Question from a reader of London Cyclist Blog:
I’m about to move into a flat that has no bike storage. This leaves me and my flatmate with a dilemma:
How to store 3 bikes, one of them a high end mountain bike.
I ran a Google search to see if there are any enterprising people out there who have set up long term bike storage rental facilities for people in the same predicament as me (of which there must be thousands…), but no joy. Your article on bike storage options in the home came up, though, so I thought I’d drop you a line to see if you knew of any such facilities? If not, I’d almost be tempted to look into it as a business opportunity, as I’m sure there would be a demand for it in certain areas of London.
I had a similar issue the last time I moved in to an apartment. There’s a few different solutions and I’d be open to hearing suggestions in the comments.
The first is to sell one of the bikes. This is the option that I ended up going with after about 6 months of a bike taking up loads of space. This isn’t ideal as you may regularly use the bike and therefore not want to sell it.
The second option is to find a self storage facility nearby. I’ve stored away a few of my belongings in a storage unit that is based in Luton. London based facilities tend to be more expensive, especially as you get closer to the centre. Again, this isn’t ideal both due to the added cost and the inconvenience of having to get to the storage facility.
Another option is to ask the council to see if there are any garages nearby available for residents. Our residential block had some but they were unavailable and there was a waiting list. I believe this is fairly typical.
You could look in to solutions such as the Cycloc. Although there may be a lack of space to store this or it might go against the contract you’ve signed on your rented apartment.
Occasionally, you can find safe bike storage locations such as The H2 gym in Soho. However, this is still a little rare and you still need to ensure your bike is well locked.
The ultimate victory would be to get the council to install secure bike parking. After all, if parking spaces are being provided for car owners, why not for cyclists?
I’d love to hear from London Cyclist readers with their suggestions. Are there any solutions I’ve not heard of?