We cyclists do, of course, love our bikes – and there is absolutely no way we want to store them outside unless there is literally no other option.
Unless you’ve craftily positioned yourself in a home with other cyclists, housemates, family and spouses can sometimes find this desire to keep the bike inside confusing and slightly annoying. However, there are plenty of cool storage options that will help you keep the bike neatly stowed, and some of them look pretty cool, too.
Top 5 Best Bike Storage Solutions
The Clug claims to be the world’s smallest bike rack. Available in a range of colours, and to fit wheel sizes from 23mm – 60mm, the Clug simply screws into the wall, and holds your bike in position. This can be with one wheel in the ground, and the bike horizontally (as above), or with both wheels on the ground, and the Clug holding the rear wheel in position (as below).
The Clug comes in at about £15.99, so it won’t break the bank if you’re buying them to fit out an entire fleet, either.
Cyclehoop Bike Shelf
This bike shelf is for the stylish among you – those that want to turn your two wheeled friend into a statement – a piece of wall art- when you’re not enjoying it on the roads or trails. And also those that storage space and stacking wherever possible (so that’s most of us under 40 and/or living in London).
This crafty shelf nails into the wall, and holds both the bike, and your helmet/lock, tools – or even books and pot plants, depending upon your preference. All for £66.50 + £15.60 postage.
The bike sits on its own shelf, with further loops and shelf space for accessories – as shown below:
And you can even use it to hold reminders, in a pin-board style – though if you’re anything like me yours is more likely to read “buy milk and cat food” than anything else…
Saris Ceiling Mount
Walls are valuable, as is floor space – so why not aim higher and take your storage solution to the ceiling?
The Saris Bike parking glide takes 4 bikes, and has adjustable wheel hooks to suit different wheel sizes. Space between each bike means that one can be removed without impacting the others. If you’re lucky enough to have a couple more bikes in your collection, you can buy an add-on to cater for two more.
Up and Away Hoist System
Those with only one prized machine probably won’t want a full 4 bike system – and that’s where this Up and Away hoister comes in.
This rope pulley system keeps your bike level and allows you to use otherwise (probably) untapped space. A locking clutch system is in place to ensure your bike stays where you left it – and it can hold up to 51kg (that’s a lot, for a bike).
Two extra straps are included in the package so that extra items can be added, and all items needed to fix the system are provided, with instructions. For £35.99, this is a pretty smart package.
Asgard Metal Bike Storage sheds
These purpose built metal sheds are approved to insurance level one, with multiple locking points, pick resistant locks, and a Locksmiths accredited design. Not only is theft taken into account, but weather damage is also catered for and the entire shed is sealed to prevent any water from seeping in.
The downside on the Asgard is that you need a flat surface area. If that was not the case, I’d have one myself – but unfortunately though I do have a garden, I live in a rather hilly area and my back yard is effectively vertical making it unsuitable without some heavy digging.
How do you store your bike(s)? Have you tried one of these? We’d love to hear your reviews…
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