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Keeping a bike in your college dorm?

Old 07-30-08, 05:32 PM
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I did. Here is an idea...use hangers in the closet. I'd show you a picture if I had one, but my hangers had a smaller hook under the main one inside of the triangle frame. If you cut away the triangle frame, it was just like a #3 shape. Worked perfectly for holding a bike up by the wheel using closet space.
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Old 07-30-08, 06:51 PM
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^^^ Good idea. Don't hang the weight of the bike, just give it a persuasion to stand upright.
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Old 07-30-08, 07:09 PM
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Move out of your dorm and get your own place, that's my solution!
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Old 07-30-08, 07:35 PM
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Whatever you do, even if they tell you not to, keep it inside the building. That way, if something happens to it, it should be covered under the building's insurance policy. My girlfriend's dorm caught on fire, everyone had to make a claim with the insurance policy and got cashed out. I would would maybe ask the RA regarding areas protected so if it is vandalized, it is covered. (Dorm storage room I would think qualifies?)
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Old 07-30-08, 08:02 PM
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When I lived in the dorms, I used this arrangement:



I wasn't racing at the time, but this worked for my roommate and me (his bike is the one above mine). That particular rack doesn't actually take up less space than leaning two bikes together up against the wall, but it makes access much easier, since there's no need to move one bike to get to another.

By the time I started racing, I was living in a house off-campus. After a scare when my bike was stolen off the porch and then recovered a couple of weeks later, it lived in my bedroom.

And no, a bike storage space is not provided for the racing team at any university that I can think of. But bikes in rooms was never a problem at my school. That's pretty bogus. Given what disaster areas college dorm rooms can become, a bicycle is a pretty minor issue if it's kept out of the way. The dirty clothes and papers that get strewn all over the floors of a messy student's room present a much greater hazard. Um, no, I was not usually that messy student, by the way!

EDIT: I didn't race that bike, which was dead and gone by the time the bike I raced this spring came into my life. The 80's bikes have a short life span with me, for some reason...
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Old 07-30-08, 08:02 PM
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Originally Posted by gr@sshopper View Post
Bikes in rooms was a big no no @ my school. Fire marshal would do inspections and cite you for them. Apparently they are a fire hazard.
Rumor has it that the carbon ones explode.
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Old 07-30-08, 08:08 PM
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I brought a beater MTB that I paid $25 for. It got ripped off. I brought my Motobecane and brought it up every time. It is the only way.

My friend raced for my school's team. They kept all of the bikes at a teammate's house.
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Old 07-30-08, 08:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Szczuldo View Post
I wouldn't be going to a college that doesn't doesn't allow bikes in the dorms, especially when they can take up very little room if hung on the wall above your desk.
Right... I mean of course it's an issue, but that's not going to be my deciding factor when I'm choosing universities next year.
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Old 07-30-08, 08:19 PM
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I'm too lazy to read through posts, so disregard this if it's already been mentioned.

I'd avoid keeping it in the room because unless you know who your roommate is, well lets just say it can be an ice breaker in the negative sort of way. Trust me.

If you have a basement, try locking it to something down there.
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Old 07-30-08, 08:21 PM
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Originally Posted by LostitoaBianchi View Post
My dorm didnt let me keep my bike inside, but the bike I took to college was a PoS for that reason. Seeing how youre on the cycling team I'm sure you can get some sort of note from your coach asking permission to keep it in your room if they give you a hard time.
There's a fine line between policy and enforcement
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Old 07-30-08, 09:02 PM
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we drilled holes in the wall and put hooks in, when we moved out we just plastered the holes, worked pretty well and nobody ever said anything to me so they either didn't notice or didn't care.
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Old 07-30-08, 09:11 PM
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I had mine under my bed. locked up. only with a small padlock and cable though. Eventually I got lazy enough as to where U just left it out, infront of my chest of drawers. My roommate never said anything about it really. I think we werent technically allowed them inside, but my RA was on the cycling team too, so she didnt care at all.
 
