How To Store Five (or is it Six) Bikes?
The situation here was getting out of hand.
Too many bikes without any decent outdoor (but undercover and secure) bike storage. There was one in my office (Wife’s bike, Lilac) and one on the upstairs landing (Christine, snarling and growling just outside the bathroom). And Daughter couldn’t get hers out of it’s little shed because her scooter was in the way. And my other two bikes were in a shed originally built for just one, making it a real pain to get either one out or in.
The problem was compounded by the fact that we live in a late Victorian terraced house, built with a small back yard just big enough for the maid to hang out the laundry / flirt with the coalman. So any bike storage could potentially end up consuming all of our private outdoor space. You can see what I’m on about with this satellite image of a nearby street.
And storing bikes takes up a lot of space. I spent ages trying to figure out how to get them all in, and accessible, and secure, and taking up the minimum space. In the end, I found this page on Instructables, showing exactly what I needed to know. Basically you can overlap the bikes, provided that you store them vertically, and allow enough vertical staggering so that the wide bits don’t clash.
And that’s just what I did. Here are two photos showing how to store five bikes plus a scooter in a space that’s a shade under 6′6″ x 3′9″. The photos were taken before I’d built the shed around the bikes, put the roof on, or installed the rabid security wolf (plus the huge wall anchors, shackles, 15′ diameter stone ball to come rolling onto intruders, snake pit, a few claymores, and that big F-off robot from the film of Judge Dredd). But I’m sure you get the picture.
It’s now clad & secured, and all that remains to be done is to repaint that rather scabby looking wall, and the bike store itself to a nice uniform white. Sounds like a job for Wife!
- Type: Run
- Date: 03/13/2008
- Time: 06:47:55
- Total Time: 00:30:00.00
- Distance: 30 miles
- Average Pace: 1:00/mile