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Old 09-07-04, 04:27 AM
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Where do I put my bike?

For all of you commuters, especially people driving around New York City, where do you put your bike once you arrive at work? I don't have an office, just a desk, and I don't think any of the closets are big enough. Does anyone rent a space in a parking garage?

I definitely don't want to lock it up outside, between weather and theft that just doesn't sound like a great idea

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Many parking garages have a bike rack, at least here in DC. Upon frequent and intense questioning of cycling commuters, it seems that many places just charge a nominal fee if anything.

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Originally Posted by Mike0021
For all of you commuters, especially people driving around New York City, where do you put your bike once you arrive at work? I don't have an office, just a desk, and I don't think any of the closets are big enough. Does anyone rent a space in a parking garage?

I definitely don't want to lock it up outside, between weather and theft that just doesn't sound like a great idea

~Mike
Transportation alternatives list a series of parking spots (some free, some pay) where you can park your bike. Otherwise, these are the following things I've done in the past. The problem with these parking spots are that crooks can still damage or steal your bike.

1. Junk Toy Store bike - This is a good alternative and my junker is currently outside getting wet! These rusting junk bikes from Pacific or Huffy make great outside bikes. My has been living on the street of New York for the past TWO years. Use a Kryptonite New York Chain and Goran cable PLEASE! This option works if your commute is less than 3 miles because of the heavy bike.

2. Folding bike - You may not have room for a full size bike but a folding bike is an alternative. Don't be afraid of those 20' inch wheels (Dahon Boardwalk) because they are not that bad. If you have a really short commute with no hills (less than 2 miles) look for a 16' inch wheel folder like the Brompton or Dahon Piccolo.

Check out the commuters at Dahon. www.dahon.com
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Old 09-07-04, 09:43 PM
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I am lucky my bike comes into the lab/office with me and can park in covered ramp. Have locker and shower for when needed. Swapping clothing in and out is my only problem. Good to have a cycling boss to work for.(brownie points for fixing his bike)
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I commute to work on a Brompton (part of my journey is by train) so my solution to the question "where to park the bike" is easy - it goes under my desk. (Always dry - safe from thieves - no time wasted retrieving it from a garage or whatever at the end of the day.)
I don't want to sound smug, it's just that I'm so pleased with the bike that I like to "spread the gospel"...buying one is a bit of a "leap of faith" I suppose, if you've not had a small-wheeled folder before. I had been into cycling for about 10 years, exclusively on road/touring bikes until I got the little chap.
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Although I don't commute on one, I do own a Bianchi folder, with 20 inch wheels. It is a single speed, and sort of a Frankenstein affair as it was cobbled together before I got it. I've debated building new wheels for it, about 150.00 USD. I also thought of just getting some BMX wheels and riding them. This is a heavy one as well, but has a great cargo rack fixture, and has been a blast doing little errands and riding for fun.
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Mike - Yeah, parking in NYC sucks. My office is in the garment district and I also worried about leaving it outside, but can't bring it into my building without a lot of hassle. I know you don't want to leave it on the street, but just in case you decide to consider it, here's what I've done and have had no problems yet (knock, knock): 1. Park it on a street that has a lot of foot traffic but wide enough sidewalks that people won't be bumping into it much, and away from places where delivery trucks unload (I've seen trucks back into traffic poles and knock them over in this neighborhood). 2. Uglified my bike with duct tape etc. 3. Lock it up with one of those Kryptonite NYC chains _and_ a Kryptonite U-lock. 4. When it's rainy, cover the seat + seat pole joint with a plastic bag. If it's going to rain very hard, I find scaffolding to lock it under to help block some of the rain. Now that I've got a quick-release front wheel I'm considering taking it with me, too.

I know these are no guarantees, but making my bike unattractive, leaving it in the company of other bikes and a lot of people walking around during the day, and using two different kinds of locks has helped ease my fear of theft.

Also - this may be irrelevant to you depending on what neighborhood you work in, but Transportation Alternatives mentioned that Penn Station supposedly has been meaning to put in an indoor bike-parking area for a couple years. www.transalt.org is a good source of information in case there are ever new developments of this kind. It seems to be a good organization in general for NYC cycling, so if you haven't already checked it out I recommend it.

On an earlier thread here, another New Yorker made the suggestion of parking on a rack in front of a bike store -- where at least there will be people around who are likely to notice someone trying to rip off bikes. Good luck whatever you decide to do.
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