How do you store your wheels?

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Schwinn499

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Apr 9, 2011
2,133
Monrovia, CA, United States
I'm gonna be moving some stuff around in the shop soon and wanted to make a more organized wheel storage area. Space is always at a premium as the collection grows, so I was curious what solutions you all have come up with.
 
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Dale Alan

I live for the CABE
Jul 26, 2013
1,865
Northern NY
I am in the same boat,I will be watching this thread .I have about 100 wheels and do not have an area big enough to put them all in one place .I have them hanging everywhere, from the barn to the bedroom.I spend way too much time scrounging around looking for what I need. A nice system for storing and cataloging them would be great.
 
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Schwinn499

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Apr 9, 2011
2,133
Monrovia, CA, United States
I am in the same boat,I will be watching this thread .I have about 100 wheels and do not have an area big enough to put them all in one place .I have them hanging everywhere, from the barn to the bedroom.I spend way too much time scrounging around looking for what I need. A nice system for storing and cataloging them would be great.
That's a lot of wheels! I only have like 7 or 8 sets but that's still a bunch of wheels to find space for in my little garage.
 
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Dale Alan

I live for the CABE
Jul 26, 2013
1,865
Northern NY
That's a lot of wheels! I only have like 7 or 8 sets but that's still a bunch of wheels to find space for in my little garage.
It gets overwhelming,but I do not throw anything away . 80 percent of them are usable as is,the others are parts units,I salvage every piece I can,right down to a nipple. I used to tear the parts units down but found that was just taking up too much time. Also I am more of a visual guy, so seeing a complete wheel is easier for me to scan for parts.
 

the tinker

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
May 4, 2014
2,950
Planet Mongo
Thought about this really hard one day. Really frustrating storing wheels or tires. A dozen or so isn't bad but when the amount is over a hundred it gets overwhelming. Besides selling them off at swaps for practically nothing , this is what I came up with and it works well.

OPPS! ..... How did that picture get in there? Darn Kids!
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Where were we? Oh yeah, the photo below is a common 2X2 with a length of 1/2" metal electrical conduit piping inserted into it on an angle. Just go to a home center and buy some 10 foot lengths of conduit. Cut it into four 30" pieces. Also buy some 2X2 and cut into 36" pieces. Drill a half inch hole on a slight angle a couple inches down from the top.Insert your pipe into that. You can mount these wherever you like. I have never had a problem with them.
I just screw them to a stud with two screws. They are easy to move. Anyway, that's what I do......
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bricycle

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Nov 18, 2009
23,632
Chicago area west
Hang a 10' heavy pipe (black or galvanized 1/2" gas) and make hooks from heavy wire (heavy coat hangers work if you can find them). This way you can remove just one item at a time if needed.
 

the tinker

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
May 4, 2014
2,950
Planet Mongo
Hang a 10' heavy pipe (black or galvanized 1/2" gas) and make hooks from heavy wire (heavy coat hangers work if you can find them). This way you can remove just one item at a time if needed.
Those old heavy black hangers are indeed handy. No longer made. The newer ones are light gauge but still work . I also make small hooks that I hang the pedals to bikes on. When you have a whole bunch of bikes the pedals are a real pain to store. Always searching for the correct ones . I make hooks and hang them on the bikes when they are off of them.
The wire that they use for the frame that holds those small political " vote for Me" yard signs you see all over around election days is a source of excellent heavy wire.
As far as getting wire hangers, I just go into the wife's closet and grab 'em ,tossing her clothes on the floor.....
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2jakes

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Sep 1, 2010
6,946
Elysium Fields
2 wheels will hang from 1 hook when attached to a frame and fork :D
I usually attach loose wheels to frames to get stuff off the ground, but when there are no frames handy or for rims/tires :

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Conduit in the garage
I do the same although I still have more tires that I need to do the same thing.
I tell myself as soon as the weather gets better.
I know this year I will....at least...I hope! :(
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Intense One

I live for the CABE
Nov 30, 2011
1,060
Ipswich, MA
o_O......and I thought I was the only wheel hoarder, I mean, vintage/antique wheel collector!
 

Dale Alan

I live for the CABE
Jul 26, 2013
1,865
Northern NY
Thanks for all the ideas. Tinkers idea struck a cord and seemed promising for my application. I built a few up and they worked out perfect. Not an out of place wheel or tire in the shop.
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Looking good. I use a version similar to Tinker's,I use 12" shelf brackets and screw a piece of wood to it .Easy to stick them on the wall .I have them all over the place ,would still love to have a dedicated area to keep them all together...similar to the tire racks in the old service stations.

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Dale Alan

I live for the CABE
Jul 26, 2013
1,865
Northern NY
One of my wheel storage areas. 12 wheels per 5 feet. Staggered hooks for tighter spacing by having axles offset from each other.
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Great idea,i think I will give it a try. I like the idea of offset hooks,that will gain some room. Axles lining up was one thing that bugged me about my system,along with the fact that I had to remove rims/tires to get to what I needed.
 

Bikeman 86

Look Ma, No Hands!
Oct 16, 2014
25
Trenton, United States
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a have to try some of these wheel solutions its getting out of hand seriously we have them falling all over the place and stacked on nearly all the surfaces
 

NoControl

Look Ma, No Hands!
Oct 11, 2017
83
62
Bennington, NH, United States
Just getting back into bikes has presented storage issues. Bikes seem to just follow me home! This thread has presented me with some good ideas.
 
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