How to Store Your Bike Creatively

Whether you’re done biking for the season or need to make the most of a small space, you can store your bike so it looks like a work of art.

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You Will Need

  • A bike rack, hoist, or rubber-coated hooks
  • A stud finder
  • A tape measure
  • A pencil
  • A drill
  • Screws
  • A screwdriver
  • Fabric, ribbon, or light string (optional)

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Choose a location

    Choose the best location to store your bike. Look for open spaces along an empty wall or ceiling, and make sure the bike will not extend into doorways or high-traffic pathways when it is mounted.

  2. Step 2

    Choose a storage device

    Choose which storage device works for you. If you have room along a wall, install a bike rack; if floor space is at a premium, hang it with ceiling hooks; if you have high ceilings or need help lifting and lowering your bike, install a bike hoist.

  3. Step 3

    Prepare for installation

    Use the stud finder to locate the nearest wall stud or ceiling joist in your chosen location.

  4. Refer to the specific installation instructions provided by your storage device’s manufacturer.

  5. Step 4

    Measure for best placement of device

    Use the tape measure to determine the proper height for your rack, or to space your hooks or hoist at the right distance to hold your seat and handlebars. Mark where you need to install screws or hooks with a pencil.

  6. To keep your rims straight, don’t hang your bike by the wheels. Space the hooks or hoist to grab the handlebars and seat instead.

  7. Step 5

    Drill guide hole and screw in storage device

    Drill a small guide hole where you made your pencil mark. Then screw your storage device securely into the wall or ceiling.

  8. Always use caution when using a drill; avoid hitting any wires or cables behind the wall.

  9. Step 6

    Test the device

    Test the security of your installation by putting a little weight on it. If it is stable, put your bike on your storage rack, hooks, or hoist. Drape fabric over the bike, or weave some ribbon or a string of lights through the spokes.

  10. Step 7

    Sit back and enjoy your new sculpture

    Sit back and enjoy your new sculpture or take it out for a ride. Either way, you’re making the most of your bicycle.

  11. According to the 2009 Guinness Book of World Records, the world’s longest true bicycle was built by a group of Dutch mechanical engineering students in 2002 and measured over 92 feet.

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