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Howdy,

I just bought a house with a two car garage, but the rub is that there isn't must storage in the rest of the house for anything. In addition, we will be down a private driveway where we can't park outside, so we HAVE to park in the garage or three blocks away and walk. The walking is no big deal, I guess.

I have a sinking feeling EVERYTHING is going to be stored in the garage. Old family heirlooms, Holiday stuff, etc. No attic, not many closets, no crawl spaces for long term storage. It's all going in the garage. We've already done a pretty thorough job of purging stuff we can't live without, so we won't gain much by thinning out further junk. I can do some thinning, but not enough to make a huge difference.

Which means, storage for our 8 or so bikes (I honestly lost count) is all going to have to be hung up in the garage, most likely from the celling over the cars.

I'm also going to need to build a work bench, but that is another project.

What are you all doing for bike hanging and gear storage solutions? Pics are most welcome.
 

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I'd re-think"can't live without". For a long time, that list was small, but over the last few years, that list has grown substantially ... a long with a great deal of time, money and happiness.

I hang my bikes on large plastic covered hooks screwed into the ceiling of the garage and have half of my garage lined with relatively cheap large metal shelves. Both can be found at Lowes/Home Depot. If you need extra storage you can find interesting storage shelves that hang from the ceiling.
 

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Just a heads up on something you probably already know; don't hang the bikes upside down if they have hydraulic brakes. You may be able to hang hooks to stack the bikes up towards the ceiling at the front of the garage.
 

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No room for a shed? Got all of my crap out of the garage and into a new shed a few years back. I love having the extra space to store bikes, mower, tools, random sports equipment etc.
 

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I have a small shed which doubled as a workspace for my bikes, with shelving and such, aside from also storing an old fridge, various boxes, and my Thule Atlantis cargo box (on top of the fridge). But then my son got a massive Powerwheels. And then suddenly all walking space was taken up. And I couldn't just have my bikes standing there anymore.

I ended up getting the tracks with hooks to hang the bikes from their wheels on the wall. This is what I'd recommend.

For me, I have my Ogre, Bandit 29, wife's old Trek mixte bike all hanging, and then the Big Dummy parked next to the Powerwheels, and everything manages to fit. I could even hang another bike on the wall. It looks silly, though, I imagine it would be easier in a garage.
 

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We used the simple j hooks that screw in to the support beams. You will need to drill a small starter hole to get these in I am pretty sure. Anyway, those, and and we would hang the bikes from the saddle, nose down, not by the wheels upside down.
 

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We used the simple j hooks that screw in to the support beams. You will need to drill a small starter hole to get these in I am pretty sure. Anyway, those, and and we would hang the bikes from the saddle, nose down, not by the wheels upside down.
I always hang from the front wheel only. Is this upside down enough to cause problems?
 

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Any space above the garage ceiling? If it's just rafters up there, you can get plywood and store quite a bit of stuff up there. If it's drywall, you can cut a hole in it and install a ladder to create a storage space. Also, it's amazing how much storage space you can get by installing some floor to ceiling shelving on a wall and packing everything neatly into boxes.

For bike storage, I recommend a bike hoist or wall mounted bike rack for any of the nice bikes. Gets them up away from car doors and maximizes available floor space.



 

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Check out garagejournal.com for creative ideas. There are a few really good threads with people doing a lot with little space.
 

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I too have a 2 car garage. I park My lifted 4dr Wrangler and my Grand cherokee along with 1 tandem, 1 road bike, 1 comfort bike and 2 29ers and 2 motorcycles and my Jeep hardtop. Plus misc yard and holiday stuff.
It's a tight fit and can only move one car at a time since you cannot get into the other while both are inside.
All bikes with the exception of the tandem are hanging on the walls.
Lay it out in your garage with both cars parked inside. It will fit.
 

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We used the simple j hooks that screw in to the support beams. You will need to drill a small starter hole to get these in I am pretty sure. Anyway, those, and and we would hang the bikes from the saddle, nose down, not by the wheels upside down.
instead of going straight into the support beams use a 2x4 first and bolt/screw it into the ceiling. less holes in your house, and it's easier to modify the j hook set up to your preference.
 

