Bike Storage

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I know I saw a post on here awhile back about how people store their bikes. Does anyone use a storage locker at a place like Manhattan Mini Storage to store their mountain bikes and only pull them out when going away for the weekend. I'm considering this, but don't feel to comfortable with the idea, but at the same time it seems a bit of waste to have the bike just taking up space when you're using it maybe 2-3 times per month. Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated.

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b (not verified)

I have one of those oak sport solutions bike poles that goes floor to ceiling. It holds my road, fixie, and mtn bikes in minimal space. I had to buy an extra sets of arms. And I have my gf's mountain bike hanging from a wall braket right behind it. I could probably put all 4 bikes on the pole but then I couldn't get to my records!

BTW, bikes can hang vertically on those poles - ie hanging by the seat tube. That's not great for mountain bikes though since the suspension forks usually will leak.

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Bob Shay (not verified)
Indoor storage

I've been using an aluminum rack indoors for years in one bedroom and two bedroom apartments in NYC, Chicago, Baltimore, and now CT.

It works great. I store my mountain bike and road bike on the rack and it takes up very little space. Best yet, the bikes are right there to grab.


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Bill Vojtech (not verified)
not a waste of space

If you ride more it will not be such a waste of space.

These are all sorts of rack and hooks to fit any space you can cram a bike into. I've got 4 bikes hung up in my 1 BR, with 2 empty hooks for guests.

Or consider a good folding bike, (Bike Friday).

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Mark (not verified)

Thanks for all your responses. I searched some other bike storage threads and I have to say that my gf was extremely accomodating with my bikes. We live in a studio with my two bikes now hanging on the ceiling by the entrance and her's in the buildings basement. The deal she made is that I have to go to the basement to bring it down and back...I would say that is more then fair.

But I would still really like to hear from anyone who has placed their bikes in a ministorage unit. Do you worry about them? Is there a lot of theft at Manhattan Ministorage or similar places.

Also, hopefully I'll be seeing my fellow NYCC'ers soon as I have only recently been back on my bike after a broken leg ski injury back in December. Anyone have a good recommendation for an orthopedist or sport rehabilitationist to follow up with.


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Peter Hochstein (not verified)
Manhattan Mini Storage

I had a Manhattan mini-storage closet (in the far West 20s, I forget precisely which street) for about 10 years in the mid-80s to mid 90s. Never had a problem with theft. The closet was locked and nobody could see what was in it, so there wasn't much temptation for a breakin. And you needed a key to get on the elevator.

My sense is that most of these units contain stuff nobody else wants, and that even the owners wouldn't want if they thought hard about it. (Got any suits in the closet you haven't worn for 10 years? Got a picture of your first summer camp bunkmates? Get the idea?)

On the other hand, I never stored a bike there.

I did find myself wondering whether someone could live there, sleeping in a large storage closet and using whatever bathroom facilities they had there. The rent, way back then, was roughloy $110 a month. The accommodations weren't much, but if things ever got desperate....

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