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A few years ago, I bought a cheap bike rack for my basement. The walls down there are cinder block, and they don’t want hooks installed. The ceiling joists would work but hanging bikes can have deleterious effects on hydraulic disc brake performance. I was never one for the teetering pile of bikes leaned against each other, because spokes and derailleurs and I’m just not that kind of slob.
So, after looking at all manner of high-priced solutions, I opted for a cheap and cheerful little bent aluminum unit that has wheel space for 5 bikes. I think it was $35. I tried to confirm this by redoing the original search for “home bike rack” but I got a bushel of Amazon crap and the usual suspects like Home Depot and Walmart.
I can hear you thinking that 5 bikes worth is not enough, and you’d be right, but what I find is that I can slot in 5, and then thread 4 more in between those. I put the less-used family bikes at the back and high-use personal ones in the front and I’m good-to-go. A pair of rim brake bikes get hung above the rack, and we end up with a densely packed but stable and reliable storage unit.
It’s not perfect, and it’s not pretty, but it’s the basement. It’s secure against theft, easy on rust, and not in the way off all the other domestic nonsense my family gets up to.
I’m not dissatisfied with out setup, but I wish the ceiling down there were high enough to give me two tiers. I’m sure there’s a better way than our current approach. I’d love to have my own bike barn, but alas, we don’t have the space for any kind of barn.
This week’s TCI Friday wonders how you store your bikes? What products or approaches seem to work best? I am trying hard to keep our family bike inventory under 10, but you know how that goes.
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