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Okay, if you have been riding any amount of time; just like anyone else, you will need a spot to store all of your bicycles. While a household is typically happier with multiple bicycles, where are they supposed to go? Velominati said it right when they declared Rule 12, but can space be an issue that causes some people to limit the number of bikes and/or bike accessories they own?

Not everyone has a basement, garage, tool shed, or entire barn to store their bikes in… but some do. Let’s take a look:

bike house bike attic bike shed man cave bike storage

bike house bike attic bike shed man cave bike storage

bike house bike attic bike shed man cave bike storage

Wow. Just Wow. I’ve seen fallout shelters that have used less materials and invested time. Either this person is banned from his home quite often, or his life is spent around housing and servicing his bikes.

bike house bike attic bike shed man cave bike storage

bike house bike attic bike shed man cave bike storage

WHO EVEN NEEDS THAT MANY SADDLES???????

bike house bike attic bike shed man cave bike storage

Okay, I can understand this. A few bikes, and a nice little hand-built workspace. Very respectable.

bike house bike attic bike shed man cave bike storage

Simple. Good use of garage space. Do they even own or need to own a car? 😛

bike house bike attic bike shed man cave bike storage

A well used portion of space with ceiling hooks, and a little workshop, Nice.

Now we go into the basement bike residences. Lets just hope it doesn’t get spooky 😮

bike house bike attic bike shed man cave bike storage

Well, at least the bikes are out of the way, and are not being exposed to the weather. Right?

bike house bike attic bike shed man cave bike storage

This is an example of a safe, but cramped bike storage area. I can only imagine the coversation went something like: “Honey, can I move a few of your storage boxes, and have my bicycle down here, please?”

How many readers are in apartments or dorm rooms where space is tight? What do you do then? Do you keep your bikes in your bathtub when not showering, then in the livingroom when not playing Guitar Hero? Living in a cramped space can really force you to limit how, and how many bikes you store. It may even limit you from buying that third bike that is really sweet and under MSRP by 40%.

Examples:

bike house bike attic bike shed man cave bike storage

Its like an entire herd of bicycles came over for dinner…

bike house bike attic bike shed man cave bike storage

bike house bike attic bike shed man cave bike storage

In the vacuum closet? I guess that works.

These people all are sensible and keep their investments protected from rain and weather. This is just one more way people inadvertently show they are serious about their sport, or they care about their belongings. Either way, it is fun to see where folks stash their bikes.

Readers, I now ask you to submit your photos of where you put your bikes!

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Now that the season is well under way, we have all seen Radio Shack’s, Team Sky’s, Team Quick Step’s and Garmin Transition’s Service Course; heck you might have even seen The Service Course, but now it is time to journey into WV Cycling’s very own Service Course!

Exclusive images of wvcycling’s home base.

In a totally behind the scenes trip to wvcycling’s Service Course in Buckhannon, West Virginia, we were shown around the site’s Appalachian base.

With wvcycling focusing on group rides in five different counties, the Service Course was described by the site as “standard”, yet we still discovered plenty of equipment and history when we were given a sneak-peek to the local Service Course of wvcycling. The well-established base also displays a modest contrast to the comparatively less PRO Service Course of Team Sky, that Cycling News posted an article about earlier this month.

When we arrived on Monday, wvcycling was busy swapping a nine-speed chain for Andrew Dasilva before going on a trail ride. Carbon fiber race wheels were nonexistent but clinchers were being prepared with UST tires, ready to be fitted.

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With the Service Course being split into three areas over 600 sq. ft, it’s one of the biggest West Virginian Service Course in the sport, while also being home to wvcycling’s transportation and mechanic’s trucks. The huge space is dominated by residential storage space for the multitude of bikes for wvcycling’s site.

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“It’s very central within West Virginia” Andrew Dasilva, the service course owner told us. “It’s close to the highway, the airport and is central in very cycling friendly areas.”

“We have about five bikes here now, and four pair of wheels,” said Dasilva. “We hold them here for when the site wants to review bikes. The riders just tell us what they need. What you’re seeing now is probably worth around six thousand Dollars. At full capacity we can probably store up to ten bikes and necessary equipment.”

Each rider has his own station where up to five bikes can be stored. At present Andrew Dasilva’s station is full, with all of his bikes in storage. The pit stops aren’t just for bikes though; the riders also have their own storage area in which all their personal effects are dished out before being taken to events or sent to the riders directly.

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Riders are responsible for the transportation and organization of their riding garments and helmets; here Andrew Dasilva has his supply well covered:

service course

service course

Shoes, Gloves, Winter Gear, and Recovery Sandals~

service course

The storage containers in the warehouse are dominated by riding products and food. Along with typical crates of drinks and bars the team also has its own cereal, chocolate spread, recovery drinks, and snack goods to last at least three days on the road.

Service Course

WV Cycling is fortunate enough to have sponsorship from leading companies in the industry such as SRAM and Ritchey Components**. What would a service course be without spare parts?

service course ritchey wcs sram rival

service course

service course

The sponsors keep the site well stocked with spare tubes and other supplies!

service course

service course

service course ritchey wcs sram rival

These 'to go' boxes are filled with spare parts that mechanics may need when away from home base.

Of course, no Service Course would be complete without a workshop area, in which each bike is checked and serviced before it’s either shipped to a ride or stored.

service course

Note, the spots on the concrete are not grease, but water. It was rainy when I set up this photo.

After receiving le Grand Tour of wvcycling’s Service Course, we were optimistic for the proliferation of cycling, and cycling friendly cities in the Appalachian regions of America.

**Note – not actually sponsored by Ritchey or SRAM 😦

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