[TheThinkTank] Bike Storage Optimization

momoko saunders analyst at bikefarm.org
Tue Jun 9 10:13:47 PDT 2020


This is a great thread. More pictures please!

Has anyone thought about using temp storage containers to facilitate
operations outside to help prevent spread of the virus?

At bike farm, we have enough storage space but are looking to move our
operations outside as a way to allow patrons safer use of tools. I had
planned to just move everything out each day we did it. But if we used a
storage container to house a bench and tool board, maybe some shelves of
parts, it would be a lot easier and provide a better user experience.



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From: <veganboyjosh at gmail.com>
Date: Tue, Jun 9, 2020 at 7:04 AM
Subject: Re: [TheThinkTank] Bike Storage Optimization
To: The Think Tank <thethinktank at lists.bikecollectives.org>


Love the 2x6 hung from chains connected to the internal hooks solution as a
way to not damage the container.

My retired rock climbing brain feels the need to point out the angle of the
chain being less than ideal. Check out "vector anchor forces". In a
nutshell, if your chain is angled steeply out of vertical, it can actually
multiply the force on the anchor such that you're pulling on that container
loop with more weight than the bicycles hanging from it.

[image: image.png]

On Tue, Jun 9, 2020 at 8:35 AM Daniel Byrd <daniel at kidsonbikes.net> wrote:

> Morning!
>
> Sorry- meant to get back to you sooner. I've not had the opportunity to
> swing by one for a better picture...
> ATTACHED are two pictures that I was able to dig up.
>
> We've gone with long 2x6" boards with bicycle hooks every six to eight
> inches apart and just alternate the bicycles hanging with handlebars up,
> then down.
> The hooks within the container serve as our point at which to secure the
> 2x6" with carabiners and chain. We've also been successful with strong
> tie-downs from the hooks built within the container to the hooks at the
> floor of the container directly below (or should be directly below)
> Our most secure way has been to use both the carabiner, chain, "s"hook to
> an 'eye' hook AND use a tie-down for stabilization of the entire 2x6"
> - Using both is a way to ensure there's extra strength should something
> fail. Use the long strap of the tie-down to wrap around the 2x6" once or
> twice as this will also help keep the 2x6" from coming out away from the
> wall of the container, side to side, etc.
>
> This is not the best, but it's relatively very inexpensive, easy to set
> up, and can be done by 2 people in an afternoon. Key is using the strength
> of the hooks already built within the container.
> I would also recommend that you do not drill holes in the container. It's
> tougher to do and keeping it in as best of shape as you can with it in mind
> as an 'asset' for whatever the future might hold (selling it off when you
> no longer need it, giving it away, etc.) just keeping it sound in that
> regard without permanently damaging it has been our approach.
>
> Hope this is helpful, keep up the great work!, and let me know if I can be
> of further help to you.
>
> *Daniel Byrd*
> Executive Director
> Kids on Bikes
> 719-355-3573
> daniel at kidsonbikes.net
> <http://www.kidsonbikes.net>www.kidsonbikes.net
>
>
>
>
> On Sun, Jun 7, 2020 at 2:48 PM Wade Rubinstein <wade at bikeconnector.org>
> wrote:
>
>> Daniel,
>>
>> This is amazing!  What a great service you provide to the community.
>> Currently, our workshop is located in a school, which is closed due to the
>> coronavirus.  My hope was to  move the workshop and storage into
>> the container.   I played the video.  It was a nice overview.   Do you have
>> images of the inside layout?
>>
>>
>>
>> Wade
>>
>> On Sun, Jun 7, 2020 at 4:17 PM Daniel Byrd <daniel at kidsonbikes.net>
>> wrote:
>>
>>> Hello!
>>>
>>> We have 14 of these containers for our programs and we have found a way
>>> to maximize space for very cheap.
>>> Www.kidsonbikes.net and go to "what we do" tab, then a video on bike
>>> Library.
>>> I can send you photos of exactly how to set stuff up too- talking
>>> briefly will probably help too
>>> Very exciting!
>>>
>>> Daniel Byrd
>>> Executive Director of Kids on Bikes
>>>
>>> On Sun, Jun 7, 2020, 2:13 PM Wade Rubinstein <wade at bikeconnector.org>
>>> wrote:
>>>
>>>> Hi.  I am a member of The Bike Connector, an earn-a-bike and bike
>>>> collective program in Lowell, Massachusetts, USA.   We recently gained
>>>> access to container (12m L x 2.3m W x 2.26m H; 40' L x 7.6' W x 7.4' H) to
>>>> help manage our inventory of bikes and parts.  I want to maximize the
>>>> capacity of the container, while allowing for easy access to the bikes.
>>>> I'm sure others have solved this optimization problem.
>>>>
>>>> Any suggestions for how to organize this space?
>>>> [image: Bike Connector Dumpster Day Empty Container Almost 6-4-20.jpg]
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