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Poll: Would/do you store your bike in a bike room? (nm)(31 posts)

Poll: Would/do you store your bike in a bike room? (nm)Kristin
Aug 28, 2002 4:56 AM
re: Poll: Would/do you store your bike in a bike room? (nm)Akirasho
Aug 28, 2002 5:11 AM

We abide.

Remain In Light.
Aug 28, 2002 5:32 AM
you must have a lot of kids.
Whoa!! That's a sign of a serious addictionPaulCL
Aug 28, 2002 5:35 AM
I guess it's better to be addicted to bikes than alcohol or drugs. What a stable! How do you choose what to ride each day?? That Cervelo looks like it going 50mph even hanging in the workstand.

My bike room is called a basement. More specifically the northeast corner of my basement next to the freezer.
LOL thats an excellent pic. nmafrican
Aug 28, 2002 5:48 AM
Can I keep my bike in your bike room?Kristin
Aug 28, 2002 5:53 AM
Bernardo would never get stolen in there! Besides I think it would be good for Bernardo to hang around with some faster bikes for a while.
...I'll just put up an extra hook...Akirasho
Aug 28, 2002 6:08 AM
... that's part of the theory...

Remember, one of the survival tactics in herd animals is to be sooo numerous as to confuz the predator... thus allowing for some, perhaps all to escape!

We abide.

Remain In Light.
Is that whay Super Mario uses Zebra strips...Scot_Gore
Aug 28, 2002 6:14 AM nobody steals his bike. : )
I'm not worthy (nm)Uprwstsdr
Aug 28, 2002 6:17 AM
Aug 28, 2002 8:28 AM
I just love your bike room. Showed my wife and she said that I could stop drooling and give up any fantasy like that. Man, what an area. Thanks for the pic. Will dream about that tonight.
So how big is it?Spoke Wrench
Aug 28, 2002 11:39 AM
My bike room's 11' X 15'. I don't have quite as many bikes in it as you seem to have (nine currently). Even so, it often seems like I'm doing a chinese puzzle when I'm moving the bike I want into my work area.
...giggle... big enuff to...Akirasho
Aug 28, 2002 12:22 PM
store and work on the bikes.

The total space is about 18' by 24' but is old and has a central pier (old structure for the original coal heating plant) along with utilities and washer/dryer. still, there's ample room around the perimeter.

Most of the bikes are hung along one wall... with work benches and storage (non bike related as well) running along the other three walls.

This space was formerly, literally, a dump... with a huge expanse of a model railroad (never completed) benchwork (which became part of my new workbenches). Anything I didn't know what to do with was thrown down there... then, I saw the light... and threw the $hit out (saving the railroad for my older age). It helps keep me motivated... and keeps the upstairs almost bearable (natural born slob).

The only downside is navigating the relatively narrow and steep stairs and winding through the kitchen. That's why I generally leave a couple of bikes in the living room.
re: Poll: Would/do you store your bike in a bike room? (nm)aliensporebomb
Aug 28, 2002 12:20 PM

I salute your bike room. Fantastic.

How do you decide what to ride on a given day? Having
that many bikes really goes a long way to distribute
wear and tear evenly but WOW!

I suppose you're going to tell us you have another similar
room with mountain bikes or fixies in them too!
re: thank ye...Akirasho
Aug 28, 2002 12:34 PM
... despite their number, there's variation on nearly all of 'em (either geometry, size, frame material or equipment).

You're right... and I oftimes forget that wear and tear is spread around a bit... still, they see a decent amount of miles during the season (even a sucky one like this).

Having another room would be just plain silly... considering that I've still got room in the basement!

We abide.

Remain In Light.
Akirasho's personal bike room (drool) aside...nova
Aug 28, 2002 5:18 AM
If you are referring to the bike room found in apartment and condo buildings.... Never, ever, ever, never ever.

In big cities, thieves target these rooms. I have a couple of stories about both apartment and condo buildings in Chicago and DC....
Aug 28, 2002 5:44 AM
I live in a "high security" downtown tower apt. that has cameras, security guards, blah, blah, blah...

