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    Banished to the garage

    I have just moved into a new home, and my (non-cycling) better half has laid down the law and told me my bikes have to be kept in the garage, rather than inside the house.

    I am a little concerned about theft - does anyone out there have any suggestions about how to set something up in the garage to keep the bikes secure. I thought about chaining them to the studs in the garage wall, but an enterprising bike thief could saw thru the studs. Any suggestions would be appreciated...

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    If somebody is planning to use cutting tools, you are pretty screwed anyway. Metal chains, cable locks, studs,... they can all be cut with the right tools.
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    In the garage!! Heartless other-half!!! If they are expensive bikes, be sure to insure them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Unglued
    I have just moved into a new home, and my (non-cycling) better half has laid down the law and told me my bikes have to be kept in the garage, rather than inside the house.

    I am a little concerned about theft - does anyone out there have any suggestions about how to set something up in the garage to keep the bikes secure. I thought about chaining them to the studs in the garage wall, but an enterprising bike thief could saw thru the studs. Any suggestions would be appreciated...
    A cot and a scuba spear gun (much quieter than a shot gun). Once you get your significant other trained in the use of the spear gun, and she tries to get used to sleeping in the garage, she may decide that the bikes are better kept in the basement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockyuphill
    A cot and a scuba spear gun (much quieter than a shot gun). Once you get your significant other trained in the use of the spear gun, and she tries to get used to sleeping in the garage, she may decide that the bikes are better kept in the basement.
    +1 on the spear gun idea!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockyuphill
    A cot and a scuba spear gun (much quieter than a shot gun). Once you get your significant other trained in the use of the spear gun, and she tries to get used to sleeping in the garage, she may decide that the bikes are better kept in the basement.

    ROCKY!

    I know how to use a spear gun

    which reminds me - I left my bike in the garage last night after my ride. What a heartless thing to do ... shame on me
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    Quote Originally Posted by Unglued
    does anyone out there have any suggestions about how to set something up in the garage to keep the bikes secure.
    these peoples will sort you out.
    you'd probably get some sort of trade discount too.
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    Same thing happened to me, all was well @ the old house but moved into the new diggs and wifey laid down the law about bike+dirt in the house. I wired the garage door to the alarm system to mitigate the risk and all is well now

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    To secure my track bike (motorcycle) to my garage floor I used to use a combo of:
    https://www.kryptonitelock.com/produ...scid=&pid=1161
    and
    https://www.kryptonitelock.com/Produ...=1002&pid=1196

    I stopped playing with that toy and got rid of it, the chain still gets used to secure the mountain bikes to my trailer hitch when needed. You wouldn't want to leave the chain on while driving though, it would likely dent the frame. Now I worry about thieves cutting my trail hitch off more than that chain!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nogearshere
    these peoples will sort you out.
    you'd probably get some sort of trade discount too.
    Very constructive. Thank you. Can me and my bikes just sleep on your couch?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unglued
    Very constructive. Thank you. Can me and my bikes just sleep on your couch?
    i felt terrible for a moment, what after i saw that there were actually CHEAPER solutions.

    sorry, save that link though, you'll need it after (Fe)...
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    I just moved into a new place too and since I'm paying most bills, I got to have a whole room for storing bikes, working on them and a roadie on a trainer as well, she didn't even pick the wall colors. An important lesson kids: money=power!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unglued
    I have just moved into a new home, and my (non-cycling) better half has laid down the law and told me my bikes have to be kept in the garage, rather than inside the house.
    Well, the deal should continue with "as long as I can renovate the garage to become a family den/play room, complete with heat, electrical, cable, and furniture; and we will have to leave the cars on the driveway......O.K."

    Otherwise, the basement should work out just fine, don't your think dear??

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    Get some good insurance or bring them inside. Tell the other half that at least they arent in the bedroom!
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    I couldn't be in a relationship with someone that "laid down the law", especially with something that was very important to me. Seen too many friends living miserably with controlling/demanding spouses.

    see Nogearshere's advice..

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    Good Garage Ideas

    not sure if this is any safer or more secure but a friend of mine who bought a new home put a few locked kryptonite locks in the concrete garage floor when the trades where pouring it. The top of the U-lock is about 3 " above the garage floor and the rest is buried. He runs cables through all the ' toys ' he has in there and so far so good. Not sure if would be a actual theft proof but would act as a barrier for the smash and grabs.

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    Sanctuary not banishment.

    Like the title says you have to view it from a positive angle. Being blessed with the garage is not a bad thing, don't treat it like you've been exiled like Napolean. Fortify that garage, big dead bolt, beefy chains, a few token T & A pictures and alot of references to beer.

