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Old 08-23-10, 06:33 PM   #1
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Bike parking at work--Sometimes you have to take the initiative

As you may know, at home, I store my bikes like this in the living room.



I use the Saris Locking Bike Trac so that no bike is ever left home alone and unlocked. (No it's not the neighborhood, I learned the hard way at my last place. I had a bike stolen and it was clearly an "inside job". I won't ever let that happen again.)

I'm very fortunate at work. Staff gets indoor bike parking. I've been leaving the bikes leaned up against some shelves in the server room. With the new budget, they're restoring bookmobile service. The bookmobile people need storage space. There goes my parking spot.

I was offered the basement, but the door swings the wrong way and has one of those automatic door slammers on it. I couldn't see wrestling with that at the top of the stairs twice daily, if there was an alternative. What did my little eye see? Sixteen inches of empty space between the safe and the wall.



I know from mounting the racks in my living room that I need 12" between the wall and the rack's centerline. Hmmm… So asked my boss, "If I buy a wall mount rack, is it okay if I mount it here?" Showed her the pic of my living room too. She said it was okay.

I ordered the ordinary, non-locking version of the Saris Bike Trac. It came in last week. I took it to work today, bungeed to the Portland.





I marked the wall where it should go and maintenance will install it Real Soon Now. I just have to get a 16" wide boot tray to put under the bike for slush season.

Long story short, sometimes, all you need to do is ask, and buy it yourself. $40 bought me my own parking spot for as long as I work at that branch.
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Old 08-23-10, 06:43 PM   #2
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Where will the company store the broom?
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Right on. Years ago my workplace had a couple of people who liked to go out and run in the late morning. They wanted a shower, I wanted a shower. We found an extra janitorial closet and asked if we could convert it into a shower. Less than $100 and we had a shower in our workplace. You're right, sometimes it just takes a little initiative.
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cool deal... I wonder if I'd be allowed to have one installed in my office...
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Cool! Can you keep the snake to guard your bike while you're working?
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Its job is guarding the safe.
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Did you order the locking racks thru a LBS? Can't seem to find pricing details on the site. Is it critical they are attached to studs?

Also, that's a really faded tailrider! Or is it supposed to be orange? That level of exposure for an Arkel is a tribute to your dedication to cycling!
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Miracle of miracles! Maintenance installed the rack this morning! It was there on the wall when I got to work this afternoon.

No pics today because I rode the Litespeed, which has no rack, and the camera lives inside the Tailrider, which needs to ride on a rack. Maybe tomorrow, but certainly on Thursday.

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Its job is guarding the safe.
Yes, the snake will guard the bikes too. Any one of my bikes is worth more than what we're allowed to keep in the safe.

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Did you order the locking racks thru a LBS? Can't seem to find pricing details on the site. Is it critical they are attached to studs?

Also, that's a really faded tailrider! Or is it supposed to be orange? That level of exposure for an Arkel is a tribute to your dedication to cycling!
I ordered all my racks from the LBS. The locking model isn't available through QBP. It has to be ordered direct from Saris, so you'll need to be sure your LBS can do that, or that their distribution can order from Saris direct. Trek dealers, for instance, can order it through Trek, but it takes a month or two to come in. This time I ordered from an LBS who could order direct, and it arrived in just six days.

The locking racks are $80 for John Q. Public, although I'm sure there's a discount for quantity when used in their intended, commercial parking application. Oh, and since they're so heavy, the LBS charged actual freight charges.

No, they're not mounted in the studs. I use six oversized anchors and screws per rack in the lath and plaster walls at home. They seem to be well-mounted. For the non-locking one at work, Maintenance used two #12 screws and anchors in the drywall. It too seems to be adequately mounted.

Yes, that is a really faded Tailrider. It's supposed to be fire truck red, not pale orange. On the bottom, it is still fire truck red. Until this year, all my bikes had racks, so it's only this season that it hasn't gone everywhere on every ride.
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And that purple Boa will sure deter would be thieves too!
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Put the camera in my jersey pocket today for the "after" pics of my new parking space.


So here's the Litespeed hanging in its new parking space.


Guarded by the snake.


There's 16" between the safe and the wall. The rack's centerline is 12" from the wall (4" from the safe). My current commuting panniers fit, but if I carry out my threat to upgrade to a set of Ortleibs, I'll have to take the left one off before hanging the bike. You can see that I already have to be sure the left pedal is forward.


In the camera's display, I thought I could see the space between the bars and the wall, but I can't now. Anyway, there are two inches between the bars and the wall. Those are 42CM road bars. If you're thinking of the same sort of thing for yourself, add some inches for MTB or hybrid bars.
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$39 for the rack. Hmm... I was think about adding to my collection of bike hooks for my garage.

What's the advantage of your system over a simple hook like this one from Ace Hardware (assuming, of course, you have something handy to screw the hook into.)

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What's the advantage of your system over a simple hook like this one from Ace Hardware (assuming, of course, you have something handy to screw the hook into.)
  1. Keeps the wet wheels off the drywall,
  2. multiple mounting holes means it works just fine without being in a stud, and
  3. the hook is separate from the mounting point(s) so being clumsy when hanging or removing the bike is less likely to pull the hook out of the wall. And I'm nothing if not clumsy.
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