Though more and more city dwellers are taking up bikes as transportation, it's safe to say that few have the luxury of storing them in roomy garages. Luckily, designers have been hard at work developing different solutions for accommodating urban cyclists, especially those who live in small apartments. Here, for example, are 10 innovative products that make biking-while-living-small a convenient and, dare we say, stylish lifestyle.
Available in matte and gloss finishes, these striking but streamlined helmets from Sahn essentially double as pieces of art. $129, Sahn.
The Michelangelo Two-Bike Gravity Stand uses adjustable arms that can accommodate all sorts of bike sizes and styles. $49.99, Amazon.
Bike-handle hunting trophies act as storage racks in this line by Austrian designer Andreas Scheiger. €230 (~$256), at Scheiger's online shop.
The Tokyobike Mini Velo is compact, lightweight, and high on style. $815, Tokyobike.
Quarterre's Hood rack made of folded steel and a leather trim takes a minimal, architectural approach to wall-mounted bike storage. £39.95 (~$276), Quarterre.
The Floaterhoist Bike Hoist uses rope and pulley systems to store your bikes on ceilings. The product, expected to restock in mid-2015, can make the most of hallways. $99.95, Floaterhoist.
The Morpher helmet, winner of Popular Science's Safety Invention of the Year in 2014, is designed to fold flat. $109 (Pre-order), Indiegogo.
The Vadolibero Bike Butler is a freestanding bike shelf that comes with a drawer and hooks for extra storage. Upon request, Vadolibero.
Vadolibero's larger Bike Shelf offers an all-in-one solution to bike storage: the modular organizer includes a bike "stage," drawers, shelving, hooks, and a rack that double as a lighting source. Upon request, Vadolibero.