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Where to they live?(37 posts)

Where to they live?Dean
Oct 3, 2001 4:48 AM
Where do you all store your bikes? My wife and I just bought a house. We previously rented and my bikes had their own room. Now it looks like they might be moving to the garage. I also want to know if the temperature changes going through winter in a garage will harm anything. We live in Ohio and winters can get cold.
In the garageMick
Oct 3, 2001 4:57 AM
I used to live in Michigan - South Carolina now, y'all - and I always kept my bikes, which were steel, in the garage. Someone else skilled in metallurgy may have a better answer but as long as I kept them out of the weather they seemed to do just fine.
In my basement. (nm)Cima Coppi
Oct 3, 2001 5:09 AM
re: Where to they live?Lone Gunman
Oct 3, 2001 5:20 AM
Steel bikes need a constant temperature to remain healthy unless you have the inside of the tubes protected with a boeshield or JP Weigle? rust inhibitor type product. Taking a frame warm to cold/cold to warm supposedly produces condensation in the tubes and can cause rust to form. Keeping them in the garage will keep the temp constant so there shouldn't be much trouble. Living near a coastal area with high humidity can be deadly for a frame.
In the garageMel Erickson
Oct 3, 2001 5:39 AM
I've got steel, aluminum and aluminum/carbon fiber bikes and all are stored in the garage. I live in northwestern Wisconsin, where winters are really cold (I go to Ohio for my winter vacation!;) Never had a problem in 25+ years.
re: Where to they live?pmf1
Oct 3, 2001 5:57 AM
My wife and I have 5 expensive bikes between us and no garage, so they live in the house. As long as your garage is secure, I see no reason why they can't go there. If I had a garage, that's what I would do. They'd be insured same as if they were in the house. Less wear and tear on the inside of your house.
When I worked in shopsMB1
Oct 3, 2001 6:08 AM
I heard so many customers say that they had a bike taken from their garage when they left the door open while doing yard work. Someone saw an opportunity and just rode it away-occasionally leaving another bike behind. I would suggest keeping the bikes hung and locked if you keep them in a garage. We live in the city and keep them in the basement.

BTW congratulations on the new house. When is the house warming?
House Warming?Dean
Oct 3, 2001 6:15 AM
Who has time for that?!?!? Between all of the work of moving and unpacking and my wife adding more things to my "honey-do" list, I will be lucky to even ride again soon let alone entertain. I am thinking the best way to hang them is upside down from the ceiling. Any ideas on how to lock them up in that position?
Get a long cable cut to length at a hardware store.MB1
Oct 3, 2001 6:27 AM
You don't need to lock them up really well, all you want to do is thwart the snatch and grab temptation. Locking them doesn't do you any good if you occasionally forget-make it a habit. Nothing worse than standing there feeling like a fool holding your lock wondering where the bike got to.

