Biking is one of the best and most fun ways to exercise and commute to work.
However, as many new cyclists have discovered, bikes are heavy and take up a lot of room. Due to these reasons, they can be quite difficult to store.
Instead of storing bikes properly, many cyclists simply leave their bikes outside or lean them against the wall.
While these options may be convenient, storing your bike like this could eventually cause damage.
To prevent costly repairs or replacing your bike altogether, you should store your bike in a safe place. This guide will cover 15 creative bike storage ideas.
We realize that storing your bike can be a pain, but you will be bound to find something that will work well for your lifestyle with this list.
Let’s get started.
Vertical Bike Rack
Storing your bikes vertically on the wall is one of the most popular ways to store bikes. This method works the best in a large garage or a spare room in the house.
You typically install vertical bike racks on an interior wall of your house or garage. You can either buy individual vertical bike racks or a long rod that will hold multiple bikes. Depending on the kind of rack you buy, one rack will hold up to six bikes.
With this method, you will be able to store many bikes with only a small amount of wall space. However, be mindful that the bikes will stick out a few feet from the wall, which is why this option isn’t the best for small areas.
If you want to go with this method, there are plenty of vertical bike racks that you can buy. Visit your local hardware store or sports store to pick one up.
Stacked Bike Rack
This option is one of the best bike storage ideas for those who want to make the most of their space.
Stacked bike racks are single racks that you install vertically to the wall. They are tall and can hold multiple bikes.
To store bikes using this method, you place multiple bikes on the rack, stacked one on top of the other. Each bike will sit with its side facing the wall, so it won’t take up much room.
Garage Hook Bike Rack
If you want a quick and easy solution, pick up some heavy-duty garage hooks. Simply install a few hooks to the wall, and you’re done.
You can then vertically hang your bikes on the hooks by the wheels. This option will work best for a garage.
Keep in mind that the bikes will stick out a bit, so make sure to have a good amount of room.
DIY Pipe Fitting Bike Shelf
If you are looking for some DIY bike storage ideas, this will be a fun option.
Find some pipe fitting and a wooden plank to build a DIY bike shelf. You can install the pipe fitting to the wall and the wooden plank to the pipe fitting.
What’s great about this option is that you can be creative with the design of the rack. You will be able to customize the size according to your bike size.
After you install the shelf, you will be able to hang your bike on the pipes and store your keys, water bottle, and other items on the wooden shelf.
This option will work if you only need to store one bike. Your bike will also be hanging horizontally and will not stick out a lot, so you can use this method in a small space such as an apartment or room.
Pulley System Bike Storage
The pulley bike storage system is one of the more unique bike storage ideas.
If you have next to zero space available for your bike on the floor or wall, this might be for you.
Pulley systems are usually equipped with two hooks for each bike. You can attach these hooks to the handlebars and the bike seat and then pull the rope to lift the bike to the ceiling.
A lot of people like this system since it takes up no wall or floor space. If you have no room in the house or garage, you can still use your ceiling space to store your bikes.
It is good to keep in mind that it will be a bit difficult setting up a pulley system for the first time. However, once you set it up, it will be quite easy to store and retrieve bikes.
You can also purchase a ceiling track for your bike or build your own ceiling rack.
This option is more for those looking for a way to store their bikes for winter. It will be a bit difficult removing bikes from the ceiling day in and day out, so we recommend this option only for long-term storage.
Sometimes the perfect bike storage solution is right in front of you.
You may already have an extensive storage setup in your garage. If so, take a look and see if there are any areas that your bikes would fit.
A very simple solution is to take a few s-hooks and hook them onto some metal shelves. You can then hang your bikes from the hooks by their wheels.
Swiveling Wall Rack
Perhaps you want a wall rack but are not too keen on the idea that your bikes will stick out a few feet from the wall. If that is the case, consider using a swiveling wall rack.
These racks are almost identical to a typical bike wall rack. However, once the wheels are attached to the rack, you can push the bike to sit closer, almost parallel, to the wall.
Swiveling wall racks give you the best of both worlds. You can save a lot of space with this solution. Not only do you save floor space, but the bikes won’t be in your way if you walk by the rack.
This option will work best if you don’t have a lot of floor space for bike storage.
This solution is one of the more simple bike storage ideas.
