Road Cycling - Would you leave your bike in a car overnight?
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06-12-09, 11:11 AM
I would definitely avoid leaving my bike in the car under those circumstances. If I did, I'd probably try to park the car by my room's window, and go check on it every half an hour. It would maul my buzz.
If I had to, I can see putting it under a blanket. How about asking them if you can put it in their basement?
B&B's are pure evil. I avoid them now at all costs, ever since I got held captive by a Christian couple at breakfast who were bent on explaining to the group how rock & roll, punk and metal were 'the devil's music.' I told them I would've gone insane without such music, which almost, almost shut them up.
Everywhere Christian bashing. I am going out for a coffee.
06-12-09, 11:48 AM
Give it to them for secure storage. The Innkeepers Act (at least in Canada) states that the lodging is not liable for lost or stolen articles unless they are specially given to the innkeeper for secure storage. Losing a bike sucks but at least if it’s stolen from their utility room they would be responsible; it’s your problem if it’s stolen from your car.
06-12-09, 11:52 AM
I have heard this cant take the bike in the room, office etc. Any of you guys ever heard a good reason why?
If the town was stable and the bike out of sight- I'd consider it.. ?. About bikes in hotel rooms, "Don't ask don't tell. " Red Roof normally has outside access to your rooms. If the bike were not safe, I'd not stay there.
06-12-09, 12:30 PM
Yes. Last month I did just that.
My van has tinted windows and I lay my bike down with a sheet over it. I do the same thing when I drive my bike to work for a ride afterward when I am not commuting.
Everywhere Christian bashing. I am going out for a coffee.
I know! Poor guy, never gets a break!
06-12-09, 01:53 PM
Good god no. Mainly because it won't fit in my car... but also know a guy get his Synapse SL stolen out of his vehicle. Sure, whatever, right? Well, it had a SRM power crank, TriNewt, and a sick wheelset attached to it. He didn't think anyone would go into his parking garage in the apartment complex. About $5,000 down the drain for him.
My area is way too shady to leave stuff in your car. Come to think of it, my Jeep got ruffled through 2 nights ago.
06-12-09, 02:10 PM
Why would you assume any hotel room is more secure? Cleaning staff leave doors open to the world to tidy up while you're at breakfast. I'd never leave anything valuable in a hotel or B&B room.
06-12-09, 03:43 PM
I don't just leave my bike in the car. I STORE my bike in the car. It lives in the back of my Subaru Legacy wagon during the whole riding season - mid-March until after Thanksgiving. Fits right in without having to take a wheel off. I can even put in several bags of groceries, luggage, 2x4's, couple bags of mulch, even flip half a seat up for a passenger, without having to remove the bike.
Not an expensive bike. Trek 750. Bought it new for $600, but that was 20 years ago.
Leave it in the car, cover it up, lock the car.
El Diablo Rojo
06-12-09, 03:56 PM
In my neighborhood yes...yours maybe yes, maybe no, never been there.
I'm sorry, what was the question again? Oh. I'd probably take it apart and bring it in as "luggage".
06-12-09, 06:59 PM
You are letting your possessions control your life. Get insurance, document the cost of the bike and do it.
I go out on combined cycling and backpacking trips all the time and I leave my $4k bike in the car while I am backpacking and I leave about as much value in backpacking gear in the car when I am riding. In a lot of ways, there is more risk at these out-of-the-way trailheads because there is no one around and break-ins are common.
Just do what you need to do and deal with the what ifs only if they happen. You will be a lot freer.
Your poll needs a "depends" option (no, that isn't related to my being over 50!). The $1300 Klein has spent the night in our minivan in a variety of locales. The $4300 Merckx..nope, ain't gonna happen.
06-12-09, 07:06 PM
I live in a fairly good sized city, albeit a decent neighborhood there, and I regularly leave my bike in my car in my driveway rather than bringing it inside the garage. Never really thought twice about it. Then again, I think if it is taken from my car it is covered under my auto insurance, whereas I am too lazy to get renters insurance and in my garage it would not be covered.
06-12-09, 07:17 PM
I do it all the time, sometimes I store it there day after day, which is fine except when it gets to 110F and the windows are shut...the tubes burst sometimes.
If they have a secure room for the bike then what's the problem? I leave my ($5k+) bike in the boot of my car without a second thought. I wouldn't leave anything on the seat covered or uncovered.
06-13-09, 01:47 AM
Even if you can't take the whole bike in, you should be able to smuggle in the wheels. Or leave just the wheels in the storage room with a cable lock on them or something. I doubt a bike with no wheels would be very appealing to most thieves.
06-13-09, 02:05 AM
BTW, for people who would leave their bike in the car, how much is your bike worth?
I wouldn't care if my bike was only worth a few hundred bucks. A couple grand is another matter though.
Also: where do you usually park you car, make, model, and could you leave the keys in the door?
Leaving your bike in the car at a B&B doesn't sound too dangerous. Cover it with a blanket. You're talking B&B. The other guests will be overdosed on chai tea and sleeping by 9pm after a good read. Generally B&B's are not located along MLK boulevard anyway. If you see someone by your car, threaten them with a freshly baked scone homemade by the inn keepers. Tell them you will throw it at them.
And what's up with MLK boulevard anyway? It must be the longest stretch of road in the US.
Not sure I understand you. What does this have to do with whether his bike is likely to be stolen out of his car?
06-15-09, 07:39 AM
Buy a bike case.
+1 Like this one, http://www.wcfanshop.com/servlet/the-Large-Travel-Luggage-Bags/Categories.
Don't even ask about bring the bike in to the room, it's just another piece of luggage.
I leave my bike in my car all the time. Hell, it's been in my car for the past week due to finals. Then again, my school and hometown are in two cities that have been claimed in the top 5 safest cities in the US, so *shrug*
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