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    The bike pile.

    So I decided to take some pictures of our basement. We live in a housing co-op (a total of 8 people) There are currently 51 bike frames in our basement, 28? of which are actually bikes that are at least semi-funcitonal. There are pictures of the basement as well as pictures of stuff like the concrete countertop my girlfriend and I made and installed recently.

    They're all posted on my FlickR account.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/69755195@N00/

    Enjoy.
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    cool pics! wish I had that many bikes..the tall bikes look like fun

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    dose that mini have three peice cranks

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    liked the kitten... fixed?

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    what happened to the rear wheel on the fuji? that's some bend.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by DC_Emily
    what happened to the rear wheel on the fuji? that's some bend.....
    my friend got rear-ended at 40mph. He was thrown over the car and was fine other than a lumpy bruise on his leg. Bike was totalled.
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    Two Greenlee gang boxes?!!??!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wunder
    Two Greenlee gang boxes?!!??!

    we've got LOTS of renovations going on. Those don't belong to us.

    If those boxes and their contents belonged to me, OH, THE THINGS I COULD DO!!!
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    Are the bikes communal?

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    Does your co-op smell like Patchouli ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BostonFixed
    Are the bikes communal?

    no, we're not really that kind of co-op. We own the building together, but everyone still has their own bikes and apartment and stuff.

    It's amazing to me how many bikes one can own if one does not own a car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by raygunner
    Does your co-op smell like Patchouli ?

    not even a little bit. I sometimes wish it did.


    Seriously though, we aren't really hippies, we're people who would rather own our own homes than pay rent, which is easier to do when you combine cash. We all met through biking/CM/etc, so naturally we've got a lot of bikes.
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    Won't the water just run onto the floor?

    looking at the inlays, did you have the coutertop ground smooth? and it looks like there's a thin layer on the top, is that some sort of resin?

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    Quote Originally Posted by thechamp
    Won't the water just run onto the floor?

    looking at the inlays, did you have the coutertop ground smooth? and it looks like there's a thin layer on the top, is that some sort of resin?

    we haven't installed the sink yet. We did the grinding ourselves, though we didn't do nearly as much as we could have. There isn't anything on there yet, although we do have to apply epoxy to fill in the holes and then seal and wax it.
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    Didja have to vibrate the concrete to get all the air bubbles out?

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    the first question was a joke.
    what did you use to do the grinding with? it seems like unless you had a really large machine it would be tough to keep a really flat surface.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BostonFixed
    Didja have to vibrate the concrete to get all the air bubbles out?
    yeah, and you can see if you look closely that we didn't do it enough, although it will look really awesome with the holes filled in with clear epoxy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thechamp
    the first question was a joke.
    what did you use to do the grinding with? it seems like unless you had a really large machine it would be tough to keep a really flat surface.
    An angle grinder and some diamond grinding pads. They don't really cut fast enough for things to get TOO out of control. Also, if you keep moving pretty quick and keep the water flowing well it's not hard to keep it even.
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    cool man, the grinding has been the things that's kept me from doing this. I actually did a small table top outside, maybe I'll try grinding it down a bit. I love the idea of the ground exposed agregate/ terrazo look but that would take a lot of grinding for sure.

    Oh, nice pile of bikes. I think about 1 frame for every ten people is a pretty good ratio.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thechamp
    cool man, the grinding has been the things that's kept me from doing this. I actually did a small table top outside, maybe I'll try grinding it down a bit. I love the idea of the ground exposed agregate/ terrazo look but that would take a lot of grinding for sure.

    Oh, nice pile of bikes. I think about 1 frame for every ten people is a pretty good ratio.
    We didn't do much grinding really. I got the pads on Ebay pretty cheap, and we borrowed the grinder. Have you seen Chengdesign.com/Concreteexchange.com? We bought both the books, the DVD, and a bunch of his pro-mix. The DVD and books really were what enabled us to do any of it, it really makes everything so simple.
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    I have the first book only. I'll check the library for the others. I've done a fair amount non-decorative concrete but i think I need to take the next step. thanks for the info, sorry to hijack the thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thechamp
    I have the first book only. I'll check the library for the others. I've done a fair amount non-decorative concrete but i think I need to take the next step. thanks for the info, sorry to hijack the thread.

    no problem They're running (or were when we ordered) a special in which you buy the dvd and get some pro-mix free, which is what we did. It was WELL worth it.
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