Page 2 of 3 FirstFirst 123 LastLast
Results 101 to 200 of 258
  1. #101
    Self Appointed Judge&Jury
    Reputation: DIRTJUNKIE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Posts
    32,009
    Quote Originally Posted by Cleared2land View Post
    The back of my pickup sounds more and more better.
    Yup!
    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

  2. #102
    Self Appointed Judge&Jury
    Reputation: DIRTJUNKIE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Posts
    32,009
    Quote Originally Posted by KevinGT View Post
    If someone is so stupid they drive their car into their garage with bikes on the roof, perhaps that person shouldn't be driving OR mountain biking.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cleared2land View Post
    Never say never. It can happen to anyone....even someone who might think they're not so stupid.
    No shit!

    Solution to the original problem: Hire KevinGT to escort your bicycles to and from said trail.
    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

  3. #103
    mtbr member
    Reputation: iSlowpoke's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Posts
    337
    I remember going to a local bike shop and seeing a bike just destroyed. The mechanic said that was the 2nd time he had driven into the garage.

  4. #104
    Self Appointed Judge&Jury
    Reputation: DIRTJUNKIE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Posts
    32,009
    Quote Originally Posted by iSlowpoke View Post
    I remember going to a local bike shop and seeing a bike just destroyed. The mechanic said that was the 2nd time he had driven into the garage.
    He must have been an accountant.


    All those book smarts and no common sense.


    Warning: No accountants were harmed during this transaction.
    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

  5. #105
    mtbr member
    Reputation: pavlov0032's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Posts
    281
    Just get rid of roof racks! they are a major hassle anyway

  6. #106
    Pro Crastinator
    Reputation: .WestCoastHucker.'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    10,200
    that happened to me once. didn't damage my bikes, but when the front of the rack ripped up and off, the back end of the trays punctured the roof of my car...


  7. #107
    mtbr member
    Reputation: patski's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Posts
    856
    Quote Originally Posted by KevinGT View Post
    If your rack and your bikes obscure your brake lights (and most do), there is a chance you will pay for your bikes, your car's damage AND the other driver's damage.
    In 2009 I got a ticket in Belgium for obscuring my brake lights/license plate with a trunk rack, EUR350 fine.

    Because I was a furriner it was CASH on the spot. I almost got away with giving him $350 but someone at dispatch reminded him how weak the USD was at the time... cost me $440...

  8. #108
    .
    Reputation: Timon's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Posts
    1,507
    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    lower the road under the bridge? sounds like a nightmare for drainage, but obviously something should be done. that bridge-height warning flappy sign would be cheap and easy to install, but... bureaucracy.
    Apparently theres flashing signs and lights leading up to it, but drivers just ignore them.

    The bridge is owned by the railroad company, and they have no incentive to raise it because it would shut down the railway and cost millions. So long as no truck damages the bridge, they don't care. And in a railway bridge vs. Top of truck battle... The bridge always wins.

    And I heard there's a sewer main that runs under the road there.... So it would take a lot of work and a lot of money to lower the road.

    It's in new jersey somewhere.... Which explains a lot.

  9. #109
    mtbr member
    Reputation: KevinGT's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Posts
    1,851
    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    No shit!

    Solution to the original problem: Hire KevinGT to escort your bicycles to and from said trail.
    Ha!

    I wasn't trying to be an ass. I was just pointing out the two horrible fallacies in the previous posts: a) that bikes are at more risk to be driven into a garage than rear-ended on the back of a car and b) that if you do get rear ended, the other guy's insurance will pay for all the damage.

    And the last statement was for the guy that said if you're worried about being rear ended, you probably shouldn't be mountain biking.

  10. #110
    Self Appointed Judge&Jury
    Reputation: DIRTJUNKIE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Posts
    32,009
    Quote Originally Posted by KevinGT View Post
    Ha!

    I wasn't trying to be an ass. I was just pointing out the two horrible fallacies in the previous posts: a) that bikes are at more risk to be driven into a garage than rear-ended on the back of a car and b) that if you do get rear ended, the other guy's insurance will pay for all the damage.

