A double-decker bicycle parking rack filled with various bicycles.

Cycling in the City: Tips for Cleaning, Storing and Organizing Your Bike Stuff

Written by Greystar
Edited by Greystar
Lifestyle May 16, 2018

When you live in a big city such as Portland, Chicago, Boulder, Austin or San Francisco, getting around on two wheels is often a better solution than motoring around on four wheels. But what if you live in an apartment? While cleaning, storage and organization can be a bit tricky, there’s no reason to hit the brakes on your riding whether it be for recreation, exercise or commuting.

Greystar is proud to have apartment communities in the top 13 cycling cities in the United States. This mode of transportation, celebrated in May (aka National Bike Month), is a great way for you to explore your city - whether you’re a long-time resident or complete newbie to the area. It’s also the perfect opportunity to get out and enjoy the refreshing spring weather.

Here are a few tips on how to clean, store and organize your bike and accessories so you can head off on an adventure in some of our favorite cities.

Cleaning: When it comes to cleaning your bike in your apartment, it can be a bit challenging, especially if you don’t have access to a hose. The first thing you can do is purchase a portable pressure washer, then find a suitable outdoor space in your community. You can also stop by a self-service car wash nearby and get down to business there.

Pressure washing a bicycle

If none of these options are viable for you, your best bet is to throw your bike in the shower and clean off all the grime in there. You don’t need any special products, either. Just get a multi-purpose cleaner, dishwashing liquid, some brushes and rags, then you’re good to go. It would also be wise to invest in a tarp or a cheap rug to protect your carpet or floor from mud and grease when you bring your bike indoors.

Storage: If your apartment community provides on-site storage units or garages, this would be the most convenient way to store your two-wheeled steed along with your tools, gear and other equipment.

Locking your bike on your balcony or patio is an option, too. However, any self-respecting cyclist knows rust is the enemy. If you’re going to take this route, you need to protect your beloved bicycle from the elements. A heavy-duty bike cover should do the trick.

If storage units or balconies aren’t available, just bring your bike inside your apartment. Sure, you can prop it up in your hallway, but that’s a stubbed toe waiting to happen. From wall mounts to pulley systems, there are plenty of clever storage ideas that save valuable space and can be an eye-catching centerpiece within your décor.  

Organization: Rather than have your tools and equipment scattered sporadically in drawers and closets, stay organized and keep your stuff in one place. When this isn’t a choice, shop for shelves and/or dressers dedicated to your accessories. You can even go DIY and build your own.

Bicycle parts lying on a table

Recycle: Bikes themselves can be artwork. Continue the cyclist-themed décor and repurpose your old bike parts. Handlebars as coat hangers. Bike wheels as Christmas wreaths. Bike frames as table bases. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination.

Looking to rent an additional space to store your bicycle and accessories? Head to your apartment community’s resident portal to find contact information for your manager.

National Bike Month Series

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