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Unique Bike Storage Solutions

pallet bike rackBike Storage Solutions

If you are like a lot of people including me,  you don’t have much extra space in your garage for your bikes. When you get a large family or even one person who rides a couple of different bikes they can start to take up a lot of space. So if you add up two kids bikes, mom and dads mtn bikes and maybe a road bike or two it can really start to take up a lot of space. A bike rack in your garage is a good place to start in cleaning up the clutter that is your families bikes. This will give your more garage space and it really makes your bikes easily accessible so you can ride them. Especially kids bikes. They should be accessible so a kid can go get on their bike and go for a ride without needing mom and dad’s assistance. I just think if they have to ask you to help them get their bike down they will ride less than if they can just go get it themselves. There are really several options of how and where you can store your bikes in the garage.

  • Bike Rack
  • Bike Lift Hoist
  • Wall Mounted Bike Rack

Bike Racks

To me the best method for Garage Bike Rackstoring your bikes in the garage especially if you have little ones who need access to their bikes is a bike rack. It’s simple to use cheap to buy and you can store a lot of bikes with it. Depending on the model you can get bike racks for one bike all the way up to 5 or more bikes at a relatively cheap price. The one downside of a typical bike rack for your garage is that it keeps the bikes on the floor of the garage. That is prime real estate in any garage so most people are trying to get their bikes up off the floor.

Bike Lift Hoist

If you are looking to get your bikes up off the ground then the Bike Lift Hoist is for you. You simply mount a pulley syBike LIft bike Hoiststem to the roof or ceiling of your garage and connect the ropes to your bike and pull it up to the ceiling. This system is not for kids. I don’t think you would want your children trying to pull their bike up to the ceiling because if it fell it could hurt them. Not to mention would they really pull it back up or would they ride it and just lay it down in the garage. This is the best system for getting your bikes up off the ground and out-of-the-way. I have even seen them connected over the car that parks in the garage this clears up lots of space. But then in order to get your bike down to ride you have to move the car. That’s a problem.

Wall Mounted Bike Racks

Wall Mounted Bike Racks like the Delta Leonardo are probably my favorite type of garage bike rack solutionDelta Leonardo Bike Rackn. You simply lift up the front of the bike and hook the front tire onto the wall mount bike rack and your good to go. They get your bikes out-of-the-way without having to actually pull them up to the ceiling like a bike lift hoist and if you mount them low on the wall even your children can manage putting a bike onto and taking it off of a wall mounted bike rack. The best way to mount these types of bike racks to be used by kids is to mount them so the back wheel is hanging just a couple of inches off the ground. That way the bike can’t really fall that far and it’s easy to get up and down off the rack.

 

The Perfect Bike Rack For Your Dorm Room

If you are looking for aRacor Pro PLB-2R Two-Bike Gravity Freestanding Bike Stand dorm room bike rack or even a bike rack for your apartment, there are several models to choose from. The key to a dorm or apartment bike rack is that you simply can’t drill holes in the walls right because everyone wants to get their deposit back. For your money I feel like the RACOR gravity freestanding two bike rack is the best deal. It has a wide base that sits on the floor and it leans against the wall and it holds two bikes up out-of-the-way. This is a great rack for people who can’t drill holes in the walls and just need a little more space in their dorm or apartment.

Any of these bike racks should suit you and your family just fine. Once you get your bikes up off the floor and onto racks or hanging from the wall or the ceiling you will be surprised how much garage space you have now. Just try not to fill it up with more bikes.

Indoor Bike Trainer Reviews

Indoor Bike Trainer Reviews

Indoor bike trainers are a really great option to get you off the couch and on your bike especially when the weathKurt Kinetic Road Machine er is terrible outside or your friends you ride with just can’t or don’t want to today. An indoor bike trainer is always ready to go for a ride even if it’s snowing outside and your friends can’t make it. Not to mention the fact you can ride your bike trainer and watch your favorite show on television or listen to music. Now I would rather go ride outside any day but if that is not an option my bike trainer is always there for me. If you are looking for an indoor bike trainer then you have come to the right place. I will talk about the different types of bike trainers on the market and let you know about the pros and cons of each different type. There are really three different types of indoor bike trainers on the market. Fluid Trainers, Mag Trainers, and Wind Trainers.

Fluid Trainers

Fluid Trainers are indoor cycling trainers that when you turn your pedals they spin a small turbine in a thick liquid. The harder you spin your pedals the harder it gets. Personally this is my favorite type of indoor cycling trainer. The reason I like it the best is because it is the quietest and the resistance is the smoothest and you can actually adjust the resistance pretty high so that it’s great for even high level cyclists. That’s not me but it might be you. Now not too long ago fluid trainers had a bad reputation. It really wasn’t if they would leak but when they would leak. You can understand how this would be bad if you had this in your living room. No one I know with a Kurt Kinetic fluid trainer has had a leakage problem since they came out with their new design and this includes thousands of miles ridden. Another downside of this type of trainer is the cost it’s a little more expensive than the others but I would gladly pay it for the quieter ride.

Fluid Trainers I Recommend

Kurt Kinetic Road Machine

 

 

 

Kurt Kinetic Road Machine

 

Cyclops 2 Fluid Trainer

 

 

 

Cyclops 2 Fluid Trainer

 

 

Wind Trainers

Wind Trainers are indoor trainers that spin a fan when you turn your pedals this causes wind resistance which is pretty smooth and the harder you pedal the more resistance there is. Wind Trainers are really great for those on a limited budget. They are the cheapest indoor cycling trainers on the market. You can get a great trainer that will last you a long time that will not break your budget. Not to mention the wind trainer is the simplest of the three types of trainers on the market. So less moving parts to break in the long run. The disadvantages of a wind trainer to me is simply the noise. Oh you can’t hear me I said the NOISE yes it can be that loud. So for some people this is not a problem but if you like to do other things while on your trainer like watch Television or listen to music it can be a problem.

Wind Trainers I Recommend

Cyclops Wind Trainer

 

 

 

Cyclops Wind Trainer

Kinetic Cyclone Wind Trainer

 

 

 

Kinetic Cyclone Wind Trainer

 

 

Mag Trainers

Mag trainers are indoor cycling trainers that use the resistance of magnets to provide resistance on your ride. Some are adjustable only by getting off the bike and some have a cable that comes up to the handlebars. Some newer models use centrifugal force to change the position of the magnets to give a more normal ride I only recommend the latter two. Let’s face it if you have to get off the bike to constantly change things you won’t.

Mag Trainers I Recommend

Indoor Bicycle Cycling Trainer Exercise Stand

 

 

 

 

Indoor Bicycle Cycling Trainer Exercise Stand

 

Cyclops Mag Trainer

 

 

 

Cyclops Mag+Trainer

 

 

No Excuses Just Ride

No more excuses the weather doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter if it’s midnight, if you want to go for a ride you can. You don’t have to step foot outside your door just put your bike on the trainer and go. You don’t need your riding buddies. But won’t they be surprised after the winter when they haven’t been riding and you come out this spring and your are already in shape. For me it’s always better to put a movie on and it helps to pass the time. Have fun.