With the increase in gas prices comes an increase in bicycle ridership. It is an easy way to get from neighborhood to neighborhood, less expensive than taking cabs or even the bus, and adds exercise to a daily routine.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, it creates many headaches for condo owners, landlords, building maintenance crews, and other tenants that have to maneuver around the cycles on a daily basis. In recent years, laws have been passed requiring building owners to provide bike parking for tenants. This can be a cause for panic when space is at a premium already. Bike rooms don’t need to be worrisome. Bike storage methods can be very simple yet effective.
There are experts in every field and bike storage is no different. Many storage companies can provide recommendations for bike storage at no extra charge. There also specific companies that specialize in bike racks. These companies can analyze your space, provide renderings of what the racks would look like, make recommendations, install racks, etc. So, depending on the budget, bike storage can be anything from a do-it-yourself project to a contracted project.
Bike storage options start at the very basic level. If money is a concern, very simple floor racks or wall racks can accomplish the legal requirement of a “bike storage area.” These displays can cost anywhere from $25.00 per bike to $50.00 per bike.
Standard floor racks don’t need to be assembled, don’t need to be mounted to any surface and can simply be placed on the ground in a garage or storage room. There is no maintenance required on these types of racks. The downside of a basic floor rack is that while providing an area to park a bike, they don’t necessarily save space. They also are lightweight and easily moved, so if there is someone with sticky fingers, the racks may disappear. However, if a quick fix is needed, the floor racks may be the way to go simply to be compliant with the laws.
Wall racks are a popular option as they are inexpensive and get bikes up and out of the way. There are many different ways to hang bikes on walls. Most of these options are very inexpensive and easy to install. They will require mounting to the wall, but this task is easily accomplished with provided hardware and a drill. Wall racks can be more a permanent solution and give a space the feel of an actual bike storage area, and since the racks are mounted directly to the wall, theft of the racks is unlikely. These types of racks can also be mounted anywhere you have space: wide hallways, entryways, parking garages or basements. The versatility of this type of storage method gives the building the ability to provide bike storage without having to dedicate an entire room to the project. The negative side of this system is that it requires users to physically lift their bikes up into storage. Older tenants may have a hard time lifting their bikes.
An increasingly popular method of bike storage is called a Stand Up rack or “Wheel Up.” In this type of bike storage rack, the user puts the front wheel of their bike up into the rack while the back tire stays on the ground. Anyone can use this rack, regardless of age or strength, which makes it appealing to buildings that house families or seniors. This method is also a space saver because it gets the bikes a bit more vertical, conserving aisle space in a bike storage area. This type of rack is a higher quality bike rack, so the prices can be a little higher. The prices range from $40 per bike up to $60 per bike.
Lastly, there are tiered racking options. Double decker racks provide 2 levels of bikes per rack, maximizing space and really creating a high density bike parking area. These racks do require a bit more space than the other options, but a building can double its bike storage capacity by using vertical space. The options on these types of racks are endless. There are two tier racks that have assisted lift second tier parking, locking loops for bike locks, and adjustments for different types of bikes. The price on basic models can run about $100 per bike all the way up to $400 per bike on the assisted lift models. This option should be used when there are many bikes that need to be stored and a dedicated bike parking area being provided.
Every building’s layout and bike storage needs are different, so using a company that specializes in bike storage can make the process simple and effective. Bicycle storage does not need to be complicated nor does it need to be a major project. Have your storage company, such as Bargold Storage, provide a layout, or contact a bike storage company like Rudy Rack to help you through the process.