Unveil the Racement

I’ve had some requests and some questions come up recently about the “Racement” I have at home.  Every racer has their own place to wrench on the bikes because there’s a lot of work to do in your down time.

I find it’s hard to show your workshop because by definition, you’re always working on it.  It’s constantly changing and being improved to better suit your needs.  With the start of the 2016 race season right around the corner, and the winter slow months done – I think it’s safe to say that the racement is in a stable place for the next few months and is ready for a showing.

One of the main selling points of the house that Jen and I moved into 3 years ago was the “walk out basement” and under house garage. 

Walk out basment

Walk out basement

The first thing I did down there was to create a cutout to connect the garage portion of the basement with the walk out portion.  That provided me with a 6 foot opening to get into and out of the entire basement floor plan. 

Cutting the hole in the wall for easy access

Cutting the hole in the wall for easy access

From there it was a whole bunch of paint, getting the floor epoxied, and building a whole bunch of furniture.

Building one of the many work surfaces

Building one of the many work surfaces

The black and clear epoxy job

The black and clear epoxy job

You never realize how much you have as when you have to move it all out.

You never realize how much you have as when you have to move it all out.

So the tour:

Walking into the basement through the garage you have my street bikes, street gear, and the storage of the race equipment. Cabinets on the left hold EZups, chairs, and some totes.  Leathers and helmets on the back wall with the street gear.

View from the garage door

View from the garage door

Going in deeper I’ve laid out an open sitting area with the sofa and TV for watching the races. There’s a TV on the left wall you might not be able to see.

TV and sitting area

TV and sitting area

Alternate View

Alternate View

The real work, however is done in the back.  I have two work bays setup for bikes in various states of rebuild and storage for plenty of parts, tools, and bikes.

Left side of the work area

Left side of the work area

RIght side of the work area

Right side of the work area

Gratuitous trophy wall from the back side.

Gratuitous trophy wall from the back side.

If you’re ever in the area and want a tour, need a place to keep the bike near NJMP for a few weeks, or just want to share a beer while watching the GP races – let me know – I’m always happy for the company.