You don’t have to live in a small apartment or tiny house to appreciate the compact design and easy fold-ability of a Xootr or Swift, just like you don’t have to have a garage to keep it in. Urban environments present unique storage challenges, and when it’s winter you’ve got even fewer options. Below are several sweet foldable scooter and bike storage ideas for you to try out, perfect for small spaces.
Easy to Store Anywhere You Go
The whole point is to have a sturdy, reliable, and convenient mode of transportation, and what’s more convenient than hanging on the wall? Yes, stashing your bike or scooter on a wall rack is the most obvious indoor storage option, but when your ride is foldable and weighs less than 15 pounds (Xootrs), you can also stick it on a shelf and treat it like the piece of art it is. This awesome bike case by CoolMaterial even has shelving for your helmet, shoes and other riding accessories.
There’s nothing wrong with tradition, and both Xootrs and Swifts fit perfectly on the more traditional bicycle wall racks. Xootr wall racks are so small an unobtrusive that you can put one almost anywhere. Swifts also fit easily on any style wall rack made for non-folding bicycles.
If you work in a cubicle farm or office that doesn’t have a whole lot of extra space, it’s easy to fold up your Xootr and put it on a shelf under your desk. And you thought those entertainment centers with under-the-desk storage were antiquated. Don’t have an under-desk shelf to use for scooter storage? If your desk faces the wall, simply hang your folded Xootr on a few nails to make your own storage shelf, or stand it in the corner.
Swifts weigh a little bit more than Xootrs, but are still much lighter than the competition, weighing in at a svelte 25 pounds. Swifts also fold up much narrower than other foldable bike brands, so it’s easy to slip in between things when storing it at home. Slide your bike under the couch, behind a bookshelf, between dressers and under a bed.
This may seem like a no-brainer, but if you have a car and don’t want to leave your scooter or bike indoors for whatever reason, they’re both so small you can just stick them in your trunk and forget about ‘em. Even sports cars with small trunks – Camaro we’re looking at you—can make for a formidable razor scooter storage option.
What if you’ve got low-ceilings, no wall space and no floor space? In the case of one brilliant urban commuter, all it took was a $2 window display hook (like the kind you see ducks hanging from in Chinatown storefronts), pliers and vice-grips, and a little elbow grease to create an efficient folding bike storage space in his closet! You can check out his instructions on Treehugger.com.
This easily takes the cake for the most creative of all storage ideas for small spaces, but we’re open to hearing more!
Bonus Travel Tip: One of the best things about owning a Swift (or Xootr for that matter) is that you can bring it with you when you travel or go on vacation. But flying with your bike can be costly, with airlines charging anywhere between $50 per bike each way to $200 per bike each way. To avoid ridiculous airline charges, if you plan on taking your Swift on vacation it can be packed inside a standard Samsonite hardshell suitcase, the vertical 30” model, and a few models of Pullman suitcase. All you have to do is remove the pedals with a wrench first.