Dear PoP – Where do people store their bikes?

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“Dear PoP,

I have an interesting question that might be of benefit to others. My wife and I are getting ready to buy some nice new bikes. How do folks around here store their bikes. My mother-in-law lives in our basement, so unfortunately that isn’t an option. Do folks have any suggestions for how to store a bike outside while protecting it from the elements AND from the local thugs?”

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  • If the mother-in-law is living in your basement, what would be the problem with putting your bike down there? Is it that you don’t get along with her, or don’t trust her to watch over your bike?

  • paint it white and chain it to a neighborhood sign.

  • I think that most people find a way to store them in their house. If you leave it outside on a regular basis, it is only a matter of time before it will disappear. It does not matter what neighborhood you live in or how nice of a lock you have. There are some interesting racks out there that you can buy, so that the bikes can be stacked or kept up off the floor.

  • do you have a backyard with some extra space? i have a shed in mine that stores both of my bikes. it has a really small footprint (maybe 10 sqft or so)

  • niceflipflop

    while i probably spent more on my bike than the average commuter, i don’t think i would ever store it outside, unless it was only worth a couple hundred bucks or less. i’ve always done whatever i can to find a space indoors for it, and i’ve lived in some pretty tiny places in DC.

    a friend of mine bought he and his wife some mountain bikes and figured they’d store them outside since they only spent around $250 each for them. on the patio, under the roof overhang. so yeah, they never got rained on. but within a few months, they looked like shit anyway.

    unless you have space for an outdoor locker or shed or something, i wouldn’t do it. but that’s me. i’m sure others have made it work.

  • Hey guys, I asked this question.

    Bill, the basement is totally finished spaced, a full on apartment for my mother-in-law. I’d rather not see her/wake her up every morning on my way to work, for sure, but mostly it wouldn’t be fair to her.

    I realize that putting it outside is a risk, but we don’t have a choice. Storing them inside just isn’t an option. I am thinking about using something like this, mounted outside the basement door and underneath the main level landing. Looks like it allows for two locks, a u0lock and a cable lock.

    Any other thoughts would be appreciated!

  • Find some way to store it inside. My roommate and I had our bikes stolen out of a locked shed in our backyard.

  • Charlie Jones – Did you purchase the shed or buy it? If you bought it, what brand? Where?

    To everyone suggesting we store it inside, I realize it is bar far the safest option, but it isn’t an option for us (and I’d assume for many!!). We’re not bikers, we don’t want our bikes in our living room, dining room or kitchen. We don’t see them as family members or artwork, just as a mode of transportation.

  • Your bike or bikes are likely to get stolen at some point if you leave them outside for any considerable amount of time. It’s not that hard to make room for a bike inside. Plus your saddle won’t get weather-worn and your chain won’t rust.

  • If you have the space and the money it’s possible to buy those bike lockers like you see around Metro stations. But it would probably be more cost effective to just get a shed, or build some custom bike shelters with plywood and some heavy-duty hardware.

  • I definitely agree: inside is the way to go.

  • I highly recommend what you are linking to in that catalog. A cheaper way to do it (as long as you place some pad on the wall where the bike’s front tire comes in contact with it) would be to find a stud in the ceiling in a corner, screw in a good 2 by 4, and screw a heavy duty rubber hook into it (one with a large gap). If you’ve measured twice- it shouldn’t hit the floor. A friend of mine has this and it is less obvious than the model you linked to.

    Even if you have the best lock- if it has been outside in the same spot for more than a few weeks folks will know what tools they need to break them when you are asleep.

    Best of biking.

    • houseintherear

      I’m in the process of making a little doohickey hanging bike rack, similar to what you’re describing. I screwed a strong metal loop (instead of a hook) into a cross beam, and another one on the wall close to the floor into a stud. Simple strong rope with a hook on each end should do the trick for a pulley-system (but I have 15 ft ceilings so there’s space- depends on how tall the room is, I guess.)

