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Make Your Home Bike-Friendly

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.

Photo: ubrayj02/Flickr

Related:
6 Tips to Go Car Free
Home Fitness on a Budget
Bike Buying Guide

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3:18AM PDT on Nov 2, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

11:44AM PDT on Aug 31, 2012

Thanks for info.

6:44AM PDT on Oct 3, 2011

noted.

9:35PM PDT on Jul 11, 2011

I'll have to look into the folding bike idea. My bike gets to hang out in my kitchen, which isn't always convenient.

6:19PM PDT on Jul 11, 2011

thanks for the info

6:33AM PDT on Jul 8, 2011

Thanks for the article.

3:29AM PDT on Apr 2, 2011

thanks

2:33PM PST on Feb 22, 2011

thanks

1:28AM PST on Feb 18, 2011

Thank you for posting.

5:26AM PST on Feb 6, 2011

thnx

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