Everyone who has a garage will probably agree that they fill up quicker than you can imagine. This is especially true with a family. You have your car(s), outdoor power equipment, workbench, all your tools, and toys for the kids. Finding a good spot to store your bicycles is often an afterthought.
If everybody in the family owns a bike, the problem and frustration of unorganization and tripping over bikes only multiples. The best solution is some type of garage bike rack to simply hang them up; either on the wall or on the ceiling.
Hanging Bikes on the Wall
This is the preferred method if there are kids in the family as they can be low enough to the ground for them to be able to get their own bike while still keeping the floor clear. All sorts of wall-mounted hooks are sold. Most allow the bike to hang horizontally while others use a vertical orientation.
A few wall-mounted bike storage systems even have hooks or baskets to store helmets and other bike accessories. A big advantage with hanging on a wall is that if your bikes get a lot of use, they are easy to access at all times. A good creative option is to hang bikes directly underneath a bike helmet shelf.
Hanging Bikes on the Ceiling
To save even more space, especially with garages with higher ceilings, hanging your bikes from the ceiling is optimal. A ceiling-mounted bicycle hanging system can cost only a few dollars if you purchase just basic hooks that you screw into studs to more elaborate systems which can cost hundreds of dollars.
The biggest drawback with ceiling storage is that bikes are harder to access if you ride frequently. If that’s the case, the wall storage method is preferred. But, one way to overcome that is with a pulley system, such as the one found in our top bike rack pick.
If either one of these options don’t sound appealing, the next best thing to do is store bicycles in an outdoor shed. It can be a regular garden shed with room designated for bikes or even a single purpose bike shed which is actually pretty simple to build. Just be sure to have some type of good locking capability to make sure your bikes stay safe.