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Old 01-25-10, 10:06 PM   #1
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Going to go to a University of California, where do I put my bike?

I am either going to UCI or UCSD. Did anyone go there? Any advice on where to put my road bike where it won't get stolen.
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Old 01-25-10, 10:36 PM   #2
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Well, when? At night: in your dorm. During the day: securely with a U-Lock AND a cable (if you're really that worried) against something that cannot be moved.

I'm not in college, but those would be my first thoughts.
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I would put my good bike in my parent's basement back home and lock it to the gas line or something, then buy a beater bike at a garage sale to ride around campus... and lock it up properly with a good U-Lock wherever I go. In general, college campuses are great place to leave your bike if you want to donate it to a theif.
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I want to use my bike for the bike club there. I am not gonna use it for commuting. Might get a beater to commute if I feel the need.
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I want to use my bike for the bike club there. I am not gonna use it for commuting. Might get a beater to commute if I feel the need.
If you're living in dorms, there's probably not a particularly good place to store it. Storing it in a dorm room isn't going to be very much fun. I haven't been to a UC campus specifically, I'm just thinking in terms of what college dorms are generally like (cramped).

If you want to store it safely, I suspect you'll need an apartment.
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Actually, quite contrary to what Arcanum said, you can live with a bike in the dorm quite comfortably. In fact, if you're not riding it too often, put it in a bike box and see if that can fit under your bed.

My brother is a Cat3 rider at RIT, which isn't a UC, but this is what he's told me.
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Actually, quite contrary to what Arcanum said, you can live with a bike in the dorm quite comfortably. In fact, if you're not riding it too often, put it in a bike box and see if that can fit under your bed.

My brother is a Cat3 rider at RIT, which isn't a UC, but this is what he's told me.
I'm just remembering my dorm room at RIT (10 years ago now). With two people, there wasn't much space to spare. That said, now that you mention it, you could probably lay the bike down under your bed. You might have to loosen the stem and rotate the handlebars to a different position, and maybe take the pedals off (depending on the pedals and the bed). You might have an issue if both you and your roommate want each want to store a bike in the room.
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Have you contacted the bike club(s) you plan to join to find out what they suggest?
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I went to UCI in the mid 80's. Lots of bike theft then, and I'm sure there is now. Back then many people (especially in the Middle Earth dorms - yes a whole section of dorms named after Tolkien locations) had beds up on stilts with the desk underneath. Kinda like a bunk bed with no lower bed. This option might give you room for a bike as well.
It'll all depend upon your living situation; dorm, apartment, house whatever.
Of course, check with others in the bike club.
I'd suggest a beater for getting around campus and keep your good bike secure at home (whatever that ends up being) somehow.
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Have you contacted the bike club(s) you plan to join to find out what they suggest?

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They will have a good idea of what can be done, and perhaps which dorm buildings you'd want to be in or avoid.

The rest of us, unless we stayed in the UCSD or UCI dorms are just guessing wildly. I've spent a lot of time on the UCSD campus, but not as a student, so I certainly don't know.
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Well, when? At night: in your dorm. During the day: securely with a U-Lock AND a cable (if you're really that worried) against something that cannot be moved.

I'm not in college, but those would be my first thoughts.
If the OP is using a bike for transport what he locks it to is very important. UCSB has huge bike use and bike theft. It has been a while, but I used to go up there every year for a major Rugby tournament and I'd see bikes locked with expensive U locks to a chain link fence! Remember your locking system is only as good as the weakest link.

Also as others have said a beater bike is worthwhile if yuo are using a bike for transport. On campuses with a theft problem yuo can often get a bike from the school, in the sense that they sell recovered/abandonded and unclaimed bikes. (an added benefit of starting there is if it then does get stolen you know where to report/ check for it).
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If you dorm allows it, you can have a bunk bed without the bottom bunk or build a support structure to have your bed a few feet high. That will give you space to store or hang your bike without drilling any holes into the walls.
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If the OP is using a bike for transport what he locks it to is very important. UCSB has huge bike use and bike theft.
When I went to UCSB, I only had one incident. A month before graduation, running on fumes financially, I had appropriated the beater bike that my brother had left behind. Two weeks later, the frame came apart and I put it back together with turnbuckles and baling wire I had laying around. Some kind soul there noticed my bike and loosened the turnbuckles and stomped on the frame so it was no longer even true with itself. I guess the pressure of finals was getting to him.
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Have you even checked the school's website? Look at the Parking and transportation links. My school has limited bike storage. Only $24yr. Awesome deal.
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