Most cycling enthusiasts are happy to tell you in great detail about the joys and exhilaration of enjoying the great outdoors while riding on state-of-the-art bikes and using great equipment, but dig a little deeper and you’ll find that storing all that bulky and unwieldy cycling equipment can be a bit of a challenge. Don’t let that discourage you from engaging in this fabulous sport, however; there are several smart and efficient storage products that can make keeping your bikes, helmets, and other cycling equipment organized and out of the way a snap. No matter if you live way out in the country or in a studio apartment, there’s sure to be one that fits your space and your needs.
Whether it’s a matter of shelter, security, or needing enough space to store multiple bikes, serious cyclists that have the outdoor area to accommodate it may want to look into a bike shed. If theft is an issue, you can spend several hundred dollars on a locking bike shed, such as those available from Global Industrial. Sturdy and spacious, you’ll also have plenty of room to stow any associated gear.
If security isn’t as much of an issue and you’re just looking for a way to keep your bike outdoors but still out of the elements, check out a much more reasonable bike tent, like the Tidy Tent from Bike Cave. Not only is this product inexpensive, $59.47 at the Chain Reaction Cycles website, it’s also lightweight and portable so you can store your bike safely no matter where you are.
For the quick and easy outdoor storage of multiple bikes, check out the Allen lightweight folding parking rack, $119.99 at the Sports Authority website. With space for up to six bikes, a whole family of cycling enthusiasts can store their bikes in a snap. If you have the floor space, store you bike indoors with the Gear Up Grand Stand single bike floor stand, $19.99, also at Sports Authority. If interior square footage is at a premium, consider a vertical bike rack, such as the Topeak Dual-Touch bike stand, $163.61 at the Chain Reaction Cycles website. Easy and adjustable storage for up to four bikes, it also has QR locking attachments that won’t damage floors, walls, or ceilings, meaning apartment dwellers won’t lose their security deposit.
An inexpensive choice for indoor storage is the Gear Up Up & Away wall mount storage rack, $24.99 at the Sports Authority website. In addition to storing two bikes, there’s also a handy shelf for helmets. Need an indoor place to store your bikes and lots of gear? Try the Delta Cycle Cezanne 4 Bike/Multi Use storage rack, $249.00 from Sports Authority. With shelving and multiple hooks, not only can you store four bikes and any associated equipment, you can keep all your sporting goods in one organized spot.
One of the most inexpensive and unobtrusive storage solutions for storing is a simple hook. The Parking Hook storage hook from BBB is a great choice for suspending bikes from a garage or shed ceiling, $8.90 at the Chain Reaction Cycles website. The wall-mounted bike storage hanger from X-Tools is slightly more sophisticated, offering a bracket to hold your tire steady and protect your wall, $13.37 at Chain Reaction Cycles. If the mere idea of hoisting your bike up onto a hook after a long ride makes you exhausted, try the Up & Away Bike Hoist from Gear Up. Simply secure the hooks on your bike, pull the cord to the desired suspension, and then tie off at the cleat, $24.99 at the Sports Authority website.