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Maybe...

No room for a shed? Got all of my crap out of the garage and into a new shed a few years back. I love having the extra space to store bikes, mower, tools, random sports equipment etc.
Problem is, it's a steep hillside house on a down slope in the Oakland Hills (CA). Garage is the top floor, living spaces are under the garage. If we do a shed, we'll have to terrace the hillside and build a retaining wall.

It's a thought, but probably more do-able in a couple years when our finances stabilize from this move and needed immediate upgrades to the house (central heat is the biggest one... yeah, no central heat :rolleyes:). I would love to have my own workshop (bikeshop) area. I guess the other issue is that everything would have to be carried through the house, which won't go over well with the wife.

Check out garagejournal.com for creative ideas. There are a few really good threads with people doing a lot with little space.
Thanks for the link. I'll go check that out.

The garage is basically a sort of modern flat roof construction with open support beams, but nothing to bolt anything to except the 2x6s holding up the shingle roof. You stand inside the garage and look up, you're seeing the finished underside of the roof.

There is no framework down lower I can put plywood down on and make an extra storage deck/loft kind of area. I'm a little afraid to build one because I don't know how much weight the roof beams can support, or what holds them up. I think they are held up only by the perimeter walls. Picture a triangle, but without the bottom horizontal segment. Plus, it just isn't that high up. I'm still in escrow, so access to the house is kind of limited until we close.

I have a bunch of totes of bike parts, 7 or 8 bikes, I need space for a work bench, and space for a long roof box. I would love to throw as much of that stuff up off the floor. I also have a bunch of music production equipment that I don't want to part with.

When we sold the old house, we managed to get rid of 2/3 of our stuff. Most of the rest is pretty solidly not going to go away, but maybe there is a bit more room for thinning it out we can do. Not tons, tho. Our old house had tons of storage, and an attic that went the entire area of the house footprint. The new one, not so much.

I'm leaning towards the bike hoist idea. I can probably make something on the cheap for all the bikes and the roof box, maybe for the extra roof rack parts we don't use very often.

On the plus side, we're going to be 300 feet from Redwood Park, East Ridge/West Ridge loop! Trails out my front door!! :thumbsup:
 

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Just a heads up on something you probably already know; don't hang the bikes upside down if they have hydraulic brakes. You may be able to hang hooks to stack the bikes up towards the ceiling at the front of the garage.
I store my bikes upside down all the time. Never had a problem with Hydros, Avid, Hope or Shimano but mine are all properly bled.
 

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I store my bikes upside down all the time. Never had a problem with Hydros, Avid, Hope or Shimano but mine are all properly bled.
Yeah, I'm not terribly worried about it myself. I'll be more worried about my Lefty forks being inverted, and the bleed on the damper, and possible leakage. Come to think of it, I know the damper on my 1st Gen Reba (converted to coil) will leak if turned upside down. :eek:
 

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You can also build a hoist to fit ALL your bikes on it too as well as buld a hoist for holiday stuff too.
 

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OP, an option that works for us:

Inexpensive Home Depot hooks, placed at right angles to each other. Able to get either bike off without moving car or other bike (rotate other bike quarter turn to allow easier access). Plus, you don't need to hang a tennis ball to know when to stop your car!
 

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I also hang two of my bikes and I can mount two on the wall with the rubbermaid wall track system. To make more storage space I bult a storage platform out of 2x4s and some plywood, cost me about 40-50 bucks and works well, You can make it as big or small as needed.



1 Bike is hanging now the other three are down and being worked on or ridden at the time


Bike workspace, at the moment just unloaded a bike thats why its messy.
 

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Pimpbot, how tall are the ceilings?

I mounted a rail 7" below my ceiling. It's a simple 8 foot 2x4" mounted to 3 pieces of wood (7" tall) that I screwed into the ceiling.

I hang all my bikes by their saddles off the rail. Staggering forward/backwards direction, I can get 7 bikes up there no problem. If you had a longer rail, you'd be able to get even more.

It's the same as those pulley systems, just a lot cheaper and easier to use. It obviously doesn't work well if your ceilings are too high, but for me it's great.
 
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