So I set about to thinking - maybe I can make some kind of storage rack for these things? My engineering instinct kicked in. What's the most compact way to store bikes anyway? Probably an atomic compactor. Oh wait, we still need to use those bikes again. Eventually I devised a 2-level hanging rack. It's easy to build with a minimum of tools, and stores almost twice as many bikes in the same space as a standard single-level hanging rack. The bikes are still easy to get in and out, and this rack can work in a garage, foyer, porch, or yard. You just need a wall or some posts.
The rack system shown is very easy and inexpensive to build, and i believe it is the most compact, tangle-free storage possible for 4 or more bikes. for 2-3 bikes its still a good rack but will use about the same space as some other options.
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Step 1: What you need
- two wood two-by-fours as long as your rack will be
- saw if you need to cut the 2x4's
- wood screws between 3.5" and 4" long (8 to 10cm)
- large metal screw-in hooks (available from most home improvement stores - the ones i found were helpfully called "bike hooks")
- plastic tubing that will fit over the metal hooks (i used 7/16" tubing with 5/16" ID (8mm)). or some old innertubes.
- tape measure
- stud sensor (or you can make one by hanging a magnet from a piece of string)
- optional - thick plastic or thin plywood sheet the full size of the rack (width and height) if you want to protect the wall from tire marks