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    Cool-blue Rhythm Multiple bike rack inside the house

    Anyone figured out the problem that I have with bike storage? I live in a small house without a garage and need to store my bikes and I don't want it to look like a hack job. I have five bikes, mostly mountain, and want to store/display in my office. I need to be able to get them on and off easily because I interchange them often.

    I thought about hanging them from the ceiling but at 10' it would be tough to take them on and off. I'd like to see pics of your in house storage for multiple bikes. Points for your creativity and I hope to steal the best idea. The main wall that I want to use has a window making it even harder to deal with.
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    Two standing double racks along the wall would take up the least amount of space. This link has many options. http://www.bikerackshops.com/groupgaragestorage.html

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    I put them in my office as well. This is a topeak rack, not very expensive, I think well under $200.

    5 bikes.... Well, you'd need two of these and maybe a hanger with pulley system?
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    I had a similar problem. I found some wall mount bike holders on sale at Target. I mounted them to some bamboo panels that I had leftover from doing my floors. Two are drilled directly through the bamboo and into the wall studs. If I could do it all over again I would have squeezed them closer together. Finished product looks really nice since it ties in with my existing floors and it works great for our three bikes. Spent no more than $20 on the entire setup.

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    I have a Saris 10 bike Commercial rack inside my shop. Works perfect.

    Got it here: http://www.bikerackshops.com/SAR8STRETCHRACK.html

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    I have a different Saris rack than this but I think they are well made. Should solve your problem if you buy 3.

    Can you re-arrange your home office so the bikes aren't displayed in the window? It would be tempting for thieves to do a smash and grab...

    http://www.saris.com/p-171-bike-bunk.aspx
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    I am fortunate to have a two car garage, but I do have two cars in there. I also have a full work bench, a rolling tool cabinet, six bikes, one trail-a-bike and one Chariot Cougar kid trailer all along the periphery. The bikes are hung from a two bike rack as pictured below. which folds down when not in use.



    I anchored all of them pretty well into the studs and staggered the rack position (one high and the adjacent one low) in height when on the same wall so the the wheels would not touch. All my bikes are XL, so that was important.

    My only issue is that it can be difficult to remove or replace bikes without a car being pulled out. I can do it, but if I had a downhill bike, it would be pretty hard.

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    Here is what we did for our house. It is not updated as I have 3 bikes on both sides now, but doesn't take up a lot of space.





    They are made from some PVC piping, and once we figured out where all the bikes were going we use PVC cement to make them just a little more stable, and they work great.

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    My bikes hang from a 4X4, one up one down, 12" on center. Any closer than that and the pedals hit and its more of a hassle than a convenience.

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    Here is an old thread that shows what teamdicky did for 5 bikes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slocaus
    Here is an old thread that shows what teamdicky did for 5 bikes.

    Damn it...thought I had something to add...

    wait, I do.


    I am still using this set-up years later (I built it back 6-7 years ago). I've added a few hooks in between the bikes for spare wheels since then. Also, the bike configurations that hang on the wall are constantly changing with new bikes or cockpit changes. It's been easy to adapt, as I just drill new holes and move the hooks without damaging walls or ceilings.

    Damn it again. Just threw the MOOTS back up on the wall after installing a new fork, and I have interference with the work bike. Guess I need to get out the drill again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by teamdicky
    Damn it...thought I had something to add...

    wait, I do.


    I am still using this set-up years later (I built it back 6-7 years ago). I've added a few hooks in between the bikes for spare wheels since then. Also, the bike configurations that hang on the wall are constantly changing with new bikes or cockpit changes. It's been easy to adapt, as I just drill new holes and move the hooks without damaging walls or ceilings.

    Damn it again. Just threw the MOOTS back up on the wall after installing a new fork, and I have interference with the work bike. Guess I need to get out the drill again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by teamdicky
    Damn it...thought I had something to add...

    wait, I do.


    I am still using this set-up years later (I built it back 6-7 years ago). I've added a few hooks in between the bikes for spare wheels since then. Also, the bike configurations that hang on the wall are constantly changing with new bikes or cockpit changes. It's been easy to adapt, as I just drill new holes and move the hooks without damaging walls or ceilings.

