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Old 01-19-11, 05:49 PM
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Not allowed to store my bike in my dorm room, any advice?

I'm just looking for any help I can get here, and was hoping some of you guys may have had experience with a situation like this. I go to a university of about 15,000 students. The majority of on-campus housing is in massive suite style buildings, but since I am an honors student I live in an older dorm-style building which also houses some of my classes.

The new buildings have bike rooms on their ground floors, mine does not. I have been given a university citation for keeping my bike in my room, and told that I need to move it either to an outdoor rack or to the bike room of the suite building closest to my dorm (which my ID lets me enter).

The suite building is about 200 yards from my dorm. The doors are unlocked until around 8 pm. There is an external door for the bikeroom, so anyone can walk in during the day, and any of the hundreds of residents of that building or my building can walk in 24/7. There is one camera in there, but anyone in a hoodie could walk right out with a bike or any number of bike parts without being identified.

There is absolutely nothing in my housing contract regarding bicycles, and this is the only information I can find in the university's literature:

"Bicycles on campus are a convenience, but not a necessity. Most students can walk across the entire campus within 15 minutes. For those who choose to ride, bike racks are available outside of many residential and academic buildings. Students who bring bicycles to campus must lock them inside their community bike room or lock them on a bike rack. University Police recommends that students use a steel, u-shaped bicycle lock rather than a chain or cable lock. Chain or cable locks are easily broken, while u-shaped locks are very strong and often come with theft protection insurance."


My bike is not a tool for going to class, it is a tool for recreation and exercise. It seems ridiculous to me that I should have to walk up and down four flights of stairs if I want to do something as simple as put air in my tires or re-wrap my bars, let alone any more serious work. Does any have any ideas? I am already talking to my building's residence director who cited me but he is not willing to help at all, only to get me in trouble.

sorry for the wall of text. . .

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Old 01-19-11, 06:03 PM
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What about cars or vans... are you allowed to keep those on campus close to the dorm? If so, go out and find the cheapest beater van and park it in a spot. That van is now your bike garage.

Of course back when I went to college, parking was at a premium on campus and bikes were allowed everywhere... until I graduated, then they banned bikes for a few years... until someone pulled their head out and realized how stupid that was.

Otherwise, big U lock and perhaps a chain or two... or get real extreme and get a folding bike and put it in a bag to bring it to your room.
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Old 01-19-11, 06:11 PM
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Use the bike room, and put a lock (or two) on your bike while it is in there.
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Old 01-19-11, 06:16 PM
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It is called house rules, their house,their rules. If you don't like the rules, you are free to move.
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Old 01-19-11, 06:17 PM
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how much is the citation?

what do they do to repeat offenders?


i would consider keeping on keeping on. if you have to pay a small fine every few months it may be worth it. if this doesnt work, do what any good college student would do and get a ss conversion or "van locker" (whichever is cheapest)

i would feel fine having a single speed conversion locked it a bike room. chances are it wont get stolen, it may just get scratched and/or knocked over.
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Old 01-19-11, 06:18 PM
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Students who bring bicycles to campus must lock them inside their community bike room or lock them on a bike rack.
It looks like they are going to stay on the rules. The bad news is that there is probably no way to get by this one. You may consider a bike cover to protect it from the weather outside.

The other thing you should do is to contact the campus bicycle club. They may have a suggestion.

Don't try to sneak a folding a bicycle in to your room. A bicycle is a bicycle. You do not want to end up a regular visitor that the campus disciplinary office.
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Old 01-19-11, 06:19 PM
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Contest the citation through the University appeal process. If the rules do not prohibit it, it should be allowed. Take the matter to the student government organization, and get other cyclists involved. It's a great cycling advocacy issue. It's all about the Man lookin' to keep the brothas down.
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Old 01-19-11, 06:20 PM
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Sorry, didn't read it closely. If it is prohibited, then work to change the rules.
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Old 01-19-11, 06:21 PM
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maybe you should just make an appeal that the bike room is locked 24/7 then your personal lock only needs to be "student proof"
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Old 01-19-11, 06:37 PM
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Start a petition?