    And the last statement was for the guy that said if you're worried about being rear ended, you probably shouldn't be mountain biking.
    I've been an advocate against roof racks and hitch racks for years. If you can't throw it in the back of your vehicle then ride the bike to the the trailhead. I'm not in the best of shape so I opt to throw it in the back of my truck and drive to the trailhead. Save my energy for the dirt.
    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

  11. #111
    mtbr member
    Reputation: KevinGT's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Posts
    1,851
    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    I've been an advocate against roof racks and hitch racks for years. If you can't throw it in the back of your vehicle then ride the bike to the the trailhead. I'm not in the best of shape so I opt to throw it in the back of my truck and drive to the trailhead. Save my energy for the dirt.
    Ironically, my bike goes inside my Subaru Outback 99% of the time. It's only when I'm driving with someone else that it goes on the roof.

  12. #112
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    6,484
    11 foot garage door.

    Absent that, the traffic cone and "hide the clicker" ideas work great.
    Whining is not a strategy.

  13. #113
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Posts
    11
    Here is a method that works for me. I keep a piece of blue painter's tape with the word BIKE written on it in large letters stuck on the backside of my rear view mirror. When I put the bikes on the roof I stick the tape over the button that you push to open the garage. Mine are integrated into my rear view mirror. This way the tape ensures that I notice before opening the garage. When I'm done, I stick the tape back onto the backside of the mirror for use the next time. It hasn't failed me. The OP asked about garages, not any random overhang so this should solve his problem ;-)

  14. #114
    Snowflake
    Reputation: Cornfield's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Posts
    4,928
    Stay geared up on the drive home. Keep your helmet, gloves, shoes, hydration pack, etc on so you don't forget you were just out riding, and that your bike is on the rack.
    Quote Originally Posted by Picard
    You guys are useless.

  15. #115
    Nat
    Nat is offline
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Nat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Posts
    12,838
    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    I've been an advocate against roof racks and hitch racks for years. If you can't throw it in the back of your vehicle then ride the bike to the the trailhead. I'm not in the best of shape so I opt to throw it in the back of my truck and drive to the trailhead. Save my energy for the dirt.
    Quote Originally Posted by Cornfield View Post
    Stay geared up on the drive home. Keep your helmet, gloves, shoes, hydration pack, etc on so you don't forget you were just out riding, and that your bike is on the rack.
    I have the funny image of driving home 15 hours from Moab to Bend with my helmet, gloves, bike shoes, and hydration pack (!) on, bike inside the car with me, while my riding buddies sit on the roof.

    At least they have their helmets on for when I drive into a garage or low overhang.

  16. #116
    Self Appointed Judge&Jury
    Reputation: DIRTJUNKIE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Posts
    32,009
    Quote Originally Posted by ofs1 View Post
    Here is a method that works for me. I keep a piece of blue painter's tape with the word BIKE written on it in large letters stuck on the backside of my rear view mirror. When I put the bikes on the roof I stick the tape over the button that you push to open the garage. Mine are integrated into my rear view mirror. This way the tape ensures that I notice before opening the garage. When I'm done, I stick the tape back onto the backside of the mirror for use the next time. It hasn't failed me. The OP asked about garages, not any random overhang so this should solve his problem ;-)
    Great solution, plus you can cut in a straight line while painting with that tape.

    A 2 for 1 deal.
    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

  17. #117
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    242
    I've been thinking about this as I have a carport that I'm considering converting to garage by adding a roller door. I can currently drive right in with my bike on the roof, but adding a garage door will prevent that and after years of driving straight into my carport I can see its a matter of when, not if.

    My idea is to hack together an Arduino with a distance/range sensor above the garage door and then wire in a switch that wouldn't let the garage door open if there was an object within X metres of the door above the height of the top opening. Would be a bit of an exercise to get right and would only be worth it as a hobby project for the technically inclined. You could also add a red LED to let you know why the door isn't going up.

  18. #118
    Snowflake
    Reputation: Cornfield's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Posts
    4,928
    Quote Originally Posted by Nat View Post
    I have the funny image of driving home 15 hours from Moab to Bend with my helmet, gloves, bike shoes, and hydration pack (!) on while my riding buddies sit on the roof.

    At least they have their helmets on for when I drive into a garage or low overhang.
    Lol, just fill the bladder with a pot of coffee and you're good to go!
    Quote Originally Posted by Picard
    You guys are useless.

  19. #119
    Workin for the weekend!
    Reputation: -Todd-'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Posts
    1,330
    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Cycle Shawn View Post
    I never understood this. People fill their garages with junk they never use, while one of their biggest investments in life sit outside.
    When was a car ever an "investment"?... Cars are liabilities...
    Todd

  20. #120
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Posts
    31
    Never did the garage thing but I have torn a seat while getting fast food drive through. If I lower my seat I'm usually golden.

