Note: This is a small section taken from my Guide to Cycling in London. I wanted to post it up here as a bit of a preview of what people can expect from the guide. If you haven’t yet grabbed a copy you can see this post for details.
In my first London apartment we had 3 bikes in the hallway. It looked cluttered, made it hard to move around the flat and caused plenty of scratches to our bikes. What I’ve since realised is that this age old problem has been addressed by a number of manufacturers. Therefore, it’s not something you have to put up with. Various bicycle storage solutions are available and luckily most cost less than £20.
Also sometimes called Bike Lifts. This solution makes use of the ceiling for bicycle storage. You simply hoist the bike up and it is stored off the ground. It’s a good solution to the problem and costs around £20.
Hook or a Vertical Bike Rack
Storing a bike upright saves floor space and looks less messy. It also means the bikes are not leaning against each other which can cause dents and other damage. There are various hooks specifically for bikes. Alternatively you can improvise and make your own but be sure to cover it with padding so as not to cause any damage.
If you have a shed or a garage then this provides something sturdy you can lock your bike to. It should be attached to a solid wall or floor.
Whilst a little overpriced at nearly £60 the Cycloc is a handy and clean looking invention allowing you to store your bicycle on the wall. It is designed so you can quickly slide the back in and out of the stand.
If you have a garden then you might want to consider a bicycle shelter such as this one. This allows for security and some protection from the elements.
If you’re storing your bike in the longer term then you can shop around for storage units at www.findstoragefast.com to keep your bike safe. This also might be useful for someone with too many bikes that are starting to take over their home!
Soon I also want follow up with some quirky bicycle storage solutions as well as talk about how you can DIY your own bike storage.