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commuting to work.... bike storage...(26 posts)

commuting to work.... bike storage...opencl
Jun 26, 2002 10:31 AM
for those people who commute to work... where do you store your bike? U lock it outside?
On the loading dockKurt H
Jun 26, 2002 10:35 AM
I'm forced to park my bike on the loading dock. I work in a fairly large corporate center, so the loading dock is a BIG area which is covered and constantly staffed. I lock my bike to the railings that run beside the cardboard recycling dumpster. While I am worried that the recycler may smash my bike to pieces one day, I am consoled by the fact that he will be under surveillance cameras and seen by our security personnel, so replacement shouldn't be too hard.
Kurt
My office (nm)Dave Hickey
Jun 26, 2002 10:40 AM
Parking Garagevelocity
Jun 26, 2002 10:49 AM
If your building has a garage, lobby for bike parking. My office building's garage has a small area where there are a limited number of spots designated for bicycle parking. It's underneath a ramp that leads to the second floor -- it's when the helmet really comes in handy! It would otherwise be unused. This time of year is the only time when occasionally there's not enough room and then I have to lock it up outside... which makes me a nutty mutterer about my fair weather fellow cyclists.
On or in my carmmquest
Jun 26, 2002 10:59 AM
If it is raining, in my trunk, if it is sunny, on my roof rack (I drive in Monday am w/ lunch and clothes for the week and drive home Friday pm).
neat ideaTomS
Jun 26, 2002 11:02 AM
we had tossed around the idea of getting a cheap van or two to use as a bike locker :-) (see my post below about the office situation)
VanAhimsa
Jun 26, 2002 5:32 PM
I would recommend locking the bike inside the van AND to the van itself somehow. Maybe to one of those metal loops on the floor with a cable (???).

A friend lost his MTB after someone smashed all the glass out of his car to get it. It was freelocked inside. No matter, they just took everything.

Amazing what lengths crackheads (or d!ckheads, your choice) will go to in broad daylight.

I like the trunk idea better. Vans contain tools in a thief's mind. Too tempting.

Cheers!

A.
RE: bikes being stolenmmquest
Jun 26, 2002 7:16 PM
There are some benefits to having a bike that is 13 years old! If anyone wants it, I can tell you where I work...
used to keep it in my cubeTomS
Jun 26, 2002 11:01 AM
but then our office moved and the building management nazi's here won't let us have bikes in the building. It's funny, our manager had asked about it because so many people in our office ride, and they told him no; and the day we moved in all these "no bicycles in building" signs went up on every door. I know they weren't there before because we had toured the building earlier :)

There are bike racks, but even with security cameras outside there's been at least one case of vandalism (tires cut), and the building mgmt doesn't really seem to care. Supposedly there are bike lockers on order but I'm not holding my breath...

So the short answer is: I lock it up outside, but I don't like it.
My office . . .ms
Jun 26, 2002 11:24 AM
My office is in a downtown highrise. When we moved our office here six months ago from a nearby building, I asked about the bike policy in advance. The building management said there was none. A few weeks ago, I was told that there was a new policy -- I have to bring my bike through the garage and up on the freight elevator. I hope that this is not the harbinger of more drastic policies. A friend of mine who works in a highrise a few blocks away was told by his building's management that "bikes and animals" were not allowed in the building. I fail to see the connection, but I guess the comment shows the mindset of real estate managers.
after a fight...ET
Jun 26, 2002 11:41 AM
mgmt agreed to install a bike rack outside the back entrance, including sun/rain protector. Great setup, convenient. I leave my combo U-lock there all year round and put it through the frame. Feel pretty safe given it's inside a gate with security, but that doesn't make it Fort Knox. A few triathlete types who occasionally bring their bikes in vehicles and then ride at lunch use an additional lock for their super-expensive wheels. Not sure if they're paranoid or very smart.
My office...!nyvram
Jun 26, 2002 11:45 AM
And I have to sit here and look at the damn thing all day...drooling. Mmmmm, LOOK KG281 just sitting there waiting for me to ride...all shined up and ready to go...

droool droool drroooooooooooool

I can't wait to get back on it.
My office...!bikedodger
Jun 26, 2002 12:08 PM
Nice office! Is that real grass or a carpet. Does the tree go through the roof?

Mike
bike lockeroff roadie
Jun 26, 2002 12:17 PM
I rent a bike locker from the University Parking and Transport department. It's $100 a year, I figure a good price for peace of mind, never having to worry about parts theft. The one I rent is actually inside a contract parking garage that has cameras on all pedestrian and vehicle entrances, so I'm double secure. The University has a rule against folks bringing bikes in thier offices, though many people do anyhow.

I used to just lock up in the same garage, and I've never heard of anybody bwho locks up thier having trouble. There's racks outside the same building, but it seems most folks with truely noce bikes bring them to this garage. I've seen bikes with Krysium wheels, Phil Wood hubs, Frogs, Selle Italia seats, various carbon bars and wheels, XTR componants, etc. Lots of places, that stuff wouldn't last more than a few hours on the street, but I see these same bikes day after day.

