Another option that won’t put holes in the ceiling is a bike stand. This $100 model turns a set of four bikes into an art installation. Either way, keep the bike accessible. If you have to move the mower and a workbench to get your bike on its hooks, you won’t be likely to take the bike off its hooks. If your bike is competing for space with a stair climber or other exercise equipment, turn the bike into an indoor exerciser with a resistance trainer stand.
Finally, if your neighborhood is safe but you just can’t find room for a bike inside, get a nylon bike cover.
Reshape Your Bike for Your Space
If a bike just won’t fit inside, try changing the bike. Folding bikes are designed to conveniently fit on trains and buses — or in a small apartment. They range from a classic $250 commuter bike to a touring bike that packs into a suitcase. A folding bike may also solve the problem of carrying a heavy, awkward bike up several flights of stairs. But if weight is the only issue, check local classified ads for a light used bike that can be carried up the stairs.
With a perfect spot at home for the perfect bike, there is no excuse to not get on the bike, get some energy-efficient exercise and reduce your carbon footprint.