7 Stylish Ways to Store Your Bike Inside
If you don’t have garage storage, there are ways to store your bikes inside that won’t make your apartment look like an overcrowded bike barn.
Bike storage can be an art form. Instead of stacking your bikes in the laundry room or leaving them in disarray in the living room, display them with gorgeous bike racks.
This storage device is an impressive feat of engineering. It uses a pulley system so that you can easily lift and lower your bike. It also has an auto-locking mechanism to avoid accidents. Your bike will be completely out of the way, and let’s be honest, it’s fun to use.
$33 at Mountain Equipment Co-op, 830 10 Ave. S.W., 403-269-2420, mec.ca
This modern rack is space-saving while the rubber-lined holders of the arms will protect your bike from scratches and paint chips. The rack will hold bikes that weigh up to 55 pounds, so this might not be sufficient if you ride a heavy mountain bike with fat tires. It even has an additional hook for hanging your helmet or jacket. Perhaps best of all, you can click the arms off when you’re not hanging your bike.
$69.99 at Bow Cycle, 6501 Bowness Rd. N.W., 403-288-5422; 7309 Flint Rd. S.E., 403-441-1299, bowcycle.com
This rack is made in Squamish, BC and should be considered a work of art that complements your bikes. It’s also easy to put together: the pieces interlock so you can build it and take it apart without tools. This brand also makes a 4-bike storage stand.
$329 at Mountain Equipment Co-op, 830 10 Ave. S.W., 403-269-2420, mec.ca
This bike rack is slightly more heavy duty than others out there, but is ideal if you have a mountain bike, a road bike and a commuter bicycle you need to store. This rack accepts all tire widths. Mount the rack on any wall surface and know that your bikes are completely secure. You can even install several next to each other and have an entire wall dedicated to your bicycles.
$89.99 at Bow Cycle, 6501 Bowness Rd. N.W., 403-288-5422; 7309 Flint Rd. S.E., 403-441-1299, bowcyclecalgary.com
Art meets storage with this bike rack. This product can hold two bikes (or canoes or ski equipment) and there’s no drilling or permanent wall mounting required. This rack leans against your wall, keeps dirty tires off the carpet and prevents handlebars from shmearing black gunk on your nicely painted walls.
$82 at Mountain Equipment Co-op, 830 10 Ave. S.W., 403-269-2420, mec.ca
This rack is simple and sturdy. Made out of steel, this rack can securely hold two of your heaviest bikes.
$207 at Ridley’s Cycle, 223 10 St. N.W., 403-283-1421, ridleys.com
You can’t purchase this at a store in Calgary, but it’s so gorgeous you’ll want to go out of your way to buy it online. Probably the most elegant way to store your bike inside, this rack from the Knife and Saw is easy to install, comes in two sizes and is made from either solid walnut or white oak. It also acts as a shelf for home supplies, such as books, plants or other small home accessories. The shelf costs USD$299 and ships to Canada for an additional USD$80.