Monday, July 8, 2013

Design Tips: Clever Wall Mounted Bike Storage

Puzzle time! What do all these beautiful, sculptural objects have in common? They hold bicycles! And they
all look great empty or with a bike.

Though they’re skinny, bikes actually take up a lot of room. Higher end bikes don’t have kickstands, and need to be hung on a wall or lean against something. If you have more than one, the bike you want to ride is usually the one in back. If the bike is too hard to access, you won’t ride it.

So, especially if you live in a small apartment, a hook, rack or specially designed shelf will hold your bike(s) safely. And possibly, help to corral some of the extras such as a helmet or gloves. 

Consider the shape of your bike, not all bikes have the classic frame with a flat top tube. Mountain bikes and step-through frames for women are two examples.

Home Depot and many local bike shops have utilitarian solutions ranging from inexpensive rubberized big metal hooks that screw into a stud to wall racks and even pulley-based systems that mount to ceilings. Though effective, these options are pretty blah if the only place you have for your bike is the living room.

We found these handsome solutions to be a much more elegant solution. I really love the Cycloc ones that look like crazy flower pots, pictured at the top. Angle them to fit your bike, and the colors add punch. You can also put a helmet on top and stuff your gloves inside.

This beautifully crafted walnut one is made by The Knife and Saw is pictured second. It’s also a shelf for other objects as well as a place for your bike, and it comes in two sizes. CB2 has a less elegant, but inexpensive solution. 

Other nice wood ones are often handmade and available on sites like Etsy or Supermarket. This creative one, above, is by Cantilever and Press. 

For other wonderful ideas and extensive shopping information, check out these articles from Blog Roominations and Apartment Therapy.

How do you store your bikes and sporting equipment? We will be featuring several articles on storing sporting goods this month, let us know!

Until next time!
-Elaine Bothe

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