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Old 07-28-09, 01:02 PM   #1
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Company bike storage suggestions, please help (Colorado)

Hello all,

I'm in need on dire help of finding adequate bike storage for the company I work for. We are small engineering firm in Colorado that would like to purchase some form of bike pods for our commuters. We have anywhere from 2-8 riders year rounds and would like to offer bike shelter. We already tried purchasing a new tuff-shed but the building owner wouldn't approve.

Our budget is 2k
The pods need to lock somehow
The manufacture company needs to be local (shipping would break our budget)

Can anyone recommend anything that might fit our needs?

Thank you very much in advance!
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Old 07-28-09, 01:44 PM   #2
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Hello all,

I'm in need on dire help of finding adequate bike storage for the company I work for. We are small engineering firm in Colorado that would like to purchase some form of bike pods for our commuters. We have anywhere from 2-8 riders year rounds and would like to offer bike shelter. We already tried purchasing a new tuff-shed but the building owner wouldn't approve.

Our budget is 2k
The pods need to lock somehow
The manufacture company needs to be local (shipping would break our budget)

Can anyone recommend anything that might fit our needs?

Thank you very much in advance!
Have you considered claiming the $20 / month biker benefit tax benefit? I can't find the article, but "bike lockers" should be a justifiable expense under that scenario (showers and lockers are), which can expand your budget a bit.

As far as units go, at one point in time I was eyeballing some of the Rubbermaid Outdoor Series as a "Backyard Bike Locker"... it's certainly a budget idea... though you'd have to put more than one bike per.

I've got now idea how much these run

These doubles run 1K each

At a 2K price, Have you considered "rolling your own". One could chain-link up (or any other fencing material) a couple parking spots fairly simply.
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Do you have a wide entrance hall space or similar space that could be modified......my company's office in Boulder (now longmont) had Hooks on the wall so that bikes could be vertical and then had a rubber mat underneath (to catch melting snow)

Rubbermaid has a track and attachement solution that is not too ugly

http://www.rubbermaid.com/rubbermaid...d=HpdCat190026
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I live in Fort Collins, Colorado, and would also suggest spending the money on some sort of extended bathroom/locker solution, rather than a covered bike unit outside. It does not have to be fancy, or expensive. Maybe adding some innexpensive lockers and a place to hang wet towels. I've seen a few places put lockers in the bathrooms and/or larger cleaning closets with a big sink in it. You can get really inexpensive lockers that will do the job, and you want the towels to be out-of-view of office visitors and such.

I don't think that we get enough snow here to warrant an actual shelter for bikes. The snow almost always melts on roads and sidewalks in a week or so. You need shelters in places where the annual precipitation is a lot higher than in the Denver area (Denver is about 13 inches per year, as opposed to places around the eastern Great Lakes that get 30+ inches per year, and a lot of that being snow). Everyone around here just puts a plastic bag on their saddle, sometimes another one on the handlebars, and makes sure to lube-up the chain more often. No biggie.

You also need a decent bike rack outside for the above to work. The type where people can leave very heavy and secure bike locks on the rack, and not have to carry them back and forth from home (beefier u-locks, hardened steel chains for back wheels, etc). I've seen a few places around here that have bike racks that are reserved for employees only.

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Hello all,

I'm in need on dire help of finding adequate bike storage for the company I work for. We are small engineering firm in Colorado that would like to purchase some form of bike pods for our commuters. We have anywhere from 2-8 riders year rounds and would like to offer bike shelter. We already tried purchasing a new tuff-shed but the building owner wouldn't approve.
You're engineers and you can't just build your own? Sounds like you need to hire some experimental physicists, they'd get the job done.
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Have you considered claiming the $20 / month biker benefit tax benefit? I can't find the article, but "bike lockers" should be a justifiable expense under that scenario (showers and lockers are), which can expand your budget a bit.

As far as units go, at one point in time I was eyeballing some of the Rubbermaid Outdoor Series as a "Backyard Bike Locker"... it's certainly a budget idea... though you'd have to put more than one bike per.

