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Flip apartments and bicycle handles

What may be the latest selling point in your new NYC apartment? Bike storage. Here is recent article in the NY Times real estate section about buildings making room for the bicycle.

In N.Y. Apartment Buildings, Bicycles Muscle In
By: Elizabeth A. Harris
August, 26th 2011

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Brian Whiteley oves his bicycle, a black fixed-gear Schwinn that he rides around New York City almost every day. His landlord, however, does not share this affection, fearing scuffed floors and chipped paint. And that has become a problem.

Brian Whiteley keeps his bike outside his building in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. He and his wife are seeking a place with indoor bike storage.
Mr. Whiteley, an artist, and his wife, Mar Granados, an architect, are not permitted to take their bikes inside the Carroll Gardens brownstone where they live. So they lock them to a railing outside, battling rust with a plastic tarp and regular applications of WD-40. In the year and a half since the couple moved in, they have spent close to $1,000 replacing stolen parts, and once, an entire bicycle.

Read more: here.

This made me think of this new product:

A new innovation for bicycles that may help with tight storage situations. The Fliphandle.

Here is a bit about them:

Once installed on a bike, the Flipphandle enables handlebars to be turned and locked at 90 degrees with the push of a button (see picture), vastly increasing the sardine-packing possibilities of your average bike room.

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They have a kickstarter page for potential investors which you can find out more about: here.

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