      I have a milk crate “basket” attached to the back rack, and the bike actually balances standing up on it’s butt because of the square rack. That’s what I’ve been doing so far, until the pulley is ready. It takes up 3 feet of the floor instead of 6.

      And yeah, INSIDE.

  • I’ve kept my bike locked up on my porch for many years without incident [so far]. It’s not an expensive bike and looks well used – which isn’t always a deterrent.

  • Ok, starting to feel sorry I asked the question. Bikes cannot, repeat cannot go inside. To everyone who insists they can, that it is easy to find room, you’re wrong. Thanks for trying, but you’re wrong.

    Yes, I concede it would be 100% safer to store the bike inside. If we had a mudroom, or a laundry room, or a utility room, or an unfinished basement, I’d be all over it. We don’t. If we store it inside, the choice is really between the living room, dining room, and kitchen. I didn’t mind a bike in the living room when I was in college, but it doesn’t really fly anymore. So, inside=not an option.

    I know there are lots of folks out there who store their bikes outside without getting them stolen. Sure, you can lock it up like Fort Knox and someone will still get to it, I know, but many folks must be in the same boat.

    Collin, if you take a look at the link, there is an indoor one and an outdoor one, I would have to use the outdoor one.

    • OP, I am in the same situation, I feel your pain.

      Personally, I’m thinking about building an outdoor bike rack, of sorts, out of rebar or repurposed wrought iron fencing.

      I really like the idea of using an outdoor system comprised of a functional rack/lock and an even better booby trap for would-be thieves.

    • Ok, starting to feel sorry I asked the question. Bikes cannot, repeat cannot go inside. To everyone who insists they can, that it is easy to find room, you’re wrong. Thanks for trying, but you’re wrong.

      Right. But it sounds like you’re looking for some kind of answer that doesn’t exist–or at least you already know the answer to.

      I’ve got a $1500 electric guitar at home. Can you tell me how to store it outside without it getting degraded by the elements, or stolen? If your bike is in any way worth more than a hundred bucks or so, and it’s not inside (whether in the house, or a very secure shed) it will get stolen.

      I mean, WTF do you want folks to tell you?

      • haha I guess if they were stolen it would be for the best.

        This blog truly mocks those who write such inane letters.

    • Don’t buy new. Just get $100 piece of junk bikes at the Thrift Shop and don’t sweat it. Or move to a bigger place.

  • If you must store it outside, it’s best to make sure it’s covered. By putting under the front porch overhang, you should be set for protecting it from the weather. The racks that you linked to should be OK.

    One idea I’d suggest is to somehow keep the bikes out of sight of the street/sidewalk if at all possible. I don’t know what your space looks like, but if it’s a typical DC rowhouse with a front porch (cement floor, with some sort of steps down to the basement door) you could possible hang some plywood in front of the bikes or some sort of curtain to at least prevent crimes of opportunity. If they’re not visisble to passers by, that should help.

  • if you leave it outside your bike will be stolen.

    what you need is a folder

  • If you are going to leave it outside, then register it at, so at least you can report it when it gets stolen.

  • If you have no choice but to lock ’em up outside I’d at least remove the seats and front wheels.

  • Do you have outside space for a locking shed or other outbuilding? Even if it’s not in your house, as a rule of thumb, bikes should never be stored outside overnight in DC, unless you want to replace them over and over.

    When I lived in a small rowhouse, I rolled my bike right inside the front door and leaned it against the wall leading to the stairs. Not very pretty, but sometimes you need to sacrifice aesthetics in order to protect your investment.

    Or, you could just buy cheap clunkers and try to set aside enough money to replace them once or twice a year when they will inevitably walk off. Sorry the peanut gallery is being so harsh today, but you asked, and we’re telling. Enough of us have had stuff stolen over the years that we know better than to leave items worth hundreds of dollars outside in the middle of the night.

    • I just thought of something. Why don’t you store them at the Bikestation at Union Station? It’s pretty cheap and would let you keep the bikes totally out of sight and out of mind but still in a secure location.

