Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

General Cycling Discussion Have a cycling related question or comment that doesn't fit in one of the other specialty forums? Drop on in and post in here! When possible, please select the forum above that most fits your post!

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 06-09-07, 03:29 AM   #1
furiousbob
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Pasadena CA
Bikes: A loaner for now
Posts: 510
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
No place to lock up bike at home

I'm about to purchase my first real bike. I live in a part of town where drug deals and prostitution is rampant, heck the neighbors on both sides of my place deal out of their windows. I also live in the only gated community in the neighborhood (but the walk-through gate can be opened simply by reaching over the gate and turning the knob). I live in a room in a condo owned by an older couple. My current beater sits outside, unlocked and under an all-night lamp. There is NOTHING to lock anything to...no pipes no nothing. I was thinking about just parking my new bike between condos where it can't be seen from the street.

Or...am I just S.O.L.?

Oh and my new bike's going to run me 350...which may not seem like a lot of money to some but it's a lot to a kid who has to resort to eating ramen noodles every morning/night.
furiousbob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-07, 03:32 AM   #2
Cyclaholic
CRIKEY!!!!!!!
 
Cyclaholic's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Sydney, Australia
Bikes: several
Posts: 4,269
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 83 Post(s)
Time to move
__________________
There are 10 types of people in the world - the ones that can count in base 2, the ones that can't count in base 2, and the ones that didn't expect this to be in base 3.
Cyclaholic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-07, 03:33 AM   #3
furiousbob
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Pasadena CA
Bikes: A loaner for now
Posts: 510
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I've just moved in. It was the only place I could afford.
furiousbob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-07, 03:47 AM   #4
Donkey Hodie
I like chrome.
 
Donkey Hodie's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Northeast
Bikes: 1983 Specialized Stumpjumper, 1986 Mongoose ATB
Posts: 285
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
keep the bike in your room. make room for it. I do.
Donkey Hodie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-07, 03:48 AM   #5
lelak
Beagle on wheels
 
lelak's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Sydney, AU
Bikes: GT Timberline
Posts: 54
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Can you arrange with your landlords to keep it somewhere? Basement, under the stairs, something like that?
lelak is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-07, 03:49 AM   #6
cyclezealot
Senior Member
 
cyclezealot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Fallbrook,Calif./Palau del Vidre, France
Bikes: Klein QP, Fuji touring, Surly Cross Check, BCH City bike
Posts: 13,166
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 118 Post(s)
you can't keep it in your bedroom. Heck. I am so paranoid about my bikes, I'd lock it to the bedpost. Owners worried about the mess. Put plastic on the floor. Carry it into the room. Guess, no can do.
cyclezealot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-07, 04:48 AM   #7
ax0n
Trans-Urban Velocommando
 
ax0n's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Lenexa, KS
Bikes: 06 Trek 1200 - 98 DB Outlook - 99 DB Sorrento
Posts: 2,400
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Donkey Hodie
keep the bike in your room. make room for it. I do.
x Eleventy Billion. Keep that **** inside.

Something like this for your wall if you need the space.

http://berserk.org/cbr/
ax0n is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-07, 05:55 AM   #8
cyclezealot
Senior Member
 
cyclezealot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Fallbrook,Calif./Palau del Vidre, France
Bikes: Klein QP, Fuji touring, Surly Cross Check, BCH City bike
Posts: 13,166
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 118 Post(s)
some landlords won't let you keep your bikes in your apartment. Try to convince them you won't lube your bike on the carpet.
cyclezealot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-07, 07:28 AM   #9
SDRider
Cat None
 
SDRider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: San Diego
Bikes: LOOK KG 461, LeMond Zurich, Giant Talon 29er 0
Posts: 4,510
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by lelak
Can you arrange with your landlords to keep it somewhere? Basement, under the stairs, something like that?
There are no basements in SoCal.
SDRider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-07, 08:00 AM   #10
CommuterRun
Conservative Hippie
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Wakulla Co. FL
Bikes:
Posts: 4,271
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I have eight bikes and three trailers in the livingroom right now. That's where they live. I highly suggest keeping bikes inside.
CommuterRun is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-07, 08:48 AM   #11
cooker
Prefers Cicero
 
cooker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Toronto
Bikes: 1984 Trek 520; 1990s Peugeot (Canadian-made) rigid mountain bike; 2007 Bike Friday NWT; misc others
Posts: 10,666
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 497 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by furiousbob
I'm about to purchase my first real bike. I live in a part of town where drug deals and prostitution is rampant, heck the neighbors on both sides of my place deal out of their windows.
That's great: since they're looking out anyway, ask them to keep an eye on your bike.
cooker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-07, 08:50 AM   #12
cooker
Prefers Cicero
 
cooker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Toronto
Bikes: 1984 Trek 520; 1990s Peugeot (Canadian-made) rigid mountain bike; 2007 Bike Friday NWT; misc others
Posts: 10,666
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 497 Post(s)
I don't understand how you can have drug dealers dealing out of their windows in a gated community, but then there's a lot I don't understand.

If you can leave your old bike unlocked under a street lamp it can't be that risky. Can you lock the new bike to the streetlamp?
cooker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-07, 09:08 AM   #13
rando
Senior Member
 
rando's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Tempe, AZ
Bikes:
Posts: 2,967
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
you gotta keep it inside.
__________________
"Think of bicycles as rideable art that can just about save the world". ~Grant Petersen

Cyclists fare best when they recognize that there are times when acting vehicularly is not the best practice, and are flexible enough to do what is necessary as the situation warrants.--Me
rando is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-07, 09:38 AM   #14
spindog
Respect Your Hill
 
spindog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Connecticut
Bikes: 2007 Colnago CLX Carbon, 2 Cannondale R2000Si's (road), 1 Trek (road), 1 Cannondale (Mtn)
Posts: 236
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
If you absolutely can't bring it inside and absolutely have nothing to lock it to, perhaps you can pull out the seatpost and bring that inside with you.

