I commuted over the summer/fall and would avoid days where it was raining in the morning, so I never had to worry about my bike being wet when I got to work (I was more concerned about me being wet to tell ya the truth). I'm going to start riding again soon, in the snow and slush of Wisconsin, and I'll end up parking my bike in my carpeted office at work. How do those of you that commute in rainy/slushy conditions and store your bike indoors handle cleaning your bike, or otherwise containing the mess that will run off of it? Do any of you have a special 'pad' you park on to help contain the mess, or do you clean it all off before entering the building (which I'm sure would still result in at least a little being left)? I imagine my custodial staff will go ballistic if I just park it on the carpet and let the salty slush run off...
2004 Litespeed Siena, 1996 Litespeed Obed, 1992 Miele (unknown model), 1982 Meile Uno LS.
Good mudflaps will keep a lot of the slop off your bike, then just give them each a little kick as you go into work. One of those rented mats is a great idea, but I've used boot trays under each wheel too.
I hadn't considered a carpet 'runner'. I think that could be my best bet, as the rubber base will save the underlying office carpeting, but the carpet top will absorb the runoff. Our building is sealed, and very dry, so the carpet will undoubtedly dry within a day. Thanks for the ideas!
The floor at work is linoleum, so I don't worry too much, but I clean the floor on occasion. But at home each bike has its own piece of runner carpet from KMart. They are about 18" by 6' and have a rubberized bottom and come in a variety of patterns to match your decor.