    When this is complete you'll have a sanctuary where you'll be comfortable and you're S.O. will not. This has to be your space. I don't mean this to piss off the women, before you get panties in a knot, I was told this by a woman.

    Early in the relationship I have with my partner, her Aunt overheard our negotiating for house space and decor choices. She informed us that there was a Jewish custom of the man always having complete control over one room in the house, no matter how tacky he may be. I believe this was to appease men who realistically have little or no control over want goes on in our homes.

    This system really works well for us. I love my garage she loves her house.

    An extra tip - in the front of my garage I hung a large flag. This makes it very difficult to see my hoard of swag from the street, even with the door open. Also, my garage door is older and swings out before it goes up. This is sweet because when we go away, the spare car gets butted flush up against the door.

    I hope this helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LuMach
    I couldn't be in a relationship with someone that "laid down the law", especially with something that was very important to me. Seen too many friends living miserably with controlling/demanding spouses.

    see Nogearshere's advice..
    My wife is neither controlling nor demanding. She just doesn't ride. "Laid down the law" and "banished" was my half-assed attempt at being folksy - if anyone out there thought otherwise, then that is my bad. And I am not "living miserably" by any stretch of the imagination. Trust me on that one. And for all of you that think I am just writing this in case my wife came across this post, you should all know that this is not the way things work at chez unglued. I just want to figure out a solution that sees my bikes safe from theft, but no muddy tire tracks on the hall carpet. It's all about compromise.

    Thanks to everyone for their suggestions, humorous and practical. Happy trails y'all.

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    You could always take your balls out of her purse for a moment and tell her you'll put the bikes where you bloody well please, since you own half the house.
    Stuff.

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    My bikes are in the Quonset hut, along with the 16' workbench, the compressor, the truing stand, and all the rest of it. It's Shangri-la.

    When I lived in Toronto (Beaches) I left my bikes in the shed with a lock on the door.

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    Not flaunting nice stuff in the garage keeps passer bys un interested. If you start showing off expensive bike hung on the wall, nice snap on tool chests, an impressive compressor and the likes = trouble. All you are doing is showing off to the world that your garage is a gold mine for goodies.

    Don't leave your garage door open for long periods of time. Don't leave your garage door open when you aren't inside it (meaning if you are in the back cutting your lawn), don't leave it open.

    Insurance on your bikes. Expensive single items usually require seperate "ryders/riders" on the policy. Let your insurance company know you own expensive sports equipment. They will ask you what it is, and how much. Then they can either say... ok that is fine you are covered, or you need to fill out a form and send in a picture documenting what the item is in detail / support it with a reciept. If your insurance company asks for the later usually they will ask for extra money. Probably like 20 bucks extra a year to insure your 6000+ dollar bike for replacement value.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nogearshere
    these peoples will sort you out.
    you'd probably get some sort of trade discount too.
    There is also the option of hiring an IMC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dropmachine.com
    You could always take your balls out of her purse for a moment and tell her you'll put the bikes where you bloody well please, since you own half the house.
    I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess that you are single and live in your parents' basement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unglued
    I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess that you are single and live in your parents' basement.
    He has a point though. Man up and push for a compromise that works for both of you

    If MTB'ing is such a huge part of your life, this surely isn't a 'new' thing for her to deal with, you've been riding for years and she is well aware of this.

    So for her to 'lay down the law' and deliberately put such a huge part of your life into a situation to cause you added costs & stress, means she doesn't give a crap about your passion for riding, which is a large part of who you are.

    If the garage bugs you, step up and get them in the house. If you're an easy push over now, just wait, it'll get much worse ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheers!
    Not flaunting nice stuff in the garage keeps passer bys un interested. If you start showing off expensive bike hung on the wall, nice snap on tool chests, an impressive compressor and the likes = trouble. All you are doing is showing off to the world that your garage is a gold mine for goodies.

    Don't leave your garage door open for long periods of time. Don't leave your garage door open when you aren't inside it (meaning if you are in the back cutting your lawn), don't leave it open.
    X2

    Doesn't matter what your hobby is (bikes, motorcycles, snowmobiles), don't advertise what you've got in your garage. I'm also choosy which neighbours know when I'm gone. After a break in several years ago, I'm extra careful. The current neighbours on 1 side of me I wouldn't trust as far as I could throw them or their kids' friends.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Unglued
    My wife is neither controlling nor demanding. She just doesn't ride. "Laid down the law" and "banished" was my half-assed attempt at being folksy - if anyone out there thought otherwise, then that is my bad. And I am not "living miserably" by any stretch of the imagination. Trust me on that one. And for all of you that think I am just writing this in case my wife came across this post, you should all know that this is not the way things work at chez unglued. I just want to figure out a solution that sees my bikes safe from theft, but no muddy tire tracks on the hall carpet. It's all about compromise.

