18 Best Bike Storage Ideas Beyond Racks and Hooks
Bike storage is an important part of owning a bike. But there are so many options – from gravity-defying pulley and hoist designs to no-install floor stands – and figuring out which style is right for you and your bike can be overwhelming.
“Bike storage is important for a variety of reasons,” Neil Jurgella, Aftermarket Purchasing Manager at Trek, said. “The two most common reasons people choose bike storage are for protection and display.”
Before investing in a bike storage, there are considerations to take into account. How much space do you have, how is the available space configured, and how often do you need to access the bike are all questions to ask yourself to help you make the best purchase possible.
“Consider features that allow you to display your bike appropriately in the space you have,” says Jurgella, “while ensuring your beloved bike is secure and safe from spills, rolls or shocks.” With help from Jurgella and other bike experts, we’ve rounded up the best bike storage options for every type of space, from the smallest apartment to dedicated freestanding storage solutions like bike sheds.
When choosing a vertical bike storage solution, Jurgella offers some general advice. “Avoid a storage solution that could damage your bike or your home,” he says. “It’s important to recognize the potential for damage to surfaces like walls and ceilings, where your bike or the storage item itself could leave scuffs or scratches if not fitted properly.”
The Dirza Wall Mounted Vertical Bike Rack takes the concept of garage hooks up a notch by adding a tire plate to protect both the tires and the wall. And the metal hooks are covered with a thick rubber coating to protect the rim of the bicycle from scratches and bumps.
Erik Saltvold, owner and founder of Erik’s Bike Board Ski, advises asking yourself these questions before buying a bicycle storage room: “Do you want to hang it on the wall or on the floor? Do you need to hang it somewhere high where you have to lift it? Will it be stored outdoors or somewhere where it will withstand the weather? Consider the weight limits of bike storage with the weight of your bike. Also consider the tire size of your bike. Is it a fat tire bike? Some storage units will have specific options for this. This vertically mounted wall mount is one such option.
If display is an important part of selecting a bike storage option, Jurgella recommends the Delta Gravity Rack, a vertically oriented floor model that leans against the wall and can accommodate two bikes. It is a fantastic choice for apartment dwellers due to its small footprint and ease of installation.
“There are plenty of small-scale storage solutions to help fit,” says Jurgella, “including single-bike storage options like a simple floor stand to keep your bike stowed in a corner, or a vertical wall hook that can swing to the side to maximize space in a small area.
“If you live in an apartment or smaller space, making bike storage space efficient for your environment is crucial,” says Saltvold. He recommends the Steady Rack Fender Bike Storage Rack for its flexibility: it folds up when not in use and can rotate when your bike is stored on the rack. “This rack will also accommodate your bike if you have fenders or mudguards,” he says.
Jurgella recommends this bike storage hook for apartment storage. The simple design lets you hang your bike by the wheel, and the hinge allows the bike to swing left or right to keep it out of the way.
Another low-profile storage solution that Jurgella recommends is the Portland Design Works Vertical Wall-Mounted Bike Hook, which accommodates wheels with tires up to 2.5 inches.
“Make sure any part of the storage device that comes into contact with your bike has a protective surface, such as a rubber coating, that won’t scratch or damage your bike,” says Jurgella.
Jurgella and Saltvold recommend the Delta El Greco ceiling hoist for anyone looking to store a bike in a garage or shed. “It’s a pulley system that makes it easy to hoist your bike up high,” says Saltvold.
Garage hooks are incredibly versatile and inexpensive storage options that can be used for everything from canoes to bicycles. “A very simple solution is to buy rubberized wall hooks”, explains Stéphane Roch, manager at Revolution Bike Shop, said. “That’s what I do in my garage.” When installing bike hooks, Roch adds, be sure to thread them through a stud.
The experts we spoke to all agreed that the simplest solutions are the best. “Keep it simple,” says Roch. “Don’t get an overly complicated system.” This is especially true if you’re a regular cyclist – ease of access will be something you’ll want to consider. “Ceiling hoists can be nice for keeping your bike out of the way, but often annoying to use, so you might not get as much bike riding,” Roch says of one downside to this popular style of bike storage.
Floor racks are some of the most basic bike storage solutions and are great for people who don’t mind wall or ceiling designs. Both Jurgella and Saltvold recommend the Feedback Sports Rack floor stand for use in a garage or shed.
“If you’re looking to store your bike in a shed or garage but want easy access to it on the ground,” says Saltvold, “check out the Gear Up 1 stand.” This model is particularly suitable for tenants, as it does not require permanent installation.
The experts we spoke to agreed that parking a bike in your home is the safest option and encourage people who use a garage, shed, or outdoor storage to invest in a good security lock. “The theft of bikes from garages and sheds is very common,” says Saltvold. “You may want to consider additional security.”
Freestanding bike sheds are a smart option for those who don’t want to park their bikes indoors, but don’t have a covered outdoor space, such as a garage, available. “It’s very important to store your bike indoors,” says Roch, “so it doesn’t get weathered and corrode. If you don’t have space in your home, be sure to cover it with a tarp or blanket. Sheds work well if you have a small yard.
For those looking to purchase a small shed to store their bikes in, look for horizontally oriented builds that allow you to easily park the bike inside. This versatile resin shed features three locking points to help keep bikes secure when not in use.
If you’re looking for a shed-style shelter that can accommodate four to five bikes, the Catrimown shed is a good option. Its 8ft by 6ft footprint means it’s roomy enough to park multiple bikes inside without risking damage.
For those who prefer the look of a wooden storage shed, the Arrow Woodridge shed – at 10 feet by 6 feet – is an attractive and spacious choice. Some assembly is required; the work will be easier to do with two people and with the use of an electric screwdriver.
There are certain considerations to make when storing a bike outdoors so that temperature changes and exposure to the elements don’t cause damage. Bike covers and tarps can be useful even in a storage shed. “If your bike is going to be stored outdoors for long periods of time,” says Saltvold, “check out the Topeak Mountain Bike Cover to protect your bike.”
Another important part of protecting your bike, if you plan to store it in a shed, is security. Always lock the bike or the shed (or both!) to protect them from theft or vandalism.
Storage sheds are easy hideouts for people looking to commit property crimes, so it’s important to have a good lock for your outdoor storage structure. Stanley Hardware’s basic padlock gets high marks for its multi-layered security features at a very affordable price.