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Old 04-10-09, 10:24 PM   #1
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Safe place to keep bike downtown TO?

Is there a safe place to lock a bike overnight in the downtown core of Toronto?

I work downtown as a bike messenger, but live in Etobicoke, so it's not possible for me to commute with the bike from home everyday (no bikes on TTC during rush hour). I knew this was going to be a problem, so before I started working I asked my messenger friends this same question. "BCE place (161-181 bay st.) is like Fort Knox", they told me. Later I found out it has video surveillance 24/7 and 1 guard patrolling 4 levels of parking overnight/on weekends.

After 1 week on the job, I walked into the garage on Monday morning and my bike was missing. I informed the guard of my situation, "yeah, you will see the thief stealing your bike on camera, but chances of getting it back are slim to none" he said. Ok, It was a POS $150 bike from Canadian tire and the lock was even worse, could probably be cut with regular scissors.

I developed a ****ty-lock phobia and after buying a decent bike (about $1k value), I overcompensated and got 2 kryptonites, which I use to this day to lock my bike in the same spot.

So now I just bought a new titanium road bike and would like to use it for work, but don't feel good about keeping it at BCE. I'm already on the list for a bike locker, and that takes forever.

If anyone knows a place where I can store my bike safely overnight and preferably on weekends too, I'd greatly appreciate it.
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Old 04-11-09, 01:24 PM   #2
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I question your choice for a messenger work bike. I was going to recommend bike locker but you've already got that covered.
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Yes the BCE place is well known as a safe spot to bike messengers. I do agree with operator though that using a titanium frame road bike is not a wise choice for messenger work. The disadvantages are, you worry about it when leaving it overnight, you have to carry a heavier lock and find a safe place (donut) to lock it to when delivering messages/packages.

Many messengers (including my brother) ride fixies... these require less maintenance especially during harsh winter conditions which can degrade any moving parts faster (gears, brakes, rims).
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