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Old 07-24-15, 08:06 AM   #1
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Companies that get it...

Where I work, there's no free parking; if you want to park you have to pay. Not as much as Chicago, or New York, but still.

My company provides free parking for bicycles in the garage in the building, so right off the bat, they get it. Came into work this morning, and saw this freshly installed pump. Now I know they really get it.

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Old 07-24-15, 08:08 AM   #2
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Wow, that is really awesome!
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Very cool!
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That is definitely cool. Does someone high up in your company ride to work?
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That is cool. I bet you even have showers and a locker room (or 2) there.
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And do they think that little bracket is really going to keep the thing from disappearing?
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And do they think that little bracket is really going to keep the thing from disappearing?
That was my first thought. Nice gesture though.
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And do they think that little bracket is really going to keep the thing from disappearing?
Looks like it is also bolted to the floor.

Hopefully no one that rides a bike is a dick enough to steal it, though.
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The community pump is a nice touch. Our company bike room has one.

There's also a neighborhood bike pump bolted down a couple of blocks away at a street corner.
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Wait, did they bolt the thing down so that the gauge is upside down when looking down at it? Seems like it would be hard to use it without being able to move the pump beside each wheel... unless your bike has a kickstand (mine doesn't).
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Old 07-24-15, 12:50 PM   #11
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This kind of thing restores my faith in humanity.
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On my commute I use a big pedestrian/bike overpass over US-50 that provides a link between the ARBT and Folsom bike trails, and my employer and the nearby light rail station. I wonder when it was put in and if my employer contributed.

Edit - some Googling implies it was around 2000 or 2002. I started here in 2007
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I am house manager at a hostel for hospital patients and their families. Our board paid for the materials I used to build a couple of lockers in the furnace room. My stuff drys by lunch time in there. We have three bathrooms with showers and I keep my bike in the laundry room during the day. Everybody here is always telling me how impressed they are with my fitness, with that "if only I could do that" look in their eyes. I tell 'em, "You could too."
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Wait, did they bolt the thing down so that the gauge is upside down when looking down at it? Seems like it would be hard to use it without being able to move the pump beside each wheel... unless your bike has a kickstand (mine doesn't).
Just lay the bike down off to one side? Lean it against the wall off to one side? The hose looks to be a couple feet long.
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Just lay the bike down off to one side? Lean it against the wall off to one side? The hose looks to be a couple feet long.
Doubt I would want to lay it down when the panniers and stuff are loaded. I guess I could lean it against the wall on one side of the pump for one tire, then move the bike to the other side for the other tire. Provided there's enough clear space on each side of the pump, of course.
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I don't think it's there for regular maintenance. Most just pump their tires at home.

But, if you have a flat on your way in and give your tire the o'l 3/4 fill with the hand pump (before your hand cramps up), this is a way of getting the tire back to full pressure.
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I work in a large hospital and there is a set of bike racks, out of sight, where thieves have free reign. One of my co-workers had two bicycles stolen. Now he rides a beater, a serious beater with lots of rust. I am luckier, I have an office and I keep my bike there. I think a got away with keeping it there because I didn't ask for permission. I am in year number two for commuting and nobody has complained. You think the hospital management would like to promote a healthy life style.
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If the OP has a problem with the orientation of the pressure gauge, he could probably just have the building facilities people fix it.
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And do they think that little bracket is really going to keep the thing from disappearing?
If you open up the picture it's clearly bolted onto the wall.

For something that's kept inside the company (an area only employees go through) it's very unlikely that anyone would need more than that. It's not that expensive, people inside already have jobs, and stealing it would get you fired. Like stuff is sometimes stolen off of people's desks, but it's fairly rare for it to happen. Add any security that would need cutting through anything and it's almost entirely safe.
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Doubt I would want to lay it down when the panniers and stuff are loaded...

what would you do if you had a flat on the road?
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If the OP has a problem with the orientation of the pressure gauge, he could probably just have the building facilities people fix it.
I have a Park tool floor pump that has the hose and gauge on opposite sides of the pump oriented so the gauge is upsidedown if the hose is pointed at the bike, fortunately the gauge is huge and easy to read even that way.
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This is very awesome! I also commute to work by bicycle. I am probably the only one in the whole region who bicycle commutes, but I work at a large repair shop, so free air at anytime for me.......

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I have a Park tool floor pump that has the hose and gauge on opposite sides of the pump oriented so the gauge is upsidedown if the hose is pointed at the bike, fortunately the gauge is huge and easy to read even that way.
I'm just saying if the OP and/or his/her coworkers don't like the orientation, they probably have a "facilities" dept. of some sort that will change it for them. We don't know if the people who installed it just didn't know what side the gauge should face, or if there was a miscommunication.

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For something that's kept inside the company (an area only employees go through) it's very unlikely that anyone would need more than that. It's not that expensive, people inside already have jobs, and stealing it would get you fired.
Yup, and the room that the pump is in probably has a security camera that will show whoever is trying to walk away with the pump.

Not saying that it can't/won't happen, but it would take a real dummy to try to steal that pump - like my coworker back in my McDonald's days that thought he could take some cash from the register home and not lose his job and get arrested too.
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Management was NOT bicycle friendly and they made me park in a far-away corner of the parking lot. Management told me, 'we don't have enough parking spaces for special bicycle parking'; upon which I re-designed the parking lot gaining 2 extra car parking spaces + a spot for motorcycle and bicycle parking.
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