O.K. we will just finish a ride there and bring our own BBQ. You supply the coals and beer. Thanks.
re: securing bikes in garageJs Haiku Shop
Oct 3, 2001 6:32 AM
use the barrel adjusters on road brake calipers to close the brakes completely against the rims. shift into the big chainring/small cog before hanging the bike. otherwise, buy a coated bike lock (chain) and chain 'em together. short of building a wall-mounted hanger with locking mechanism built-in, be wary and take the aforementioned precautions. otherwise, keep your garage door closed as often as possible. my wife thinks it's insane that i'm always closing the garage door, even when working on the FRONT yard. now, however, i have a separate garage for the bikes, with it's own inner door, so not a problem :-) ..........
Man, I hear ya ...pmf1
Oct 3, 2001 10:52 AM
I moved from one house to another 2.5 miles away on August 21. I'm still recovering. we spent the first 12 days living in the basement while all the wood floors were redone and the kitchen was fixed up. I'm still unpacking boxes.That and long hours at work lately really saps my motivation to ride.
Speaking of theftMel Erickson
Oct 3, 2001 6:35 AM
I just about had a heart attack yesterday. Just got a brand spanking new Giant XTC NRS1 full suspension MTB a week ago. Been on one shakedown ride and decided the grips had to go. Picked up some to my liking and went out to the garage to put them on. NO BIKE! All the rest were hanging in their proper place but since the Giant was new I didn't have a bat hook for it and had it leaning against the work bench. I was frantic until I looked on the other side of the garage behind the camper. My wife had moved the bike because she didn't want to bump it with the car door (what a sweety) but failed to tell me. I've always thought about locking them up and this got me to do it.
My bike lives in my dining room,Elefantino
Oct 3, 2001 6:12 AM
where I can stare at it all the time until I get to ride it again. When I'm not on the sidelines, it lives with my son's, wife's and daughters bikes in the garage.
re: Where to they live?mackgoo
Oct 3, 2001 6:40 AM
The road bike lives on the front porch (glassed-in withSpinchick
Oct 3, 2001 7:47 AM
a locking door). It's easy in and out. Mtb lives in the garage with Hubby's mtb and the 4 trash-picked relics. I'm gonna have to change this setup though. My mtb is beginning to get a superiority complex because it's the only one taken out on a regular basis. I don't like the smug looks it's giving the other bikes. I don't think this is very nice. We're gonna have to have a little talk.
re: Where to they live?bike_junkie
Oct 3, 2001 8:18 AM
Living room where I can keep an eye on her.
Living Room...Kristin
Oct 3, 2001 8:45 AM
A community bike room is no place for my baby! Too many Schwinn Varsity's hang out there. All trashing and half clad. No, if Bernardo's going to spend time with other bikes, its gonna be nice, respectable ones.
re: Where to they live?PiP
Oct 3, 2001 8:33 AM
Right here in the dorm. Suspended by pulleys from the high ceiling, right next to my bunked bed so I can reach out and caress it @ night.
re: Where do they live?Delia
Oct 3, 2001 8:38 AM
I have a one bedroom apartment so my 3 bikes live with me and sleep in the dining area which is basically the bike-area. All my bike stuff is there since I don't really need a dining room table. It's wierd but I really get a kick out of having my bikes where I can always see them. It kinda freaks me out when i think about how big a part my bikes plays in my life right now.
Seinfeld just popped into my mind. nmMel Erickson
Oct 3, 2001 12:21 PM
Mine live in the garageJules
Oct 3, 2001 8:42 AM
All three of them, my road bike, my mountain bike and my wife's mountain bike hang from the ceiling in my garage. I don't lock them though. I live on a cul-de-sac so we don't really get any through traffic on our street. Also, I know all my neighbors and we keep an eye out for each other. I feel completely safe leaving the garage door open while I tend to the yard work. Our big black lab would certainly give someone cause to think twice about entering the garage without an invite.

Here's a thought though for those who want to lock a hanging bike. Screw a large eye bolt into a stud, run a cable through the bike and lock it to the eye bolt. Cheap and easy.
In the house.......Len J
Oct 3, 2001 9:00 AM
One in the Kitchen & one in an upstairs guest room. The temerture changes where I live are too severe to leave them in our detached garage. During fall nights, it can get down to 40 and during fall days up to 75. During the summer it can get over 100 in the garage. I am currently working on insulating and space heating & cooling the garage in order to ensure that my wife doesn't turn on my babies.

re: Where to they live? Delia???cioccman
Oct 3, 2001 9:14 AM
Dining room. Delia, 3 bikes? Wow, worse than me and just as looney as some of the most crazed here!
Most of my friends...Delia
Oct 3, 2001 1:23 PM
Most of my friends...see my apartment for the first time and can't believe 'a girl' lives there. It's clean...of course but it is a little bare...
When someone walks in, they know right away what's important to me : my bikes, my art, and my books...and I'm not even a die hard biker yet !
When my friends make fun of my apartment, I remind them that at least I'm not living with mom and dad still...that usually shuts them right up ;)
That's probably more than you guys wanted to know...but hey... why not...

Most of my friends...cioccman
Oct 4, 2001 8:54 AM
Cool. What ya got?

I think I've had about 14 bikes in total.
Living room and garagebikedodger
Oct 3, 2001 9:31 AM
The bikes I ride are in the living room, the bikes that no one rides are in the garage just taking up space.
Oct 3, 2001 1:30 PM
my bikes have a nice comfy spot in my room.
Oct 3, 2001 3:30 PM
My two Serottas (Serotti?) and my wife's Terry live in our upstairs family room. Well, they are family........aren't they?
In the garage ...Humma Hah
Oct 3, 2001 4:03 PM
... I used to keep mine in the livingroom when I was in the apartment for a couple of years, but the cruiser is back in the garage now.

