The Ranty Highwayman)
FRIDAY, 17 FEBRUARY 2017
STORING CYCLES AT HOME IS A CONUNDRUM, ESPECIALLY FOR PEOPLE RENTING, THOSE LIVING IN APARTMENTS OR THOSE WITH LITTLE SPACE.
I am not going to be able to solve everyone’s storage problems, but I might be able to inspire some of you to either improve your own storage or at least show landlords that it could be very easy for them to provide some.
Apart from all of the obvious points about infrastructure which enables people to cycle, one of the important little things I have done for my own cycling convenience is to install cycle parking hoops in the front garden. I originally installed two; one for my commuting bike and the other for family bikes when we didn’t want to/ couldn’t be bothered to stick them in the shed.
Lugging cycles through the house/ along alleyways or upstairs to balconies is a pain in the backside at best and impossible at worst. As a sometimes cargo-triker, getting the machine into the shed wasn’t going to happen and so the second hoop (with a supplementary wall anchor) was used up. My son sometimes cycles to school and having to get his bike in and out of the house was a pain, so he needed his own hoop.
The point is one of convenience. For the commute, I don’t need the faff of getting my bike in and out of the shed (especially in the winter when enthusiasm to go out in the cold takes a little more effort) and so a hoop out front is great. The downside of course is cycles are out in the weather, but they can be covered and if it helps to stop the easy reach for the car keys then storage has to be simple.