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Old 06-12-09, 07:47 AM   #26
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i'm calling this your fault for asking. i never ask. i just wait until no one is really around and walk the bike to my room. no one told me NOT to....

that said, i live in a pretty good neighborhood and leave my bike in my hatchback overnight all the time before morning bike trips.
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Old 06-12-09, 07:52 AM   #27
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yeah why would anyone object to bringing your bike in? not like you went mud bogging with it and I am sure the tires are as clean as any shoe would be.
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Old 06-12-09, 07:54 AM   #28
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yeah why would anyone object to bringing your bike in? not like you went mud bogging with it and I am sure the tires are as clean as any shoe would be.
OH yea, I ride a road bike, forgot about you guys. My tires are clean. Nevermind.
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Old 06-12-09, 08:11 AM   #29
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Not a chance in he...ck would I leave ANYTHING in a car, I am even afraid to leave anything in my mom's car trunk, like my backpack.

My hybrid that's pushing 3 weeks old cost $320 new and the acc I've added since were more than $100.

I just bought a Miyata 912 and I'm putting ballpark $100 at the LBS to get it in tip-top shape.

I wouldn't leave either of my bikes in a car. Sneak the bike in your room so you can sleep soundly, without worrying.
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Old 06-12-09, 08:11 AM   #30
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First off, I think it's nice that the spousal unit wants to participate in your hobby.

Second, I wouldn't leave my bike in my car in a strange town. It's worth over $5K, plus it's the only one I've got. The B&B owners have offered secure storage and I'd take them up on it.
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Old 06-12-09, 08:20 AM   #31
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If you're talking about Ashland, the B&B utility room should be quite safe. Also, if owner authorizes it, their insurance would cover, although probability of theft is minuscule. (My son's bike was stolen from our front yard in Medford, where he shouldn't have left it.)
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Old 06-12-09, 08:24 AM   #32
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Not in my neighborhood! I don't even leave change in the ashtray.
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Old 06-12-09, 08:39 AM   #33
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I'd leave it in the car, and it would cost plenty to replace. Of course, I have insurance that would cover it, less the deductible. On the other hand, it would provide a good chance for getting a new bike!

But seriously, take the wheels off and put it in the car and lock it. Nearly all cars nowdays have alarms that will go off if the door is opened, which they're going to have to do to get the bike out, so it's not really going to be a 'smash and grab' where they just reach in the window and take the iPod or GPS. If the wheels are off and they've got to try to put it back together, it's going to take too much time with the alarm going off. If they don't try to put it together, it's going to be tough to run with.

Bike thefts are crimes of opportunity AND convenience. They'll steal it to go somewhere, but probably not to fence it. The thieves that do this aren't going to have any concept of how much your bike is really worth.

My 2¢, and maybe a little more.
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i would leave it in the car but covered up.

and it didn't cost me as much as it should have which is silly pricing.
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I've left it in the back of my truck many times, but I have a fiberglass tonneau. Out of sight, out of mind.

As a rule, the bike comes inside. It's walked through the lobbies of a couple of nice hotels in addition to the many, many dives with 5 other guys in the room. Gotten some strange looks, but no one has ever said anything. If anyone did say anything I'd tell them to go pound sand... it's not like I'm riding it through the lobby and up the hallways.
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Old 06-12-09, 08:56 AM   #36
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If I had ANY reservations about leaving my bike in the car, I'd find another place that wouldn't mind you bringing it in the room.
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I was staying at a Hampton Inn in Frisco, Texas not too long ago. Nice place. I was in town for a wedding and I had other family staying there, too. My aunt gave me a hard time about taking my bike up to my room. With the wheels off, the frame and the wheels fit completely in my trunk so it would be totally out of sight and that's how I transported it there. But getting it into my room was practically the first thing I did. I did it for the safety and also because I knew I planned on riding it when/if possible, despite having wedding activities to attend.

Anyway, two days later and we're getting ready to check out and we see a policeman in the parking lot talking to a guy. The scuttlebutt in the hotel was that some cars had been broken into the previous night. I talked to the policeman and he said the area (nice area with a number of hotels but not a lot of activity at night) has a problem with kids coming through at night and breaking into cars. My aunt said, "Hmmm, maybe you were right."
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I sometimes leave my bike in the car for no apparent reason.
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I live in NYC and never leave my bike in my van while I'm here.

But travelling... I took my road bike and my mountain bike on a 3 week trip last year, including a week on Bike Tour Colorado with the MTB left in the back of the van.

In crappy neighborhoods, I make sure it's covered or not apparent in the car. If they don't see something to steal, the odds of a breakin are greatly reduced.

