10 March 2008 - 22:22New Fixtures
One of the most challenging aspects of dealing with every day life in a bicycle repair shop, is that bikes take up a lot of space. They are always moving; repairs being dropped off, repairs being done, repairs being picked up… There is never enough room, and you are almost always moving other bikes to get to any specific one.
The current, or old shop, has 16 hooks. They were always full, and overflow went on some racks I had outside. They had to come inside when the weather was bad, or when I was closed. 16 is not very many hooks. What a PITA.
The location of those bikes was less than convenient, but you make do when that is your only option. My rim storage was on the other side, tires around the corner in a cramped alley with poor lighting. It was the only place the repair bikes could go. Sometimes I had to walk 30 ft to go 6.
With the blank canvas, many ideas were hatched, and a couple of the cool ones were immediately built. What we have here is a bike hanging system that will hold up to 30 bikes. There is no such thing as perfect, but this comes pretty darn close to it with respects to the space alotted.
The goal is to have the shop squared away by Friday, as I am heading to New Jersey to see Iron Maiden!