    Thanks to everyone for their suggestions, humorous and practical. Happy trails y'all.
    I think most of us hear what you're saying, but really, is it a space issue, dirt, or other? I am in a similar position as you. However, my wife respects my appreciation for the fitness that cycling both mtb and road brings me and hasn't demand storage options yet. Although I am pretty good at keeping things clean in the house. That said, my bikes also generally spend 5-7 months in the garage during peak season only for convenience of access to them. Perhaps I should be looking into insurance too?
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    [Perhaps I should be looking into insurance too?[/QUOTE]

    Insurance is a no-brainer. Most home policies have a limit of $500 for bikes if you don't tell them otherwise. I've seen your bike at Albion on Tuesdays - $500 might cover your front wheel.

    So call your insurance broker, send him/her the bill of sale for your bike(s), or if you don't have that any more, go visit your LBS and get a quote for replacement value to send the broker. It will take, like 3 phone calls and your premium will go up by less than $50. In return, you will get full replacement value on your bike with no deductible. If you are unfortunate enough to have your bike ripped off, it could be the best >$50 you ever spent...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheers!
    Not flaunting nice stuff in the garage keeps passer bys un interested. If you start showing off expensive bike hung on the wall, nice snap on tool chests, an impressive compressor and the likes = trouble. All you are doing is showing off to the world that your garage is a gold mine for goodies.

    Don't leave your garage door open for long periods of time. Don't leave your garage door open when you aren't inside it (meaning if you are in the back cutting your lawn), don't leave it open.

    Insurance on your bikes. Expensive single items usually require seperate "ryders/riders" on the policy. Let your insurance company know you own expensive sports equipment. They will ask you what it is, and how much. Then they can either say... ok that is fine you are covered, or you need to fill out a form and send in a picture documenting what the item is in detail / support it with a reciept. If your insurance company asks for the later usually they will ask for extra money. Probably like 20 bucks extra a year to insure your 6000+ dollar bike for replacement value.
    I don't leave my bikes in the garage often... that once in a blue moon like the other day when it was very dirty and I was too lazy to carry it inside...

    I have my garage door open only when I work at the front of the house...

    Even if I were to leave for a moment, if anyone so even breathes on my front lawn I have Boxer Security guarding my home... when you have three large dogs with their faces pressed up against the front window with loud barking, the last person that even tried to step foot on the front porch almost shat himself when they saw him ...

    there are some pretty sad people out there though... just recently my friend Jen had custom potted planters stolen from the front of her home in Toronto... just after mothers day no less... she said she was tempted to drive around and find them on someone elses front porch...
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    Just wanted to chime in and give a big thumbs up to Unglued for being confident in his manliness. He's got it going on. The rest of y'all who implied he was whipped are a bit disturbing. Seriously? A bike is more important than a relationship? I know most were joking, but some responses suggested you'll lead very lonely lives.

    Now, this is coming from someone who has two bikes in the living room and practically a separate house for the rest. I really do understand the security concerns. We had a couple of mountain bike stolen from my MIL's shed while we were visiting a few years ago. The thieves removed the door. Keeping the bikes out of sight and attached to a structural part of the garage seemed like the best suggestions. Best o' luck and congrats on the move! I'd hate to see that pretty Misfit go missing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unglued
    I have just moved into a new home, and my (non-cycling) better half has laid down the law and told me my bikes have to be kept in the garage, rather than inside the house.
    The government that governs best, governs least - Henry Thoreau.

    Assemble your troops, time for a revolution.

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    Nevermind!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nerdgirl
    Just wanted to chime in and give a big thumbs up to Unglued for being confident in his manliness. He's got it going on. The rest of y'all who implied he was whipped are a bit disturbing. Seriously? A bike is more important than a relationship? I know most were joking, but some responses suggested you'll lead very lonely lives.
    I couldn't resist this one.......having been married for 25 years......

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsquid
    To secure my track bike (motorcycle) to my garage floor I used to use a combo of:
    https://www.kryptonitelock.com/produ...scid=&pid=1161
    and
    https://www.kryptonitelock.com/Produ...=1002&pid=1196

    I stopped playing with that toy and got rid of it, the chain still gets used to secure the mountain bikes to my trailer hitch when needed. You wouldn't want to leave the chain on while driving though, it would likely dent the frame. Now I worry about thieves cutting my trail hitch off more than that chain!

