With Black Friday just around the corner, it’s time for some forward planning…
We’ve all been there at one time or another. “What’s that! Where’s that going to go?” The extra bike, bought on a whim. That too good to say no offer, which had you reaching for your wallet. Explaining the necessity of the extra bike to your partner, financing of the extra bike and storage provision, can all a bit of an afterthought. Some of us may have even tried to blend the bike in, hoping that it won’t draw attention to itself; The old pop it in the garage to ‘mingle’ with the others trick…
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Bike riders have usually got a couple of factors which enforce a limit on bikes owned. The N+1 amount of bikes owned equation is well-known. The usual cyclist and number of bikes owned limits centre predominantly around finance and storage. Most would agree that the tricky area of finance for a new bike can be a potential minefield in household budgets. Therefore, storage should be the easier part of the problem to fix. The cycling boom has led to plenty of designers and cyclists addressing the same problem, coming up with new and innovative bike storage ideas. The right storage can elevate the right bike into a real life piece of art. This can be used to offset the price a bit too, although this could be seen as pushing your luck…
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Bike storage can be improvised in several ways, old crates or storage boxes can be utilised and incorporate a shelf or helmet rack. Heavy duty ‘L’ shape brackets can be bought from your local DIY store to reinforce the makeshift bike rack. It is also worth bearing in mind the weight load on your improvised bike rack will be greater than just the bike on its own. This is because the bracket from the wall acts as a lever, increasing the load on the shelf to more than just the weight of the bike. Decent size wall plug bolts (kitchen cabinet wall bolts) should do the job, providing the wall is brick / block construction. If the wall is a plasterboard / stud wall, buy heavy-duty plasterboard specific fixings or fix directly into the wooden studs. Fully check the fixings weight load rating before trusting them to hold your pride and joy!
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Handy with the power tools? Get creative! A really nice bike store feature cabinet could provide a decent room feature. Allowing flexibility to add storage compartments for helmets, lights, locks, and spare parts. This could therefore, keep all your cycling stuff in one neat storage solution. However, this needs to be done well. A cheap looking, shoddy bike store feature, might not be so warmly received in the household. If you are going down the self-design & build route, it’s worth remembering the old wood workers, adage; Measure twice, cut once, oh and watch your fingers.
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Want to have a go at making some bike storage but don’t have an extra bike to store? Check out the 2017 Merlin bikes here!
Stay tuned to Merlin Cycles social media and website in the lead up to Black Friday for details of our amazing offers.