I was thinking about this recently... what are the most bike friendly apartments you can think of?
We viewed a complex with both indoor bike storage and a bike repair room.
What is important to you -- or what are some perks -- when viewing apartments for your cycling habit/addiction/love/commute? I don't care where in Chicagoland it is (Chicago proper or burbs)
I've been in Chicago for ten years now, nine in my first flat and a year in my current one. Both are two- or three-flats owned by an individual. I keep all my bikes in the basement, where I can do what I want, and have one set of neighbors, who are great. I use my sun room in the back of the kitchen as a bike shop when I'm building a bike or doing maintenance. Previous apartment was the same, but my landlady was a fastidious German who was driven a bit crazy by all my bikes, so we came to the arrangement where I kept the three bikes I ride most in the laundry area and everything else was in her late husband's shop, which she gave me a key to.
This kind of arrangement - as few neighbors as possible, good neighbors, a good landlord who you have a personal relationship with - is pretty much my gold standard. Good for bikes and cars! (I have a "problem" with both.)
When I lived in Ravinia, I asked the landlord if I could bolt on some home-made bicycle holders. He told me to go nuts. I even had my little "shop" where I tinkered with bikes n' what not, but instead, worked on bikes in the middle of the living room of my tiny one-bedroom.
Now living in the South Loop, we have a dedicated bike room in a three bedroom apartment. The bike room works the best for all the bikes we can fit in there, 4. And there are 4 more in the basement, which has our own storage area.
Meg! I live in Deerfield. Are you moving there? I’ve create a ladies bike group through Deerfield Cyclery but Need to grow and promote it.
Hi Julie! Not immediately, we have a lot on our plate this summer and own a pet sitting business where we would need to part ways with some of our clients first and would need to ensure their needs are met first.
Recently, I was robbed by gunpoint. Not too long ago, our car was stolen.
At this point, I think we need a break from the city.
I should add, my wife requires an elevator so walk-up buildings are not possible for our needs.