Cycling is a fantastic way to get around. It’s great for the environment, it’s cheap, and it makes navigating cities and tight spaces a much simpler task. That’s just one of the reasons city folk love cycling so much. But one of the downsides of living in a city (or almost anywhere populated nowadays) is that space is often at a premium. With houses and flats getting smaller and space getting scarcer, many people who would like to cycle find themselves unable to, purely because they don’t have the space to store a bike. But don’t worry – there are options! All it takes is a little creative thinking.
No floor space? No problem! If you have high ceilings or a room you don’t spend a lot of time in, consider hanging your bike from the ceiling. It’s much simpler to use than it sounds – all you need is a ceiling mount and bike hoist. These solutions allow you to store your bike indoors without taking up any floor space at all, and can cope with most sizes and styles of bikes (although do check the weight limit before you buy). This is a fantastic solution for the space conscious, just make sure you check the height so you’re not always bumping your head on it!!
For homeowners with limited space, there is often a hidden space that’s just perfect for a bike – under the stairs. Instead of letting this cavity go to waste, you could use it to store your bike and accessories. The only thing you need to do is put up a few bike hooks to keep it in place, which can be bought online or in most cycling stores.
If you don’t have any spare wall space or a set of stairs, you could start looking at other spaces that often aren’t used. For example – the back of a door. You can get vertical mounts for bikes that can slot onto any door in your home, so all you need to do is hang your bike on the door. If you can, it’s best to do this on a door you open less often, since it will be heavier and slightly harder to open with the bike mounted, opt for a rarely used cupboard (the junk cupboard is a good option) if you can.
If you’re in a flat and you absolutely cannot find any spare space to store a bike (and we wouldn’t be surprised if that was the case), see if you can take a look outside. Some buildings will have communal bike racks or sheds you could utilise, but if you’re not lucky enough for that, try looking a little closer to home. If you have a balcony, you could invest in a bike tent – a protective cover that will shield your bike from the elements and allows you to store it outside. Easy storage, and no giving up space in the flat – it’s a win-win!
Of course, if you need a way to get your bike out of the way on a more permanent basis (say, during the cold winter months), then you could always look into self storage. Self storage solutions are perfect for seasonal items like bikes, as they give you a safe, dry and secure place to keep your bike without sacrificing space in your home. To find out more about your self storage options, just get in touch with the team at Blue Box Self Storage today.