How do you store your bike?

ronr

Member
Just what it says. I have a Specialized Como 3.0 with the low bar. I like to get my bikes off the tires when I’m not riding them, but haven’t found a convenient way to hang this one on the wall. Any thoughts? Thanks!
 

6zfshdb

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I'm not aware of tire damage being caused by the bikes weight during long term storage on a floor. When using a kickstand, only about half the bikes weight is actually supported by the tires. IMO, the main reason to store a bike on a wall bracket is to get it off the floor and out of harms way. This is especially true in a garage where damage could occur from things being moved around like lawn mowers, snow throwers etc.

I'm fortunate enough to have an old style automotive grease rack which I seldom use for vehicle repairs. For many years I've been using it to store my bikes & rack during the off season.

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christob

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My Ebike comes up into my condo apartment with me after every ride, and lives in my breakfast nook which has a tiled floor should there be any mess. I have a floor standing, lean-against the wall bike rack that can take two bikes to hang on its hooks, one positioned above the other. the lightweight old Bianchi goes on the upper position, while the E bike sits on the floor but occupies the lower position’ “space” where a second bike might otherwise hang from the hooks. nearly identical to this one:

Delta Cycle Rugged Michelangelo 2 Bike Rack https://www.amazon.com/dp/B009ZN0OTK/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_TAL7EbHAFV691
 

Sierratim

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In my experience, most tire damage is caused by UV exposure. Storing a bike inside should be enough to protect the tires regardless of temperature. Different story for the battery. I bring ours inside for the winter.

With that said we had stored our bikes on wall hooks to make more room. Now that all the kids are grown and on their own (so to speak) we've gotten away from that habit, esp with the heavier ebikes.
 

Sierratim

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All 3 of these wall mounts are very handsome! I really like the AIRLOK, but I don't think these will work for a COMO 3 low bar/step through. Aside from issues getting the dropped top tube onto these racks, the weight ratings are on the light side. I found 15Kg for #1 and 30lbs for #2, but didn't find a rating for the AIRLOK. As @Bravesst suggests, a ceiling hoist is a good approach for storing a Como off the floor.
 

AlanDB

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I'm not aware of tire damage being caused by the bikes weight during long term storage on a floor. When using a kickstand, only about half the bikes weight is actually supported by the tires. IMO, the main reason to store a bike on a wall bracket is to get it off the floor and out of harms way. This is especially true in a garage where damage could occur from things being moved around like lawn mowers, snow throwers etc.

I'm fortunate enough to have an old style automotive grease rack which I seldom use for vehicle repairs. For many years I've been using it to store my bikes & rack during the off season.

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WOW! That is an impressive setup!
 

CdnShaun

Active Member
Last year as I added more bikes to my collection I searched and found Steadyrack:


Road, MTB and Fat Tire bike sizes. Can be installed 12-18" apart and the bikes swing left/right easily to pack them in so tight. I had 6 bikes in a 9' storage locker with space in the middle for a 32" wide shelf.

Small bonus of hanging bikes with front shocks up by their front tire like this type of rack is it keeps them better lubicated when stored over the winter. Once a month I would lift down the bikes I had with shocks and put them back up to move the internal fluids around as suggested by a LBS.

I recently moved (consolidated from 2 places to 1) due to all that has happened in 2020 and just started mounting the Steady Racks I have up again:

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7ft between the outer mounts, 9-10ft width plus 4ft deep (did you ever notice how 'tall' your bike really is? lol) is all I need for 5 ebikes and 1 acoustic.

Cheers
 

Sierratim

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Last year as I added more bikes to my collection I searched and found Steadyrack:


Road, MTB and Fat Tire bike sizes. Can be installed 12-18" apart and the bikes swing left/right easily to pack them in so tight. I had 6 bikes in a 9' storage locker with space in the middle for a 32" wide shelf.

Small bonus of hanging bikes with front shocks up by their front tire like this type of rack is it keeps them better lubicated when stored over the winter. Once a month I would lift down the bikes I had with shocks and put them back up to move the internal fluids around as suggested by a LBS.

I recently moved (consolidated from 2 places to 1) due to all that has happened in 2020 and just started mounting the Steady Racks I have up again:

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7ft between the outer mounts, 9-10ft width plus 4ft deep (did you ever notice how 'tall' your bike really is? lol) is all I need for 5 ebikes and 1 acoustic.

Cheers
We still have wall mount hooks in the shop for 8 bikes from when our young men were racing MTBs. We can't lift the ebikes onto them but it's OK since there are fewer bikes in the shop now...😔
 

ronr

Member
If it's going to hang for a while, might as well look good doing it.
You’ve got that right
Last year as I added more bikes to my collection I searched and found Steadyrack:


Road, MTB and Fat Tire bike sizes. Can be installed 12-18" apart and the bikes swing left/right easily to pack them in so tight. I had 6 bikes in a 9' storage locker with space in the middle for a 32" wide shelf.

Small bonus of hanging bikes with front shocks up by their front tire like this type of rack is it keeps them better lubicated when stored over the winter. Once a month I would lift down the bikes I had with shocks and put them back up to move the internal fluids around as suggested by a LBS.

I recently moved (consolidated from 2 places to 1) due to all that has happened in 2020 and just started mounting the Steady Racks I have up again:

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7ft between the outer mounts, 9-10ft width plus 4ft deep (did you ever notice how 'tall' your bike really is? lol) is all I need for 5 ebikes and 1 acoustic.

Cheers
i think we may have a winner here. Thanks!
 

CdnShaun

Active Member
We still have wall mount hooks in the shop for 8 bikes from when our young men were racing MTBs. We can't lift the ebikes onto them but it's OK since there are fewer bikes in the shop now...😔
I was thinking the hooks (my first option when I started to research) would be a bit tricky with the weight of the ebikes and I worried about all that weight pulling on a spoke.

The steady rack design took care of the spoke concern and what I learned (they have some nice video's that helped, lol) is you simply pull the bike up vertical with the rear brake and a) if the rack is your lowest point (hanging the rear tire 3" off the floor once mounted) you just 'roll' the bike onto the rack.

For bikes in the higher position I do need to use my knee under the back of the bike seat to 'pop' it up in the air - with the target landing spot being the rails of the rack it's not hard to do. I do keep my heavier bikes lower of course. I do pop my 50-60lb Fat Boy about 12" in the air (could only have so many down low, lol) and it's not hard to do.

One small note - the V provided for the back wheel works fine with skinnier tires. They sent the same V for the Fat Tire mount as well, didn't fit at all. I actually do not use the V mounts at all, they are a small bonus at most - by not having them means I can switch my bikes around and the back tire just presses up against the wall.

I found the video that helped me last year - the designer of the rack does a nice demo in this and compares it to other types of racks:



Cheers