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Commuters?? specifically: Cincinnati commuters(9 posts)

Commuters?? specifically: Cincinnati commutersPaulCL
Apr 3, 2003 8:48 AM
I'm giving serious thought to commuting via bike at least once per week this summer. I have a lot of 'carpooling' with my children, so I have to wait until summer.

I belong to the "Y" so I have a place to store clothes and get showered, if necessary. My problem is where to store the bike??? Any ideas. What do others do in other cities?? Do you ride a beater or your best bike?? I would hate to have my beloved Colnago locked up somewhere if there was even a tiny chance of it being stolen.
I lock this bike every day outside the building I am work in.onespeed
Apr 3, 2003 9:01 AM
It is covered by renters insurance and can all be recreated with
money. I lock the front wheel and frame with a Krypto lock and
chain that I leave locked to a pole all the time, and lock up the
back with a smaller lock I carry around my neck. It gets a little
scratched here and there, but hey, its a commuter bike.
re: Commuters?? specifically: Cincinnati commutersrollo tommassi
Apr 3, 2003 9:04 AM
get a beater!!! Unless you can lock your Cnago next to your desk I wouldn't dare. if there is a tiny chance, it will get grabbed.

whereabouts in cincy are you riding?
re: Commuters?? specifically: Cincinnati commutersRich_Racer
Apr 3, 2003 9:10 AM
I keep my bike in my office - I wouldn't leave it outside. I do have a beater that I sometimes use and do lock up outside.

where in cincy?PaulCL
Apr 3, 2003 10:17 AM
I live in Edgewood, KY but my office is in downtown in the "580" building. I belong to the YWCA which is about 2 blocks from my office. I can walk the bike in there, shower, change, and walk the bike to its' lockup. I'll check with my building and my office manager if its' OK to bring the bike into the building.

I do have a private office with a lovely view outside of the side of a building. I have room in the office for a bike, but wheeling it into a brokerage firm office would not be acceptable - too many clients around to wheel a dirty bike across the carpet. I'll have to find someplace else within the building.

Thanks. Paul
If you can't keep the bike inside your workplace...Scot_Gore
Apr 3, 2003 9:13 AM
...does your city offer these:

They are $40.00 per summer or $60.00 per year here. They are almost all downtown. Very few are available to suburban bike commuters.

The officems
Apr 3, 2003 9:18 AM
When I commute (1-2 times per week during daylight savings time), I keep my bike in a file room across the hall from my office. When our firm was in another building, I kept my bike in a conference room (I would check the day before to make sure that it was only being used for internal purposes -- if clients were expected, I would put the bike in my office). Now, if you don't have a private office and your firm's premises don't have too much spare space, you may have a harder time that I do. But, if you look around, you may be able to find a space somewhere to keep your bike. The closer the bike is to where you work, the safer it will be. I would be very reluctant to leave my bike in the building garage or some other place where lots of people could have access to it. I have a Trek 5200. Now, I know that it is a common bike, but I am amazed that the number of people that know exactly how much it is worth. Just the other day when I was passing through my building's loading dock (where I have to bring the bike into the building and then bring it up the freight elevator), some maintenance guy that I never had seen before in the building said: "That's a nice bike, doesn't a bike like that cost about $2,500 without the pedals and the other stuff you have on it?"
suggest a beatervelocity
Apr 3, 2003 9:34 AM
I commute in NYC on a beater road bike that I lock up in my building's garage. The frame is an 80s Motobecane that's spraypainted black. It has recycled mostly Shimano 600 components with downtube shifters. It's a nice, cheap discreet ride that I also enjoy using for training rides. Another option is to set up an old frame as a single gear, which would even cheaper to maintain.
Leave the Colnago homeRJF
Apr 3, 2003 9:34 AM
I used to keep my bike in my office, but my current building does not allow you to bring bikes inside. So, I ride my beater/commuter and lock it up good down in our parking garage.

Assume that if it's not locked up, it will get stolen. I have seen people lose lights, seats, paniers and wheels because they only locked the bike's frame. In addition to a good frame lock, you should get a couple of cables that will allow you to lock wheels and seat as needed. No security system is foolproof, but you can at least make your bike the least attractive one on the rack.