I've got now idea how much these run

These doubles run 1K each

At a 2K price, Have you considered "rolling your own". One could chain-link up (or any other fencing material) a couple parking spots fairly simply.

Thanks for the reply,
I am aware of the tax credit and this has been factored into the budget. The Rubbermaid products look nice but we need something more durable and vandal proof. The links you provided are exactly what we want but they are our of state vendors. I canít believe Colorado has no companies selling these things.

Our building is band new and the owners are very strict on whatís additional structures are allowed. We also have to deal with city zoning and building permit constraints so any makeshift structure is out of the question. My company is sold on the pods so lets stick to ideas related to them and maybe I can work around the budget somehow.

Much thanks
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Do you have a wide entrance hall space or similar space that could be modified......my company's office in Boulder (now longmont) had Hooks on the wall so that bikes could be vertical and then had a rubber mat underneath (to catch melting snow)

Rubbermaid has a track and attachement solution that is not too ugly

http://www.rubbermaid.com/rubbermaid...d=HpdCat190026
As much as I like this idea, the building owner would laugh in my face. It took me forever to get him to except the tuff shed idea and then a week later he responded that the building permit would need to be revised and on and on....

Even if I got buy-in on an inside storage system there isn't enough space for other companies to store their bikes and I could see others filling up our racks. I still think pods are our best solution. Does anybody in Colorado have pods at their office?

Keep the ideas coming!
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I live in Fort Collins, Colorado, and would also suggest spending the money on some sort of extended bathroom/locker solution, rather than a covered bike unit outside. It does not have to be fancy, or expensive. Maybe adding some innexpensive lockers and a place to hang wet towels. I've seen a few places put lockers in the bathrooms and/or larger cleaning closets with a big sink in it. You can get really inexpensive lockers that will do the job, and you want the towels to be out-of-view of office visitors and such.

I don't think that we get enough snow here to warrant an actual shelter for bikes. The snow almost always melts on roads and sidewalks in a week or so. You need shelters in places where the annual precipitation is a lot higher than in the Denver area (Denver is about 13 inches per year, as opposed to places around the eastern Great Lakes that get 30+ inches per year, and a lot of that being snow). Everyone around here just puts a plastic bag on their saddle, sometimes another one on the handlebars, and makes sure to lube-up the chain more often. No biggie.

You also need a decent bike rack outside for the above to work. The type where people can leave very heavy and secure bike locks on the rack, and not have to carry them back and forth from home (beefier u-locks, hardened steel chains for back wheels, etc). I've seen a few places around here that have bike racks that are reserved for employees only.
UmmÖ who said anything about lockers? We actually have very nice lockers and showers. How long have you lived in Fort Collins? Last winter was above average snow and if this winter follows our current summer precipitation pattern, itís going to be a heavy winter. While a trash bag on a seat might work, so does my Schwinn 12 speed pedaling up to horsetooth, thatís doesnít necessarily mean itís the best option if you catch my point.

Pods people, help me find local pods!
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C'mon, you all are engineers. Get together and engineer a solution. Pay a poor Colorado School of Mines student to engineer you something.

Our Colorado office doesn't have any pods. We just roll our bikes into the office. Mine sits next to my cube.
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Water Resource Engineers, the only thing we can build is a weather station.
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Wait!! What tax credit?? (Sorry jpolly!)
We are also looking at something to put our bikes in. You wouldn't think with the economy the way it is that this would be such a struggle for companies to buy into. I know our company also has a tight budget but the cost of a storage rack or unit was only secondary to 'how bad it LOOKS' to have bikes in our cubicles.

Any direction on this tax credit (Googling as we speak) would be great.

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Wait!! What tax credit?? (Sorry jpolly!)
We are also looking at something to put our bikes in. You wouldn't think with the economy the way it is that this would be such a struggle for companies to buy into. I know our company also has a tight budget but the cost of a storage rack or unit was only secondary to 'how bad it LOOKS' to have bikes in our cubicles.

Any direction on this tax credit (Googling as we speak) would be great.

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Search for metal bike lockers. A two bike set should be in the neighborhood of $1500 to $1700 and gets mounted on concrete slab.
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