      And no, I don’t think we’re in the same boat – I don’t know about everyone else, but the several dozen bikers I know just roll their bikes right into their apartments. Doesn’t seem to be a big deal for most people, and there are so many bikers in DC that people could hardly judge you or your interior design scheme for having a couple of bikes tucked away on a pulley somewhere.

      So, I guess what I’m trying to say is, you’re going to have to suck it up and make a concession or two either way. What’s more important to you, aesthetics or saving money?

  • We were confronted with a similar problem when we moved from our group house into an 800 sqft apartment. We ended up deciding that the risk and wear/tear on our bikes wasn’t worth it and now use this rack in our apartment:
    We highly recommend it. It’s well built and people often comment positively. Our sense is that living in a city involves some trade-offs and the visual appeal of this trade-off has won us over.

    Regarding the safety of outside solutions, just about any lock can get broken in minutes with power tools. The first issue would is keeping it out of sight, the second is having so much hardware that it isn’t worth the time to steal. Some call having a $100 lock for a $50 bike the “New York Lock Strategy” and it is pretty effective.

    Do you have a fenced, non-street visible backyard? If so a shed system might work provided it is well anchored and the door is seriously strong.

    All this to say, that bikes can be a beautiful part of your decor. People won’t think less of you. Most will think it’s pretty cool.

  • It sounds like you have a decent way to keep them out of the weather by putting them under the front porch overhang (guessing that’s what you are refering to).

    One additional suggestion is to keep the bikes out of site to prevent crimes of opportunity. Hange a sheet of plywood from ceiling to floor if possible, or even a curtain of some kind. The key is to prevent passers by from noticing them. Obviously it’s not fool proof, but it may prevent a thief from noticing them.

  • inside inside inside inside. you can get a bike rack so they only really take up wall space.

  • Just buy a cheap bike for like 100-200 bucks. If you have a porch buy a heavy duty lock and hope. If it gets stolen you are only out a bit of money.

    If you dont have a porch or backyard, buy a REALLY beat up used bike for like $50, fix it up, install wheel, and seat locking screws on them, tie em to a signpost or something and hope.

    I had my wheels stolen from my bike at noon on a sunny day on a busy street while i was sitting $5o feet away in my house eating lunch.

  • “Hi my name is Lady and its been about one year since I have had my last bike stolen.”

    “Hi Lady”….clap clap clap.

  • For about $70 you can get locking wheel scewers and a locking seat post. That will protect your seat and wheels from being stolen. Cheap U locks are notorious for being crap. You can pop off the lock with a Bic pen. Kryptonite makes a somewhat thief-proof U lock for about $80.

    All this will protect your bike from getting stolen…not messed with like having your wheel kicked in.

  • I redid a coat closet so it has room to hang two bikes by their front tires. The bikes are on hooks from the container store that are mounted to studs in the wall. Being behind a door means they’re out of sight and because they’re hanging vertically they’re utilizing space much better than if they were laying horizontally.

  • houseintherear

    Two U locks to attach front and back tires to frame, heavy chain to attach bike to whatever object, an extra lock of any kind to attach whatever you can to whatever you can. Remove seat. Street signs work well, but big fat lamp posts are better (but then you can’t use a U lock).

    When I had a scooter, I printed and laminated a sign and attached to the front that had the DC flag and read “PROPERTY OF MPD, UNDER SURVEILLANCE.” or something like that. (It probably helped that the scooter was blue and white.) It worked for about a year until the huge chain and two retractable locks were cut.

    Good luck.

    p.s. INSSSSIIIIDDDDDEEEEE. for realz.

  • Put it inside or it will get stolen.

  • I’ve seen people take scaffolding apart, cut down trees, use car jacks, power tools, hammers… you name it to steal bikes.

    This is funny.

    PS: Your bikes will be stolen.