    Damn it again. Just threw the MOOTS back up on the wall after installing a new fork, and I have interference with the work bike. Guess I need to get out the drill again.
    Nice setup! Wish I would have seen this before I went with my solution. I have four carriage bolts drilled through my drywall into the studs. I'm not looking forward to the drywall repair when we try to sell this place.
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    Thanks Teamdicky! that's exactly what I was looking for. You just gave me inspiration for this weekend. Coincidentally, my rigs look a bit like yours with a MootoX SS, a Niner, a beater and a few others. Thanks for you post and pic.
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    If you decide to go with the wall hung solution you can go as close 20" oc but you're only limited by your bar width. Keeping the hooks as low to the floor as possible helps with hanging and loading bikes. By staggering your hook heights or by flipping every other bike you can eek out a few more inches. I've managed to get over 15 bikes onto 18' of wall space.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff
    By staggering your hook heights or by flipping every other bike you can eek out a few more inches. I've managed to get over 15 bikes onto 18' of wall space.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teamdicky
    Damn it...thought I had something to add...

    wait, I do.


    I am still using this set-up years later (I built it back 6-7 years ago). I've added a few hooks in between the bikes for spare wheels since then. Also, the bike configurations that hang on the wall are constantly changing with new bikes or cockpit changes. It's been easy to adapt, as I just drill new holes and move the hooks without damaging walls or ceilings.

    Damn it again. Just threw the MOOTS back up on the wall after installing a new fork, and I have interference with the work bike. Guess I need to get out the drill again.
    That set-up maximizes your bike/floorspace ratio. We built one for our house in college and made it free-standing so we could move it.

    And yes, one up/one down and maybe staggered a little will really cram them in there and still make them removable individually. I think we used a 2 x 6 or 2 x 8 for the header, which gives you just enough to stagger and miss handlebars.

    You guys have more/cooler accessory hooks, though.

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    I have this one in the four bike option

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Racor-2-Bike-Fre...item25585b0fce

    it is still pretty big but better than 4 on the floor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Manicmtbr
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    In the attic.
    When the Niner came I decided it was silly to have three built single speed MTB's. Bad enough that I have the two SS's, one MTB/cross fixed, one worked fixed, and an underused road bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fleas
    That set-up maximizes your bike/floorspace ratio. We built one for our house in college and made it free-standing so we could move it.


    -F
    Guess I shoulda mentioned that this unit is free standing also.
    I've moved it a few times, and I wished I had built one years ago. Pretty darn versatile (even if you don't have an old water bed to use).
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    This is my neighbors garage but the set up is the same in mine. That's 16' of wall space being used with no height stagger.<br>http://forums.mtbr.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=460448&amp;stc=1&amp;d =1243999552<br>
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    Looks like a beautiful setup Jeff. Someone has a bike addiction though.....
    Good lookin bikes in that geeraag!
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    Thanks to the posts and especially to teamdicky because I pretty much copied his design. It's not totally finished because I bought hooks to help with part storage. It will hold 6 bikes and each hook is on 18.5 centers. Total cost is $96 less paint. It took about four hours to build not including time at the big box and another two hours to paint it.

    There's probably better colors than white but I already had the paint. The top piece of lumber with the hooks took some time to get right in order to keep the front tires from touching the wall in any order. The 29ers caused a problem that required a 2x10 piece of lumber. As it worked out, the horizontal pieces were not cut and were perfect at their 8' lengths.

    Thanks for the help MTBRers
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    Very nice, good job!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knobby4me
    Thanks to the posts and especially to teamdicky because I pretty much copied his design.
    Thanks for the help MTBRers
    Copy? Mine doesn't hold a Santa Cruz or a Litespeed. Yours is clearly superior.
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    This was just a big ploy to be able to show off your bikes without seeming to show off. JK. Awesome bikes. My wife cant understand why i own 1 bike with over 4k let alone 5.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jjcools
    I have this one in the four bike option

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Racor-2-Bike-Fre...item25585b0fce

    it is still pretty big but better than 4 on the floor.
    + 1 ... I have two of those that I screwed to my garage wall. (No stand in the floor) They work great! And I only paid $11 per each during a Lowe's clearance

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    Quote Originally Posted by teamdicky
    Copy? Mine doesn't hold a Santa Cruz or a Litespeed. Yours is clearly superior.
    ahhh but dicky his moots only has one grip. subordinate...

