Winter Bike Storage--Dale Campbell, Bent Fork Chronicles Co-Editor
Some riders prefer to have at least 50 degrees and rising temps in order to get outside and pedal around, while there are others that set the lower limit at 0 degrees Fahrenheit (yes, that a Zero!). Regardless of your lower limit, there comes a point when the bicycle becomes an inanimate object. At that point, what do you do with the bike? Have you considered turning that expensive recreational item into a work of art? Well, here are some suggestions that will allow you to keep your ride in sight and warm over those cold days.
As the article in the November 26-27 Edition of the Wall Street Journal states, "For those who treat their bicycles as equal parts transport and objets d'art, several design companies have introduced beautiful ways to store—and show off—wheels. Come spring (or a rare warm winter day), simply pull your ride off the wall, lube the chains and hit the road. Stripped of cargo, these storage solutions will look like shelves or sculptures." The article offers five different suggestions for supporting your bicycle in an interior space. The examples vary from the suggestion for the Eco-Conscious (Wall Mount Bike Rack by Cantilever and Press - cantileverandpress.com) to a simple yet artistic bike stand (the Shadow by Quarterre - quarterre.com) to the more utilitarian approach of bike rack and book shelf combination (The Bike Shelf by Knife & Saw - theknifeandsaw.com )
I think the five examples offered in the article are just a few of the possibilities that may be available. Perhaps you may have even constructed your own unique solution for storing your bike inside where you can sit with the winter beverage of your choice and dream of warmer days ahead. If you have, let me know. Send a photo and a brief description, and we'll include it in the next edition of the Bent Fork Chronicles. In the mean time, check out The Wall Street Journal at online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203699404577046314252113938.htmlGarage
By the way, do you have any suggestions for cycling books to fill that bike rack/book shelf?