On Your Bike: The best bike storage solutions for cyclists' stylish homes
PUBLISHED: 13:41 01 July 2016 | UPDATED: 13:41 01 July 2016
What's the biggest problem for north London cyclists? No, it's not air pollution or left turning lorries but where to keep your bike when you're not riding it. We round up the best solutions to avoid both theft and grazed shins from battling the bikes in a narrow period property hallway.
With floor space at an all time premium in London, room for a bike is a serious consideration. A report from Brompton Bicycle revealed that Londoners spend an extra £9,731 of the average purchase price on a house on the space for their bike.
And for all their benefits, your two-wheeled mean machine does take up a lot of room, not to mention track through a city’s worth of grime and grit. A hallway cluttered with bicycles is less ‘city chic’ than ‘student digs’. From ingenious wall racks that double as works of art to a classic garden storage unit, we’ve found seven stylish solutions for storing your cycles.
Rowlinson Wall Bike Store
If you’ve got some outdoor space this is an elegant solution to keeping your favourite mode of transport safe and dry. The wall store is spacious enough to fit two adult sized bikes with room to spare for gardening equipment and tools and includes a pad bolt for your own padlock. The classic tongue and groove ship lap comes pre-painted in a tranquil willow green and green and is topped with a durable felt roof.
KAPPÔ by Milkili
One for the design lover in your life, the KAPPÔ is a delightful blend of form and function. The innovative shape of the rack crates a perfectly balanced space for you to show off your wheels when they’re not in use, and the shelf space makes for a convenient spot to store your helmet and other accessories. A recess with a protective felt overlay holds the precious cargo securely in place and the melamine coated birch makes for a statement on your wall even when it’s not in use.
ENDO by Cycloc
If you’re short on space but not on style, why not go for the ENDO? The secure four point fixing allows you to store your bike, or bikes, vertically. A hollow hinge fits most conventional bike locks and it comes with front a rear wheel pads to protect your walls so there’s no need to stress about messing up the Farrow & Ball. The device is available in seven colours and folds flat to a discrete 3.2cm when not in use.
It’s a jungle out there on London’s road, but this is the only big game it’s acceptable to hang on your living room wall. Turn your trike into a trophy with this quirky and original wall rack. The elephant’s tusks are perfectly poised to tuck your bicycle in securely and when you’re out and about it doubles as a charming piece of wall art. Just don’t forget to wipe your wheels before you mount it.
Velosock Premium Bicycle Cover
You think fair-weather cyclists are amongst the faint of heart and you’re happiest battling through gail force winds and rain on your trusty steed. You certainly don’t plan on the constant inclement weather our summer is currently bringing us to stop you putting peddle to the metal through the puddles. So save yourself a whole lot of mopping get yourself a Velosock. Yes, it’s not the sexiest look but it keeps you from tracking in half of London’s grease and grime. Your floors will thank us.
Form Twinslot Hose Hook
Sometimes the simplest solution is the most practical. Made from durable aluminium it’s been given a rubber hose coating to keep your frame free from scratches. This minimalist hook can work as a standalone product or you can use it with a Twinslot storage track to create your own custom modular storage solution.
If you can’t fit your home around your bike, why not fit your bike around your home? Forget ugly folding bikes, the Brompton Bike is a thing of beauty. The iconic design comes in a range of colours and folds up to a third of its size so it can fit neatly in a corner. It only weighs 11kg, making it easy to take on the tube or throw in to the boot of your car if you’re heading out of the city for the weekend. Every one is custom made, so you can design your bike to suit you down to your handle bars.