Old 07-30-08, 09:17 PM
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Just wheel the bike into your room like you know what you are doing. This is one instance where it is better to beg forgiveness than ask permission!
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Old 07-30-08, 09:21 PM
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Originally Posted by anthony691 View Post
My friend raced for my school's team. They kept all of the bikes at a teammate's house.
If there were so dishonest people, someone could really make an easy buck off all those bikes.
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Old 07-30-08, 09:29 PM
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My dorm had a closet for each roomie, with a metal coathanger rod that was pretty sturdy.

I hung the bike by the brake levers over the rod - it was mostly vertical and fit nicely. Keep
the bike all the way to the right so you don't get chain grease on your clothes.
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Old 07-30-08, 09:32 PM
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haha, that pic with the bike on the pipe is great! The thing to remember is that a bike will sit flat against the wall, so (especially) if you can hang it near the ceiling, it ends up taking up almost no usable space.

In my dorm room, I also found a way to hang hooks from the rack on the wall and hung my bike up on that. If my bike had been worth anything, I imagine I would have also at least used a thin cable lock (it's kind of funny to think of it, but I locked up my laptop but not my bike. Hmm...).

I suppose some dorms *might* have rules against bikes or something, but seriously - this is college. My dorm also had a rule against hotplates. ;-)
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Old 07-30-08, 10:05 PM
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What I do is ask Facilities Management (or whatever they call the house services at your school) for a lofted bed. As most colleges use the same type of dorm furniture, I would expect that they will switch out the legs of your bed for longer ones (the bed clips into interchangeable legs--or foot and head boards). Once your bed is up in the air, you'll have enough room for a bike, an extra wheel set and a repair stand/ tools. Basically everyone on our team has done this ... with the exception of one guy who wedged some 2x4s between the walls of his room and hung his bike up. Hope that helps... and good luck with school

PS. I would recommend locking it to your bed as well... I live off campus now and still do it... given the random people that might end up in my house on weekends.... or weekdays
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Originally Posted by rOOster14 View Post
do it like this
Don't...
My first year RA had a friend who hung his drying clothing from some pipes that happened to be the sprinkling system. When he was pulling his clothing down, he broke off the head and water started to gush out. He lived on the 7th floor so the water seeped through and caused damage on 4 stories... in the end he had to pay $80,000 in damages.
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Originally Posted by Carus47 View Post
Don't...
My first year RA had a friend who hung his drying clothing from some pipes that happened to be the sprinkling system. When he was pulling his clothing down, he broke off the head and water started to gush out. He lived on the 7th floor so the water seeped through and caused damage on 4 stories... in the end he had to pay $80,000 in damages.
I just briefly chocked on a peanut M&M
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Old 07-30-08, 10:55 PM
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Did you go to Duquesne Univ? Same thing happened there, but it was a girl who 'supposedly' hung some clothes from a water nozzle.... ruined everything, she got foot with a bill.
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I had my own place with a roommate and we didn't have a whole lot of wall real estate to lean our bikes on. I ended up scooting my bed out away from the wall about 1 foot and used that as my bike's resting place.

I did have to step over my bed to put my bike there but it's not that big of a deal. It also keeps it safe since my bed acted as a buffer.
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Old 07-31-08, 12:13 AM
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I'm in the same postiton as you. I am getting my bed lofted, and I'll probably lock my bike to the loft. I guess the dorm I'm staying in has some really big rooms so I might end up getting one of those bike beams that hold two bikes stacked vertically.
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Old 07-31-08, 12:20 AM
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Originally Posted by rOOster14 View Post
do it like this
Epic win.
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Old 07-31-08, 12:54 AM
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Last year in my ****ty little room we kept 2 bikes leaned on one another beween the end of the bed and a wall. They were never in the way. I am hoping I can swing something like that this year as well
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Old 07-31-08, 01:56 AM
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To the OP, with those bikes please remember to lock whatever one you have with you up very well. I've had friends and family members have things stolen from dorms. Laptops and small electronics are usually the most common, but if someone knows what a good road bike is worth...well...you get my point. Take pictures and log serial numbers!
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