There is a locked "bike room" in the basement- ANYONE living in the building has access to it.

There is a bike rack, and bikes are jammed into the rack- so you could expect that your fork would end up all scratched up at a minimum, and worse, your frame will be all scratched up, since it is doubtful people will respect your bike anymore than any other bike (that may have been abandoned there).

Once, when I was in the elevator with my bike, a couple noticed I was taking my bike up to my apartment, and mentioned that his mtn bike had been stolen from the bike room- even though it was locked up.

Just to give you some perspective on how easy it is to cut locks, the building sent out notices that the bike room was going to be cleaned, and I had a mtn bike in there that I moved to a bike rack in the reserved parking area for cars in the ramp... thinking they meant that only the bike room would be cleaned. Of course they grabbed my bike- and countless others that had been locked. It involved minimal effort to cut all those locks- there were dozens of bikes they had pulled out of the bike room and stored in the basement until the owners claimed them (unclaimed bikes were somehow eventually disposed of).

I do keep on old hardtail mtn bike in the bike room... but I would NEVER consider keeping a road bike down there. There are a few 30lb/30-year old road bikes down there, but nothing of value.
re: Poll: Would/do you store your bike in a bike room? (nm)Spunout
Aug 28, 2002 6:08 AM
For two days. Same thing, locker in the garage of my apartment building, keeping my MTB (town bike) there. I couldn't sleep, so now it is back in the aparment.
No. nmMB1
Aug 28, 2002 6:14 AM
Keep mine in the panic room (nm)js5280
Aug 28, 2002 6:22 AM
Jodi Foster {drool}
Kristin, bike in the bed, me on the floor. nmafrican
Aug 28, 2002 6:24 AM
If that's what you mean by "bike room"...biknben
Aug 28, 2002 6:31 AM
At first I thought you meant bike room as in designated room in house for bikes.

I keep mine in the unfinished portion of my basement which is bike/laundry/mechanical room. Looks kinda like the picture above with much fewer bikes. :-(

If by "bike room" you mean a public room for bike storage I'd say no F'n way. Probably, not even a POS beater unless I was really strapped for space.
Embedded Poll: What's your POS Beater worth? (nm)Kristin
Aug 28, 2002 6:36 AM
$53 + price of mirror, compass/bell, and skull valve covers (nm)JS Haiku Shop
Aug 28, 2002 6:42 AM
intrinsic or sentimental?lonefrontranger
Aug 28, 2002 6:47 AM
My POS beater is my old classic lugged steel Trek fixie with Campag NR parts. It includes a pair of rare 28-hole high-flange Record track hubs that a friend in the UK gave me; they are probably circa ~1970. The crank and brake levers are meticulously and beautifully drilled out. Yes, I'm a safety gal, I run a full set of rim brakes on my fixie. Anyway, these components are darn near irreplaceable, but the bike itself probably wouldn't get $200 on Ebay.
... If I traded you a POS for it, then...Akirasho
Aug 28, 2002 6:52 AM
...I'd still owe you...

We abide.

Remain In Light.
paid $50 , probably worth about $25 by now..dotkaye
Aug 28, 2002 7:57 AM
but it's theft-proof. Rides great, looks awful, just what a beater should be.
Paid $10 (yard sale) Worth a lot morescottfree
Aug 28, 2002 8:39 AM
because it means I don't have to put a more expensive bike on the trainer to be tortured.
yes, it's called my living room.(nm)rufus
Aug 28, 2002 6:47 AM
Risk-benefit analysisSpoke Wrench
Aug 28, 2002 8:24 AM
To me, it would depend on the value of the bike to me and the degree of nuisance involved with storing it somewhere else. Basically, tools get stored in the garage and artwork belongs in the living area.
try thispukka
Aug 28, 2002 9:36 AM
re: Poll: Would/do you store your bike in a bike room? (nm)mb_Cik
Aug 28, 2002 9:58 AM