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Old 11-18-22, 08:59 PM
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Rug to Catch Snow...

After the luxury of being able to park my snowy bike in the warehouse of my last job, with the new job I park in my office. So a few weeks ago I bought a 6x2 ft rug at Walmart for $10 in hopes it would catch the 'drippins'... and it did!

There were thee inches of fresh powder on the way in and even though I knocked a much snow as I could off the bike, you can see there's still a fair amount of snow on the bike.

Anyway i just wanted to share.

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Originally Posted by BobbyG View Post
After the luxury of being able to park my snowy bike in the warehouse of my last job, with the new job I park in my office. So a few weeks ago I bought a 6x2 ft rug at Walmart for $10 in hopes it would catch the 'drippins'... and it did!

There were thee inches of fresh powder on the way in and even though I knocked a much snow as I could off the bike, you can see there's still a fair amount of snow on the bike.

Anyway i just wanted to share.

I notice you bungee your pack upright. Funny how I never thought of that before.
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I used the clear plastic carpet runners to do the same for years in Ann Arbor and Portland (rain). If set on carpet, the wheels create nice dips to collect the water.
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Assuming that you work in an Office Building: If you are in a building run by a building management company or just a well run building, they might be able to let you use a rubber backed rug that gets put down on rainy or snowy days when people track lots of water and street/sidewalk grit on their shoes. They get picked up and replaced clean and dry for the next storm and, I think, vacuumed dry for the next day.

If that isn't something your building does, and a great many don't, then you may want to invest in a heavy rubber backed rug (such as a walk-off matt) to keep water from going through and eventually staining the floor. It probably needs to be well cleaned at least monthly just to avoid dirt and grit buildup.

If you work, or at least leave the bike in a workshop area/garage/storage/ back-of-the-house area, then what you are doing is probably quite fine.

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What a nice bike. All packed up and usable. So much more pretty than a premadona Wall Hanger...
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How much Snow did you get? We got 3"+ here in Boulder. Fun, fun!
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How much Snow did you get? We got 3"+ here in Boulder. Fun, fun!
Three inches in downtown Colorado Springs.
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Originally Posted by 79pmooney View Post
I used the clear plastic carpet runners to do the same for years in Ann Arbor and Portland (rain). If set on carpet, the wheels create nice dips to collect the water.
I remembered some one mentioning that on bikeforums (you?) and I thought about that, but for $10 I'll see if this can handle the job without getting too gross.

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Assuming that you work in an Office Building: If you are in a building run by a building management company or just a well run building, they might be able to let you use a rubber backed rug that gets put down on rainy or snowy days when people track lots of water and street/sidewalk grit on their shoes. They get picked up and replaced clean and dry for the next storm and, I think, vacuumed dry for the next day.

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If you work, or at least leave the bike in a workshop area/garage/storage/ back-of-the-house area, then what you are doing is probably quite fine.
I started this job four months ago. I'm in an older part of the building and the floor came pre-stained to some degree...not horrible, but enough that any scuffs or scratches I could add would be unnoticed. They have been laying out rugs in the hallway leading from the back, outside door when it snows or rains, but I don't know who does it or how often they're changed. My office is away from the main public area, and more for "go" than for "show" although I updated it from the dark, goth, dorm-room vibe of my predecessor into a clean, modern, well-lit space, and every one seems happy about it.
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love it! do you keep a brush as work, or in your pack? something like a bench brush or wisk broom?


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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
love it! do you keep a brush as work, or in your pack? something like a bench brush or wisk broom?


Smart! Good idea. I may try that.
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