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#1 Unread post by SilentComposer » Fri Nov 28, 2008 1:26 pm

So, my girlfriend and I are moving to a new place. The only problem with the place is that there is no off street parking. The area is really nice... But I don't know what to do about our bikes. We are going to have to park them on the street. Does anyone else have to do this? What are some of my options to deter someone stealing them?

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#2 Unread post by Wrider » Fri Nov 28, 2008 3:13 pm

Your best option for deterring theft would probably be a disc lock with a motion alarm. Makes it less of an easy target. You can also park them in between a car and the curb if that's possible.
What a lot of guys here at school do is park their bikes in their apartments, but I'm sure that's because most of us are crazy... :laughing:
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#3 Unread post by jstark47 » Fri Nov 28, 2008 7:22 pm

Combined with the lock and alarm Wrider suggested, I would cover the bike - make sure the cover is big enough that it's not possible to ID the type of bike. They're less likely to steal it if they can't tell what it is.
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#4 Unread post by Wrider » Fri Nov 28, 2008 8:14 pm

Definitely a good idea on the cover. Get one big enough to cover the wheels and not be too tight on the bike. Most of us bike nerds are good enough to ID bikes underneath covers like that. Also make sure it fastens at the bottom so it's harder to lift up inconspicuously.
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#5 Unread post by ofblong » Fri Nov 28, 2008 10:21 pm

if your on the bottom floor put it in yer living room. If your up a flight of stairs ride it on up :D.
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#6 Unread post by SilentComposer » Fri Nov 28, 2008 11:18 pm

It sounds like the ideal situation would be to obviously put it in my living room. It has like 3 steps to get to my door... Is it actually possible to ride up and down stairs... How do I go about that?

If that is not possible then I would get the disc lock with an alarm and a cover and if possible wedge it behind a car.

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#7 Unread post by Gunslinger » Sat Nov 29, 2008 1:29 am

Dude, the living room is gonna be a PITA. If you were Lemmy from Motorhead I'd say go for it but you ain't. Just park it on the street with a disk lock and alarm, it will be fine.

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#8 Unread post by Wrider » Sat Nov 29, 2008 5:14 am

SilentComposer wrote:It sounds like the ideal situation would be to obviously put it in my living room. It has like 3 steps to get to my door... Is it actually possible to ride up and down stairs... How do I go about that?

If that is not possible then I would get the disc lock with an alarm and a cover and if possible wedge it behind a car.
Yeah it's possible to ride up and down stairs, but the low ground clearance of your bike wouldn't let it do that unfortunately. Unless somehow you figured out how to bunnyhop the thing up and down... haha
But yeah, disc lock with alarm, covered, and wedged behind a car sounds like the best situation.
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#9 Unread post by ofblong » Sat Nov 29, 2008 8:27 am

Wrider wrote:
SilentComposer wrote:It sounds like the ideal situation would be to obviously put it in my living room. It has like 3 steps to get to my door... Is it actually possible to ride up and down stairs... How do I go about that?

If that is not possible then I would get the disc lock with an alarm and a cover and if possible wedge it behind a car.
Yeah it's possible to ride up and down stairs, but the low ground clearance of your bike wouldn't let it do that unfortunately. Unless somehow you figured out how to bunnyhop the thing up and down... haha
But yeah, disc lock with alarm, covered, and wedged behind a car sounds like the best situation.
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depends on the stairs. if they are like mine then it woudl be easy (mine are 110 years old in my house). course I have a detatched garage on my house so bike stays there haha.
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#10 Unread post by JC Viper » Mon Dec 01, 2008 1:07 am

You could get yourself those bike tents that can be folded when not in use. It's basically a portable garage. the new Roadbike magazine has one in their back pages so you can check out who makes it and how much.

I use a cover when I park my bike in the street and many people in NYC do this as well and it works provided the whole bike is covered. Then a heavy duty Kryptonite NY chain and lock to tie to an immovable object.
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#11 Unread post by Shorts » Mon Dec 01, 2008 3:30 am

You could just get a ramp

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#12 Unread post by Johnj » Mon Dec 01, 2008 10:50 am

You know, having a motorcycle is kinda like having a child. You have to accommodate them.
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#13 Unread post by koji52 » Mon Dec 01, 2008 8:19 pm

I can just see riding the bike down stairs and at the bottom the front suspension bottoms out and you go flying over the handlebars. My friend parked his bike in the living room of our old college house (downstairs). I leave mine outside in Trenton and have never had a problem. Of course, it's usually hidden behind my truck from view in the street.
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#14 Unread post by Gunslinger » Tue Dec 02, 2008 6:40 pm

You guys that park in the living room must be single. 8)

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#15 Unread post by ofblong » Tue Dec 02, 2008 8:05 pm

Gunslinger wrote:You guys that park in the living room must be single. 8)
I know a couple guys that park in the living room who are NOT single.
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#16 Unread post by mazer » Tue Dec 02, 2008 8:18 pm

If you dont want them on the street, and you are willing to pay for it, go get them into a storage unit. You would be amazed at how bold theives are, it takes two guys and a mini van and your bike is gone. You might even talk to some of your new neighbors and offer them a rent for parking them in a nearby garage if you think you are going to ride alot. Good luck

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#17 Unread post by Gunslinger » Tue Dec 02, 2008 8:20 pm

ofblong wrote:
Gunslinger wrote:You guys that park in the living room must be single. 8)
I know a couple guys that park in the living room who are NOT single.
Not yet anyway 8)

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Re: Some advice

#18 Unread post by shane-o » Wed Dec 03, 2008 5:59 pm

SilentComposer wrote:So, my girlfriend and I are moving to a new place. The only problem with the place is that there is no off street parking. The area is really nice... But I don't know what to do about our bikes. We are going to have to park them on the street. Does anyone else have to do this? What are some of my options to deter someone stealing them?

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well, id park them inside the house/unit/flat.


if the bars/clip ons are to wide to fit through, widen the door :)


otherwise


Id be fitting an alarm, disc locks to both wheels, chain to a bolt in the ground, with a cover over the top, oh and full comprehensive insurance.

The only exception to this is if ya ride a katana or any type of harley, im sure you could leave these out the front with the keys in for a month and know one would be stoopid enough to bother ;)



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#19 Unread post by ofblong » Thu Dec 04, 2008 3:56 am

shane-o wrote:
SilentComposer wrote:So, my girlfriend and I are moving to a new place. The only problem with the place is that there is no off street parking. The area is really nice... But I don't know what to do about our bikes. We are going to have to park them on the street. Does anyone else have to do this? What are some of my options to deter someone stealing them?

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well, id park them inside the house/unit/flat.


if the bars/clip ons are to wide to fit through, widen the door :)


otherwise


Id be fitting an alarm, disc locks to both wheels, chain to a bolt in the ground, with a cover over the top, oh and full comprehensive insurance.

The only exception to this is if ya ride a katana or any type of harley, im sure you could leave these out the front with the keys in for a month and know one would be stoopid enough to bother ;)



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cept the random devious teenager or the curious 5 year old.
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#20 Unread post by SilentComposer » Thu Dec 04, 2008 4:40 pm

There is two steps behind my apartment that I could put the bikes and they would be out of sight and off the street. Plus right next to my back door. So ramp ideas? Two steps is all I am dealing with. I could almost get it down without it... But like you guys said ground clearance. Plus getting back up wouldn't be all that fun.

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