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Old 11-17-09, 05:55 PM   #26
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One desk drawer is all bike parts; the desktop is my spot for the helmet, gloves, cold weather gear, etc.
My tool roll is on the same shelf as my little stereo and my pill bottles (vitamins & such).
I have a plastic bin under the desk with more parts, a twin to one under my garage workbench.

If I didn't have my extended family living here, the bike would be in the living room.
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Old 11-19-09, 04:02 PM   #27
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in order to keep my bikes I have to get rid of this stuff:

- darkroom
- SCUBA
- model trains
- aquariums

I still camp so I'm keeping that stuff
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Old 11-19-09, 08:00 PM   #28
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my bedroom is also a darkroom and bike storage area... it gets cramped, plus I have about 10 bikes in my garage. I think I'm going to have to get rid of a lot of stuff when I move to an apartment in Chicago..
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Old 11-19-09, 08:10 PM   #29
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I am glad I am not the only one. I have to get my wife to read this thread. Maybe she will cut me some slack..

As I type, 2 pairs of shoes on the entry mat, 2 new chains on the dining room table, Road ID on the kitchen table. 2 water bottles by the sink, multi tool on my dresser, 2 HR straps on the ensuite counter, Rain jacket hanging in the shower.
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Old 11-22-09, 09:34 AM   #30
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Just bike space and computer space...everything else belongs to the cats
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Old 11-22-09, 06:45 PM   #31
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my bedroom is also a darkroom and bike storage area... it gets cramped, plus I have about 10 bikes in my garage. I think I'm going to have to get rid of a lot of stuff when I move to an apartment in Chicago..
I'll buy your darkroom equipment if it's set for B&W processing.

My house isn't that messy. I have a section of my closet where the parts for my Peugeot are slowly accumulating, though.
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Old 11-22-09, 11:24 PM   #32
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tsl,

i like your assortment of hats.

count me in, i got brake levers, pedals, and handlebar tape lying around...haven't had time to install them
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Old 11-23-09, 03:41 PM   #33
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I'm pretty good at keeping it all contained. My stuff either ends up in the storage locker downstairs with the bike, or in a box under my bed. The stuff under the bed is spare lights, spare tubes, spare keys, etc.
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Old 11-23-09, 04:01 PM   #34
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i like your assortment of hats.
Thanks. Baldness means I have to wear them outside. Wearing the same hat all the time is just plain gross. So I might as well have a selection of colors.
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Old 11-23-09, 04:11 PM   #35
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This is the west wall of my living room.



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Pottery vase (on shelf) seems a bit out of place. What is that used for?
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Pottery vase (on shelf) seems a bit out of place. What is that used for?
You can put your weed in there.

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Pottery vase (on shelf) seems a bit out of place. What is that used for?
Change, other than quarters. It's where I emptied my pockets when getting home. Takes about a year to fill and holds about $30 in my usual mix of pennies, nickels and dimes.

I've moved since the start of this thread. The vase thing is in the kitchen now.

The new space is configured differently and I don't have a radiator near the bikes, so I can't lock them to anything right now. Plus, due to doors, I can't fit the bikes together in the same place. New commercial-parking-grade bike racks with integrated locking loops are arriving this week or next. I'll post updated pics.

Temporarily, I can lock one bike at a time to the radiator in the living room.


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Change, other than quarters. It's where I emptied my pockets when getting home. Takes about a year to fill and holds about $30 in my usual mix of pennies, nickels and dimes.

I've moved since the start of this thread. The vase thing is in the kitchen now.

The new space is configured differently and I don't have a radiator near the bikes, so I can't lock them to anything right now. Plus, due to doors, I can't fit the bikes together in the same place. New commercial-parking-grade bike racks with integrated locking loops are arriving this week or next. I'll post updated pics.

Temporarily, I can lock one bike at a time to the radiator in the living room.

