Ace of Space: Bike Storage in Tight Places


Definitely rethink the car! Part of our downsizing journey included selling our cars. We've been car-free for the last two years and it's been a fantastic money-saving strategy. Bikes have been our saving grace, but storage for our bikes always posed a challenge.

Luckily our new apartment has bike storage space in the basement. But I'm always on the lookout for new and interesting ways to store bikes in tiny spaces.

If you love cycling and are looking for bike storage options, consider one of these products:

1. Cycloc Bicycle Storage

Cycloc Bicycle Storage isn't a new product, but it is so cool! The device (pictured) attaches to a wall and allows for both vertical or horizontal bike storage. Plus it has a little extra cubby space to store bike accessories. The unit is made from 100% post-industrial plastic and it's available in four colors.

2. The Gladiator Claw

The Gladiator Claw is another amazing storage solution for small spaces. The "storage device easily anchors to the ceiling, and utilizes an intuitive push-lock mechanism to quickly hang or release your bike in one motion." Basically you push your tire up against "the Plunger Pad" and the arms close around your wheel to secure it.



3. Wooden Bike Storage Solutions

Apartment Therapy posted a fantastic article featuring a number of beautiful bike racks and mounts. I love these because the products are made from wood. You can find wooden bike racks and wall mounts at TriSports or Conde Rack.



4. The Art of Storage

Finally, The Art of Storage has multiple and well-priced bike storage solutions. At my last apartment, I purchased a free-standing rack from this company. It held two bikes in place and saved an incredible amount of space.



Design considerations

These products were built to withstand the weight of heavy bikes, so you don't have to worry about your bike crashing onto the floor. But depending on the size of your apartment and the type of storage device you choose, consider a few alternatives in their placement:
  • Display your bike like a piece of art.
  • Put your bike rack against the wall or in a corner.
  • Hide your bike on the ceiling.
How have you solved bike storage needs in small spaces? Leave a comment and share your suggestions!

Tammy Strobel blogs at
RowdyKittens about simple living and is the author of Simply Car-free: How to Pedal Toward Financial Freedom and a Healthier Life.

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