I know. What does farming have to do with bikes?
The real question is, how many bikes do ten people have, and where do we put them all? Usually they go in a garage. And we have a garage. It’s just not that big, even with some of the bikes being for the kids…
I’ve done a lot of biking over the past few years as a volunteer for Port Coquitlam and they store their bikes by hanging them up. I wanted something similar, but set up so the handlebars don’t collide quite so much.
With a piece of 2×10 on each wall of the garage to anchor to, and two more to make the rack, one vertical and the other horizontal, it looks like this:
The hooks to hang the bikes alternate on the bottom edge of the vertical board, and on the forward edge of the horizontal board. Hanging straight down, they don’t have any stress that would cause the hook to wear away at the board.
The bikes now hang, one up and forward, and the next down and back.
The kids bikes fit on the floor between the hanging bikes, which is not as ideal as I would like, but it does work just fine.
Some of you might wonder how to get the bikes up so high. Don’t lift with your arms! Start by locking the brake on the back wheel, and pull the bike back so it balances on the rear wheel, just like it is going to hang. wheel it under the hook you want, still on that back tire. Then put your knee under the bike seat and lift your knee, using your arms only to keep it balanced, and to aim for the hook. Once the front tire on on the hook, lower it till it is resting. Reverse the process to get the bike down. That will save a lot of stress on the back from a fair weight at the end of your arms as you twist to maneuver it into place.
The back of the rack is a good place to store your bike helmets. You can also use a straight coat rack instead of more hooks.
Normally we might have put this at the back of the garage, but that wasn’t an option, so it went toward the front. It had to be low enough that it would not catch the garage door, or it’s hardware as the door moved up or down. And also back enough that the door wouldn’t (quite) come down on the hanging bikes.
So, that’s just one more thing we did to fit 10 people into a small space!