Whether your bicycle equipment is stored in your garage or a room in your home, there is no reason for it to look messy and dirty. Bicycle storage can be attractive and convenient with a few design techniques that can make a bicycle easy to store and use, even in a small apartment. This will not only keep your bicycle out of the way, it will also make it easier to maintain your equipment properly.
There are a number of storage options for the bicycle itself. Some people store their bicycles in a hall closet. Others install hooks from which their bicycles are suspended. Another great choice is a bicycle rack that can hold multiple bicycles and equipment, such as the Delta Cezanne Bike Rack at orsracksdirect.com. If you work on your bicycle yourself, using a bicycle work stand to store your bicycle can get it off the floor and maximize your storage potential.
Buckets, toolboxes and mesh bags can hold bicycle gear. Plastic tubs or rolling shelves - kitchen shelves can make good equipment stands - can hold larger items. A cute way to store small items is to get some bicycle baskets from secondhand stores and paint them to match the room decor. Use them to store your gloves, tools, even bicycle clothing.
It is important to have a place near the door to store cleaning item when your bicycle is wet and/or dirty. A mat of some kind that can absorb dirt and water will come in handy for cleaning and drying the bicycle on. A bucket containing a towel and a spray-on cleaning solution for a quick clean and dry will both preserve your floors and your bicycle. A mat placed underneath the area where you store your bicycle can take care of any stray drips.
An array of hooks can give you places to hang helmets, clothing and other paraphernalia. Panniers benefit from regular airings-out and will smell a lot better if you take the time to rinse them out and hang them to dry regularly. Clothing, too, benefits from being aired out. Many bicycle clothing items require being hung to dry instead of being tossed in a dryer, so these hooks can keep your clothing organized and help it last longer.
With a small outlay of money, you can design part of your home to accommodate your pedal-powered transportation and still have an attractive living space. Your equipment will be more easily found and will last longer when you have the materials at hand to keep it clean and dry.
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