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Garage ski and bike racks

While we’re sheltering in place, I took some time to clean up the garage by hanging the things that wasted the most space: the bikes and the skis.

The bike rack hangers are not innovative, I just purchased them from Amazon. The plates of the bike hooks just mount straight on each stud, which is enough space to hang the bikes in between. The mountain bikes have to be hung opposite ways, but it’s pretty compact as long as they are installed with an offset pattern so that the handlebars don’t hit each other.

The dog trailer is hung farther out of the way with two screw hooks. They are mounted in the beam at about a 45-degree angle so that it’s easy to lift it into place. It’s still a little hard to hang the trailer up, but, given how little we use it, it doesn’t matter too much.

For the ski rack,I bought a 2-by-4 from the hardware store before the shelter-in-place order and used them along with some scrap from the workbench cabinets to make a ski rack. The spacing between the posts is about 1-1/4 inches, and they are deep enough to hold 2 pairs of thin skis.

Some of the skis, especially the old and broken ones, need to be held together by bungee cords because the brakes do not hook together very well.

There are 2 screws in the back of each post and three screws fixing it to the wall. The screws holding the posts on are absurdly long, but that’s what I happened to have left over from the pegboard project.

I’m going to keep trying to find stuff to work on without leaving the house as long as we’re sheltering in place, and I will post about it as I go, regardless of how small the project is.