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BIKE MAINTENANCE IN a GARAGE of CONDO

Old 02-18-04, 09:43 PM
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BIKE MAINTENANCE IN a GARAGE of CONDO

I come to United State for pursuing my Master degree, and live in a condo. I didn't read the law made by association clearly, therefore was fined $50 when I was working on my bike with the door of garage opened------I am so sad. The reason why I open the garage door is because I think bike maintenance should be pleased and with sunshine and fresh air. But now, have a bike is a burden for living in a condo-----how you guys live in condos work on your bikes? repair your bikes in the "jail"? The restriction is as follow: garage doors, if any, shall remain closed at all times excepting when entering or exiting.
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Old 02-18-04, 09:50 PM
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No terrace?
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Old 02-18-04, 10:49 PM
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Too Bad,no Terrace
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Old 02-19-04, 05:58 AM
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Originally Posted by beipp
bikes in the "jail"? The restriction is as follow: garage doors, if any, shall remain closed at all times excepting when entering or exiting.
Wow, talk about an anal retentive bunch of people. What next, dictating the type of bike you can ride? I'd be moving as soon as possible.
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wow, that sucks. id tell them to shove their $50 right up their ass. what would they do if you didnt pay it? i mean, it is your house and all, condo associations suck, yet another reason i would never move into one. id rather piss my money away in an apartment. i would fight that to the death!
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Old 02-19-04, 11:14 AM
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i feel you.. i used to live in a condo and they wouldn't let us change our own motor oil in the garage.
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Old 02-19-04, 11:27 AM
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Hmm. Bummer. If the complex has a central plaza area, maybe with a pool and barbaques, you should do your work there. At least your garage door would be closed.

I just moved into an apartment that has a garage. I never thought to ask about that. It must be okay, because my neighbor is constantly working on his car in his garage. Besides, I would rather do my work on my patio.
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Wow. Who would want to put up with that? NOt exactly a lot of freedom there. Maybe they would prefer you do it in the living room?
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Old 02-19-04, 12:57 PM
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They want that certain look of neatness.
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I live in a condo and think it's great. I just made one of my bedrooms into a training/repair/storage room for my bicycles. I have the computrainer setup with my bicycle in the center and my pc and monitor in front of it. My workstand is in the back left and my bicycles hang on the three surrounding walls. My neighborhood can't say a thing!!! Although, I have had a few to make snide remarks about me cycling....but screvv them!!!!
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Originally Posted by Luken8r
wow, that sucks. id tell them to shove their $50 right up their ass. what would they do if you didnt pay it? i mean, it is your house and all, condo associations suck, yet another reason i would never move into one. id rather piss my money away in an apartment. i would fight that to the death!
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I bought a small one bedroom condo last year. Not much room, but when I need to do bike maintenance I lay out an old sheet on the living room floor. For really messy stuff like cleaning the chain, I just take the bike down to the parking lot. Nobody has said anything yet!
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My dad lives in one of those 1000 unit gated townhome communities with a long list of association rules and regulations. Every time I go visit him, even in the middle of the day....the entire complex looks like a ghost town. Not a soul around.... they all seem to keep to themselves and are all kooked up in their individual cells.
In my home, my vehicles are always parked out in the driveway. My two-car garage is devoted to bikes only.

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Old 02-20-04, 01:15 PM
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It sounds like everybody knows what condo is except me!! Anyway, thanks for everybody's consolation
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Originally Posted by beipp
It sounds like everybody knows what condo is except me!! Anyway, thanks for everybody's consolation
It's a home that is attached to another and another and another.
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Old 02-20-04, 02:43 PM
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F that man, join the condo board and change the rules. If I lived in a condo (hahaha, that would suggest I had enough money to.. uhh... BUY something) I'd just keep doing it and wallpaper the garage with the fine memo's. Otherwise, work on the bike outside of the garage in the driveway! Get a little mobile toolbox and wheel it out with you and close the garage door!
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Are you renting or did you buy? Were you given a copy of the rules? I'll bet you are renting and you were not given a copy of the association rules. If so, demand a refund of the $50 from your landlord. If the landlords says no, ask him to split the difference. If he still says no, I'd not pay and let him get stuck with the bill.

Your university will almost certainly have a renters legal assistance office. Check with them for local rules on this issue. As an exchange student you will get quite a bit of help/sympathy from the university. Use it.

Giving a $50 ticket on the first offense without a warning is extremely offensive. The association may have a lawyer and you may be forced to pay in the end, but you can make sure that as many people as possible know how you were treated and know not to rent from that condo association in the future.
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