It lived there for about 17 years with no ill effects. The temperature is not all that extreme (it is a townhouse garage), and never drops to freezing.

Unless it is unusually wet, a garage should be OK. Temperature extremes are bad only if they lead to condensation, or if you leave caked mud on the bike.
roadbikes/mtnbikes/tools . . potty-training12x23
Oct 3, 2001 4:48 PM
The roadbikes reside in the house. The mtb, which isn't housebroken, stays in the garage with the tools and workstands.
12x, must have big house, 'cuz you sure got lotsa road bikes! nmJs Haiku Shop
Oct 4, 2001 6:52 AM
nah, we're just all real chummy . . . 'sept that malodorous mtb12X23
Oct 4, 2001 4:12 PM
Think about Insurance!Dutchy
Oct 3, 2001 11:12 PM
I can't talk for the USA, but in Australia most insurance companies will only pay $500 for a bike if it is stolen from a shed. They will however pay full replacement if it is in the house or in an attached garage. Just thought it might be worth mentioning.
re: Where to they live?sweetbuns
Oct 4, 2001 6:27 AM
We have four bikes and a one bedroom apt. The two mountains are out on the porch and the road and recumbent are in the living room. I figure the mountain bikes are tougher....and way cheaper! Is that bad to leave the runts outside?
one in my bedroom and one in the living room. (nm)aet
Oct 4, 2001 6:34 AM
in the horse-less barns :) ...breck
Oct 4, 2001 9:55 AM
When we had the mountain cabin (in the "brrrr..." post era), the leader of the pack - that one riding at the moment - stayed on the deck, and the remuda in reserve were corralled in the upper loft.

We now have the ranch and the remuda stay in the lower 4-stall barn when not being ridden. The Mountain and Road pony of the moment are corralled inside the upper 6-stall barn along with the bike repair stand, toolz, etc.

Having no horses and less sense have floored the barns using pressure treated under lay and exterior plywood w/sealer applied. We get rain, sleet, and snow here at 4,200 ft.,so they need some protection but not fly-mask nor blankets nor hay and straw, vaccines, vet bills(!), etc. :)

Yo remuda:
So Have 10 stalls and 9 bikes for them:
'97 OCLV Trek road; '70 Nishiki road; '70-ish Sears Free Spirit road
'95 Klein (before Trek) alum mtb; '92 Trek alum mtb; '90 Trek steel mtb
'90-ish? alum 2-wheel drive mtb ...rare
'50-ish Schwinn 3-wheel grocery delivery
'XX?-ish Three Wheel brand 3-wheel grocery delivery
~30 rusted junk yard obtained frames, etc. of every description and neatly arranged in the "show" corral where they continue to "see" the elements.

..and a $hitt load of very good condition extra rims, tires, tubes, wheel-sets, frames, forks, shifters, brakes, loose and cassette gear sets, "trinkets", chains, bb's, front and rear dx's, bars, stems, ???!, toolz, advertising signs & etc. related cats and selected copies of Cycle Sport, etc., parts, parts, parts, "stuff!", etc., etc. ..enuff to fill a 12'x12' stall all their own ....but now corralled (crammed?) in a 11'X16' utility shed.

Bikes? ....yeah, luv 'em!

hay, believe this post should be my "quota" for a few weeks or more :)

shooting star ranch
remote, as in 4WD remote:) san diego county mountains
where they want toharlett
Oct 4, 2001 1:30 PM
my odonata is sooooo the prima donna. i put together a comfy corner in the garage for her but she just ignores it and demands to be in my home office. i had a golden retriever, when i was a young girl, who always wanted me in sight, i'm thinking it's the same need. contrary to this display of acute awareness my touring bike is quite happy with the solitude and quietness of the garage. occasionally, when they are both together, i've overheard arguments about the tao of speed and lightness and responsiveness vs. the zen of comfort and back country roads. i luv them both and just let them work out their respective rooms.