Design a Bike-Friendly Home

6 Tips to Design a Bike-Friendly Home

Ian Mutuli
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If you are a cyclist, you know how precious your two-wheelers are to you. If you are proud of your favorite sport, you may want to have a reflection of it in your house. This idea is becoming increasingly popular nowadays. 

There are two reasons why people choose to design a bike-friendly home. The first is the fact that your precious cycle doesn't need to hide in an ugly shed; rather, you can store it inside, which would be more warm and safe. The second reason is simply that it looks cool and unique to have your interiors designed with a special touch of your favorite thing. 

If you are looking forward to doing something like this, this article lists some easy tips to make it easier for you. 

1. Bike Stand 

A very common problem arises when most people try to fit their bikes inside their houses and lack space in their modern apartments. However, it doesn't mean you can’t design a bike-friendly house. There are many different ways you can do it. The simplest and easiest way to do it is if you have a small amount of floor space available in your home or apartment, bike stands are fantastic here.

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They are easy to install and give a very vintage look. Your bike can be a brilliant centerpiece in any homeroom with a Scandinavian design. However, if you start using your bike stand as a coat rack or laundry line, it loses the spark and ruins its purpose. 

2. Wall Mount 

Wall mounting is a great option if you don't have enough space on the floor.  This is a bit difficult to install compared to the previous option however, the results make the process seem worthwhile. Your walls would be nothing less than an art display with the bike mounted on it.

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Wall mounting can be a great option even if you want to display multiple bikes. This way, you can show multiple bikes in a single room without occupying much floor space. So wall mounting will make your wheels into works of beauty with a practical but elegant display.

3. Customized Shelves 

When it comes to good electric bikes, you need a special spot in your house where they can be displayed well. If the last two options do not suit you well, consider placing them on a shelf. This way, you can draw more attention to it as the frame created using the self will make it more defined. However, the shelves might not always be the size you want; in that case, you might need to make it work with small DIYs. 

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However, if you want to avoid making compromises yet need shelving and bike storage the way you like, get the combination of the two by building your own shelving unit with a bike rack. The ideal approach is to make your own, so you can utilize the space provided, but if you're not much of a DIYer, there are some creative designs on the market as well.

4. Bike Hanger 

The previous options utilize the wall or the floor space. An apartment can have neither of them. Even if you don't have any of them, you can still design a bike-friendly home, thanks to the versatility bikes offer. You can efficiently utilize your ceiling space and hang the bikes upside down from it. Though it's not the most common option, it can still be used to get a more edgy look.  

It might look intimidating, but it's not very hard to do. You can find many inspirations online as it's become very common recently. Two straightforward hook attachments will let you hang your ride from the ceiling if no light fixtures are in the way, and the height of your bike won't interfere with any other objects, including wall art, or especially tall people.

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Making your own bike hangers using your imagination is handy because you can use them as storage for other items like helmets or even houseplants.

The combination of a bike shelf and a bookshelf is very common, and the shelf again serves as a perfect place to store items like helmets, locks, and possibly even coins, a phone, and keys. You now have everything that is commonly misplaced in one location.

5. Bike Pole 

Bike poles are trendy if you want to utilize the wall space; the outlook will be very similar to the wall mounting option. However, it will be a lot more easily accessible. You should consider this option if you need to get the bike down frequently. 

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The best spot to build a bike pole is in a wall indent. Why not swap the shelves with a vertical pole to which one or two bikes can be attached instead of building squeezed cabinets? This is a fantastic storage solution for those who occasionally want their cycle on display.

6. Bike Pulley 

Among all the options, this one looks the coolest. Again this utilizes the ceiling space. Hanging a bike using a pulley is mostly seen in restaurants or even in art displayed. But you can use it too to make your interiors edgier. Moreover, it's pretty easy to do. 

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The best places for this are houses or open-concept apartments with high ceilings, especially if you're fortunate enough to have visible beams. You can purchase bike pulleys or make your own with weights and climbing rope.

Conclusion 

The tips mentioned above are one of the easiest yet most effective ways to build a cycle-friendly home. It will help you transform your house into an art gallery-like space. The best thing about it is that it's not just for aesthetic purposes; rather it saves a lot of space and creates healthy storage for your bike. 

Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.