  21. #121
    Self Appointed Judge&Jury
    Reputation: DIRTJUNKIE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Posts
    32,009
    Quote Originally Posted by grooveface View Post
    Never did the garage thing but I have torn a seat while getting fast food drive through. If I lower my seat I'm usually golden.
    Please don't use the term "golden" anymore. Thanks!
    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

  22. #122
    Moderator Moderator
    Reputation: AshevilleMTB's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2014
    Posts
    1,759
    Put a bell up in front of the garage door. If you hear "ding ding", you better stop.

  23. #123
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2015
    Posts
    922
    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Cycle Shawn View Post
    I never understood this. People fill their garages with junk they never use, while one of their biggest investments in life sit outside.
    I know I, like many, are likely away from their house almost more than they are at their house once you figure working, transit, and any errands ran pre/post work. So with that, my car is in parking lots more than it is in my garage. Considering my neighborhood is a safer place than a majority of the parking spaces I leave my car throughout the day, I can't say I would have any issue parking it in the driveway.

    My solution was to have a 3rd stall garage. Typical 2 spots to house our cars, 3rd stall to house our toys. =D

  24. #124
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Posts
    740
    This has been an entertaining read for someone without a roof rack and no garage. What would be even better? Pictures.

    For those wondering about using a garage for things other than parking a car, it really shouldn't be surprising that some people choose that tradeoff. Garages are perfect for storage and working on things. Some people need that more than they need to put their car inside every night.

    Ironically, in some parts of the country, parking in a warm garage is damaging for part of the year. During the winter here, cars are covered with slush and salt. When left outside every night, that does relatively damage because of the low temperature. When brought inside, the ice/snow/slush melts. The resulting water and salt cause a ton of corrosion, especially in a warm environment. This is what ages a car in Pittsburgh. Paint never gets faded by sun. Instead, exposed metal deteriorates from water and salt exposure.

  25. #125
    Magically Delicious
    Reputation: Cleared2land's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Posts
    7,171

    Who Needs a Roof Rack?

    Name:  7961741d02cb6d2c6a8471454531f4d3.jpg
Views: 299
Size:  29.2 KB
    A bad day of cycling is better than a good day at work

    Work Truck - Dassault Falcon 7X

  26. #126
    Bannėd
    Reputation: Trevor Ochmonek's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2015
    Posts
    283
    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    I've been an advocate against roof racks and hitch racks for years. If you can't throw it in the back of your vehicle then ride the bike to the the trailhead. I'm not in the best of shape so I opt to throw it in the back of my truck and drive to the trailhead. Save my energy for the dirt.
    An "advocate?" Lol, ok. More like "it's DJ's way or no way at all."
    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    That's more than Catfish would do.

  27. #127
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Mr Pig's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    10,168
    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    I've been an advocate against roof racks and hitch racks for years. If you can't throw it in the back of your vehicle then ride the bike to the the trailhead.
    Well that would be a fairly stupid thing to advocate wouldn't it? Mountain biking would only be open to people who lived a few miles from a trail, and exploring trails further away would be impossible, unless you take a car per person or invest in a box-van...

  28. #128
    Self Appointed Judge&Jury
    Reputation: DIRTJUNKIE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Posts
    32,009
    Quote Originally Posted by Trevor Ochmonek View Post
    An "advocate?" Lol, ok. More like "it's DJ's way or no way at all."
    Hmmmm I never thought about out that way, but now that you mention it I think you may be on to something.
    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

  29. #129
    Self Appointed Judge&Jury
    Reputation: DIRTJUNKIE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Posts
    32,009
    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Pig View Post
    Well that would be a fairly stupid thing to advocate wouldn't it? Mountain biking would only be open to people who lived a few miles from a trail, and exploring trails further away would be impossible, unless you take a car per person or invest in a box-van...
    Hmmmm, good point I never thought about out that way, but now that you mention it I think you may be on to something.
    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

  30. #130
    mtbr member
    Reputation: J.B. Weld's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Posts
    10,372
    Cargo van ftw, don't even have to unload when you get home.

