How to store your bicycle indoors
If you’re storing at least one bike at home, it’s best to keep it indoors so it’s not exposed to the elements, or the risk of theft. If you don’t have access to a garden, a shed, or garage, then you may need to get creative about how to keep your bike(s) safely in your living space.
Things to consider before choosing
1. Permanent vs. non-permanent
If you’re a homeowner then you have more options, because there are plenty of indoor storage solutions that require bolting to the wall, floor or ceiling.
If you’re a tenant, you should request permission from your landlord before you start drilling holes in their walls. If permanent storage solutions aren’t available to you, you’ll find some non-permanent (and therefore non-damaging) options listed below as well.
2. Single vs multi-bike storage
Even if you live alone with just the one bike, consider whether there’s any chance you will add another to your repertoire in the future. Do you have friends who visit and also need to store their bikes inside?
Consider how many bikes you realistically need to store indoors before you choose which storage option works best for you.
3. Wheel size and bike weight
Bear in mind the size of your wheels and width of your tyres, especially if you have plus-sized tyres and/or 29er wheels. If you’re using wall-mounted hooks or floor-mounted racks, make sure they’re compatible with your bike.
If you’re planning to mount your bike, take into account its weight and the quality of your walls. Are they solid brick, or plasterboard? Some bikes (like e-bikes) weigh a lot more than most and will require a strong mount bolted to a solid brick wall.
4. Additional security
Just because your bike is inside, that doesn’t automatically make it secure. Consider who has access to your space, and how visible your bike is. Don’t install a wall mount directly in front of a window, for example.
If your bike is stored in a communal space where visitors are commonplace, consider locking it to the mount for additional security.
5. Keep it clean
If you’re riding your bike in all weathers it’s going to be loaded with dirt and grease. Consider an indoor storage solution that comes with added wall and floor protection. Some racks offer housing or touch plates for the wheels to separate them from the wall surface.
Non-permanent: Free-standing floor rack
If you’ve allocated a standing space for your bike(s), opt for a free-standing floor rack.
These will often have rubber feet to stop them from sliding, and will house the rear wheel to keep the bike upright and stable. Again, consider your wheel size and width before purchasing.
Store your bike with the rear wheel inserted into the rack for extra stability, and make sure you’ve got the correct width for your tyres.
Permanent: Wall-mounted hooks
If you have ample wall space, then it’s a perfect spot to house your bike(s). There are two main routes you can take: vertical or horizontal hanging.
Vertical hanging takes up less wall space, so it’s perfect if you don’t have a lot of room, or if you’re hanging multiple bikes. Mount the hook high enough so that your front wheel can hang from it, with the rear wheel raised above the ground.
Consider how to protect your walls from scuffs and marks, if choosing this option.
Hanging your bike horizontally lets you display it like a work of art. This is a great option if you have plenty of space and want to make it more of a centrepiece for the room. It’s also possible to store two bikes this way if you have high walls (and the ability to lift the uppermost bike).
Non-permanent: free-standing racks
Wall mounting is still available to you if you’re not able to drill holes in your living space. Consider some of these alternatives.
This ceiling-to-floor mount is a pole that clamps into place, causing no damage and leaving no trace after you’ve vacated.
If you have carpeted flooring, you can get away with a wall-leaning rack. This isn’t suitable for slippery surfaces, and do consider the weight of your bike before purchasing.
You can also get free-standing racks like this, which takes a fair amount of assemblage and space, but allows you to comfortably store up to two bikes in a semi-permanent fashion.
Finally, if the wall-mounted hook was your ideal solution then consider an off-the-door rack. It works in exactly the same way, but hooks over the top of a door, rather than bolting to the wall. Of course, choose a door that you won’t need to constantly open and close throughout the day.
Permanent only: Ceiling hoist
Hoists are only really available as a permanent solution, and are very limited to properties that have ample height and ceiling space available.
These are a great way to store multiple bikes out of view, without compromising the rest of your living space.
Bear in mind, they require a lot of assembly effort, but once they’re installed they use a pulley rope to easily lift and lower your bike(s) as needed.