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messageHow to store the ever growing bicycle paraphernalia?
Posted by womanofdulwich February 06, 05:38PM

Our house is being overrun by lights, inner tubes, lubes, saddlebags, pumps, repair kits , cleaners. How does everyone store theirs? It seems it has to be easily accessible for overnight repair works/ too cold to do outside and my idea of a discreet shed at the back of the garden is not cutting it with the 2 - 3 cyclists. I think some of it has to stay in adult sons' bedroom, but it's messy and slightly wiffy. Any ideas? before I lose all my kitchen cupboards and we end up living on takeaways as there is no room to cook. ;)

messageRe: How to store the ever growing bicycle paraphernalia?
Posted by KidKruger February 06, 07:08PM

bus pass !

messageRe: How to store the ever growing bicycle paraphernalia?
Posted by bobbsy February 07, 08:42AM

Apparently this is the way forward as "everyone" wants cars off the road.

messageRe: How to store the ever growing bicycle paraphernalia?
Posted by exdulwicher February 07, 11:45AM

Depends on the size and layout of the house surely? Along with how many bikes and which one(s) need to be easily accessible for daily commuting vs only used at weekends.

We've got a big kitchen with hardwood floors so it's easy to store them to one side out of the way of food prep. Spares, tools, tubes etc all need ruthless control otherwise they tend to take on a life of their own and spread all by themselves. Got a small plastic box on the fridge for easy access and then a toolbox in an out-of-the-way kitchen cupboard that's too inconvenient for any food / utensils. Between us both, it seems to work.

I have in the past (in a previous house) kept a bike in the bedroom but I'm not a fan of it - no matter how much you clean it, you inevitably end up with road grime inlaid into the carpet unless you put rubber mats everywhere or have hard flooring. Plus carrying them up and down stairs is a pain.

When I was at uni, I used to clean my bike in the communal kitchen (it being the only place in the student flat that had lino floor). Initially, my housemates weren't happy with that but then they realised that it was the only time the kitchen floor got swept!

If you go down the option of getting a shed, make sure it (and/or access to your garden) is very well secured. Takes seconds to get through the walls or roof of most sheds - securing the door simply means that the roof will get pulled off. You can get (quite expensive, but much more secure) specific bike storage units: [www.asgardsss.co.uk]

messageRe: How to store the ever growing bicycle paraphernalia?
Posted by mynamehere February 10, 08:32AM

we've got a pole that can hang 2 bikes off the floor. That makes 3 with one on the floor at the bottom. Then wall mounted shelves for helmets and gloves and extras
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messageRe: How to store the ever growing bicycle paraphernalia?
Posted by womanofdulwich February 10, 02:03PM

Thanks.the bikes are bearable, its all the other stuff .its the endless lights and chargers aNd bags.plus repair kits. But I think i need to hold a line here...

messageRe: How to store the ever growing bicycle paraphernalia?
Posted by yourmomma February 10, 10:46PM

I use the big plastic boxes that slide under the bed. 1 for spare parts, 1 for gloves hats etc, 1 for inner tubes etc. Keeps stuff out of the way and easy to get to if required.

messageRe: How to store the ever growing bicycle paraphernalia?
Posted by goldilocks February 14, 08:52AM

We have storage blocks in the hallway for things like shoes and there is an additional one for bike locks and lights, bike gloves, buffs etc (inevitably overflowing). Bike cleaner and lube etc lives in a box on a storage rack near the cellar or in the bike shed. Basically some kind of lidded plastic box seems best for anything that might leak.

messageRe: How to store the ever growing bicycle paraphernalia?
Posted by womanofdulwich February 14, 02:54PM

I'm on to that.shelving system and sealable plastic boxes to contain aromas. smiling smiley


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