  31. #131
    Self Appointed Judge&Jury
    Reputation: DIRTJUNKIE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Posts
    32,009
    Quote Originally Posted by J.B. Weld View Post
    Cargo van ftw, don't even have to unload when you get home.
    Ummmm great idea but a bit more expensive than a piece of blue painters tape on the garage door opener.
    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

  32. #132
    nvphatty
    Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Ummmm great idea but a bit more expensive than a piece of blue painters tape on the garage door opener.
    Hmmmm, good point I never thought about it that way, but now that you mention it I think you may be on to something.

  33. #133
    mtbr member
    Reputation: J.B. Weld's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Posts
    10,372
    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Ummmm great idea but a bit more expensive than a piece of blue painters tape on the garage door opener.
    but no more expensive than a pickup truck

    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    I've been an advocate against roof racks and hitch racks for years. If you can't throw it in the back of your vehicle then ride the bike to the the trailhead. I'm not in the best of shape so I opt to throw it in the back of my truck and drive to the trailhead. Save my energy for the dirt.

  34. #134
    Self Appointed Judge&Jury
    Reputation: DIRTJUNKIE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Posts
    32,009
    Quote Originally Posted by J.B. Weld View Post
    but no more expensive than a pickup truck



    Ya think?

    Base model...


    Base model...


    Base model...
    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

  35. #135
    mtbr member
    Reputation: J.B. Weld's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Posts
    10,372
    I got the little transit connect (rear left in above pic) for $20,000, a bargain when you consider all the real estate it frees up in your garage. Plus you could live in it (down by the river perhaps?) if times get really tough.

  36. #136
    Magically Delicious
    Reputation: Cleared2land's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Posts
    7,171

    This Is Where I Live Down By The River

    I like my neighbors too.


    How to NOT drive into your garage with bikes on the roof?-7a2969aa749d148c2ec55507cc5bc857.jpg
    A bad day of cycling is better than a good day at work

    Work Truck - Dassault Falcon 7X

  37. #137
    Self Appointed Judge&Jury
    Reputation: DIRTJUNKIE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Posts
    32,009
    Quote Originally Posted by nvphatty View Post
    Hmmmm, good point I never thought about it that way, but now that you mention it I think you may be on to something.


    Sometimes socks are easy to smell out.

    Quote Originally Posted by grooveface
    So...how long have you been a doucebag?
    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

  38. #138
    Magically Delicious
    Reputation: Cleared2land's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Posts
    7,171

    Just a Little Reminder Where You CAN'T Go

    How to NOT drive into your garage with bikes on the roof?-rack.jpg
    A bad day of cycling is better than a good day at work

    Work Truck - Dassault Falcon 7X

  39. #139
    Bikesexual
    Reputation: jcd46's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Posts
    5,614
    Quote Originally Posted by Cleared2land View Post
    I like my neighbors too.


    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	7a2969aa749d148c2ec55507cc5bc857.jpg 
Views:	87 
Size:	49.0 KB 
ID:	1066358
    That's funny I was going to say that would be my dream bike carrier.... in better condition of course. Although I think another Wrangler might be wanting me.
    We don't know how strong we are, until being strong is the only choice..

  40. #140
    nvphatty
    Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post

    Sometimes socks are easy to smell out.
    indeed

  41. #141
    nvphatty
    Guest
    just say no to rack, no not that kind.

  42. #142
    Magically Delicious
    Reputation: Cleared2land's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Posts
    7,171
    How to NOT drive into your garage with bikes on the roof?-crumpled-bike.jpg
    A bad day of cycling is better than a good day at work

    Work Truck - Dassault Falcon 7X

  43. #143
    Self Appointed Judge&Jury
    Reputation: DIRTJUNKIE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Posts
    32,009
    Quote Originally Posted by Cleared2land View Post
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	crumpled-bike.jpg 
Views:	152 
Size:	49.8 KB 
ID:	1066376
    These are painful to view but my curiosity keeps me clicking.
    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

  44. #144
    Magically Delicious
    Reputation: Cleared2land's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Posts
    7,171
    How to NOT drive into your garage with bikes on the roof?-photo-12_zpsde39c025.jpg
    A bad day of cycling is better than a good day at work

    Work Truck - Dassault Falcon 7X

  45. #145
    Snowflake
    Reputation: Cornfield's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Posts
    4,928
    Quote Originally Posted by Picard
    You guys are useless.

  46. #146
    Self Appointed Judge&Jury
    Reputation: DIRTJUNKIE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Posts
    32,009
    Awesome!
    Now we've got "Roof Rack Ranger". The best invention since blue masking tape.
    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

  47. #147
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Nov 2014
    Posts
    104
    OMG!