Finally, get a bike cover / bag. I got one from Nashbar for like $15. Put the wheels in a padded wheel bag, put the frame in the bike bag, and just carry them in as luggage. If the bike is bagged, then nothing can get dirty. Problem solved. If you don't have a bike bag, use a blue poly tarp and some duct tape to make an "envolope". Tie the flap closed with twine. Again, problem solved.

But at a B&B I'd just leave it in the car. Life's too short to live that paranoid.

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Doesn't your car have a trunk or at least a covered storage area in the back? Pop the wheels off and my bike (60 cm) fits in the trunk of my old Toyota Corolla (i.e. pretty small) so it's completely out of sight.

And if the B&B is designating their utility room as "secure storage" that would seem to put the risk on them if something happens. So any theft should be reimbursed by their insurance.

My experience has been more with hotels/motels where I've generally had no problem just wheeling the bike inside after a ride. The one exception has been hotels in Las Vegas which are deliberately arranged so you can't reach the rooms without first wandering through the crowded slot-machine areas. But they've always offered secure storage where it's retrieved by the valet service upon request.
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i'm calling this your fault for asking. i never ask. i just wait until no one is really around and walk the bike to my room. no one told me NOT to....
Actually, my wife is the one with the truth telling complex. My philosophy is that it's easier to beg forgiveness than ask permission.

Also, if you ask if you can bring a bike in the room, the person you're talking to is going to envision a muddy MTB or a POS Wally Mart special rather than a racing bike that's as clean as anything in the room. When I travel by myself, no one ever asks me to keep my bike outside. In fact, I sometimes am specifically asked to keep my bike in the room.

It's a hatchback, so if I can't smuggle it in the room, I'll pull the wheels, cable the bike to the LATCH lower tethers, and cover the whole thing in a black blanket. Neighborhood is decent so it should be OK

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If you're talking about Ashland, the B&B utility room should be quite safe.
Just so happens, it is Ashland
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I have many times. You can't see my bike in my Ford Fusion's trunk.
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never ask permission. it gives the petty bureaucrat an excuse to exercise power by saying no. if you come across someone like that, he will say no to anything and everything.
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I would leave it in the car. I always leave mine in the car and have never thought twice about it.

My bike is worth a few hundred bucks but I have had several thousand dollars worth of bike in the back of my car and not worried about it. I worry a bit more when they are locked to the rack.

Lets see you live in OR and have a hatchback? I am going to go out on a limb and say you have a subaru? If so you could take the wheels off lay the bike flat and lay a blanket over that. It would be a bit more inconspicuous.
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never ask permission. it gives the petty bureaucrat an excuse to exercise power by saying no. if you come across someone like that, he will say no to anything and everything.
X2, I would not ask for permission. I would bring the bike in, and just put it in the room. Once you're at the Hotel, you have leverage. No body will dare kick you out just because you have a bike, especially not infront of others.
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I have heard this cant take the bike in the room, office etc. Any of you guys ever heard a good reason why?
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I too like to bring a bike on trips when I go by car, not specifically for bike events, but to tour around, and I certainly prefer to keep it in my room. On my last trip, to Philadelphia, the Loew's Hotel was incredibly friendly to that; I didn't ask ahead of time. I did though make a conscious decision to take my beater mountain bike rather than my road bike.

Frequently however, since I often travel by train, my strategy is just to rent a bike. Then I'm not so fussy about not keeping it in my room (sorry for the double negative). Actually I can't recall a hotel balking at the room option, but nearly always they will keep it in the luggage storage area. I'm a very early rider and there is always someone to open it up, though once they did have trouble finding the key. I give a tip as for any other stored item, and I usually make a friendly acquaintance with the night manager during my stay
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You're such a Fred.

Just watch out if the sun comes up and it's 90º, high pressure tires can and will detonate in the 100º+ interior temps of a car as the air heats up and expands, I've had that happen.
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Yeah, that was the first time my wife ever came with me on a bike trip. This is the second. I expect more to come. She's decided she's not into the cycling widow thing and her travel standards are higher than mine. If I could make the arrangements, there would be no issue.

In this case, renting is not really an option though I'd definitely want to go that way if I were cyclotouring.

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Just watch out if the sun comes up and it's 90º, high pressure tires can and will detonate in the 100º+ interior temps of a car as the air heats up and expands, I've had that happen.
Good tip.
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I would definitely avoid leaving my bike in the car under those circumstances. If I did, I'd probably try to park the car by my room's window, and go check on it every half an hour. It would maul my buzz.

If I had to, I can see putting it under a blanket. How about asking them if you can put it in their basement?

B&B's are pure evil. I avoid them now at all costs, ever since I got held captive by a Christian couple at breakfast who were bent on explaining to the group how rock & roll, punk and metal were 'the devil's music.' I told them I would've gone insane without such music, which almost, almost shut them up.
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