Editor’s Note 6/22/15: Happy summer, Cascadia! Have you bought a new bike in honor of the sunny season? Moved to a new place and still wondering where to stash your wheels? Here’s a hefty dose of inspiration from one of our all-time most popular Sightline articles. More ideas still welcome!
Back in February, Treehugger posted a visually tantalizing slideshow of bike storage options. We featured it in Sightline Daily’s news digest, but something about it ate at us: many of the solutions were utterly impractical.
As even an occasional Northwest bike-rider knows, our bikes get wet. Sometimes, really wet—not to mention muddy, gritty, grimy, etc. Certainly past the point of wanting to hang them over an expensive couch.
Still, the article piqued our curiosity. How do real people park their bikes? We put a call out to readers to submit their bike storage photos. Here’s what we got.
Proving Treehugger’s solutions aren’t totally far-fetched, Jesse K. sports a custom-made bike shelf:
And Kelli B. used recycled materials for a good-looking bike shelf:
Others take advantage of backyard space by building bike sheds. Huck B’s whole family helped build this beauty (more shots here):
Sightline cyclist-in-chief Alan Durning dedicates a backyard shed to his bikes:
Some ditch the roof. Jeff Y. built a bike rack, which Jeff’s letter carrier calls a “bikeport”:
Jeremy F. makes good use of a tarp to keep his recumbent bike dry:
In sunny Santa Monica, the weather’s not a worry. Jessica L. keeps it simple, and her bike survived a rare rain event.
Her colleagues at NRDC don’t have to worry much about the weather either:
Speaking of workplaces, here’s how Sightline (and other building tenants) store staff wheels:
Seattle Bike Blog has a bike-savvy landlord. This storage solution at its HQ came pre-installed:
Apartment and condo dwellers can keep bikes out of the house by taking advantage of parking garages. In Vancouver, BC, car-free Carolyn D. makes use of the two parking spots that came with her apartment:
Vince H. carves out space in his building’s garage:
No shared garage? No problem. Personal garages work too. Charlie W. neatly fits six bikes in his.
Rick R. stores his bikes in half of his half-garage:
Former Sightline intern Mackenzie B’s bike chills out on the floor of her garage:
Corey F. replaced his water heater tank with a tankless version, freeing up precious basement space for bikes!
Former Washington State Transportation Secretary Doug MacDonald keeps his bikes at the ready in his furnace room:
Ethan M. keeps some bikes in the garage…
And others inside the house:
House dwellers and apartment renters alike need not worry: there’s plenty of room for bikes indoors. Prolific bike-writer Elly Blue shares a pic from a friend:
Heidi G. mounts her bikes on a frame:
Brad B. has outfitted his hall:
Mary F. combines two of her loves: bikes and books fill a crowded study:
Sightline’s Pam MacRae dries her ride in the hall:
Peter R. makes his foyer a busy bike scene:
And then there are the really creative solutions. Matt G’s bikes hang out. Literally:
Lastly, Paul T. in New York takes advantage of high ceilings with a bike pulley system:
As a display piece or hidden from sight, each bike needs a place to stand by, awaiting the next chance to roll. And bike owners everywhere have figured out ingenious storage.