Most of us have a junk drawer, and often times the garage ends up resembling one. Where else are you going to fit randomly sized and shaped items like bicycles, sports balls, golf clubs, and ice skates? It is fairly safe to say that the bike can prove to be most challenging due to its sheer size and oddly shaped features. Neighborhood Garage Door Service of Cincinnati, OH has some bike storage solutions for your garage.
The first step in organizing should be to find homes for the largest items. That brings up one of the most commonly asked questions we get as garage and home designers. Where do we put the bikes?!
You Have Options
Luckily, there are many innovative and affordable options on the market today that will store your equipment from the floor to the ceiling and everywhere in between.
Various hoists, hooks, stands, and racks are available for whatever needs you have. There are many options that fit your style, space, and organizational habits.
Bike Mounts: Wall vs. Ceiling
Ceiling mounts require no square footage on the ground which can be precious real estate, particularly if you hope to still keep both family vehicles inside your garage. Though this kind of mount frees up space, they are not recommended for avid riders due to the time needed to both store and retrieve the item.
This option works well, however, for seasonal storage despite your level of bicycle use. For example, store your bike above during winter and find a temporary solution during the months with more moderate weather when you are more likely to use it frequently.
Where There’s a Wall There’s a Way
Wall mounts may appear to be much bulkier than a ceiling mount, and though that is true you are giving up space for accessibility. The level of space needed in comparison to a ceiling mount may seem overwhelming, but it is only the protrusion of the pedal and/or handlebars that prevent the item from lying flush.
This storage option empowers everyone in the family, even children to be able to safely retrieve their bicycle without having to solicit adult help. This is a great solution for a family that needs a home for their bulky bikes without making things difficult.
Pros vs. Cons
- Set it and forget it
- No ground square footage needed
- Not easily accessible
- Kid Friendly
- Readily accessible
- Requires wall space and protrudes into common areas
Don’t Forget Your Accessories
Keep in mind that you will also want to dedicate space in your storage plan for all your bicycling accessories. Bike helmets, bottles, and bags can all be stored in close proximity to your bike so that when you get the urge to ride, you have everything you need.
We focused on ways of making effective bike storage, but the options for garage organization are endless. Shelving, cabinets, racks, and accessory specific solutions are available to you. Neighborhood Garage Door Service of Cincinnati, OH is always here for you to help you create the garage space of your dreams. Contact us today to start designing your solution now!