Your bike will be less tempting without a seat and if you clip in > most bicycle thieves would be more likely to pass it up because now they can't sit nor pedal the thing

Good luck.
spindog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-07, 10:02 AM   #15
cyclezealot
Senior Member
 
cyclezealot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Fallbrook,Calif./Palau del Vidre, France
Bikes: Klein QP, Fuji touring, Surly Cross Check, BCH City bike
Posts: 13,166
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 118 Post(s)
In the wrong neighborhood, junkies will attempt to sell anything for nothing. So Commuter run. WHere do you live?
cyclezealot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-07, 10:37 AM   #16
rando
Senior Member
 
rando's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Tempe, AZ
Bikes:
Posts: 2,967
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
junkies and others will steal anything they think they can sell, it doesn't matter if it's a whole bike or parts. there's a bike locked with a hefty U-lock on a cpost on a chain link fence next to ASU that I pass every day, and slowly it has been losing parts. I think it's down to just the frame now.
__________________
"Think of bicycles as rideable art that can just about save the world". ~Grant Petersen

Cyclists fare best when they recognize that there are times when acting vehicularly is not the best practice, and are flexible enough to do what is necessary as the situation warrants.--Me
rando is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-07, 11:27 AM   #17
djSlvt
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Miami, Florida
Bikes:
Posts: 127
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Yea, I take my bike with me inside and it sits on the balcony, I can also leave it in the living room. You could leave it where you sleep.

Shops, I take it inside with me. The only time I had someone mind is in this hardware store, where this fat unattractive lady was cashier. I didn't pay any attention to her, because she was a disgusting, and she decided to get some by telling me to leave my bike outside next time. I told her "what makes you think I'll come back here again?....... If you hit a gym and take care of your fat hanging from everywhere look I might come back..."

She was speechless and we made a nice joke about it with the manager or the guy that looked important in there.

That's the only time someone said anything to me.

I know it's about your attitude. Because, speech is only 7% of our communication, not important what you say. They see a nice guy, with nice bike, plenty of confidence, they don't challenge. Because if they do they run a risk of loosing, and they see I speak business when they see me.
djSlvt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-07, 12:14 PM   #18
furiousbob
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Pasadena CA
Bikes: A loaner for now
Posts: 510
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by cooker
I don't understand how you can have drug dealers dealing out of their windows in a gated community, but then there's a lot I don't understand.
I meant next door to the community (it's a small 4 condo community)

Quote:
Originally Posted by lelak
Can you arrange with your landlords to keep it somewhere?.
My landlords won't even allow shoes in the house.

Quote:
Originally Posted by djSlvt
Yea, I take my bike with me inside and it sits on the balcony
I have a friend who lives a couple blocks away, he had two bikes stolen off a second story balcony that was surrounded by a 7 foot brick wall. Somebody actually scaled the wall, laid down a plank and crossed a 7 foot drop to take two bikes.

Oh and I live on the east side of Pasadena by the DMV.
furiousbob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-07, 01:08 PM   #19
djSlvt
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Miami, Florida
Bikes:
Posts: 127
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I live in a neighborhood were crime is virtually none existent. Inside a gated community, on the fourth floor. I've seen bikes on people's balconies on the 1st floor, ground level. All you need to do is cut the bug net and take a bike.


Absolutely, adjust how you handle your things depending on where you live.
djSlvt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-07, 01:13 PM   #20
furiousbob
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Pasadena CA
Bikes: A loaner for now
Posts: 510
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
ok well I just got home with my new Kentfield, used my old cable lock to lock the front wheel with the rear wheel/frame...maybe that'll hold until I find a better solution.
furiousbob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-07, 01:55 PM   #21
Lurker1999
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Boston
Bikes: Jamis Coda Sport '06
Posts: 548
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Buy a folder.
Lurker1999 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-07, 01:55 PM   #22
Blue Order
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 7,282
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by furiousbob
ok well I just got home with my new Kentfield, used my old cable lock to lock the front wheel with the rear wheel/frame...maybe that'll hold until I find a better solution.
A cable lock can be cut in one second.

Here's how it is. Your landlords allow you to bring your bike into your room, or you move, and they can find somebody else to rent their room. And you find another place. Find some roommates. Then bring your bike into your room.

Or go along with your landlord's ridiculous rules and adopt the attitude that there's nothing you can do, and your bike will get stolen.

Your choice.
Blue Order is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-07, 02:01 PM   #23
djSlvt
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Miami, Florida
Bikes:
Posts: 127
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Blue Order is a real man.
djSlvt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-07, 02:07 PM   #24
Eddie Loves You
Senior Member
 
Eddie Loves You's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Portland, OR
Bikes:
Posts: 71
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Please don't leave your bike locked to itself outside. It'll be gone tonight. I'M SURE you can find someplace relatively close (streetlamp, handrail?) to chain it to. Make it DOUBLE CHAIN; one chain and a U-Lock.

Either that or ask your friend a couple blocks away if you can keep it at his house.

Your landlords should let you keep your own property in your room, if you pay rent. Assure them it won't be a problem.
Eddie Loves You is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-07, 02:12 PM   #25
furiousbob
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Pasadena CA
Bikes: A loaner for now
Posts: 510
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Well after doing some looking around...I've found two exterior options...there's a breaker box outside my place with a 2 inch dia. cable that runs into the ground...I can lock it to that OR I can lock it to the exterior of the neighborhood fence. I don't like the latter option because the streets don't seem like a safe place to park a bike overnight. Maybe I'll just ask them if I can take up some of their precious garage space.
furiousbob is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:54 AM.