Tips to store bikes in a city apartment
You've got a bike, maybe more than one, and can't figure out where to put it in your city-sized apartment. You are not alone.
Although the city Department of Transportation's 2012 figures on bike ridership aren't out yet, Jill Guidera, campaign and organizing coordinator for Transportation Alternatives, predicts a "tremendous increase over last year. In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, there was a 200% increase in riders and we think that a lot of those folks have decided to stick with it."
There's plenty of indoor bike parking for Transportation Alternatives employees, but when Guidera gets home, she parks her bike outside her building.
"My fourth floor walk-up apartment is the size of a pencil box, so this makes the most sense," she explained. "I rely on the know-your-neighbors security plan."
For indoor options, she recommends looking for tips on Velojoy.com, a resource site for city cyclers. For example, the it suggests wall and ceiling mounts.
Christine DiPietro, who lives in the financial district with her boyfriend, keeps four bikes in their 600-square-foot apartment.
They keep three vertically mounted on the wall using a European mounting system called Cyclocs, available at Cyclocs.com, and "the nicest looking [bike] is parked on top of a wardrobe," DiPietro said.
"Our bike set-up is a guaranteed conversation-starter," she added.
Ceiling mounts that use a pulley system to lift and lower bikes are also a popular system for bike owners.
But 6-foot-3-inch comedian Judy Gold has one in her West Side apartment and said she finds it to be more of an inconvenience.
"I bang my head on it all the time," she said. "There are 400 holes in my ceiling because the super couldn't find the right beam, and usually I take a cab because I don't have the time to take [a bike] down."
Karl Champley, host of the DIY Network show "Wasted Spaces" and author of "Same Place, More Space," thinks that the Gladiator Claw wall mount (visit Gladiatorgarageworks.com) is the way to go: "It's the best I've found for keeping bikes up and out of the way."
And if you're unlikely to use your bike during the winter, Chris Wogas, president of Bike and Roll, a bike rental and touring company, has a plan.
During the summer, he keeps his own bike in the bathtub behind the shower curtain, but the in winter he parks it in his company's warehouse on the far west side of Manhattan.
Bike and Roll is now offering the same option to all New Yorkers at a price: $25 per month or for storage plus tune-up, four months for $140-$199 (depends on how high end your bike is).
Call 212-260-0400 for more information about Bike and Roll storage.