On a typical morning - after a bowl of oats and a cup of green tea - I head out the door and bike to work. Well, I try to head for the door. Usually I'll get to about spitting distance before stumbling over a Specialized or a Giant. I'll move those to the side and get about 2 more steps. Then i'll be in the thick of it. To my left is the formidable fortress of Fuji's. To my right - the towering tangle of Trek. Dead ahead - stupendous snarl of Surly. And underfoot - you guessed it - Univega. After about 10 minutes of snagged up pedals, chains and spokes i've got my ride out. whew! Then I enjoy a peaceful ride to work. Of course when I get home later and open the front door i'm met by a rickety roadblock of Raleigh's. grr. Of course we tried keeping the bikes in other places - the garage, the backyard in the summer, on the porch. But that was just moving the problem from one department to another. Things were getting ridiculous! If you're like me you've got 11 bikes. And your housemate has 6. And your other housemate has 3. And that girl couchsurfing is fixing up 2. Well, luckily enough for you the 2009 Momentum Reader Survey says only 20% of you are like me (5 or more bikes). Which is good, because if you've got 22 bikes in your house you'd best just start worshipping the golden chainring - not much else is going to save you. But back to the other 80% of you with less than 5 bikes apiece. You've got some hope.
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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