Whilst bicycles are great for a day outdoors in the summer or on any other sunny day, the days they’re left inside your house or storage simply taking up space might be greater sometimes. And even if you frequently use your bicycle, the fact that they’re not very adaptable when it comes to storing is definitely true. Not only do they take up a considerable space, but they can also be easily knocked down unless you have held them in place – and if you have more than one bicycle parked together (or even have kept it next to other objects that are easy to topple) you might very well have seen bicycle dominos (no, seriously).
Also given the fact that most houses and garages nowadays are not that easy up on space – and rather, are actually lacking in space – the fact that floor space is easily eaten up is definitely a problem for just about anyone. In the case of bicycles however, it is good to know that rather than parking them on the floor, bicycles tend to behave much better when you park them up on a ceiling or a wall: exactly the way you would see in any bicycle shop. You can opt for garage shelving.
Or instead buy storing space meant for bicycles – that is a bicycle storage rack. This can be easily bought at any of these stores or even other hardware, furniture or sports stores. They’re basically of two broad categories – permanent ones and temporary ones.
o Wall – you can find permanent racks in two subcategories, as those you fit onto walls and those you fit onto ceilings. In the case of wall racks, you’re either looking at vertical storage racks or horizontal storage racks. The former holds up the bicycle vertically and from one or both of its tyres (or rims), whereas the latter will hold up the bicycle horizontally, from its frame.
o Ceiling – if you’re going for ceiling storage, then you won’t be actually looking for racks, but for hoists. Attached to the ceiling, they will basically hoist your bicycle up from its frame by two or more hooks. Ceiling hoists are ideal if you have a higher ceiling – otherwise, you’ll probably find yourself or anyone else smacking their head right into the bicycle. Furthermore, since they take up time to put the bicycle in place, they’re more recommended only if you rarely use your bicycle.
o Poles – if you’re going for temporary storages for your bicycle, then you’ll find poles, racks and bike trees. Poles usually extend from the ceiling to the floor, and are ideal for storing a number of bicycles at once.
o Wall-leaning racks – wall-leaning racks are a rare option, but easy to install. The bicycles will merely lean on the wall using the rack as support here.
o Bike trees – these are basically tripods that will only lift your bicycle a few centimetres off the ground to hold it in place.