Keep Your Bike Stored Properly with a Bike Rack in the Garage.
Family biking on a country lane.
Do you love riding bicycles? Maybe you have one or two bikes. Maybe you have bikes for everyone in the family. Regardless, you need to be sure that you have a good and safe place to store them. You can’t lean them on the side of the garage like you did when you were a kid. Of course, you shouldn’t have done that then either.
Instead, you will want to make sure that you have a good way to store the bikes. This could include a bike rack in your garage.
In this article, we’ll be looking at what you need to do to get your garage ready for your bikes. You will also find some of the best ways to store the bikes properly.
All garages are different. Therefore, you need to choose the best and most efficient garage bike storage methods.
This will help in keeping your bike safe. Fortunately, you have plenty of options available. Before getting deep into planning how you will store your bikes, come up with a plan.
#1: Start with a Plan
The first thing you need to do is have a plan in place. You will need to consider several things when you are developing your plan. This includes:
- The amount of space you have
- The number of bikes that need to be stored
- How you can make the best use of the space
Answer these questions. Then, start to think about the types of bike racks for the garage that will work well for you. You can also get a better sense of the other work that you will need to do.
#2: Clean and Organize the Garage
Once you have a basic plan, it’s time that you clean out and organize your garage. You should get rid of old items that you are no longer using or don’t need. They can be given away, donated, recycled, or thrown away. Cleaning will ensure you have more space in your garage to use for the bikes.
#3: Store Items Out of the Way
Items that don’t need to be on the garage floor should be moved. They could be stored on shelves, for example. You want to have as much floor space as possible for the bikes. You might also need to have room for your vehicle if you keep it in the garage.
#4: Look at Different Storage Ideas and Bike Racks for the Garage
Once the garage is cleaned and in good shape, you can start to look at garage bike storage ideas. You know how much space you have to work with. Fortunately, you will find a wealth of options that are readily available. Let’s look at a few of the options below.
- Bicycle lifts that keep the bikes off the ground
- Bike wall storage racks (horizontal or vertical)
- Hanging racks
- Floor bike racks
- Ceiling racks (with these, you need to be sure the garage door can still open properly)
Bicycle lifts will keep the bike off the ground. There are many types of lifts available for one or multiple bikes. You could opt for horizontal freestanding racks that can provide several tiers of rack space for bikes, such as those seen in the following image from TwoWheelingTots.com.
Delta Cycle freestanding bike rack in a home office, holding two bikes
Bike Wall Storage
You will find several options available for bike wall storage, too. There are clips and hooks that you can add to your wall to hold your bikes. There are both vertical and horizonal options available. Hooks and clips are available in different sizes, so it should be possible to store a range of different types of bikes. This includes mountain bikes, road bikes, kids’bikes, and more. Wall clips tend to be minimalistic, as well, so they won’t take up too much space or attention on the wall.
CLUG, seen in the image below, is a type of simple wall clip that you could consider for bike storage. They offer a range of models.
CLUG, the World’s Smallest Bike Rack.
You can opt for hanging bike racks, as well, if you feel they will be a better solution. Again, there are multiple options available, as many companies today are making these types of racks. A floor-to-ceiling tension rack could be a good solution, as could a hoist system that can pull the bike off the ground and suspend it from the ceiling. Rubbermaid even makes a hanging rack that might work for your garage, as seen in the photo below.
Rubbermaid hanging bike rack for the garage.
Floor Bike Racks
Freestanding floor bike racks can be a great choice for those who aren’t able to drill into the wall or ceiling of their garage. These types of racks can be moved around and repositioned as needed. You can find a range of styles of floor bike racks including those that can hold just one bike, or racks for several. You can learn more about some of these floor racks from RackMaven.com.
Floor bike rack will fit easily in the garage. This one is the Racor PBS-2R Tow-Bike Floor Bike Stand
You can load your bikes easily bike onto Saris cycle glide ceiling bike rack (TwoWheelingTots.com)
With the ceiling racks, you will need to be careful about where they are placed and the amount of space you have available for your garage door to open.
One of the major benefits of this option is that it will help you to free up a substantial amount of floor space. However, kids may not be able to access the bikes on their own. Ceiling installation tends to be more difficult, as well.
As you can see, there are plenty of options for you to consider. Think about how you need to use the space in the garage. This will ensure you make the right choice.
Keep in mind the number of bikes you have. You want to have bike racks for the garage for all of your bikes.
However, you could opt for a model that can hold additional bikes. This will allow you to have a place to store extras. If you have friends who visit with bikes, this could be a good idea. The same is true if you decide to get more bikes down the road. You don’t want to have to get an entirely new storage system.
Remember to keep your garage door locked. You might even want to lock up your bikes while they are in the garage. This could help to deter theft in case someone gets inside.
Keep your bikes organized with the right system for garage bike storage.
Does Your Garage Need Some Work?
It’s certainly important to improving your garage bike storage methods. However, you will also want to make sure that your garage door is in good shape.
Your door will help to ensure that your bike is safe from the elements, thieves, and other potential problems. You might find that you want to have a pedestrian door. This way, you don’t have to open and close the garage door just to get the bike in and out.
Additionally, having a new garage door opener will ensure that you have photo-cell safety beams on the door. It is an important safety feature that has been used on doors since the early 90s. Doors older than this will not have the feature, and this is something you will want to remedy. The unit contains two pieces that are installed about four inches from the floor on each side of the door. One of the units emits an infrared beam to the other unit, which is a reflector. If something breaks the beam, it will cause the door to reverse direction and open.
If you have a shed or small garage where you keep your bikes and other gear, you might want to reconsider the type of door on the building. You might find that getting a sectional garage door is a better solution. It is a practical option that can make it easier to get items like bikes in and out of the building.
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Of course, a new garage door also looks great. If your door has seen better days, it’s time to consider getting a new one.
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