had prompted a surge in demand for new-build homes as older properties could not accommodate bikes: “People are looking for homes with outdoor sheds, basement car parking or purpose-built blocks with allocated bike parking.”

I can well believe this. During a recent search for a new flat I rejected several flats due to their inability to safely store my two bicycles, the bike of my girlfriend (plus, of course, the two of us). Some flats were too small and, when we finally found a suitable flat, landlords would get in the way and forbid bicycles in the property.

In the end we found a flat with a cellar where our bikes are happily out of the way and not at risk from thieves or the elements. It’s not all perfect because there’s a super steep and wobbly stair case that bike and rider need to manoevre up and down, but it’s as good a solution as we could probably muster.

There are fancy hooks which can be attached to walls for hanging bikes out of the way, pulley/lever devices for lifting bikes into unused space above walking height and specially designed bike boxes for secure outside storage. However, I suspect the vast majority of Britain’s bikes are kept in the living room or are currently blocking corridors up and down the nation.

I would be interested to know where you keep your bicycle?

5 comments [leave one]
Jonno September 13, 2010 at 10:38 am

We’re a three bike flat.
My main road bike is in the living room. I work from home so it doesn’t move often. My mountain bike, which is only used at weekends, lives in our closet. I’ve rotated the handlebars and removed the pedals so it’s a little thinner. My girlfriend’s bike stays in the hall. It’s a pain in the ass but it’s used every day.
Having only been here for a week, I’ve just discovered our building has a bike room!

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admin September 15, 2010 at 10:46 am

A bike room sounds amazing…can’t believe it took a week to find it!

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Jonny September 13, 2010 at 4:38 pm

Before a nightmare.
Now very simple, Topeak Dual-touch stand!

Telescopic pole with a pressure cam lock you step on (just make sure you have a joist above it before locking between floor/ceiling, it does up to 3m high rooms. Quality construction and finish, the standard model came with two adjustable bike hangers, so bought an extra two for our other bikes, now holds four off the floor in a little over the space of one in the garage!

If you clean your bike regularly and treasure it, the stand is good enough to consider position in your lounge like an art work, with two bikes (not joking!), and a transparent plastic mat below if you have carpets ;)

Not the cheapest solution out there, but perfect for rentals, two years so far, two apartments, no damage, no hassle.
Even doubles as an almost work stand for tinkering too.

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admin September 15, 2010 at 10:51 am

Jonny – that’s a great tip. I would certainly view my bikesas artwork if hung on our walls!

BTW – You can buy similar stands on GGB.

http://www.goinggoingbike.com/auction/offer/details/Floor_to_Ceiling_Cycle_Bike_Storage_Post_%28Rack%25Stand%29_-_SCS256-246

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Julian September 21, 2010 at 10:03 am

Bought the flat twenty years ago. It has a cupboard under the stairs for the gas/electric supply. The cleaner may wish to keep his tools in there. As we are the directors of the flat we employ the cleaners who carry there own tools and equipment. The cupboard was then claimed by us and holds two bikes standing in a locked cupboard in the hallway on the ground floor by our front door. The only other keys are held by the cleaners who I’ve known for 30 years.
We also rent a garage around the corner for our tandem which is behind some shops which are open long hours therefore manned most hours.

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