I am very big on the idea of giving everything in your house a “home”. That also includes items that are in your garage. Everything in your garage should have a space where you can find them easily because you are only keeping what you need.
Gardening supplies should be stored together. Sporting equipment should be grouped together. And bikes and the bike gear should be stored together. Now, if there is an avid biker in your home, creating garage bike storage will be key to utilizing your garage space effectively.
I have partnered with Lowe’s Home Improvement to create bike storage for a client who is an avid biker, along with an Iron Man Marathon participant. So you can image all the “stuff” that he collects for his outdoorsy endeavors. Which means, we had to get creative in creating bike storage for him, and his entire family.
The Best Garage Bike Storage Tips From A Professional Organizer
With someone who has multiple bikes, whether it be for competitive biking or just a family, I always recommend hanging as many bikes as possible. During warmer weather, it makes sense to keep the kids’ bikes on the ground, so they can ride them whenever they can. But during winter months, I suggest hanging the bikes so you can create ample space on the garage floor to pull cars into the garage.
For this client, we used a hanging bike bar that has hooks to hold bikes on by the tire. In order to fit many bikes, we would hang one with the handle bar up. Then the next bike would have handle bars facing down. This allowed for us to hang the bikes close together to fit 6 bikes on the bar, which created tons of open space where the bikes were stored prior to hanging.
To figure out the exact location of where to hang the bikes, we had the bike owner hold one against the wall. Since there was a shelving unit next to where we wanted to hang the bikes, we needed to make sure the handle bars didn’t bump the shelves. Once we decided on a good location for the far bike to be hung, we placed the bar near that area that we marked.
Since these hooks are adjustable, we had some wiggle room with the exact location of where to hang the bikes.
Now some bikes just can’t be hung by their tires because they are high-end racing bikes or the tires are too delicate. For those type of bikes, I suggest hanging from the middle of the bike. There are a few options you can do to hang the bike directly from the middle.
This Blue Hawk Bike Hook can easily be drilled directly into the wall of the garage. Just don’t forget to use anchors! When hanging the bike hook, make sure you have enough room from the top to get the bike off the hook. For this project, it was a two person job. The bike owner was holding the bike at a height that we determined would be a good location on the garage wall, but still be able to remove from the hook. The second person marked the wall where the hook would go. This was the best way we could ensure that the bike would be able to come off the hook without being too difficult!
Another option is to use a wall mounting system and get the attachment for hanging the bike by the middle. This is a great option if you want to use the space for other things during the off-season, such as lawn supplies or other storage. Since the wall mounting system is versatile, I recommend this option frequently. The system will grow with your needs, whether it be to continue to hang the bike, or use it for other storage.
Scooters can easily take up a lot of space since they never stay standing upright. So while you are creating ample bike storage, why not consider adding some storage for scooters! We added a wall mounting system at a low height so the kids could easily access the scooter and bike gear. Then we used a hook to hang the scooter, along with hooks to hold all the helmets.
By creating a specific location for the scooters to go, they should never be lying all over the garage floor again! Plus, keeping the height low enough so the bottom tire touches the floor helps keep the scooter flush against the garage wall.
As for keeping all the bike supplies together, I recommend using bins to keep smaller items contained. For this client, we grouped the items into different categories. We have one bin for cleaning supplies, things like bike tire cleaner. Then we created another bin for bike accessories. These are things like riding gloves, and seat covers. Another category we created was bike gear. This included a spot for the kiddos training wheels and extra padding for the bike helmets.
Because these bins can stack on top of each other by flipping the grey handle into the bin, I thought these were a great organizing option. Since accumulation of biking gear can grow, so can this system to keep things organized!
This bike enthusiast has a bike stand to be used for cleaning, along with bike pumps. We found it more effective for him to keep the bike stand and the pumps on the floor. This way, he can grab the holder to set up his bike before his ride, rather than having to remove it and set it up. This totally goes with my “least amount of steps possible” philosophy for organizing. I try to set up a system that has the least amount of steps in order to achieve total organizational success!! For him, it was keeping these items on the floor near the bins for supplies.
Now you can see how this cyclist’s garage went from this:
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