  • In DC, if its out in public, it is public. Sad but true. I’ve had seven bikes stolen over the years. Crime is just too rampant and common to say otherwise, bike theft is not even really viewed as a crime in my experience. With that said, multiple locks and chains and hiding it as best as possible is the most you can do. For starters, get the cheapest bike you can and expect it to be stolen. $250 is cheap, but not cheap enough…

  • If you’re tired of people telling you to keep it inside, here’s the advice that I feel like everyone is trying hard not to give you:

    If you don’t want to store your bike inside, consider not owning a bike. Bikes kept outside will get stolen. If you think bikelocks will protect your bike, read this article in Wired (link below). Bottom line, there’s no such thing as a safe bikelock.

    • Thanks, you said it better than I did. If you’re unwilling to compromise on any of your requirements (which are all but mutually exclusive), maybe it’s better to just take the train.

    • SmooveT-

      It is not so much that I am tired of being told to store it inside as given that it is for us an impossibility, I am looking for thoughts, experiences and opinions as to the next best thing. Obviously money is safer in banks, as ipods are safer left at home, but sometimes you just have to throw caution to the wind.

      I appreciate the counsel to keep the bikes indoors, but it doesn’t help; it is simply not applicable to my situation (and again, I am certain others). As this is a public board, perhaps it will help many, but not me, hence my attempts to steer the conversation in a direction that would. I have failed.

      So, rail on me if you will, as stupid, naive cycling wannabe. I assure you, I am none of the above, just looking for the shared wisdom of the internet and our community to solve a problem. Thanks though, I honestly appreciate the insight and concern.

      Good luck!!

      • I don’t think anyone’s called you a “stupid, naive cycling wannabe”. It sounds like there are plenty of people on this post that are concerned, and hope that you can learn from their misfortunes.

        In any case, good luck to you and happy cycling.

      • if you are looking for the shared wisdom of the internet/community, it seems to be: a bike left outside will most likely stolen. even if it is chained up. and if it magically doesn’t get stolen, the elements will be harsh and humidity can rust.

        and for my experience with the matter – i don’t have a bike, but my husband does. while we value the appearance of our home, we also value not having our stuff stolen. so the bike goes inside our very small apt. would i rather the bike stay outside? yes. do i want it to get stolen? no.

        if your priority is how your place looks, guess you’ve gotta leave it outside (although wouldn’t that potentially make the outside of your home unattractive? which way more people see than the inside?). if your priority is not getting your bike stolen, inside is the best option.

      • OP:

        I don’t understand why you’re saying you’ve failed at getting any relevant responses. People have responded with all kinds of suggestions including a shed in the back yard, a way to conceal the area under your porch, locking it to a lamp post without the seat and/or wheels, storing them at the Bikestation by Union Station….. and yes, the general consensus is that it would be preferable to keep them inside. What kind of miracle answer are you hoping to get beyond the many suggestions that have been offered?

  • Just curious, those of you who suggest storing the bike inside (assume not in your basement or other unfinished space), are you a) married? b) have children? c) own your own home?

    Just curious?

    • A) Yes.
      B) Yes.
      c) Yes.

      Though we’re keeping them inside on a wall-mount for only one more year. After that, I’ll be constructing the Fort Knox of bike sheds.

  • go ahead and store it outside, then maybe we can have a Good Idea or Not Revisited…

    No seriously – people in this city live in seriously small apartments. I think to most people the idea that you have a whole rowhouse but no where to put a bike inside sounds incomprehensible.

    Where is your laundry room? That would work.

    Or, do what I do …my bike leans up against the wall in my living room!

    • We have a laundry closet, no laundry room.

      We value the appearance of our home, we don’t intend to store bikes in the living room, anymore than we’d keep our trash in the bedroom. Perhaps we’re silly like that.

      If we didn’t have my wife’s mother with us, we’d be golden, but so much for that. I think kicking her out on the streets, penniless, is perhaps more disagreeable than leaving our bikes outside, but again, silly us.

      • I can’t believe there are so many responses to a simple question that you’ve already answered yourself. This goes to support my theory that 90% of the time people ask advice they already know the answer.

