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Old 10-20-08, 11:25 AM   #1
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Take yours with you?

I just started a new job downtown. I will commute on my bike/train from now on, however, I pose a question...

How many of you commuter folk actually bring your bike in with you? I don't know how I feel about leaving mine outside for 8+ hours a day, regardless of how well locked up it is.
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Old 10-20-08, 11:28 AM   #2
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My bike is so close to my desk that I reach out and touch it every now and then for comfort.
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Old 10-20-08, 11:40 AM   #3
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i have two jobs.

one of them requires me to drive on the highway, so no bike.

my other job is a 15 minute commute on my bike to the school where i teach and my bike comes inside and gets locked up in a storage closet.
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Old 10-20-08, 11:51 AM   #4
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Just walk in with the bike and ask someone where you can put it. If you can, ask someone who's not important enough to tell you that you can't bring it inside. You might want to freelock it if you can't see it at all times, at least untill you know what kind of people work there.
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Old 10-20-08, 11:53 AM   #5
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i'm able to bring mine inside at both jobs
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Old 10-20-08, 12:22 PM   #6
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My work has a bike rack inside the building that mine gets locked to.
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Old 10-20-08, 12:27 PM   #7
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i feel fortunate that i have a side stairwell where i can stash my ride for the day safe from the elements...it's like my little private bike garage
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Old 10-20-08, 12:47 PM   #8
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Cool, congrats on scoring a commutable job.

Two jobs here too. One is too far for commute, but if I did, there's a bike rack inside and shower facilities (but it's REI so what do you expect?)

Job two at the University, I work in a building that doesn't allow bikes, but I can bring it into the office on most days. Otherwise, I lock it well in high traffic and very secure (camera and frequently passing police/cadets).

Just politely ask like it's no big deal. The nice thing about road bikes is that they're not as unwieldy looking as ATBs. Is it a pretty bike friendly city? Should your co-workers be used to seeing this?
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I carry mine up a flight of stairs and it sits directly in front of me in my office.
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I carry mine up a flight of stairs and it sits directly in front of me in my office.
IRO, I'm going need you to come in Saturday...yeahhhh...

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Old 10-20-08, 01:15 PM   #11
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I park mine in the breakroom.
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Mine comes in with me and sits by my desk at day job, night job it gets locked up under an outside staircase that I can see while I work. Night job is in downtown Baltimore and I use the Kryptonite NYC Chain. Downtown bmore can be dodgy and I have know quite a few people who have had bikes stolen there, myself included. Just make sure you have a good lock and lock it to something solid and you should be fine.
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Old 10-20-08, 02:01 PM   #13
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I work for a faceless mega-corporation so naturally every inch of usable space is either currently in use or would be a violation of some company policy or another to store a bicycle there.

Thankfully it's in the middle of nowhere, but I still get paranoid about leaving it alone for extended periods of time. I'm always popping outside on my breaks to check on it.

Equally thankfully they've just finished renovations on the first floor, which has a view of the bike locker, so I can just pick a desk down there keep an eye on it throughout my whole shift.
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Mine comes in with me and sits by my desk at day job, night job it gets locked up under an outside staircase that I can see while I work. Night job is in downtown Baltimore and I use the Kryptonite NYC Chain. Downtown bmore can be dodgy and I have know quite a few people who have had bikes stolen there, myself included. Just make sure you have a good lock and lock it to something solid and you should be fine.
awesome dude, me too! i work in Tide Point. Where in Baltimore do you work?
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Old 10-20-08, 02:19 PM   #15
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Old 10-20-08, 02:23 PM   #16
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I'm fortunate enough that I can bring my bike into the office space when at the office, or if at our main clients site I'm also able to bring it inside and store it behind the reception desk. Before I knew this was a possibility I just locked with two locks with just a mini Evo for the front and my other lock to lock TO and around the back wheel/frame and locked to some emergency exit steps near a parking area where I know I'm in view of the security camera.

If I don't feel like freelocking/locking up when I go to places, I usually just bring my bike in and see if anyone complains (this applies to going to the store, etc. not so much work place stuff) - I regularly grab my morning bagel and drink from Tim Hortons without needing to lockup now, as I just bring my bike right in and prop it up out of the way while I order. Nobody said anything, nobody seems to care.
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I tried to bring my bike into the office the other day. The security guard and his boss and her boss said no. Check to make sure that sort of martinets are not running your building first.
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I bring my bike into the office ALL the time for the same reason. I don't feel comfortable leaving it out in the open for 8 hours at a time.

But when I am at work in a hospital, it's very difficult to take a bike in.
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Old 10-20-08, 05:05 PM   #19
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I tried to bring my bike into the office the other day. The security guard and his boss and her boss said no. Check to make sure that sort of martinets are not running your building first.
It's not often I learn a new (intellectual) word on BF. Kudos, sir.

I don't bring my bike in because there are racks beside the building where dozens are parked. Would be nice to work somewhere where people did that, though.
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Old 10-20-08, 05:24 PM   #20
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i keep my bike with me as much as possible. i take it to class, in the grocery store, almost everywhere given its not super busy inside some place. its the only way to ensure some jackass isnt going walk by and snap your lights off, or taco your wheel or steal something. if i do leave it out i take all accessories off and run a cable through the wheels, although i really should u lock both the wheels to the frame. im a bit paranoid after having so much stupid stuff done to my bike while leaving it locked up outside.
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Old 10-20-08, 05:42 PM   #21
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I usually lock my bike outside at work(college campus with little theft) but if the weather is bad, i'll bring it into the stairway that no one uses it and lock it to the hand rail.
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IRO, I'm going need you to come in Saturday...yeahhhh...

Funny.
It helps that I don't work in a cube farm...anymore.
I've had zero complaints, mostly co-workers with the standard "how far?" "nice bike." etc.
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