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Bike storage surveyfiltersweep
Apr 2, 2003 8:11 AM
Now that I own a house, I'm curious about how paranoid I truly am... I really do not feel that comfortable storing my main bike in the garage (all others can go there). I live in the city and have a detached garage- I can't even see the doors from the house. It will likely be stored in the basement. I almost cringed seeing the bike shed post... a hanging Colnago?! Egad!

When I lived in an apt, it had a bike room in the basement- and I kept the "garage bikes" locked up down there, but again, the road bike stayed in my apt.

Q: For home owners, where do you keep your bikes? In the garage or in the house?

Q: For renters: how many people keep their bikes in their actual apartments?

Living in considerably worse neighborhoods, I have experienced a few break-ins (to a house I rented)- and maybe seven years ago I did have a road bike stolen out of a storage locker in my apt... so I am the type that keeps my car locked in a locked garage...
re: Bike storage surveyClydeTri
Apr 2, 2003 8:14 AM
hung upside down in garage!
Well lets see.....african
Apr 2, 2003 8:20 AM
I keep one bike in the garage, which is now a bedroom and is attached to the house. I keep my main bike in the lounge next to the TV. And I keep my frame (to be built up) in my bedroom or in the spare bedroom.

Keep the bike in the house.
Renter: In Appartment52-16SS
Apr 2, 2003 8:22 AM
I keep mine in the 2nd bedroom, i.e. no kids, no overnight guests
garageSteve_0
Apr 2, 2003 8:39 AM
of course, the networth of my bike is about 150 bucks.

another benefit of not having flashy wheels; never need to worry about maintaining possession.
re: Bike storage surveyFender
Apr 2, 2003 8:48 AM
Commuter Bike/beater: anywhere that's not in the way.
MTB: Hanging by the bar ends in one of the closets with the front wheel removed
Road: Kitchen or next to my bed.

I live in a studio apartment in S.F., so space is tight. Although it's fairly large by S.F. standards, ~550 sq ft.

I'm just wondering, where am I going to keep my track bike once I buy it??

Keep the bikes inside. My landlord offered a bike locker as part off my lease. For obvious reasons I declined.
simpleSteve_0
Apr 2, 2003 8:54 AM
replace the beater with the trackbike. No better beater than a fg.
re: Bike storage surveyScot_Gore
Apr 2, 2003 8:54 AM
I keep mine in the garage in the summer while riding outdoors and in my game room on top of the rollers in the winter.

However, having the benefit of being in the same town as you, I know my situation is different than yours. I know your neighborhood. You likely have a detached garage with a main door that faces the alley in back of your house and a seperate pedestrian door into your backyard. Right ?

I have an attached garage with no other doors in except the main windowless sturdy garage door and the door into my house. The easiest way into my garage is through my house, and if that's the route, having the bike in the house dosn't make it safer.

Those alley based garages is too easy a target. Your garage door is probably wood, mines a concrete based partical board.

If I'm guessing your set up correctly, I'd keep the LOOK in your house.

Scot
Sounds like you already cased the place?filtersweep
Apr 2, 2003 11:02 AM
...did I leave the light on this am when I left for work?

The garage is two years old, and the previous owners had the wisdom to face the garage to the side street, since the house in on the corner, but it was built exactly as you said.

Actually, the Look is still at FreeWheel waiting for the recalled stem to be replaced... with this weather I don't even know if I'll need it by this weekend.

I'm quite sure I'll really be suffering if I go on that Ironman ride in a few weeks...
Oh yeah, I registered for the Ironman yesterday.Scot_Gore
Apr 2, 2003 11:25 AM
I checked 68 mile option. I want to do the 200K Brevet in Rochester on May 3rd, so I need the miles. This will be my first ironman & Brevet.

Scot
extra bedroom for now...merckx56
Apr 2, 2003 8:55 AM
but I'm having a 12'x16' building constructed for the sole purpose of a complete bike space. I'm gonna insulate and drywall it, run electricity and cable and well as installing a climate control system. The dogs have their house, now I'll have mine!
I have the same yakima 'truing stand'. nice.Steve_0
Apr 2, 2003 9:11 AM
please include street address and your working hours. nmJS Haiku Shop
Apr 2, 2003 9:45 AM
207.181.36.20TrekFurthur
Apr 2, 2003 11:32 AM
What kind of stand is that . . .
That may be last time I post a pictureTrekFurthur
Apr 2, 2003 11:35 AM
Not sure how that got all boogered up.

I was asking what kind of wheel stand you've got--I've got a collection myself.

