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    Remote garage opener for cycling

    For those with automatic garage doors (I live in a condo complex with a remote controlled garage), do you use a garage door remote? I hate stopping at my garage where we have a hedge and it's always awkard slipping the bike through between the hedge and the garage gate.

    I'm thinking of getting a Craftsman Remote 3-Function Security+. It's compact and fits on a keychain, so I'd stick it in my back pocket and could whip it out on approach. Anyone use one of these?

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    I have a Genie garage door and mounted a wireless keypad controller next to the door. I don't need to carry anything and simply punch in the code to open the door when I return.

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    I've got a key fob style remote. Like the previous poster I just use the keypad for the bicycle. I do use it for my motorcycle and have the thing velcroed in the 'cockpit' area for ready use. You could velcroe the thing on your stem or maybe under your seat (use a safety string in case of bumpy roads). Check your local Home Despot for an extra remote. No new opener system needed.
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    How about picking up the phone when you're 1/4-mile away and calling the wife??

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    Like two of the other posters I just use the remote keypad mounted on the outside of my garage door. My problem is that when I go out on my bike I never carry any keys with me and one day I came back from a ride and found out that there was a power outage so the door opener wouldn't work and I was stuck outside till the power came back on. Now I have a hide-a-key outside. (At least I hope it's still there, I guess I should check.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunninho
    For those with automatic garage doors (I live in a condo complex with a remote controlled garage), do you use a garage door remote? I hate stopping at my garage where we have a hedge and it's always awkard slipping the bike through between the hedge and the garage gate.

    I'm thinking of getting a Craftsman Remote 3-Function Security+. It's compact and fits on a keychain, so I'd stick it in my back pocket and could whip it out on approach. Anyone use one of these?

    http://www.sears.com/sr/javasr/produ...id=00953680000
    I've been using a small one for a few years. I just put the remote in a plastic sandwich bag and put it in my jersey pocket with the button facing out. Then I can hit the button any time. There is a parking lot across the street from my driveway and it's a straight line for about a block. I can hit the remote and come in pretty fast, then hit it again and I am out of sight. It reduces the amount of time people can see my garage loaded with bikes, or me coming in on a nice bike.

    It's very James Bond-ish if you have a very secure but old looking garage and have a few nice bikes hidden in it. Kind of like hiding the Aston Martin in an old barn in the mountains overlooking the Riviera just in the nick of time, as the French Police cars rocket past with the siren blasting! eee OWWW eee OWWW....

    Well not exactly......but it's as close as I can get.

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    Yeah, the keypad idea works well for me too; otherwise you're just filling up the wedge pack with unnecessary stuff.

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    I'm in a community garage since it's part of my condo complex, so the wireless keypad won't fly with the HOA. I like the idea of having the remote either velcroed to the stem or keeping it in a sandwich bag (to keep sweat off). I'll hit the button from across the street and time the approach.

    I think the Craftsman should be programmable with (or store the infrared signal of) the building's garage system.


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    I've been using a small one for a few years.
    Quote Originally Posted by CastIron
    I've got a key fob style remote.
    Which brand fob/remote do you use?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2manybikes
    It's very James Bond-ish if you have a very secure but old looking garage and have a few nice bikes hidden in it. Kind of like hiding the Aston Martin in an old barn in the mountains overlooking the Riviera just in the nick of time, as the French Police cars rocket past with the siren blasting! eee OWWW eee OWWW....

    Well not exactly......but it's as close as I can get.
    I do more or less the same thing with my garage remote, but I love your take on it never thought of how cool the humble garage door is untill now.

    Dum dadadumdum dadadum, dum dadadumdum dadadum, doodoooooodoodoodooooooo

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    Which brand fob/remote do you use?
    I think it's a Genie. Bought it after the opener--coded and all.


    How about picking up the phone when you're 1/4-mile away and calling the wife??
    <laughs pathetically> You're not married, are you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CastIron
    <laughs pathetically> You're not married, are you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DannoXYZ
    How about picking up the phone when you're 1/4-mile away and calling the wife??

    I'm not married But, I guess I could teach the dog a new trick
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclaholic
    I do more or less the same thing with my garage remote, but I love your take on it never thought of how cool the humble garage door is untill now.

    Dum dadadumdum dadadum, dum dadadumdum dadadum, doodoooooodoodoodooooooo

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclaholic
    I do more or less the same thing with my garage remote, but I love your take on it never thought of how cool the humble garage door is untill now.

    Dum dadadumdum dadadum, dum dadadumdum dadadum, doodoooooodoodoodooooooo

    Now you've got the idea !!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CastIron
    <laughs pathetically> You're not married, are you?
    You mean if I marry her, she'll stop opening the garage door for me???

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    Quote Originally Posted by DannoXYZ
    You mean if I marry her, she'll stop opening the garage door for me???
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    When I use to keep the bike in a garage I carried an extra remote with me all the time and just kept it in the saddle bag. Now I keep it the basement so I just carry a house key.

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    Quote Originally Posted by froze
    When I use to keep the bike in a garage I carried an extra remote with me all the time and just kept it in the saddle bag. Now I keep it the basement so I just carry a house key.
    Must be a hassle going down into the basement everytime you need the remote.
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