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    Trying out some new grips.. going esi chunky's. Thanks for the bike props, no ploy though, seriously needed a rack. Love bikes, love riding even more. Favorite lately are urban rides on the heckler. At 39, I just can't get enough of it.
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    I have 2 bikes shoved into a tiny dorm. Being on a limited budget and not being allowed to drill, I went wit the most affordable option I could find. A $50 PP rack here

    It works great, no drilling required. Here's a pic

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knobby4me
    Trying out some new grips.. going esi chunky's. Thanks for the bike props, no ploy though, seriously needed a rack. Love bikes, love riding even more. Favorite lately are urban rides on the heckler. At 39, I just can't get enough of it.


    What all does "urban riding" include?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pat_martin
    What all does "urban riding" include?
    Well, that term could cover a wide range of bikes and riding styles/objectives, (commuter, fixie hipster, road bike racer, trials rider, etc) but usually "urban riding" on a FS MTB means looking for obstacles and features in the urban landscape that offer a thrill or skill challenge. Staircases, loading ramps, planters and other landscaping features all come into play.

    Example, a MTB trials rider uses boulders and logs as a landscape for their endeavors, urban trials riders use what is available to them:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Black Bart
    Well, that term could cover a wide range of bikes and riding styles/objectives, (commuter, fixie hipster, road bike racer, trials rider, etc) but usually "urban riding" on a FS MTB means looking for obstacles and features in the urban landscape that offer a thrill or skill challenge. Staircases, loading ramps, planters and other landscaping features
    Yep that qualifies!

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    I've hung my favorite bikes from the ceiling in our office. My wife and I run a home blog about small space living and I recently wrote up a little tutorial on how it worked out. Here ya go:

    http://www.yellowbrickhome.com/there...n-the-ceiling/


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    Here's what I did in the garage. It's all been rearranged a bit since these pics were taken, but a couple examples of ways to store lots of bikes in a smallish area.

    8 bike floor rack, keeps everything nice and neat and doesn't interfere with the garage door. We keep the "nice" bikes on this one.



    Along the wall



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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottyV
    I've hung my favorite bikes from the ceiling in our office. My wife and I run a home blog about small space living and I recently wrote up a little tutorial on how it worked out. Here ya go:
    I just surfed your blog a bit. Some cool stuff .

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    Oh my! That man cave is a thing of beauty. Thanks for sharing. Is that a double or single car garage?

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    It's a two car garage, but a small one at that; my Chevy Colorado extended cab barely fit with only a couple of inches to spare fore/aft, and my roommate's F150 extended cab doesn't fit at all. It's also very narrow side-to-side. So we park outside and keep the bikes in the garage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M_S
    I just surfed your blog a bit. Some cool stuff .
    Thanks! Glad you liked it.

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    Buy a section of wooden railing and suspend it from the ceiling - probably at least 3 good contact points. Hang your bikes by the nose of the saddles. Easy on/off with no fuss. Also keeps floor space open.

    I do this in our garage for all of our bikes...cheaper yet, I just used the existing beams.
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    FKMTB07 wins!!

    here's my setup. some metal shelving from Ikea Broder system and a continuous plywood top shelf keeps it together. hooks are one foot apart, one foot away from the wall. room for 10 bikes alternating up then down in just under 11 feet. bottom rails keep tires from hitting the walls and could be free standing but i clipped it in a few places to stop it rattling.


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    Nice pics

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    Quote Originally Posted by FKMTB07
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    I don't have as many bike as some of you guys but I do have 6 hanging in my garage. Two hanging upside down from hooks attached to the ceiling. And 4 more like in the photo below. Mounted sideways they only stick out in the floor by the width of the bars... in my case 27". If you mount them with tires against the wall they stick more like 38".


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    Quote Originally Posted by FKMTB07
    Here's what I did in the garage. It's all been rearranged a bit since these pics were taken, but a couple examples of ways to store lots of bikes in a smallish area.

    8 bike floor rack, keeps everything nice and neat and doesn't interfere with the garage door. We keep the "nice" bikes on this one.



    Along the wall



    Work area



    Beer fridge

    Just....wow....that's sweet! I'll need to do that when my GF and I get married and get a house. With her bikes and mine, they'll need their own space.
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    Go to harborfreight.com & put bicycle in the search box. Check out the Cycle tree compact bike storage #2628ovga . I saw them in their recent maiker for 40 bucks. Google them up for coupons too.

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