    I actually did this!

    Long story, but the end was, the bikes popped off the rack. Amazingly, no damage. The rack actually popped off the roof of the car too. No damage. Amazing again.

    The car?

    Um... Four rounded rectangular indentations that looked like chickenpox scars. Amazingly, there was no damage to the door sealing surfaces, no roof warpage, aside from the love bites.

    I was thoroughly amazed, and will ALWAYS buy that 'Y' brand for a roof rack. I sat there, immediately after, wondering what carnage I just created, and how I'd go to the LBS and fess up how it happened, but WOW! Saved my butt...

    I did hear of a local guy back in college who the shop I worked at sold a roof rack to, and later found out he had those 't-tops'. Yeah, one shattered... Brain donor. The manual said 'NO T-TOPS!' I think he tried to sue...

    Oh, and even better: There was only a few dings in the wood on the garage. I can't figure out why the rack popped off, and the bikes popped off the rack, but I'm damn glad they did. If I had a carbon bike, I'm sure I would have been singing a different tune.

  48. #148
    RTM
    RTM is offline
    #1 Latex Salesman
    Reputation: RTM's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Posts
    1,843
    Could you set up a motion detector light's sensor pointed above the car to trigger a red light at your eye level?


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

  49. #149
    Nat
    Nat is offline
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Nat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Posts
    12,838
    Quote Originally Posted by StumpyR View Post
    Long story, but the end was, the bikes popped off the rack. Amazingly, no damage. The rack actually popped off the roof of the car too. No damage. Amazing again.

    The car?

    Um... Four rounded rectangular indentations that looked like chickenpox scars. Amazingly, there was no damage to the door sealing surfaces, no roof warpage, aside from the love bites.

    I was thoroughly amazed, and will ALWAYS buy that 'Y' brand for a roof rack.
    Man, I'd be upset if my bike and rack took no damage but the car did. I'd rather have the rack fail first, bike second, car third.

  50. #150
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Nov 2014
    Posts
    104
    Quote Originally Posted by RTM View Post
    Could you set up a motion detector light's sensor pointed above the car to trigger a red light at your eye level?


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    Motion detectors work on the strength of the returned signal, and I don't think there would be a strong enough return from a bike frame.

  51. #151
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Nov 2014
    Posts
    104
    Quote Originally Posted by Nat View Post
    Man, I'd be upset if my bike and rack took no damage but the car did. I'd rather have the rack fail first, bike second, car third.
    It was a Saturn sedan. I loved that car, but it wasn't anything worth getting upset about. I was told by the dealer that the top was actually made to be replaceable, but they couldn't get the part. The rack was a really expensive Yakima with all the attachments for bikes.

    I guess, at the time, I was so embarrassed, annoyed, shocked, and concerned about the bikes to care much about the car. Priorities. It would be like a death in the family...

    Later, I was able to laugh about it.

    One thing I thought was to put a mirror on the opposite side of the garage aimed to show the vehicle as it's coming into the garage, but some people would probably still keep going. *OUCH*

    All in all, my experience being a total idiot really could have turned out so much worse.

    Oh, forgot to mention, I actually sold the rack with the car. The new owner skied and kayaked, so it saved them having to buy a new rack for the car. After saving my bikes that time, it was with mixed emotions I saw it pull away. Funny how life is sometimes...

    Be safe!

    PS: I do hitch racks now. Figured I'd not be that lucky again in the future.

  52. #152
    Self Appointed Judge&Jury
    Reputation: DIRTJUNKIE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Posts
    32,009
    Quote Originally Posted by StumpyR View Post
    Motion detectors work on the strength of the returned signal, and I don't think there would be a strong enough return from a bike frame.
    How about a motion sensor that you manually switch on when you leave. It only has to read the door going up and it sets off an alarm or a light.
    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

  53. #153
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Nov 2014
    Posts
    104
    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    How about a motion sensor that you manually switch on when you leave. It only has to read the door going up and it sets off an alarm or a light.
    Or, I had thought of turning the opener off just before leaving and going out a side door. That way, when you get back, you have to get out and go into the garage to turn the opener back on, and by then one *should* be able to see the bikes on the roof.

    Just a thought...

