Monday, November 11, 2013

Bike storage: wall-mounted racks

With the popularity of recreational bike riding and triathlons, many cycling enthusiasts are stuck with the problem of storing their bikes at home. Whether your house is short on space or not, there are other ways to safely and stylishly store your beloved two-wheelers. 

One of the best ways to deal with this dilemma is to opt for hanging your bikes on the wall. Image courtesy of Mikili.

Even those homes with ample square footage can get space-challenged when tackling this issue, but it’s even more problematic for those with limited spaces. 

One of the best ways to deal with this dilemma is to opt for hanging your bikes on the wall. Take your bike off the floor where it’s prone to accidental bumps and snags, and minimize the awkward spaces taken up by a bike’s uneven footprint. 

Installing wall mounts for your bikes is not only a space-saving strategy, it can also serve as a design statement. You can choose from numerous brands and styles of commercially available wall-mounted bike racks or you can design and make your very own custom variety. 

Wall-mounted racks are very versatile. It gives you the choice to store your bike in many different configurations: in horizontal and vertical positions; with the bike on its side or with wheels against the wall; or even hanging in a tier, stacked one on top of the other. 

You can go for a wall-mounted rack that’s designed to blend into the background or stand out as a conversation piece. Opt for something that will go with the look of your home or reflect your personal style. Wall-mounted racks can be made in a wide variety of designs and all sorts of materials, from the ultra modern using reinforced plastics and metal composites, to the organic: wood. 

Budgets are easily accommodated as well. The simplest, most inexpensive solution is a pair of straightforward brackets that you can screw to the wall. Bike hangers made with repurposed materials is another alternative - the old handlebar-turned-rack is very popular and so are odd pieces of wood, shelving material, wood pallets, metal tubing, and more. 

Then, there are the attractive and practical commercial options that can run from the really cheap to crazy pricey. Check with your local bike shop and see what’s available. - Genea Padilla 


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