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Old 04-19-09, 09:43 PM   #1
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Is living in a high rise apartment with a MTB a problem ?

So I'll soon be moving to my first place as a young professional, so all of a sudden this has become a concern. I'm probably gonna be renting an apartment in a high rise building. I'm a Mountain Biker, and I'm concerned if carrying the MTB up and down the building is gonna be a problem.

Two main points of concern:

1) After a ride I could come back with the bike's tires covered in mud. Do you think this would infuriate the landlord, for possible messes it could make ?

2) Would I have to take the stairs every time to get the bike down and up ?

So does anybody here have any experience with this situation ? If so, how do you make things work for you ?
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Old 04-20-09, 01:29 AM   #2
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If your bike is absolutely filthy with mud, wipe it down before bringing it inside.

If there is an elevator, use it.

If not, suck it up and climb. Sounds like a good workout.
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I'm probably gonna be renting an apartment in a high rise building. I'm a Mountain Biker,
Makes the jumps kinda tough

Seriously, I use a MTB for my commuter and park it inside. For your sanity and peace with the neighbors, find the freight elevator.

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Old 04-20-09, 06:49 AM   #4
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Why not ride up the stairs on the mountain bike?
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Old 04-20-09, 07:05 AM   #5
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I knew this would come up as soon as they started all that gay marriage stuff. first you want to live with your bike and them you will want to marry it. It's all a slippery slope.
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highly dependent on the building. sounds like you're still looking for a place, so you might want to ask (better: read the rules/regs) before signing a lease. some places have specific exclusions about bicycles in the hallways or elevators and require you to take the stairs. Also, some say you can't store them on the balcony.

High-rise buildings often have storage spaces for each unit. If it has one on a lower floor, maybe you can lock it in there. Be sure the doors/etc are secure and if its a cage-style unit, you could attach some cardboard boxes to the inside (zip-ties?) so people can't see whats inside. I stayed in a place that had a "bike room" in the basement with racks inside.

for cleaning up the bike, one of those 2 gallon pressure washers (hand-pump, $20) might be useful, never tried it though.
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It *could* definitely be a problem. I live in a highrise, but I'm able to take the bike up in the freight elevator, then I store it on waterproof welcome mats in my apartment (another issue is how are you going to keep a dirty bike in your apartment without permanently staining the carpet? if there's stains on the carpet, when you go to move out the apartment people will charge you for replacing the carpet).

You should ask how to bring bikes up to your apartment - maybe they have a freight elevator like we do. You might also see if they have a car wash - you could wash off the tires before bringing it up, if you wanted.
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the only thing to watch out for are tire scuffs on the walls and doors


mud you can clean up easy. scuffs, not so much
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Agree with Black Box that you'd better read the lease. Most leases here prohibit bicycles in elevators, hallways, and the like. Not big deal if everyone is cool, but if you get an anti bike zealot you have trouble. This happened to me some years ago. Fortunately, my wife is on the board of directors of the building and we got the wording of the leases updated in several ways --including getting rid of the anti-bike parts.
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how bout this: don't move into an apartment.
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Ask, read the lease, and use the freight elevator. Most places will work with you, but a few won't.
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Agree with Black Box that you'd better read the lease. Most leases here prohibit bicycles in elevators, hallways, and the like. Not big deal if everyone is cool, but if you get an anti bike zealot you have trouble. This happened to me some years ago. Fortunately, my wife is on the board of directors of the building and we got the wording of the leases updated in several ways --including getting rid of the anti-bike parts.
I got around that once by taking the front wheel off, then I was carrying bicycle PARTS.
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I got around that once by taking the front wheel off, then I was carrying bicycle PARTS.
well played, sir.
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