The picture I posted is old, but those oak racks are great. I got some new ones recently for the storage room at the new house--Pole cat storage systems. They hold the bike vertically so they take up less space.
It is a Vittoria tire display...merckx56
Apr 2, 2003 12:11 PM
that got liberated when we moved the shop I used to manage.
For the love of god, in the house!!RJF
Apr 2, 2003 8:56 AM
I keep my road bike and mountain bike hanging up in a room in my basement. To get to the basement, a thief would have to go through my kitchen. My 85lb Rottweiler sleeps in the kitchen. :)

I keep my commuter locked in a shed behind the house. Since I live in a pretty nice (and low crime) neighborhood, I used to not bother locking the shed. I had a bike stolen out of there, however, and now keep it locked. Still, I would never put a nice bike in a garage or shed.
just put the rotty in the shed; problem solved. nmSteve_0
Apr 2, 2003 9:00 AM
Now I have a way to convince the wife to get dog no. 2. nmRJF
Apr 2, 2003 9:27 AM
Mine lives in my condo (lvgrm). Creeps out my cat. nmKristin
Apr 2, 2003 8:58 AM
re: Bike storage surveytoronto-rider
Apr 2, 2003 9:11 AM
I live in a 1-bedroom appt. and have 2 storage rooms, but I would rather sleep in the storage room before I put my bikes there. My mountain bike stays on a tarp on the other side of the dinning room table, my road bike is at the moment on the trainer and moves to the middle of the living room when I am training (so I can watch the DVD's) otherwise its perpendicular to my MTB. I have lube on the windowsill, spare tires and tubes, cleaning products and tools lying around the dinning room table. I have a date coming over tonight for dinner and now I have to "hide" all of the stuff. I don't know where to put my road bike. I guess it's time for a 2-bedroom appt.
re: Bike storage surveyFender
Apr 2, 2003 9:32 AM
try having a date come over in a studio....
re: Bike storage surveyJuanmoretime
Apr 2, 2003 9:29 AM
I had a special room built off my garage when I built my home 4 and half years ago. The only access to it is via the house or the garage, no extenal door on the gargae except the overhead. The room is deadbolted. Interestingly enough, since I live right off a golf course, the only thing that ever gets stolen in our neihborhood are golf clubs, plus it's usually from a unlocked car.
In the living roomNater
Apr 2, 2003 9:36 AM
In fact, I just re-arranged the room last night to accomodate my bikes (soon to be more). I'm building up my new road frame and re-building my geared mountain bike so I'll be up to 5 for the summer season. Not much room left in the one bedroom apt after the bikes and "workshop" are set up!
mix of placesterry b
Apr 2, 2003 9:42 AM
I don't have a garage, I have a carport (live in the desert.) There are two small locking rooms off of it, about 8x8. I have one for bikes my wife has one for tack.

Started running out of room recently so I bought a small outbuilding that I've put back by our horse stalls. 8x16, two windows. Currently thinking about how to outfit it.

I'll probably end up storing the lesser bikes out there and keep the fancier ones in the carport storage.
renting: 2 in the shed, 4 in the DRBecky
Apr 2, 2003 9:44 AM
My husband and I rent a second-floor apartment that has a small storage shed on the deck. Since there's little chance of someone breaking into the shed, the beaters live there (along with an old Schwinn Varsity that will someday be restored). The mountain bikes and road bikes reside in the table-less dining room, hung on beautiful red oak racks that we built ourselves. The racks each hold two bikes by the top tubes and are braced between the floor and ceiling. A few turns on the fine adjustment screws and they're wedged in there securely.
Road bike in the house . . .ms
Apr 2, 2003 9:47 AM
I keep my road bike in the laundry room (which is next to the kitchen and and back door). My wife's road bike (a birthday present last year, not as expensive as mine, but the most expensive bike per miles ridden) stays in the basement. My hybrid and the kids' bikes are in the garage. I do not know where your neighborhood stands on the socioeconomic scale, but one warning about living in a "good neighborhood" the better the neighborhood, the more likely that theives will be looking to break into your garage and house. We lived in the inner city on the edge of a fairly bad neighborhhood for six years. Although my car, which was parked on the street, was vandalized several times and stolen once, our house and detached garage never were touched. We moved to a "nice" neighborhood in the suburbs and our house was robbed when my wife left for 35 minutes to take the kids to day camp. Our neighbors have had cars and other things disappear from their garages at night. If you value your bike, keep it in the house. And if you live in a good neighborhood, think about getting a security system.
Security system?filtersweep
Apr 2, 2003 11:14 AM
Diagonally across the street lives a police officer.

Next door, across the street, and across the side street are the original owners from the 50s/nosey neighbors (which are good to have). There is no better security!
Security system?ms
Apr 2, 2003 12:39 PM
I would happily trade my security system for a few nosey neighbors -- sounds like you are in good shape.
In the heated, attached and locked garage. (nm)KeeponTrekkin
Apr 2, 2003 10:14 AM
Home owner: separate room in basementRickC5
Apr 2, 2003 10:15 AM
All six bikes are in racks in our basement.
Home options, Apartment optionsFez
Apr 2, 2003 10:21 AM
Home:

If your garage enters thru the basement, or if you have a walkout basement, then its a no-brainer. Just put it in the basement.