      • “Ok, starting to feel sorry I asked the question. Bikes cannot, repeat cannot go inside. To everyone who insists they can, that it is easy to find room, you’re wrong. Thanks for trying, but you’re wrong.”

        “We value the appearance of our home, we don’t intend to store bikes in the living room, anymore than we’d keep our trash in the bedroom.”

        So you’re saying you can’t store your bikes inside, because you don’t want to? Boy, that’s confusing. Jeez, just do whatever the hell you want/can, then. It’s your bike.

  • Thank you! If hundreds of people in 500 square foot walk-ups all over the city can do it, I find it really hard to believe that someone who lives in a 1300 square foot HOUSE just can’t find any room inside.

    But then again, some people are hoarders. And others have irrational fears that their bikes will awaken in the middle of the night and attack them. Or something.

  • Take the seats off at least! Don’t tell me you don’t have room for them inside you house…

  • I’ve been told that in Amsterdam every rides around on really shitty bikes because everyone knows they will be stolen. Then I guess they buy it back from the guy who stole it from there for 20 Euro every so often. Seems to work for them.

  • Have you checked out those folding bikes? That would certainly take up less room and perhaps even fit under the bed or something. I thought I’d actually throw in a suggestion this time. Good luck.

  • I leave my bike outside, but I also know that I’ll only be out a $100 if it gets stolen. You could try to ugly-fy your bike –paint, stickers, etc. Still use hardcore locks and such. But, if it’s all new and shiny, I’d give it a few days (tops) before it’s gone. Maybe you should re-access the types and look of bikes that are left outside overnight, after 10pm.

  • Have you thought about just putting the bikes in your bed? You could just sleep on the porch and the bikes would be safe and comfortable. I, for one, am mortified that you would even suggest leaving a bike outside where it could be exposed to criminals, cold temperatures, and precipitation. People for the Ethical Treatment of Bikes should get all over you!!! You, sir, are a terrible person.

    In all seriousness, just lock it up and cover it with a tarp or something in an inconspicuous place. Can you lock your rear fence?

    Also, with the basement apartment, is there a covered front or rear area? Most townhouses have a fairly sizable area around the front and rear entrances. Why dont you put a locking barred gate on the bigger one of these spaces and keep your bikes down there?

  • don’t lock them but do hang a sign over your bikes that says: “these are not the bikes you are looking for”

  • Didn’t read every comment, but I don’t think this has been mentioned: get renter’s insurance. Be proactive about the inevitability that your bikes will get stolen if you leave them outside in plain view.

    I have renter’s insurance for less the $15 per month that has a $100 deductible and covers my bikes getting stolen from home or wherever in the city I have them locked up. It also pays the purchase price on the bikes, not some depreciated price. And yeah, it covers all your other stuff too.

  • I’m in the minority and feel for the poster. He asked a very specific question about storing a bike outside when inside is NOT an option for him. Which he (had to) reiterate. Posters who wrote about parking inside even after the reiteration are horrific listeners and bad problem solvers. Those who think he knew the answer has a social problem. Those who posted about keeping the bike under cover, out of view, at Union Station or simply keeping a cheap bycicle were surely helpful. Those who have information about how to keep humidity from damaging the bike I’m sure would be appreciated. Such as whether a shed works or if adding a dehumidifier does the trick. Or if spraying an non-rust coating on the bike is possible. Or knowledge of someone who will help yearly tune up the poster’s bike.

    If after reading my post you have an urge to suggest an indoor solution I strongly suggest you stop posting. Online communities like this are looking for reader solutions to our everyday problems.

    • Steve- Finally, thanks. I couldn’t agree more. I get it, I get it, I get it, storing the bikes inside is the best idea. You can think me an idiot, but that’s not going to happen for us. There have been some excellent suggestions and very much appreciated. That said, I asked for an answer to 5+5 and most folks have answered 4+4. The answers are correct, but not for the question.

