by Jack Vale
Are you thinking of buying a bike, but not sure how to store it in your apartment? Perhaps you already have a bike, but need to consider a more practical storage solution?
We’ll present several bike storage tips for you to think about if you live in a small apartment.
Consider a bike rack
If you and whomever you might live with wouldn’t mind your bike being on display, a bike rack is worth considering. You can quite easily fit a wall-mounted rack for your bike to hang on. They can be hung horizontally or vertically, and can double up as an interesting piece of art for your home!
Double up: A storage shelf combined with bike rack
If you can’t justify hanging your bike on your wall, you could still purchase a rack that doubles up another space for storage. This bike rack shelf doubles as a space to store your keys, wallet and any other daily essentials.
If you are living in a relatively small apartment, anything you can do to increase storage space is highly valuable!
Bike parking stand
Portable bike stands offer a way for you to store your bike without having to mount anything on the walls of your apartment. Oftentimes, landlords prevent hooks and any similar apparatus to be mounted onto the walls of a rented property.
If this is the case for you, or you don’t want your bike on display, a bike parking stand provides a foldable, space-efficient solution for your bike.
Store your bike vertically
Perhaps your apartment has plenty of vertical space? If you have high ceilings, consider a vertical ‘Velo Column’ to store your bike. These can hold two bikes in place with tension rods, and are adjustable in height from seven to ten feet.
Use a bike tent for outdoor storage
If you live in a smaller apartment with absolutely no option to store your bike inside, you can store it in a safe space outdoors with a bike tent. A portable bike tent can be placed in a garden or courtyard since they are weatherproof and UV-resistant.
You can also use an outdoor bike tent to store your other bike accessories!
Door mounts for bikes
If you can’t hang anything on your walls and are reluctant to leave your bike outdoors, a door mount could work for you. These can usually be hung on your front door, and can support the weight of your bike.
One tip to bear in mind for door mounts is that hanging a bike means you won’t be able to open your door fully, so pick a door that you won’t be using much!
If storage is not option, you can always do a short or long term rental! Unlimited Biking offers reasonably priced rental bikes in Alexandria, New York City, Washington D.C. and San Francisco. This is a wonderful alternative to bike ownership, especially if you do not have the space to store your bike in your apartment. Give Unlimited Biking a call at 212-749-4444 for 10% off your rental!
Jack Vale is a writer from Happy Writers, Co. in partnership with fence manufacturer Viking Fence. Image source: www.homecrux.com