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I got a bike stolen from a bike room about 10 years ago and have never trusted them since. I always keep min in my unit. I use something like this Bike Rack that leans up against the wall. It doesn't take up a lot of space and gives me a lot of peace of mind.
I feel your pain. If I were in your shoes I’d sure as hell want to bring my bike into my apartment too.
I’ve got two bikes I switch between regularly, and recently got this from Amazon. It’s right against the wall just inside my apartment, so I can hang them up and take them down easily just as I’m coming and going.
Don’t worry about hanging your bike by the rim of a wheel. Unless your frame is made out of ultra dense material from a collapsed star and weighs a ton you’ll be fine. I wouldn’t discount a pulley system with the ceiling, even if it’s tall either. Installation would certainly be a pain, but worth it once you got it done. I’ve seen some innovative setups on YouTube, you can look there for some inspiration and brainstorming. It’s also possible you could make something just to fit your needs in a DIY project. Before I bought my rack I was contemplating following some instructions online to make one myself out of $50 or so of PVC pipe or wood from a hardware store. Good luck with whatever you choose.
Its much more expensive but I use this bike rack. and slid it behind my bed in my tiny apartment. Its secure as can be, and didn't require any holes to be drilled in the walls.
If you can move your bed away from the wall, you could lean this type of a rack between your bed and the wall so the bike is hanging over your bed (does that make sense). Should be safe enough there not to be knocked over. Maybe behind a desk or a dresser is also another option.
You could just go with a gravity bike stand, and use the wall space without having to actually install anything.
I agree with bigred, though, anything that makes a bike visible above the fence line is definitely a security issue.
I’ve heard a lot of good things about these bike racks. Keep the bike locked up inside the house instead of the garage and put a security camera in the house.
Other than that, not much you can do.
I have this rack. It leans against the wall, and while it's technically intended to hang the bike by the top tube, I just tested and it works perfectly fine hanging the bike vertically.
Those lean against the wall style bike hangers work better than I expected they would. We keep both our bikes in the entryway to our apartment and they barely occupy any space.
We got this one for $50.
I carry mine up and down 3 flights of stairs, and inside we have a vertical bike rack that holds two bikes.
This off-brand 2-bike gravity rack: [link]
Holds both of my bikes securely, was very cheap, and no marks on the walls. My landlady likes it so much that after seeing mine, she has started providing them to all of her tenants with bikes.
I'm assuming the DIY solutions don't daunt you, but if you need a simpler solution, you can also find two bike hangers that just lean against the wall. These are especially handy if you really need to use a wall with inconveniently located studs.
Here is an example of what I'm talking about: [link]
I use this one it's been to three apartments now. I only screwed it down in the first one and haven't bothered to screw it down since. I put both my bikes on it and hang tools on the back side. Screwing it to the wall isn't really necessary unless you are worried about earthquakes I suppose.
For $50 you really can't beat it, considering it can hold two bikes.
I live in a very small apartment as well... Michaelangelo stand FTW!!
The shiny metal is a purchase: [link]
I DIY'd a painted wood board and mounted matching hooks to get the bikes as they are in the photo. It's fairly cheap and easy. If you move a lot then the setup is also very convenient because no damage is done to the wall.
you could try one of these: [link]
I have one, it works reasonably well. It takes some readjustment from time to time, but it holds up 1 or 2 bikes comfortably. And, no holes in the wall...perfect for a rental.
For my small apartment, I bought this off Amazon. It leans up against the wall and can be used as a bike stand for maintenance.
Edit: For $50 it's been great: amazon link
I think I'll end up getting this for my apartment, but thought I'd post this link here for anyone else interested. It's $45 on amazon.
7 is an excellent option for an apartment, but I would disagree with that article's statement of relying entirely on gravity. It includes one anchor and screw to keep it from tilting while loading/unloading.
My apartment setup
$55 on Amazon
I grabbed one of these and it's been working great so far! It's been a couple of weeks and it's still standing which I think is a positive sign.
Im Hobbyraum habe ich seit einigen Wochen diese Halterung. Vorteil ist, dass man nicht bohren muss und das zwei Bikes bequem Platz haben. Nutze beide Bikes auch regelmäßig. Design ist ok, ob es für das Wohnzimmer ausreichend ist, ist Ansichtssache.
Im Wohnzimmer ist dagegen das Modell „Oskar“ von Bicycledudes an der Wand. Hat keinen Schutz für das Oberrohr, aber da helfen ein paar Filzgleiter.
if you dont wanna worry about leaving your bike locked up outside at night, i have one of these stands in my teeny studio apartment that does the job really well for both my bike and my fiance's bike.
good luck my guy!
Delta Cycle Michelangelo. $60 on Amazon
$60 on Amazon
I have a road bike I've put less than 10 miles on. It's a small Fuji Newest 4.0 2011, perfect for anyone between 5'0" and 5'4". I'll throw in this bike gravity stand, a helmet (with rear blinking lights), a U-lock and a front bike light, all for $300 OBO.
It's basically everything you need to get started other than a decent sense of balance (which I lack).
Delta Cycle Michelangelo [link]
I got this one ~10 years ago. Still use it. Used to store 2 bikes and now it just holds 1 bike plus my helmet, gloves, locks, etc.
Think it might be this one:
Delta Cycle Michelangelo [link]
Link to stand. Security deposit-friendly. No drilling holes required haha
Bring it in the house if you can! I have this bike stand and it's great, takes up very little room and looks kind of cool:
There are some bike storage options that you can get fairly cheap online. There’s this company that makes furniture with cut outs for your bikes so it makes them almost like an accent piece [link]
There’s also some smaller bike racks you can get online that are self standing and can hold up to 2 bikes, you’ll just have to clear out like a corner of the apartment to make room for them!
The Wirecutter likes this one: [link]
I used one of these for awhile and it worked well: [link]
This style seems to be popular as well: [link]
Delta Cycle Michelangelo [link] can’t recommend this strongly enough
it may not be the most aesthetically appealing thing in the world, but for two bikes, it's the most space-saving thing i could come across. works great
I use the Delta Cycle gravity rack in my ~480 sq ft studio apartment on the only "free" wall we have. It works well and I like that I didn't have to install any hardware in the walls because we are moving at the end of the month.
Here it is:
It leans against the wall, no drilling required.
I have this and enjoy it
I used this one for similar purpose in a small apartment. Leans against the wall, but has rubber on the contact point to keep it from making marks.
I have two of these, it's a pretty good design: [link]
You need to use drywall anchors though.
If you're not comfortable drilling into your wall, there are designs that just lean, like this:
Similar to this one
What's wrong with bringing them inside? Placing them on something like this takes them out of the way and keeps carpet clean.
Something like this freestanding rack would look good in the corner where bikes/sofa box are in the pictures
Delta Michelangelo It's been to three houses and works well for both my bikes.
I also have two bikes, and this is the solution I'm looking at, they make a few.
I have a road bike I've put less than 10 miles on. It's a small Fuji Newest 4.0 2011, perfect for anyone between 5'0" and 5'4". It's a great bike, especially for beginners. I'll throw in this bike gravity stand, a helmet (with rear blinking lights), a U-lock and a front bike light, all for $300.
I use this gravity stand
my bed is pushed up against it for extra support (doesn't really need it)