How to store a bike

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How to store a bike

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Bike storage is an inevitable part of owning a bicycle but storing it outside locked up against a fence or a wall leaves the bike exposed to the elements and unnecessary wear and tear. Today, we are going to show you a number of ways to store your bike securely inside away from the elements, from stylish wall mounts to things as simple as a kickstand.

Tools and materials:

Bicycle

Bicycle Stand or Wall Mount

Drill

Drill Driver Bit

Ear Muffs

Glasses

Gloves

Masonry Drill

Masonry Drill Bit

Pencil

Plastic Spaghetti Wall Anchor

Utility Knife

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1. Select a spot

The ideal storage solution for your bike is one that takes up minimal space, is easy to access and simple to put in place. In general, a mounting rack that allows your bike to hang vertically with the wheels perpendicular or parallel to the wall will take up the least space, though this might not work for every situation. The type of rack that you use will help determine the spot to store your bike and vice versa. There are racks that allow bikes to be stored parallel to the wall, as well as free standing bike racks and simple wall mounted wheel stands. When selecting a spot, don’t forget to take into account the clearance space needed to manoeuvre around the bike. 

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2. Using the wall-mounted standing arm

The Bike Butler is great and very easy to use. It is perfect to help stand your bike upright and in position and it’s simple to install. Mark where you would like to mount your Bike Butler to the wall with a pencil. Be sure to mark the drill holes so you know where to drill. Once you have marked the spot, if you are standing the bike against a plasterboard or timber wall, you can simply screw in the Bike Butler and attach your bike. If you are securing the Bike Butler to a masonry wall, pre-drill the holes and then use some plastic spaghetti to tap into the pre-drilled holes. Attach your Bike Butler and fasten into the wall spaghetti using the screws provided and a drill. 

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3. Using a free-standing floor stand

Using a floor stand is great if you have the space and don’t want to mark or drill into walls to secure your bike. One you have selected the spot, follow the instructions that come with your floor stand and put the stand together using the fasteners provided. Wheel your bike into the stand front-tyre first. If you’d like to store it horizontally, place the back tyre in and stand it vertically using the hook arm at the top; to secure the front tyre of the bike.

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4. Using a gravity stand

If you have more than one bike to store and limited floor space, a gravity stand is the perfect option. They use the weight of the bike and have a top pad that leans against a wall to hold the bikes off the ground and parallel to the wall. Follow the instructions that come with the gravity stand and put the stand together using the fasteners provided. Position your gravity stand against the wall where you want to store your bike. Ensure the top pad of the gravity stand is leaning gently against the wall. Simply lift the bike onto the arms and ensure they are sitting parallel to the ground, so the bike doesn’t slip. If you have more than one bike, position the two sets of arms at the top and the bottom of the gravity stand and be sure to secure the top bike before lifting the bottom bike into place.

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