My bike isn't any nicer than those other bikes, but I really can't afford to loose it. Plus, my boss goes through the garage sometimes, and its nice to think if I was out on a ride, he wouldn't know my bike was gone.
bike locker?opencl
Jun 26, 2002 12:38 PM
I have never seen one. Is it a steel box that you can slide your bike inside?
bike locker?SnowBlind
Jun 26, 2002 12:49 PM
They are horrid, and very easy to break into. On one bank all the doors use the same key!
'Round here the garbage company like to park the skips in front of them and block the doors.
Added to this is the local Black Widow and rattlesnake population, which think they are just dreamy apartments.
Nothing like showing the VP two rattlers baking on the top of the lockers to explain why we keep them at our desks.
Here's oneScot_Gore
Jun 26, 2002 2:45 PM
http://www.metrocouncil.org/transit/biklckrs.htm
yep, that's the oneoff roadie
Jun 27, 2002 8:40 AM
That looks exactly like the one I use. Are they really easy to break into? It seems pretty solidly secured to me, with a full door deadbolt mechanism. I know my key doesn't work in the locker next to mine, cause I've gotten them mixed up before. Its a Medeco lock, which are near impossible to pick (this from a guide to lockpicking), and the keys can't be duplicated without very specialized equipment. The only real weaknesses seem that somebody could thoretically open one unit and then rip out the wood walls between units, or pick up the entire multi-unit assembly with a winch and pull the bikes out from the bottom.

I rented mine as much to demostrate to the U that there was a good reason to improve bike acess as anything else. Its also very convienint for me- locking up my monocoque FSR mountain bike is a bit of a pain. This way, I just roll it in, hang my helmet and gloves from the bars, and shut the door.

The PT department is very considerate to us renters in locating them so they can't / won't be blocked, even to the extent of eliminating some normal parking spaces on occasion. Of course, it doesn't hurt that they know I'll be in thier office in a flash if they do block them for a second.
Anywhere I want...PBWatson
Jun 26, 2002 12:37 PM
If somebody doesn't like it they can kiss my saddle.

I actually hang it on the wall in the bathroom?? I know its a little weird but space is tight.
my cube. word of caution....wonderdog
Jun 26, 2002 12:39 PM

I keep my bike in my cube with my current job. It's wonderful because I can a) Keep an eye on it and b) daydream. With my old job, I used to have to keep it in a maintenance room. that kinda sucked because i also had to change/cleanup in there. now i have a locker room!

i'd caution against keeping the bike in a hot car. once in a while, bearing grease can heat up and run out...leaving those precious wheels or headsets w/o enough lube. just a thought. if you decide to keep it in a car, deflate those tires a bit. if it's hot enough, the expansion can cause you to get a flat.

my office is only a mile from my home......STEELYeyed
Jun 26, 2002 12:59 PM
so most of the time I walk to work,but when I do ride I take my old mid 70's Japanese road bike. I leave it in the bike rack on the plaza adjacent our building,unlocked,and have been doing that for 2 years and have had no takers!
Seems as though thieves just don't like drop bars these days.
Current job...Brooks
Jun 26, 2002 1:14 PM
in my cubicle (fair amount of room). In my previous job, my boss and I rode a lot and some others did on occasion. My boss also ended up as the office furniture guy (other duties as assigned). We were able to procur some outside bike lockers that were not being used from the County parking garage. Two sided, somewhat triangular in shape, a key for each locker and we set it up in a parking space. Never had any problems. Here's the kicker...we also lobbied for years to get a shower in the building, even had a small bathroom that only the head janitor used picked as the prime spot (small but with water and drain). My boss retired and I moved on at the same time and the shower was installed within a month!
re: commuting to work.... bike storage...Scot_Gore
Jun 26, 2002 2:39 PM
I keep the (expensive) road bike in my office, but I U-lock my (cheap) mountain bike to the bike rack in the covered ramp. I hardly ever ride the mountain bike anymore.
Storage room inside.look271
Jun 26, 2002 2:54 PM
Even though my 2 comuter rides are inexpensive, I'd still never let them outside.
re: commuting to work.... bike storage...jrm
Jun 26, 2002 2:55 PM
We have a bike cage with individual bike racks that you lock by using only a pad /combo lock. Its located in the fleet garage.
In the hangar ...Humma Hah
Jun 26, 2002 2:56 PM
... one nice thing about working with all these airplanes is that I can just park the bike in the hangar. Several other people here ride MTB's regularly, and leave their bikes here so they can slip out for a quick ride in the evening. One other guy commutes occasionally, when his car is broken. None of us lock the bikes at work.

I park next to a trailer that contains the Michelob Light Eagle human-powered aircraft, used in training for the Daedelus 88 flight.