It’s a well known formula:
Bike + Indoor storage = Unhappy coinhabitants + messy corridor
Having recently taken part in the much despised game of “find a new place to rent” one of the things I was looking at, as estate agents showed me around, was where I could potentially store my bike.
Would I be able to fit it in that lift? Does that bike storage outside look safe enough? Carpets in the lounge! There’s no way I can store my bike here!
It’s a tricky one to overcome and there are all manners of solutions vying for the attention of cyclists.
A Trimetals bike shed?
Expensive, and I don’t have space for it.
Not too expensive, but I don’t know how my landlord would feel about that. Plus, the bike would have to be stored outside in the elements and would-be thieves can repeatedly see it in the same place, making it a tempting target.
An inventive solution and great with my high ceilings, but I don’t have a garage and I doubt the landlord would be too pleased.
Fantastic idea, that would fit nicely at home, though not so great when I’ve been out riding on a rainy day.
An attractive petite solution, not too expensive, as long as the wall holds. You can find out more about the Cycloc and the various other storage solutions they sell on their website.
In the end I decided on the most simple solution of all:
Popular among bike shops in London, it’s a great little solution as it doesn’t mean screwing anything to the wall, it’s cheap at around £15 and means that my bike isn’t resting against the wall damaging the wallpaper.
What about long term storage?
Let’s say you’ve got a second road bike that you don’t use day to day in London, but only occasionally to take part in sportives. Or a mountain bike that you take out once every 6 weeks.
A new solution might be of interest called Store Cycle. I’ve exchanged a few emails with the founder Ian and I like the direction that it’s going. For just £7.00 per month, they’ll store your bike and deliver it back to you for another £7.00. It’s pretty cost effective and it means clearing up some space at home.
It’s a lot more cost effective than most self storage, which costs in the region of £50 per month or more in the outskirts of London.