You lock the bikes up while indoors? Is crime really that bad in your area that you have to do this? How can you use the radiator heater while the bike is locked up to it?
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I'll post updated pics.
Actually, here are couple more. I've posted these before in one of the "how do you wash your bikes" threads. The old place had a shower stall. I could roll them in on the back wheel and lean them against the side of the shower. The new place has a regular tub, and requires a different method:






As I've advised before, exercise extreme caution with this if you co-habitate with females.
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You lock the bikes up while indoors? Is crime really that bad in your area that you have to do this? How can you use the radiator heater while the bike is locked up to it?
Some people keep their cars locked in the garage. Back in the day when I owned one, I did.

Since I rent, I know I'm not the only one with a key to my place.

The only time I've had a bike stolen was from my locked basement storage room at my old place. It was an inside job.

It's not the neighborhood.

Since then, I lock my bikes in my apartment too. Since I don't get run background checks on who else lives in the building, or who is hired for maintenance, it seems a reasonable precaution. Although this landlord seems a little more discerning.

And, in case you hadn't noticed, I don't ride X-Mart bikes, and I have no compunctions about posting pictures of them online, which increases my risk.

Since my bikes are my sole form of transportation, the loss of one or both has a deeper effect on me than for most cyclists who own cars or other such OPEC-powered devices.

So, yes, I lock my bikes at home.

As for the radiator, keep in mind there's a practical limit to the temperature of the steam. It's not connected to nuclear powerplant. Landlords don't want lawsuits from parents of babies or owners of pets.

Edit: Actually, come to think of it, this place was downgraded to hot water. No more steam. Which is a shame because I really like the hissing, gurgling and clanking of real live steam. It gives a place personality.

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Road bike, track bike, 3 spd in the living room. Enough said. At least I don't have the Ducati in the back entrance between the kitchen and dining room any more.
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Old 11-24-09, 09:39 AM   #42
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Nice collection, you need a larger shed.. My solution, evict the car from the garage.
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i have 9 bikes hanging around the basement
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7 bikes in my kitchen. Don't have much choice when you live in a city.
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Old 11-27-09, 09:11 AM   #45
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I enjoy having my bikes in my 'personal' space. I spent alot of time selecting them for their looks (except the calico) and function so I want to be able to see them. OH there are atleast two more not 'on camera' and a frame under the bed. there is also a few back home too
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Bummer, no 'bents. But I see just enough room for a mid-racer, to the right of your shelf.
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Come on, only two bikes?
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Of course there's bike stuff in my personal space; it's how I mark my territory.

I have a wife and bike stuff in the house. Two bikes in the living room right now.
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Bummer, no 'bents. But I see just enough room for a mid-racer, to the right of your shelf.
I respect your preference for bents--particularly yellow ones. While not opposed to them, being car-free, living in the center city, working in the city neighborhoods, making an easy 75% of my miles in stop-and-go city traffic, bents are impractical at the moment. And all my bikes have to earn their keep. So it's DFs for time being.

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One for fair weather and the other for foul. What other kinds of weather are there?

Well truthfully, I have my eye on a mid-90s Litespeed Classic frameset a guy in my club is selling…
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Aaaaah, when I lived in an apartment with radiators I locked my bike to the radiator as well. In my case, the front door was so thin that if some skinny drunk girl had been goofing around in the hallway and slammed into my door I'm pretty sure she would have broken through it.

In my next apartment I wanted to lock it, but there was nothing to lock it to. But it was a pricey high rise, and I never ended up doing anything about it partially because of the inconvenience, and partially just because it felt safe there.

My current place is a duplex, with a basement. I'm seriously considering buying one of those big-ass chain locks to I can lock up whatever bikes I'm not using (don't ride the winter bike in the summer). Just figure with 5 bikes, totally about $10k if I my place ever got broken into and they got stolen I'd be super pissed (and replacing them all would be...difficult, financially). I figure if I lock up the ones I'm not using, at least they wouldn't clean me out.
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