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I have seven bicycles, four of my personal use, and three for each one of my wife, stepson and nephew, all of them adult-sized.

My lifestyle involves one or two short daily commutes and a lot of daily errands with one of three bikes (cargo with rack and fenders, wide-tire full suspension, and skinny tire fixie, depending on mood). Eventually my stepson wants to ride and takes his bike out, but this is like once a week. And my nephew takes her bike once a month or less. My wife usually goes out with me on the weekends, so we take her bake and one of mines out).

In my former home, I stored all of them "stacked" beside one another inside the house, so when I had to take one of them, usually I should move all the bikes in front of it, take the desired one out, then put others back, usually ending up with often-used bikes behind less used bikes. That made the youngsters sometimes give up on a short leisure ride out of sheer (justifiable) lazyness to take their bike from behind the "stack"

Recently, I moved to an apartment that has a garage, measuring like 3 meters wide by five meters deep, and about 3,5 meters tall, so now I am free to use it to organize the bikes, plus some cabinets with tools, hooks for the helmets, a tool hanger in a wall, etc.

So the question is - do any of you suggest a way to organize the parking of these bikes in a way that:

  • Makes the everyday bikes very quick to take in and out for me, and the less used ones easy enough so the young ones don't have to think twice about the mess when they feel like taking a ride;
  • Completely avoids the need to hang or lift the bike. I am sure there is enough space so that moving the bikes around can be achieved by rolling them, either forwards or backwards;
  • [edit] The bikes' positions could very well be swappable, since there is seasonal variation on the most used bike;
  • Possibly requires the need to move the bikes around a bit to take one of them, for example using two or three stacks of bikes, or whatever.

Here is a poor photo of the actual garage with the bikes already in it, but surrounded by a lot of junk, some of which will be taken out, some of which will be rearranged in cabinets, drawers, etc. (for size reference, the old doors in the back are leaning against the wall). Notice the stacked configuration on the right, where one of the bikes leans against the wall, and the others lean against it successively. I would like to avoid or at least streamline that.

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    I have not found a solution within your restrictions. I have always ended up hanging the bikes along one wall, often with the rear wheel barely off the ground. Except the cargo bikes, which are too hard to park like that. Right now we hang two bikes by their seats from rafters just inside the shed door, have two cargo bikes on the floor, my touring bike hung at the back of the shed... and three bikes in a rack outside the back door. – Móż Nov 11 '16 at 2:26
  • Can you screw things to the wall/roof? How secure is the gate? Can you put your own padlock on or does it have to have a shared-access key for the apartment management? How valuable are your bikes - $10k carbon lightweights? If so, put the flash ones at the back out of sight and the crap / kids ones at the front for easiest access. – Criggie Nov 11 '16 at 4:46
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    @Criggie the building has twelve of these individual garage, this only is mine and only my family will have the keys. My bikes are not flashy at all, and mine are all quite old beaters. I am not much worried about security, more about practicality. – heltonbiker Nov 11 '16 at 11:16
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    @Móż but why so many bikes? Are you crazy? ;oP – heltonbiker Nov 11 '16 at 11:17
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    We have 6 or 7 people living here (depending on partner presences). – Móż Nov 11 '16 at 21:20
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You don't say what other uses you have for the garage, but lets presume the floor space is a premium, otherwise a row of bikes racks is the obvious, cheap and best solution. 7 bikes will fit into 5 meters, and stick out about 2 leaving plenty of space .

But you have 3.5 meters high, use it.... Rope pulley from the roof for as many bikes as you need to free up floor space. These bikes would probably be less used ones. One or two bike stacker might be worth looking at e.g. enter image description here

A wall hanging system such as this Or This

I would look at floor mounting for daily used bikes and hang/suspend from ceiling ones used less often. One thing I would say is get it sorted - theres nothing worse than trying to get out for a ride and having to move a million bikes before you get to the one you want. With kids, having a place for their bikes gives you a valid reason to 'tell them off' when you trip over a bike left lying around randomly at the door way. While you at it, have a place to store helmets, gloves, pumps, car racks etc that is easy to access and setup so each item has its place. Once you have a place for everything, everything will be in its its place.

The other thing I would say (from experience), is don't procrastinate, over think it and try to get it perfect first time, do something, if it does not work well, change it.

  • Quite interesting points. The top priority of this garage is make our cycling life as easy as possible, so my wife gave me total freedom to choose what to do with all the space, provided I dont create a mess that would upset the neighbors. That's why I don't see the need to hang anything. Extra space would be used for: 1) at-hand storage of accessories (helmets, raincapes, panniers, and everything bike related). I would much rather hang these things in boxes and shelves high up on the walls than to hang any one of the bikes. When you say "horizontal bike racks" what kind do you imagine? – heltonbiker Nov 11 '16 at 11:22
  • The only other suggestion I have for using wall hooks holding the bikes vertically is to alternate the orientation of the bikes to pack them more closely together. So the first bike would be back wheel up, the next would be front wheel up, and so on. I find it easier to put bikes front wheel up if the back wheel is still on the ground, but this doesn't work if the bike has mud guards / fenders. – andy256 Nov 11 '16 at 13:16
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I use simple metal hooks insted of expensive constructions. I agree, that the best will be to leave yours three bicycles on the floor, placing them into low front-wheel grips for instance. But be sure that kids will be carefull with bikes placed there, because that construction do not give enough stability, so that bicycles may fall over and be damaged or someone may be injured standing near.Speaking about hooks on the wall it really saves place, but children may need your help to take their bicycles off. For adults it's ok. So I would do two kinds of "parking places" but think properly where to put which bike.

  • Welcome to bicycles.SE @EmilyLane, and thanks for a solid answer. We'll look forward to more from you in the future. – rclocher3 Nov 11 '16 at 18:19
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enter image description hereIf you want to keep all the bikes on the floor, you can get wooden pallets, cut them in half and attached the one half perpendicular to the other one. Make sure to align the slits so the tires will fit.

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