George Clarke is one of London’s best known architects and is a resident of the Royal Borough. He presents some fantastic programmes on Channel Four, most recently the Restoration Man. He is currently one of our bike heroes and is testing out a Moulton TSR8. Today he is giving us some advice on one of the trickiest issues facing cyclists in Kensington and Chelsea… where do we store our bikes??
In Kensington and Chelsea a lot of people are short on storage space in their homes. Can you recommend some innovative ways for people to store their bikes?
Where to put bikes is a big problem in many homes. Quite often you have to wheel them through your house to get them in the back garden which ain’t great after you’ve been cycling through the rain. When I was a student we had hanging rails mounted up high in the hallway because we had high floor to ceiling heights so we’d lift a couple of bikes up high to get them out of the way. There are also brilliant standard storage units now you can buy online which can be in your front garden so you can store the bikes easily without taking them through the house where they are protected from the elements as well as being securely locked up.
You’re riding one of the Moultons, where do you store it in your house?
Because my Moulton bike is so beautifully designed and is such a stunning piece of engineering it sits in my basement office where I can see it. Yes, it a functional mode of transport but when I’m not using it I like it being like a piece of furniture beautifully displayed in my home.
We’re always looking for somewhere nice to ride. Which buildings do you suggest people cycle to see in the Royal Borough?
The Royal Borough has some beautiful buildings and I love cycling around the city to see them. Some of my favourites are the Royal Albert Hall as I cycle though Hyde Park, the ever changing summer Serpentine Pavilion is always an experience, the V&A and Science Museums I love and building that many people would never notice but it’s a great piece of modernist design, the Danish Embassy on Sloane Street.
So bikeminded folk, where do you store your bike?