    Cheers!


    I ended up going with your suggestion, and getting the Kryptonite ring bolt and New York Noose. Thanks for the suggestion. If that doesn't work, i will put a pit bull mask on my dog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nerdgirl
    I'd hate to see that pretty Misfit go missing.

    I would expect most would-be bike thieves would be too scared to touch the Misfit, what with all the black paint, skulls etc. It's the R3 that I'm more worried about...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unglued
    I ended up going with your suggestion, and getting the Kryptonite ring bolt and New York Noose. Thanks for the suggestion. If that doesn't work, i will put a pit bull mask on my dog.
    Hopefully it lets you sleep better at night. I know it helped me with the motorcyle (it still bugs me that you can't find an insurance company to insure track bikes, but that is for a different forum and a past obsession).

    Making sure your steed is insured is always a great back up plan but it's still a horrible thing to have to deal with if it goes missing, security is number one!

    Cheers man.

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    I was a little concerned when I start seeing my gf because I live in an apartment with 6 bikes. Dining room, bedroom and spare bedroom all have bikes. The dining room is used as a workshop. Well she is cool with it and when I first saw her house she had 2 bikes in the spare room
    I got some bad ideas in my head.

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    If it is dirt on the carpets, why not just get hardwood floors and be done? Or get your wife into riding, so she can appreciate why it is important to store the bikes inside.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricksom
    I couldn't resist this one.......having been married for 25 years......

    A relationship is based on how much you accept each other and respect each other's needs.

    The more you want to change the other person, the more the relationship becomes unglued.
    Mr. & Mrs. Monster: 16 years of bliss and counting.

    Oh, and for the record, she mis-counted, there are 3 bikes in the house including, incidentally, the R3. But then, the inside of our house looks like a MEC just exploded so they can be easy to miss.
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    While we're on the topic of marital bliss, after almost ten years of marriage it's still going strong, so for our ten year anniversary I'm giving my wife the opportunity to stay up all night and be pit crew for another tag team assault at the HAN race! I had doubts that Chico would reschedule the race for me so it had to be done, I almost feel bad...

    Maybe I can win her a medal... :-P

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    I love my bike as much as the next guy but other than robbery, whats so bad about storing you bike in the garage?
    I mean its right next to the bike stand and tools and everything!?!
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    Feel the need to chime in....

    Married 11 years and my wife's a cyclist too, as are the two boys (7 years and 1.5 years). Anyway, the garage is my man-cave. 12 bikes hanging from the ceiling, TV, nice floor, tools hanging here and there etc. etc. I love it. When we go away the most expensive bikes go in the house, but other than that I try not to let too many people see in there. Thankfully we live in a relatively quiet neighbourhood.

    For those of you with wives or trying to find wives, do yourself a favour and OFFER to get your bikes out of the house...suggest buying a house with a garage. You'll be happy you did
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    Try putting the jewelery box in the garage. When she asks "what the hell are you doing" just tell her politely that it makes as much sense to leave obvious valuables in plain view.

    It's not a matter of having bikes in the house; it's a matter of protecting expensive items. It's like NOT leaving your wallet on the dash board when you go to the office. My wife fought me on this for about two years. After two insurance claims (and she's the broker) the ins. provider threatened to cancel coverage for the $8000.00 in claims for bikes. All bikes are now in the house. The trick is not to allow them to be on permanent display in the home.

    As for insurance; for anyone who believes they are covered, check your policy to see if your clause states "replacement value". If not you're likely only get a max of $1000.00 for your ride. Give your broker a call to make sure before you end up in the "if you'd let me keep it in the freakin' house ........." argument.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ddakin
    ...suggest buying a house with a garage. You'll be happy you did
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigwheelboy_490
    If it is dirt on the carpets, why not just get hardwood floors and be done? Or get your wife into riding, so she can appreciate why it is important to store the bikes inside.
    Exactly why we tore out all the rugs in our house.

    I clean my bike in the kitchen in the winter and then just wipe up the mess no problem. Mind you, the parquet floor in my kitchen has seen better days. What's one more scratch or scuff.
    Can't stand going into peoples houses that look so perfect and clean inside that you are afraid to touch anything. Walking into my living room is like walking into a gym, weights everywhere, a huge elliptical trainer, a bike on the trainer, a step bench, swiss balls. My husband does get tired of it, especially when he stubs his toe on a dumbbell and I laugh hystericaly at him. But he only complains for a minute and then gives up.
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