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Old 10-18-20, 01:39 PM
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Where do your bikes live?

I know a lot of people on this forum has a sizeable collection of bikes, as I've seen in your pictures but just wondering where you keep them all, safe, out of the elements, how you park them (hanging on brackets or leaned up against a wall), etc...?

I have a modest collection of bikes now but other than the bike I have inside on my trainer, they are all in my garage just propped against walls or each other. Also, is there any concern with leaving them in a garage in the winter? totally protected by the elements other than cold Canadian winters.
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We have two homes, an apartment in the city and a small house in the country. Bike storage is better in the city than in the country, oddly enough. My spouse lets me keep one bike in the apartment. I keep another in the bike room which everyone in the building shares, and my spouse keeps hers there, too. Then we are using the basement (also shared) aisle for a few more. In the country, we use one of our two barns. It doesn't shield the bikes from high humidity, and they are aging more quickly than I'd like, but I don't know what else to do. Maybe one day I'll build a bike shed and seal it somehow and perhaps add a bit of heat. In the barn, I have two bikes, my spouse has two, and we have our tandem.
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We don't have a lot. I have two. My wife has one. My son has two. We have one of those free standing bike racks that holds 6 bikes. It sits in our basement storage area. Nice and dry and warm.
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I have my good bikes in the basement. I'm currently sitting at seven, some on hooks, some on the floor. My wife's bikes (she has three) and my three-speed errand bike are in the garage. We also have a place in Michigan. I tried leaving a bike there one summer, but found it just languished, as that year wasn't one we were up there much. Now I just take a bike with me.
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Old 10-18-20, 03:34 PM
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I have too many in too few square footage...garage.
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My Giant Sedona lives in the garage. I have not ridden that bike in 3 years. My three, soon to be four, Cannondales have their own room in the basement. One against the wall, one on a single bike rack, the other on the trainer. My trainer and bike work area are in the basement too. Easy access to get bikes in and out, 5 steps to a landing, turn and one step out a door to the driveway.
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LOL, any excuse to show off the bike cave. Most of mine live inside. A few bad weather bikes stay in the garage.

The bike cave:


Main shot into the bike cave

On the other side of the room, some of the Lemonds and Y-Foils

This has been demoted by the Team Z Lemond. I

My old man climber Lemond with a triple setup and some crazy gearing.

A couple of the Giordana's.

I've got to get real though on this collection and space. I've got 4 frames waiting to build and no where to put them. On top of that I just spent the last week on leave and mainly working on bikes not riding them. That is wrong!
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In a closet under the stairs.

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Way to go Mr. Dursley...

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In a closet under the stairs.

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Old 10-18-20, 05:44 PM
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Originally Posted by jamesdak View Post
LOL, any excuse to show off the bike cave. Most of mine live inside. A few bad weather bikes stay in the garage.

The bike cave:

I've got to get real though on this collection and space. I've got 4 frames waiting to build and no where to put them. On top of that I just spent the last week on leave and mainly working on bikes not riding them. That is wrong!
Jeeze, this is like the cyclists Field of Dreams, unbelievable. You could have bike friends over and just hang out and talk bikes all evening over a few drinks! I like the creativity with the bike wall bike racks, great use of extra parts.

I'll have to speak to my wife about how I can dedicate a part of the house to look like this.
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in their room

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We have an exterior workshop that houses the herd. The Puch, the Allegro and both Mercians are on the floor-to-ceiling rack -




- while the Mercier, the Liberia and both Raleighs are leaning stacked against each other, with the Gitane held upright by the cool Nitto stand I bought many years ago -




- and from a wide angle view you get so see the modern Giant mtb I bought cheap a while back masking the pile of frames I need to rehome.


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Old 10-18-20, 11:10 PM
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In my 500 sq-ft apartment--a segment of the living room and the bedroom. Sleeping with no bikes in the bedroom (due to steady selling)--a room that can comfortably accommodate up to five--feels hollow and empty. There's no life in the room other than me!
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There's no life in the room other than me!
I wonder why?
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I wonder why?
I still have some bikes, but it's a small enough number that the bedroom isn't needed if I choose to have them in the living room area. For now though, I roll them back there.
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We have a basement wit a locked door, The bikes live there. They can stand up in it. I can't, so all work gets one just outside the basement in the back yard.
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All very cool. Dedicated bike rooms or workshops are the envy. Maybe some day when the offspring move out I can have a bike room.
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Basement and garage. No problem keeping bikes in the garage through an Iowa winter which is not as cold as one of your Canadian ones.
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Spare bedroom of my apartment. I have six bikes and need to pare down to four -- or make room for a different couple of bikes, dunno.

A friend who's a carpenter has a couple of bike rooms, converting a couple of those non-specific rooms in typical suburban homes: dining room, den/office/tiny spare bedroom. Racks for double decker storage. Pretty nifty. And he must have a lot more energy than I do. His bikes are always immaculate. I wash mine once or twice a year whether they need it or not.
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When you have plenty of room N+1 becomes a serious issue. I do keep a bike hanging in the unheated pump house in the Bighorns were we can have -20º for two weeks or more and for years now have had no problems when we get up there in the summer.
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4 on the same oak stand as rustystrings'; those live in the finished basement (My contribution as art). They just happen to be the 4 oldest, and they act as a screen between the two separate area of the basement.
One is also in the basement on the trainer (my MV IM).
Six live on hooks out in my workshop, Two unbuilt frames sit in a far corner in the shop under/behind the hanging one; they're feeling lonely.
And my grocery getter, which I should actually use more for that purpose, roams between the shop and the carport.

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You guys with basements, oversize garages, or other dedicated bike storage give me a bad case of space (the final frontier) envy. Mine hang from the garage rafters on bike hooks (what else?).

Shot through the Bianchi, with the Capo Siegers hanging behind me. Garage is a code-minimum 2-car, all I had setback-imposed space for when I designed it 30 years ago, and we park both cars in it.
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