I'm sure these asinine rules are nominally for the "convenience" of other residents (so you don't crowd elevators, stairwells, hallways coming in and out). If you can show that other students agree that the rules are stupid, you may be able to change some minds. Also, see if you can find statistics on bike theft in your area to add weight to your argument. Of course, this depends on having someone reasonable and willing to listen.
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Usually there are reasons for the "asinine" rules. I managed space where I worked and dealed with landlords. Some of the resistence comes from insurance companies; others come from fire regulations and how fire marshalls enforce them. Cleaning people and cleaning contractors object where bikes fall over, people bumpe them, and graese drips after bring them in from the rain.
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Old 01-19-11, 07:12 PM
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Avoid the RD.
Appeal the citation if you can. If fire codes or something like that are not involved, you might eventually get to someone who will tell the RD to spend his time on more important things.
Take the wheels off and keep bike parts in your room.
Move off campus.
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Old 01-19-11, 07:22 PM
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I've already signed the lease for my house next year, fire codes are NOT involved, as that was his original reasoning and I demanded he showed me where that was written and he could not. I also pointed out that we are allowed to bring an unlimited amount of highly flammable furniture into our rooms. I'm meeting with him and the campus residence hall director soon, so hopefully something comes of that.
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Doesn't sound like they're going to bend on the rules, or allow exceptions. Back in the 70's, a friend of mine went to Westfield state college. (Now Westfield State university)
He had a nice Fuji ten speed, and he didn't want to lose it to theft. Students were not permitted to keep bikes in their rooms. Similar rule, if you got caught, you got a reprimand. Space on the bike racks was limited, and the bike rack was not in a good location.

He was permitted to keep it in the bottom of a stairwell. Several others did this as well.
This was one of those stairwells that had a space at the bottom, behind the last stairs. This was "un-official", and no one ever heard anything about it. Don't know if you could find a similar solution or not. A friend with an off-campus apartment, maybe?
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I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Penn State allows bikes in dorm rooms if the roommate agrees. Colleges do this "just because," there is no rational reason for these rules.
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Originally Posted by hamish5178 View Post
I've already signed the lease for my house next year, fire codes are NOT involved, as that was his original reasoning and I demanded he showed me where that was written and he could not. I also pointed out that we are allowed to bring an unlimited amount of highly flammable furniture into our rooms. I'm meeting with him and the campus residence hall director soon, so hopefully something comes of that.
They probably own and drive cars... don't expect sympathy.
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find another college
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They probably own and drive cars... don't expect sympathy.
yes because car owners and cyclists are mutually exclusive and can not coexist.
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yes because car owners and cyclists are mutually exclusive and can not coexist.
Correct. He should move to a campus that doesn't allow automobiles and sever all contact with anyone who owns one.
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He was permitted to keep it in the bottom of a stairwell. Several others did this as well.
This was one of those stairwells that had a space at the bottom, behind the last stairs. This was "un-official", and no one ever heard anything about it. Don't know if you could find a similar solution or not. A friend with an off-campus apartment, maybe?
Yeah, I'm also talking to the staff of the college which is housed on the bottom floor and is therefore their jurisdiction. I may be able to keep it in the basement. My girlfriend lives off-campus, but that's about ten times as far as the bike room. I have two locks on the bike right now so my main concern is just quick accessibility and being able to work on my bike.

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I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Penn State allows bikes in dorm rooms if the roommate agrees. Colleges do this "just because," there is no rational reason for these rules.
Could you link me to some info about this? That would be a fantastic resource for me.

I've also now contacted a professor I know who is involved in the cycling club, I'm hoping they have experience with this.
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They probably own and drive cars... don't expect sympathy.
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yes because car owners and cyclists are mutually exclusive and can not coexist.
i should also mention that i own two cars and three bikes. i am a living legend.
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Correct. He should move to a campus that doesn't allow automobiles and sever all contact with anyone who owns one.
Exactly.

/ sarcasm off
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i should also mention that i own two cars and three bikes. i am a living legend.
How do you live with yourself?
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How do you live with yourself?
it is very hard work
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Originally Posted by hamish5178 View Post
I may be able I've also now contacted a professor I know who is involved in the cycling club, I'm hoping they have experience with this.
Do you have a co-op on campus as well? Like a shop/workspace?
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