Even though wall mounts are convenient and take up less space, it can be difficult to remove the bikes and hang them up every day. You typically need to have a lot of arm strength to do so.
If you do not want to lift your bike every day to store it, consider purchasing a bike floor rack. Floor racks are typically made of metal and sit on the floor.
Once you place the rack in the desired location, you can simply push your bike into the rack. The front-wheel will rest between two metal poles, which will hold your bike in place.
The great thing about floor racks is that you can find a rack that will hold many bikes. Furthermore, it is very easy to use and requires no installation.
Repair Stand Storage
If you work on your bike a lot, you may want to consider using a repair stand as bike storage. This solution will be great if you only have one bike.
If you want to go with this option, choose a repair stand that holds the bike by the frame or seat post.
By doubling the function of your repair stand, you can save space since you don’t have to install a bike rack. Repair stands are also a good height and will not be difficult to remove the bike from, compared to some wall and ceiling storage options.
Perhaps you have no room in the house to store a bike, or you simply don’t want a bike hanging on the wall in your living room. If that is the case, a bike tent may be the best option.
Bike tents are medium-sized tents that you can store outside. These tents are usually quite tall but still don’t take up a lot of room. You can store multiple bikes in a bike tent.
This solution will be the best for those who have more room outside than inside. Even if you live in an area that experiences harsh weather like rain or snow, you can still store your bikes safely outside.
Make sure to buy a waterproof tent that is UV-resistant and tear-resistant. You will be able to set up most bike tents in under 15 minutes; they are also easy to take down.
Another plus of this option is that the bikes are already on the ground; you won’t have to use a ladder or extensive pulley system to get the bikes down every day.
Staggered Bike Wall Rack
If you enjoy wall racks, consider installing a staggered rack.
Staggered wall racks are simply a series of metal poles installed in a staggered pattern on the wall. From a distance, the bikes should look like they are stacked on top of each other.
However, it is worth noting that this solution is only effective for pretty tight spaces. A staggered bike wall rack may be inconvenient since you will have to remove all of the bikes to get the bike hanging in the very back.
Single Bike Wall Rack
If you only have one bike you want to store on the wall, this will be the best solution.
You can buy single bike racks to install on the wall at your local sports shop. These racks are quite small and take up little space. Once the rack is installed, you can hang your bike on it horizontally, parallel to the wall.
Single bike wall racks are very easy to use and are not complicated to install. You can also place the rack close to the ground, so it’s easy to access if you are using the bike each day.
Flow Wall is a type of wall panel that is designed for garages. When you install these panels, you can simply click other components like hooks, shelves, cabinets, and bins into place without further installation required.
If you already have these panels in your garage, click a few hooks into place and store your bikes on the Flow Wall.
You may want to consider purchasing Flow Wall if you have multiple bikes and a lot of wall room. Many cyclists will dedicate an entire wall of Flow Wall for their cycling equipment.
Not only can you hook your bikes onto the Flow Wall hooks, but you can also store things like helmets and water bottles on the shelves and cabinets.
You may have available space indoors for your bike, but perhaps you just don’t want to see it every day.
If you have a large cabinet, remove all of the shelves and install a hook on the back of it. Then, take your bike and hang it in the cabinet.
With this solution, you will be able to close the cabinet doors and hide away your bike. This option will work well if you want to keep your space tidy and only have one bike you need to store.
Before you do this, make sure to measure the cabinet to make sure the bike will fit. You can also use this method to store a few kid’s bikes.
We hope that this list of creative bike storage ideas has helped you find a good solution.
Properly storing your bike is important and essential to preventing damage. If you are interested in building your own bike rack, consider building one with pipe fitting and a wooden plank.
Wall or ceiling racks will work well if you are looking for long-term storage for multiple bikes. Even though they may be a bit difficult to work with, they will save a lot of space.
If you have a lot of bikes and equipment, consider installing Flow Wall. You will be able to click on components like hooks, bins, shelves, and cabinets to store all of your bike equipment.
You can also use a simple floor rack if you don’t want to use a ladder to retrieve your bike every day.
Lastly, if you want an outside storage option, purchase a bike tent. These tents can withstand many different climates and will keep your bikes dry and damage-free.
Last Updated on May 29, 2023 by Danijel Cakalic