The Singaporean's Bike Storage Problem

If you happen to be amongst the 80% of Singaporeans living in a HDB flat, you will understand what I'm talking about. Especially if you live in a cycling household and your family members all cycle... or if you have a N+1 problem like us, you'll realise that storage space is scarce.

Parking your > $2000 bike outside your house or even worse, at the void deck, is not a realistic option. There are bicycle parking spaces in every HDB void deck but let's be honest, how secure is your bike? Any chain or lock is destructible if the thief is given enough time. And your bike will be there for days and nights. How many wheels or saddles or parts have you seen been stripped from bikes parked at void decks? And that's not even considering the damages and wear on your bike due to weather. Our humid tropical weather and alternating hot sweating days and tropical rain will rust out parts in no time. This week, we'll explore the different options you have that will suit your space predicament best.

The first thing you have to do is assess which space is best to place your bicycles. Chances are, you have already decorated/furnished your house. Assess which spaces are available for you to store your bikes. Does it cover a walkway? Is it easy to access? Will you have to roll/carry your bike through the rest of the house before you can park it? Will it be easy to do that or will there be furniture you might scratch along the way?

Next, determine what kind of space you have and can afford. Do you have floor space for your bicycles? Or can you utilise wall space. If so, can you afford to take up space off the wall or does your bike need to be flushed as close to the wall as possible? Or if your walls are all taken up, can you utilise ceiling space? Will it be in the way of doors opening or lights or ceiling fans? Is the ceiling over a common walkway where someone might hit his/her head?

After you determine the kind of space you can afford and the specific space you have, then you can start choosing the product you need to make your perfect bike storage system. There are plenty of products available in the market for you to choose from. Shopping time!