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Old 02-02-09, 07:10 PM
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Are bicycles crowding you out?

It's winter, so I moved all my bikes into the house so I could work on them. My wife thinks the house is turning into an LBS. There are bikes everywhere. [she owns a couple of them too... I have ... ahem... a number myself]

Are you able to keep your quarters relatively bicycle free?
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It's winter, so I moved all my bikes into the house so I could work on them. My wife thinks the house is turning into an LBS. There are bikes everywhere. [she owns a couple of them too... I have ... ahem... a number myself]

Are you able to keep your quarters relatively bicycle free?
Living quarters yes...shop...no

BTW took inventory...20 in the shop 16 more outside or in the junk pile.

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Old 02-02-09, 07:49 PM
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I'm not exactly sure, but I think that Rowan and I will end up with 10 or more bicycles in our little, tiny house when I get there. He's got a whole heap, including one of mine, there already, and I'm not 100% sure how many of the ones I've got here I'll be taking with me.

In addition to that he's got an LBS-full of cycling stuff there, and I'll be bringing another LBS-full of stuff with me.

I think we'll be living in the tent out back once the bicycles and bicycle-related paraphernalia gets all moved in.
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Old 02-02-09, 07:53 PM
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I only own one bike (so far) and it live in the garage. However, all my touring bags and related gear are taking over my tiny bedroom!
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Old 02-02-09, 07:54 PM
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ONE bicycle ........ how do you cope????
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Old 02-02-09, 08:07 PM
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Dont worry I am working on resolving that problem!
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Old 02-02-09, 08:11 PM
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ever thought of a shed. My solution. Kick the car out of the garage.
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Old 02-02-09, 08:13 PM
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ever thought of a shed.
For us to live in .... instead of the tent?
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Old 02-02-09, 08:25 PM
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Originally Posted by gerv View Post
It's winter, so I moved all my bikes into the house so I could work on them. My wife thinks the house is turning into an LBS. There are bikes everywhere. [she owns a couple of them too... I have ... ahem... a number myself]

Are you able to keep your quarters relatively bicycle free?
Easy solution: get rid of the wife, become wife-free and you have more room for more bikes!

Just kiddin'

I sold the car years ago and now have 6 bikes in the garage with plenty of room left over for poker tables, a work bench, a fridge and tv
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Old 02-02-09, 08:26 PM
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For us to live in .... instead of the tent?
Well. I could not sleep at night, If my bikes were relegated to a tent. ..
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Old 02-02-09, 08:30 PM
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A watershed moment for me was when I realized I could hang bikes in the garage above where my car sits. And one over the freezer, and three over the rakes/shovels/brooms.
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Old 02-02-09, 08:39 PM
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Well. I could not sleep at night, If my bikes were relegated to a tent. ..
That's why they stay in the house!
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Are you able to keep your quarters relatively bicycle free?
Nah, we've got nine bikes and two trailers that live in the living room year 'round. One trailer lives out in the shed most of the time. Most of the bike stuff that isn't in regular use resides on one of two metal utility shelves in the master bedroom. Of course we don't have, want, nor need much in the way of furniture.
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Old 02-02-09, 09:46 PM
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The 4 rideable ones stay in the dining room/living room of my tiny apartment. The frame without wheels, the ghost bike and the bikes to work trailer are relegated to storage across the street.

Maybe I should make a raised platform for my bed so I can slip the 4 bikes underneath.
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Old 02-02-09, 09:48 PM
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Originally Posted by wahoonc View Post
Living quarters yes...shop...no

BTW took inventory...20 in the shop 16 more outside or in the junk pile.

Aaron

I feel so much more sane now. Thanks Aaron.
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Old 02-02-09, 09:57 PM
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Cost me a bit but one bike lives inside and the other two live in a Tuff shed. The shed has a better door, lock and insulation than my house.
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Maybe I should make a raised platform for my bed so I can slip the 4 bikes underneath.
I did that ... sort of.

When I lived in Winnipeg, I was in a 2-bedroom apartment, so of course one of the bedrooms was for my bicycles. But I also wanted it as a guest room so I bought a twin loft bed, which is essentially the top bunk of a bunk bed (although you can put the bed lower if you want). 4 of my bicycles fit under the bed, and I put a cloth shower curtain around, hanging from the railings of the bed, so that when they were closed you'd never guess there were bicycles in the room. I also hung my spare tires and various other things from the slats holding the mattress up. It worked very well!
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I only have one bike, and it does me just fine. I briefly tried having two, a nice bike and one for winter, but summer here sometimes doesn't start until July, so I decided to just ride the nice bike all the time, and replace the drive train and rims when necessary. I tend to be pretty monogamous about bikes; I find one I like, and I don't want to ride anything else.

I do park my lone bike in the living room, though. I've discovered that if the bike is in a nice, warm room, close to coffee, music, and the occasional episode of Myth Busters, I tend to do routine maintenance a lot more regularly, with the result that the drive train and rims last that much longer.
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The bikes are confined to the basement. But there they reign supreme.
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I keep one bicycle on my back porch and one inside. I have room for more but think that having three would be enough. This summer I will buy a recumbent and sell one of the other two. After that I might sell the other one and get another recumbent. Three aren't too many for my apartment but at this time two seem to be enough. I only ride on paved streets and paths so I don't need an off road bicycle at this time.

Years ago I kept a small motor scooter inside my house for a few days. The smell of the tires really annoyed me. Having plenty of bicycles inside would probably generate a lot of rubber smell too. I probably won't ever keep that many bicycles inside. So far I need to be really close to the bicycle to smell the rubber from the tires. Air fresheners aren't enough to cover all smells.


The winter snow, sand, and salt have made my rear derailleur a bit finicky in the past month on my comfort bicycle. Maybe I can save it with a little more grease and cleaning. The other bicycle has stayed indoors since snow began falling last October.
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The trouble is... when you get a group of bikes together, you don't know what mischief they get up when you aren't there. Mine seem to have orgies or something, because there are two MTB frames inside, several of questionable parentage outside, a trailer inside along with a burgeoning number of wheels and rims, tyres and paraphenalia.

And Machka is bringing more to party???!!!! Uh oh!
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Right now we have 6 bikes in our studio apartment. Two of them are waiting to get sold, just need to clean them up a bit before putting them on craigslist. That will leave us with two bikes each, one for the city and one for touring. The city bikes will get sold in some months when we make a big move.

Right now 5 of the bikes fit in a walk in closet, and one lives in the living room.
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Old 02-03-09, 01:25 PM
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I have two bikes. Right now one of them lives in my office at work because I brought it here on the weekend and it got locked in (I took public transit home).

I built a shed, though, with plenty of room for both my bikes and my girlfriend's bike.
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I tend to be pretty monogamous about bikes; I find one I like, and I don't want to ride anything else.
I have a whole harem but I only ride one at a time.

What I mean is, I tend to ride the same bike every time, even though I have 5 or 6 others that I could be riding.

I have a two car garage and an entire basement to myself right now, so even with half a dozen or more bikes, they look pretty lonely in that large space.
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I tend to be pretty monogamous about bikes; I find one I like, and I don't want to ride anything else.
The one I ride is the one I like, as long as its mechanically sound. Even when I borrow a friend's ride, after a few blocks I'm thinking "Hey! This is fun, I wonder if he wants to get rid of it." Even my old ill fitting clunker is like that. It seems to always happen that when I get on one of them that I haven't ridden in a few months I think to myself "This is great, I should take this one more often."
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