Singapore’s cycling boom has exploded this past year. Whether you’re a veteran or a newcomer to the sport, no doubt you’ve faced the question of where to store your bikes. If you’re sick of them clogging up your hallway, this quick guide to bicycle storage explains how to clean, pack, move and store your bikes efficiently.
How to prepare and clean bicycles for storage
Clean bicycles are far more likely to withstand long periods in storage. Before packing your bike away, give it a thorough wipe down using a cloth and a soft brush if necessary to remove any dirt. If you spot any rust on the frame, treat it immediately with a baking soda and water solution, or oil for the chain. Ensure the tyres are inflated, as they will protect the rims during storage. Lubricate the cables and chain so they remain in good condition while not in use.
Tips for packing bicycles
How you go about packing bikes will depend on how much storage room you have. If you’re short on space, you might need to dismantle your bike. To do so, remove the wheels, seat, handlebars and pedals, wrapping each piece individually in bubble wrap. Pipe lagging can be used to encase and protect the frame. Store the bike parts in their original cardboard box with plenty of padding or invest in a bike box or bag. If you plan to store your bike whole, be sure to remove any add-on or electronic parts, like the bottle holder, brake lights and speedometer, as they could damage the frame if left for long periods.
Space-saving bike storage ideas
Whether you plan to use your balcony, garage or a bicycle storage unit, there are endless space-saving solutions to choose from – which one you choose will depend on your space limitations and access requirements.
The best way to store your bike without disassembling it? Wall and ceiling racks are a great choice as they prevent pressure on the tires and save floor space in our already small flat. Remember to hang your bikes by the frame, not the wheels.
If you are unable to install wall racks, floor stands offer a good alternative, as they require no installation. For multiple bikes, use a fleet parking stand or free-standing column.
To secure your bikes, use a wheel lock or a bike chain. Avoid storing them in a damp or humid place to prevent rust damage.
Selecting a storage unit and moving your bike
Before moving your bike into storage, shop around for a unit that is the right size. If you require easy access to your bike, seek a storage solution within walking distance of your home. If you opt for a unit further away, book a moving vehicle that is capable of fitting your bikes and accessing the storage unit comfortably. If your bicycles are boxed, be sure to label them as fragile and provide clear unloading directions for the movers.
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