      The idea of a shed really intrigues me. I’d love to know more about it and how it works. What size? What brand? Any special needs for security?

      Storing it at Union Station won’t work well for us because we plan on using them to commute and that would defeat the purpose a bit. That said, I had no idea this was an option.

      Any other suggestions for outdoor bike storage would be awesome.

      • Oh for crying out loud. You’d love to know more about how a shed works? REALLY?

        • I knew there would be a comment in this thread that would make laugh aloud. Thank you, houseintherear, for justifying my relentless search for that comment.

        • Snark seriously not needed. Seems OP is looking for specifics on type of shed, dimensions, security. NOT on “how a shed works 101”. Ease up!

          captcha = readers called

          you betcha

    • we would give him the same advice if he asked about bungee jumping but insisted that he could not use a rope.

    • People are being major d**ks to this guy for no reason. Its confirming everything I thought about so many DC bikers as they blow through stop signs, cut across busy intersections, cut in front of cars in lanes, etc etc. Lighten up and lose the sense of unmitigated superiority.

      • Actually, if you reread the original post and the initial comments, you might notice a few things:

        First, the original post asked “How do folks around here store their bikes? … Do folks have any suggestions for how to store a bike outside while protecting it from the elements AND from the local thugs?” Given the open ended first question, it was completely reasonable for people to initially react by saying “inside is better.”

        Second, let’s look at the first 16 comments:
        * 2 were off topic
        * 6 were helpful discussion of sheds, racks, and porches
        * 1 was a sincere question
        * 1 was a follow up from the OP on some of the above
        * 5 suggested storing it inside. The first few of these were VERY polite, and only became a little rude following…
        * a snarky comment from the OP saying “we don’t see them as family members or artwork, just as a mode of transportation.”

        Just a few minutes later the OP wrote a comment beginning “sorry I asked the question. Bikes cannot, repeat cannot go inside” and then proceeded to rant for a few paragraphs about how he’s not in college anymore.

        Then it got nasty.


        In my opinion, if someone walks into a crowded room of mixed company and says “I want to buy some nice bikes, how should I store them? Is there a way to put them outside?” and then flips out when people provide a healthy and diverse set of reasonable answers to those questions, then they are kind of setting themselves up for criticism. Add to that some snooty class-ist overtones, and the OP shouldn’t be at all surprised by the ruckus that followed.

        I find your “unmitigated superiority” comment amusing, for all of the above reasons. To summarize: the OP copped an attitude very early in this thread, before anybody else did and in response to completely reasonable answers.

        • The golden rule of seeking advice, in my opinion, is that you don’t have to take the advice that’s given to you. This also applies in situations where 80-90% of the advice given is a) uniquely similar, and b) counter to what you may want to hear. It’s still advice, take it or leave it.

  • Someone asked earlier for the demographics of people who store their bikes inside.

    Let me answer their question: My wife and I currently store 4 bikes inside our 1 bedroom (rented) apartment. They are in the “laundry area” of our living room. We are moving across town (former GDON!) and will store them in a combination of our mud room/sun room, our basement, and a shed at our new house. I am, at least in part, concerned that the sun room/mud room and shed will not be secure enough. I would never consider storing them outside.

  • If you must store them outside, I suggest making sure that they are not stored on concrete during the winter as this will damage your tires. Locking them in a storage shed will help keep dirt and rust at bay. Get anti-theft skewers and seat post rod. I’ve had luck with kryptonite u locks + cable for the tires but I also have never stored my bike outside for more than a few hours.

    That being said, perhaps the responses you have received thus far have been in reaction to those of us who store our bikes inside and still value the appearance of our apartments and also do not store trash in our bedrooms. And yes, I am firmly in the camp that storing your bike outside is bad for the bike (rust, dirt, bugs) and just begs for it to be stolen.

  • What people have been trying to say (more or less politely/succinctly) is that a bike left outside WILL be stolen, and it’s not a question of if, but when. A lock will slow a thief down, but all bike locks can be defeated given the right tools and a surprisingly short amount of time.

