RE: Re: Bike locker designs
From: Casey Morrigan (
Date: Thu, 17 Nov 2005 09:41:29 -0800 (PST)
It would be nice if folks could post more pictures of what they have done 
with bikes. Is that possible? I would find them inspiring.

We did not plan for enough bike space in our original planning. We have one 
outside rack filled mainly with kid's bikes, and a promise to ourselves to 
deal with bike storage, but here we are 6 years later still thinking about 
it. As an owner of several bikes (our family is a real outlier on number of 
bikes...I am embarrassed to say how many!!), some of which I value highly, 
I don't want to put (some of) my bikes somewhere where someone might be 
able to steal them (outside rack) or scratch them up (too close) or where 
they would get wet (again, an outside rack). This thread is a reminder to 
me to get on the bike storage issue and help out.

Casey M.
Two Acre Wood
Sebastopol, California

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Deborah Mensch [mailto:deborahmensch [at]]
> Sent: Wednesday, November 16, 2005 12:49 PM
> To: Cohousing-L
> Subject: Re: [C-L]_ Re: Bike locker designs
> I will be the first to say that our bike locker isn't working
> very well for
> most users, mostly because it isn't big enough for all our
> bikes, but read
> on for some ideas that may help.
> Most of our bikes are stored in the hanging-on-the-wall
> fashion that the
> first person below described, but we don't have any
> alternation, and our
> hooks are farther apart. It seems like spacing the hooks a little more
> widely would address the problems Eris mentions.
> We also have some folks, including kids, who can't lift their
> bikes up to
> the hooks. For them we have a standing-up bike rack against
> the back wall of
> the bike shed (adult bikes are hung along both sides). The
> main problem with
> this is there's not enough of it -- too many bikes for the
> available rack
> space. (This is partly because we don't have enough hooks!
> We're working on
> planning a second bike shed to alleviate the cramped quarters.)
> I have an idea for helping with our main difficulty with the wall-hung
> bikes, which is that they are able to swing back and forth,
> and thus can get
> in the way of removing other bikes, or even damage them.
> Here's the idea: I
> used to get to work on a shuttle bus with a 6-bike rack on
> the back. It was
> similar to the wall-hook system, except that it also had
> slots down below
> where the non-hanging wheel would fit in, to keep the bike
> from swinging
> back and forth. Picture a wood or metal thing shaped sort of
> like a giant
> tuning fork (but with wider, sturdier sides, and a little bit
> of a V-shape
> to the opening to facilitate getting the wheel in there),
> sticking straight
> out from the wall just below the height where the lower
> wheel's axle falls
> when the bike is hanging. You hang the bike by one wheel (usually the
> front), and then ease the other wheel into the tuning-fork
> slot. This might
> help steady the wall-hanging bikes to make getting other
> bikes out easier.
> Not every bike with special equipment would fit in slots like
> these, so you
> might want a few hooks without slots. You also have to make
> sure the slots
> are plenty wide enough for mountain-bike tires to avoid tire
> damage. Slots
> could be cut from thick plywood and affixed to the wall with
> angle brackets,
> for a low-budget solution.
> One thing we've done that DOES work is to assign wall-hanging
> spots near the
> door for our residents who commute on their bikes or
> otherwise use them 4 or
> more times per week. This means less struggling past other stuff, and
> perhaps less problem with improperly hung bikes, since those
> folks do it all
> the time. If they start riding less often, they give up their spots to
> someone who rides more often.
> Deborah Mensch
> Pleasant Hill Cohousing
> On 11/16/05, Eris Weaver <erisw [at]> wrote:
> >
> > > A relatively neat and efficient way to
> > > organize bikes is to hang them on hooks by their wheel. In
> > > such a system, bikes are alternated handlebar up/down, hooks
> > > are marked with the proper orientation, and hooks need to be
> > > spaced about 14in minimum w/ 14in on each end of the hooks.
> >
> > We have a similar system and it is NOT working for us very
> well. Bikes
> > with baby seats on the back or touring handlesbars take up
> more than the
> > alloted width; kids bikes and stroller tend to accumulate
> in FRONT of
> > the hung-up bikes; some people don't have the strength to lift their
> > bikes that high; the alternate spaces don't get used because of the
> > width issue; etc.
> >
> > It works OK as STORAGE but if you use your bike every day
> it is a job to
> > move others out of the way and wrestle your out.
> >
> > ANybody have any other system that works?
> >
> > *******************************************
> > Eris Weaver erisw [at]
> > FrogSOng
> >
> > "The cure for anything is saltwater -
> > sweat, tears, or the sea."
> > - Isak Dinesen
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