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Old 07-14-10, 11:17 AM   #1
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Good way to keep mtb in dorm room?

Hey everyone,

I just bought a new Giant talon 29er 1 for some of the more serious trails around Clemson as I am going to school there in the fall. I have been told not to leave my bike outside, and need to figure out a good way to store it as I am living in a college dorm (limited space!!!). Any suggestions?
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Old 07-14-10, 11:19 AM   #2
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Get a couple of those big plastic coated hooks and hang it by the rims upside down from the ceiling. Make sure you get the hooks screwed into something significant like a stud.
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I'd usually just stuff it in a space standing it up on the rear wheel with it leaning against the wall, and a dresser. worked great if you can finagle a little space for it to lean up against. or maybe underneath your bed if there's enough room to slide it under? i'd usually have to take the front wheel off for the former option but it was doable. this avoided any hassle from 'damaging' your room with stuff in the walls or somethin
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. . . upside down from the ceiling. Make sure you get the hooks screwed into something significant like a stud.
That would be a good trick.
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Rafter? What's the official name for it?
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Usually a ceiling joist, unless it's supporting a floor above; then it's a floor joist. Unless it's the top floor and it has a vaulted ceiling; then it could indeed be a rafter . . . or a collar tie . . . or a truss chord. Keep in mind that most dorms, though, follow commercial construction conventions, so there may not be any wood members to screw hooks into - - it's most often steel superstructure with concrete separating the floors for increased fire rating.[/Construction 101]
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"How to keep nasty women away, and store a bike in a small apartment/dorm."

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Usually a ceiling joist, unless it's supporting a floor above; then it's a floor joist. Unless it's the top floor and it has a vaulted ceiling; then it could indeed be a rafter . . . or a collar tie . . . or a truss chord. Keep in mind that most dorms, though, follow commercial construction conventions, so there may not be any wood members to screw hooks into - - it's most often steel superstructure with concrete separating the floors for increased fire rating.[/Construction 101]
Hmm... Something tells me they wouldn't take too kindly to drilling holes into steel beams, but if it's those thin steel rod girder things, you could wire something to them. A lot of our dorms (I work at a university) have those ceilings that are basically just wire mesh covered with stucco/cement/the other one I can't remember the name of. That stuff would definitely hold anchors, so you could use anchors to hold wood blocks up and then screw the hooks into that. Or just sleep with it .
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lol that picture is ****ing hilarious
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lol that picture is ****ing hilarious
i got a lot of hate for the picture saying "drive side down!!! you're crazy!!"

duuuuh it was a brand new bike that wasn't even finished being built yet! she's still clean!
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or if not from the ceiling, hang it in front of the window from the window casing.
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When I was in college, I was able to find to 2 points on the lighting fixture at the end of my bike (uh - that's not as fragile as it sounds, it was a long piece of wood thingy securely fastened to the wall), and hand to cords/ropes off of it. I put hooks on each end of each, then put my bike upside down and hooked it through each wheel (hooked the cord/rope to the other end of itself). It was over the top of the end of my bed - I figured if it fell down, as long as it only hit my feet not my head it would be ok (it never actually fell down).

Drawback is that a mountain bike tends to get dirtier than a road bike, don't know if that would be a problem.
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Hey everyone,

I just bought a new Giant talon 29er 1 for some of the more serious trails around Clemson as I am going to school there in the fall. I have been told not to leave my bike outside, and need to figure out a good way to store it as I am living in a college dorm (limited space!!!). Any suggestions?
If you don't mind me asking, what dorm are you in? I can give you better advice if it is one I lived in. If you are in most of the freshman dorms, you probably won't be able to drill into the ceiling because of what it is made of/your RA will yell at you. The best way I know of to keep a bike in a dorm room is to loft your beds and put the bike under it. I don't think most of the dorms will let you bunk your beds, but if you are in one that will, bunk them and lean the bike against the wall where the other bed would have been.

Whoever gave you the advice not to leave your bike outside in Clemson if it is of any value is correct. I have had one stolen there, luckily a cheap bike, and know a lot of other people who have also. If you do end up putting it outside though, lock it with the biggest lock you can find and still move it inside during any school breaks. That seems to be when most thefts occur. I still wouldn't leave it outside at all though if you can.

EDIT: Also, post how you like the 29er on the Clemson trails. I thought about getting one but opted for a 26 because I didn't know how I would like a 29er over them and never had a chance to try one before I bought a new bike.

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i got a lot of hate for the picture saying "drive side down!!! you're crazy!!"

duuuuh it was a brand new bike that wasn't even finished being built yet! she's still clean!
yeah, I've heard THAT before....
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If you loosen the neck & pull off the from wheel it might fit under your bed.
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yeah, I've heard THAT before....
Funny....I know a Jon V. from here...and he's a bit of a joker too

Oh here's a picture to show the bikes current state including the parts that i added on...which i guess shows that it WAS unfinished at the time of the funny bed picture. Yep...pulled out the ol' camera just for you =).

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Thanks for all of the Suggestions!

I think my plan as of now is to loft my bed, put a fouton under the bed against the wall, and put the bike in between the fouton and the wall with the frond wheel off so that i can turn the handlebars parallel with the wall, fouton, etc. Although I do like the idea of keeping nasty women away hehe...

I am living in Holmes hall this year, and I will certainly post how like the 29er on Clemson trails, though I won't have much to compare it too, having only ridden 2 miles of the Isaquena (spelling?) lake trail on a 26 while visiting for freshman orientation.
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Thanks for all of the Suggestions!

I think my plan as of now is to loft my bed, put a fouton under the bed against the wall, and put the bike in between the fouton and the wall with the frond wheel off so that i can turn the handlebars parallel with the wall, fouton, etc. Although I do like the idea of keeping nasty women away hehe...

I am living in Holmes hall this year, and I will certainly post how like the 29er on Clemson trails, though I won't have much to compare it too, having only ridden 2 miles of the Isaquena (spelling?) lake trail on a 26 while visiting for freshman orientation.
Sounds like a good plan...my bed in college was lofted between two dressers and a couple bookshelves...plenty of storage space under there.
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It should be relatively easy to put a hook up on your bed if you want also. The ladder part of the loft that they give you in Holmes already has holes drilled in it that were the perfect size to screw in one of those big rubber coated garage hooks. The nice part about doing that is that once you take it out at the end of the year, there is no hole that you have to fill and you can't tell that anything was ever put there. I never used that method for a bike, but I can verify that it holds a guitar quite well, so I don't see why it wouldn't work for a bike unless you have the bed bolted into the holes you need at a certain height, but then just move the bed up or down one set of holes.

Something similar to this is what I am talking about, just make sure it is big enough to catch the threads in the wood securely: http://www.lowes.com/pd_267944-46880...Ntk=i_products

The part that actually holds the mattress though is metal, so it would probably also be fairly easy to fasten a pair of hooks to the underside of it and hang the bike by the wheels.
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When you bone your bike at night do you crank the wheel? =O
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http://www.bikerackshops.com/SS40090.html

When I had a studio condo, I used something similar to this, but made of oak.
It now lives in the garage.
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When I had a studio condo, I used something similar to this, but made of oak.
It now lives in the garage.
That looks like something that could be made very easily with an H-shaped 2x4 construction & two bike hooks from a hardware store.
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Get a girlfriend. Sleep at her place. Keep your bike in your bed.
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The lofted bed is the best way to go, IMO. You will gain room for other stuff that way as well.

I had three bikes stuffed under mine.
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