If you live in a small apartment or house it can be challenging to store something as big as a bike. According to the New York Times, inadequate or unavailability of bike storage is the main reason cyclists don’t commute daily to work by bike.
Bikes are hefty, bulky and they take up a lot of space. Not to mention you could trip and fall if you accidentally bump into a poorly stored bike.
Luckily for the those of us lacking ample space, there are tons of simple storage solutions both inside and outside your dwelling to give you back some of that precious square footage. Anyone living with limited breathing room knows the value of creative storage ideas for small spaces, because you shouldn’t have to give up the activities you love just because you live in a tiny apartment or small home.
With that in mind, here are eight totally ingenious indoor and outdoor bike storage ideas that will free up space in your cramped house or apartment:
Indoor Bike Storage
1. Bike lift (pulley system)
This DIY storage system requires you to have some room on the roof of your apartment or home in order to store the bike. It’s comprised of two wooden/metal bases securely attached to the studs in your roof. A metal plate with a pulley system is then rigged to the base. A strong nylon cord is strung from one pulley to another to a long lead cord. At the end of the nylon cord are one hook for each base.
In order to make this work, simply lower the hooks and then secure them under the top part of your bike frame. Then grab the long end of the nylon rope and pull. The pulley system takes advantage of physics which allows you to lift a very heavy object with minimal effort.
NOTE: You’ll need to find a roof stud and then drill a hole into your roof in order to install this system. Not really an issue for homeowners, but this could be a deal breaker for those renting an apartment.