If you don't have a walkout basement, then you have to navigate the stairs. Other options would be a storage room or den on the main level or in the garage. If you have a huge garage, more power to you. But most are pretty tight so on-wall or ceiling mounts are options.

Apartment/Condo:

Inside, no exceptions. Theft, dirt, and dust make the argument for indoor storage.

I had a place that was so small one time that I had to put the bike back inside my car (back of minivan). That really sucked, but it was only temporary.
"I ain't even got a garage - you can call home and ask my wife"vindicator
Apr 2, 2003 10:40 AM
We keep all our bikes in the garage. Adult bikes hang on racks, kids bikes on kickstands. Attached garage, low crime 'hood.
3 bedroom TH, 3 roomates, 13 bikes!!!!babyhuey77
Apr 2, 2003 10:54 AM
I keep my road bike and mtn bike in my room on one of those $70 Supergo bike stackers. My fixed and beach cruiser arew in the living room, along with 2 more mtn bikes, 3 road bikes, 3 BMX bikes, and 3 framesets. It is abosutley crazy, they are lined up against the one wall. It is even crazier when we have company over. We have enough stuff to supply a very small shop, wheels, tires, etc... Oh, my one roomate a a TCR carbon on order and the other one is getting a new MTN bike.

Brad
Sounds like heaven (nm)biknben
Apr 2, 2003 11:01 AM
Townhouse...No Garage...biknben
Apr 2, 2003 10:59 AM
The commuter spends weeknights in the kitchen. Others are in the basement. The stairwell looks like hell with tire marks.
Home owner, Kitchen.........Len J
Apr 2, 2003 11:05 AM
upstairs exercise room, garage, and dining room.

The biggest issue we have is that my wife rides too & so sometimes she takes the best spots.

Len
re: Bike storage surveyabelson
Apr 2, 2003 11:11 AM
renter - in the apartment - would not keep it anywhere else. There is a bike room in the building but there is no way I am putting my bike in there.
Foyer/Workshop/Dining Room. . .czardonic
Apr 2, 2003 11:16 AM
. . .in a converted basement studio. I currently have two bike bunks set up. I bought renters insurance specifically to cover the bikes.
re: Bike storage surveykevinmd
Apr 2, 2003 11:17 AM
I used to store my 1999 Lemond Buenos Aires on the second floor balcony of my apartment (locked). Then some goon got a ladder and climbed up there (I face a busy street!) and stole the thing. Left my beater MTB (unlocked) right where it was.

My new Lemond Zurich, sits inside, next to my dining room table.

-- Kevin
Did my wife put you up to this?Mariowannabe
Apr 2, 2003 12:24 PM
This time of year the bikes are mostly in the living room. The garage is still full of winter stuff - sports car under cover, snow blower, skis, etc. No room for bikes.
In the closet in my bedroom! (I'm single!) (nm)Rich_Racer
Apr 2, 2003 12:48 PM
I already "won" that fight-filtersweep
Apr 2, 2003 1:27 PM
-and she ended up with a FRONT loading washing machine- which was hard for me to be excited about...
"Utility room"No_sprint
Apr 2, 2003 1:01 PM
They hang in the utility room. It's also my workplace, storage area, washer/dryer room, ride the trainer (very seldom) room.
3 br apartmentFrith
Apr 2, 2003 1:44 PM
but only one of them is mine and it's tiny. It's practically a closet. I used to have a bed. That's where my fixie project sleeps. I have a bit of floor...that's where my TCR stands (that bike needs no sleep). In the hall are 3 more bikes. One of them is mine, a mountain bike which I keep hung up...then my two roommates bikes round out the hallway. Fortunately one of my roommates is also my girlfriend so I at least have a place to sleep. I am seriously considering getting one of those loft beds from ikea...i swear i could fit like 5 bikes under one of those.
1BR of 3BR apartmentinallston
Apr 2, 2003 2:42 PM
My road bike, "wet" bike, cross bike, and singlespeed reside in the kitchen. My landlord doesn't give us any storage places and if he did it wouldn't be an option because there is a fair amount of theft the neighborhood (someone stole my crappy charcoal grill).

Andrew
re: 3 bikes in my apartmentjrm
Apr 2, 2003 2:53 PM
i have a detached garage but i dont like to put my bikes in there.
re: Bike storage surveymacalu
Apr 3, 2003 5:04 AM
In the house in the laundry/utility room. If its a question of space, move the damn furniture into the yard/
In the house!!JenD
Apr 3, 2003 6:07 AM
I live in a one bedroom condo in Atlanta and keep my two bikes in my dining room. They are my dinner guests.
My condo has a bike storage rack that is in a gated parking deck and out of view. We residents also pay a premium for security cameras (with fogged lenses). Some tool managed to break into the "secure" parking deck, cut the 1" cable off my Giant, and escape. The cameras? They couldn't make out a gender or race. The police? They have something similar to a stolen property hotline that will call you back within 3 hours. This happened 3 weeks before an adventure race. I had to run around and find another mountain bike, which isn't easy when you're 4'11".