    That said: if you have to store it outside, you have to store it outside. First: rain isn’t actually a problem for a properly maintained (and frequently ridden) bike. Use an appropriate chain lube, apply it regularly (and sparingly — too much will attract grime that will shorten the life of the chain and other components), and make sure to wipe or shake off any standing water after rain if the bike is going to sit for a while.

    If the bike sits for too long in the rain (measured in months, not weeks), the chain will freeze up and the shifters might quit working. WD-40 does a lot to unstick chains, but new shifters are expensive. Combination shifter/brake levers (AKA “brifters”) are even more expensive, so I’d recommend only looking at bikes that already have separate shifters and brake levers.

    Second: the more out of sight the better, but you also have to assume that somebody will come looking for something to steal at some point (at my old apartment, somebody once tried to break into my back gate despite making eye contact with an upstairs neighbor who came out to see what the noise was). Anything you can do to prevent them from coming into the space where the bikes are will help you keep them. You say you could put the bikes under an overhang, but you didn’t respond to the suggestion that you put a lockable gate in the way. If you make it hard enough, the opportunistic thief will just move onto the next place.

    Third: that Saris wall rack ought to be fine, as long as you can anchor it properly. Depending on the condition of the wall, a motivated thief might be able to rip it out in one piece and cut the locks off later. If you’re putting it into brick, make sure you use one-way bolts of adequate size and that the brick isn’t just going to disintegrate. Old brick + crowbar = no bikes.

    Fourth: even if you have room for a shed, don’t trust the shed’s locks. A shed is an invitation to a thief to look inside, so you need to make sure that if the shed’s lock is defeated there’s still too much work to do to steal your bikes.

    Fifth: anything you store outside in DC will get covered in soot and grime. Don’t expect your bikes to stay clean under an overhang or in a shed, and plan to clean and lube them periodically so they’ll keep working for you.

  • If you have a backyard I’d lock them up as close to the house with U locks and chains through the wheels. I use a grill cover for my motorcycle. They are less expensive then a “bike cover”, they are very heavy duty and they make your two bikes look like a grill close to your house. You need to keep the bikes covered up to prevent the elements getting them. I have a motorcycle that looks clean as when I bought it under a grill cover and my neighborhood assoc thinks I have two grills.

  • I keep my bike in a 340 sq foot studio and manage to make it fit and not have it completely mess up the aesthetics of my place. Why not the front entryway and get one of the pole mounted two bike racks. It’s really about taking care of your investments, and a bike is an investment. You choose to live in a city without a huge garage etc, so you have to make some sacrifices and I doubt you’re house is that trendy that two bikes will completely destroy it.

  • I store my bikes outside for years under a deck and have never had one stolen. I have it locked and installed a motion sensor light. I buy used bikes for about $75-$100 from Eastern Market or craigslist. I have them tuned every 2 years all at once for a reasonable fee and sell them for $15 when done. Although covered, the bikes do deteriorate. I entertain a great deal and my home is filled with artwork and storing 5 bikes inside is possible but not what I want. Not ideal but this solution works.

  • I love that some of you are still insisting he store it inside.

    When there’s not space, there IS. NOT. SPACE. And bikes aren’t children or furniture. I’m not sure what about this is complicated or if some of y’all are just extremely (or deliberately) obtuse.

    Mine live outside under a tarp. Perfect? No. But they’re cheap. Also suggest a folding bike under a bed, there tends to be more room for those.

  • If you Google “Rubbermaid Slide-Lid Storage Shed” you will get links to the shed that I have in my backyard with two bikes (the bikes we use for short trips around town; the rest are… well… never mind). However, I suspect that it could be defeated with a crowbar, so anything you can think of to scare off thieves, such as motion-activated lights, should be used as well.

    I live in Alexandria instead of DC and have a locked alley way (mews) between the public and my shed, so no problems so far. Good luck!

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