On the Bike Nook, my husband’s bike now looks more like other art objects decorate our apartment.
Photo: Anthony Rotunno
Maybe, like my husband, colleague Louis Cheslaw, and countless other city dwellers, you or someone you live with also bought a bike this year to avoid commuting on public transport. Among all the accessories needed as a bicycle owner, choosing the right storage system can be especially tricky, especially for city dwellers new to biking who want to keep their two wheels locked securely inside their home. It’s even more difficult when shopping online, as most of us are these days, because seeing these things in action can often help quickly find what would be right for your space. This is a big reason why I suggested Cheslaw talk to cyclists and bike shop workers about their favorite bike racks and racks.
While these experts presented an array of functional options, none really ticked all the aesthetic boxes I was looking for in a storage system for my husband’s bike. As some of my writing for Strategist suggests, I care so much about every inch of my home decor, to the point that I’ve (sort of) set up walk-in closets and carefully inspected the fake fruits to find the most realistic replicas. for the bowl we use to decorate our dining table. Because our apartment has 12 foot ceilings, I originally thought that some sort of hanging storage system would allow us to take advantage of that space and display the bike as wall art. But I learned very quickly that the problem with storing something on top is that you have to constantly move it up and down. Even with a road bike as light as my husband’s 19-pound Fuji, that daily lift seemed too intimidating. A floor stand that mimicked the effect of hanging a bicycle vertically, I thought, would be a better solution; less bike as wall art and more bike as sculpture, no hole drilling required. But the floor racks Cheslaw has heard of are all designed to store bikes horizontally, which would make my husband look like… a bike as a bike parked in an otherwise carefully thought-out space.
I texted this dilemma to my dad, a savvy buyer who wrote for the strategist and actually gave my husband his bike. A few seconds after pressing SEND, one of those bubbles with three dots appeared, and a few seconds later those dots turned into a link directing me to the Bike Nook, a floor stand that promised to do what the other ground supports recommended to The quarterback could not. At $ 60, it’s not the cheapest bike storage, but it’s far from the most expensive, and the idea of storing my husband’s bike vertically in the exact corner I imagined made me feel was enough to click buy.
Assembly was pretty straightforward: the Bike Nook comes with easier-to-follow instructions than Ikea’s and the tools (Allen keys) needed to screw it down. Its base has a long grooved leg where you are supposed to put the rear wheel of a bike, and the uppermost part of the stand has another groove where you are supposed to rest the part of the bike frame that supports the seat. Pictures help explain this better than words, but basically once the rear wheel of a bike is in the lower leg, you just need to rock it back until the frame sits on the uppermost groove and voila: your bike is stored vertically with only floor space occupied being what the compact stand takes up. A third crucial part of this system comes in the form of an included Velcro strap that you use to secure the front wheel to the frame of the bike so that it doesn’t wobble and risk causing the bike to tip over as it rolls over. stands up.
While the Bike Nook is by far the most superior storage (in my opinion), there are a few issues. The long, grooved leg that supports the rear wheel of a bicycle, for example, is one-size-fits-all when it comes to tires, so although it is wide enough to fit the larger tires of a bicycle from mountain, it’s a less perfect fit for the tire skinner on road bikes like my husband’s. The Velcro strap goes a long way in stabilizing things, but placing the mount close to a wall, like we did, can be even more useful, as you can gently rest a handlebar against it for extra support. Even with these little flaws, the Nook delivers on its promise to provide vertical bicycle storage with the convenience of a floor stand, displaying my husband’s hand as the last item. in our house of paintings, ceramics and other legacy works of art.
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