  54. #154
    Nat
    Nat is offline
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Nat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Posts
    12,838
    Quote Originally Posted by StumpyR View Post
    Or, I had thought of turning the opener off just before leaving and going out a side door. That way, when you get back, you have to get out and go into the garage to turn the opener back on, and by then one *should* be able to see the bikes on the roof.

    Just a thought...
    Another workable solution.

  55. #155
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Mr Pig's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    10,168
    Seven pages on how not to be an idiot. Impressive :0)

  56. #156
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    242
    Quote Originally Posted by StumpyR View Post
    Or, I had thought of turning the opener off just before leaving and going out a side door. That way, when you get back, you have to get out and go into the garage to turn the opener back on, and by then one *should* be able to see the bikes on the roof.

    Just a thought...
    Remembering to turn off opener is about as reliable as remembering that you have bikes on the roof. A solution needs to be foolproof and not rely on the driver having to remember anything...

  57. #157
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Mr Pig's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    10,168
    Quote Originally Posted by dischucker View Post
    A solution needs to be foolproof and not rely on the driver having to remember anything...
    Assuming the driver is a man that is.

  58. #158
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Sep 2015
    Posts
    1,235
    we used to open the sun roof shade on the forester. just having that big light coming in over head and the upwards peripherals of the bikes helped.

    now that i am hurried and dumber..i went with a hitch rack.
    Santa Cruz 5010 C
    Surly Crosscheck.

  59. #159
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2016
    Posts
    58
    Gesh, I never really thought about that. I have a hitch style bike rack because my bikes are too heavy to lift.
    Haibike - Eco Sheep Extra Thick Sheep - Hopey Damper - ISM 2.0 Saddle

  60. #160
    RTM
    RTM is offline
    #1 Latex Salesman
    Reputation: RTM's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Posts
    1,843
    Quote Originally Posted by MuddyBikeRider View Post
    Gesh, I never really thought about that. I have a hitch style bike rack because my bikes are too heavy to lift.
    you need to eat your Wheaties!

  61. #161
    Self Appointed Judge&Jury
    Reputation: DIRTJUNKIE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Posts
    32,009
    Quote Originally Posted by RTM View Post
    you need to eat your Wheaties!
    Or buy lighter bikes.
    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

  62. #162
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jun 2015
    Posts
    1
    Quote Originally Posted by Jwind View Post
    Long time bike rider. First time garage owner... Those of you with garages and roof racks, how do you remind yourself to not pull into the garage with bikes on the roof? So many people I know have done it.
    Guilty. I have since moved on to a hitch rack, but I used to place a busted seat post on my dashboard when my bike was on the roof as a friendly reminder.

  63. #163
    Self Appointed Judge&Jury
    Reputation: DIRTJUNKIE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Posts
    32,009
    Quote Originally Posted by HikeNBike View Post
    Guilty. I have since moved on to a hitch rack, but I used to place a busted seat post on my dashboard when my bike was on the roof as a friendly reminder.
    And you pull in the garage and hear the familiar crunch just as you notice the busted seatpost on your dash roll forward. Doh!

    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

  64. #164
    Here, diagonally!
    Reputation: JACKL's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Posts
    2,006
    Quote Originally Posted by Cleared2land View Post
    How to NOT drive into your garage with bikes on the roof?-bikes-roof.jpg

    You know, that would actually make some really cool garage art, after the novelty of the crashed shark on your roof wears off.

    Name:  The-Headington-shark--006.jpg
Views: 645
Size:  36.7 KB

  65. #165
    mtbr member
    Reputation: rsb201's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Posts
    106
    I use this app every time I haul my bikes. Works flawlessly so far. It alerts you when you get within 100 foot radius of your home with an obnoxious alarm. Give it a try

  66. #166
    Self Appointed Judge&Jury
    Reputation: DIRTJUNKIE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Posts
    32,009
    Quote Originally Posted by rsb201 View Post
    I use this app every time I haul my bikes. Works flawlessly so far. It alerts you when you get within 100 foot radius of your home with an obnoxious alarm. Give it a try
    "Works flawlessly so far"

    Until your phone battery dies or you shut it off and forget to turn it back on. Or lost it without realizing it yet.

    Doh!

    Actually that's a great way to go about addressing this first world problem.
    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

  67. #167
    Paste eater
    Reputation: Jwind's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    3,642
    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    "Works flawlessly so far"

    Until your phone battery dies or you shut it off and forget to turn it back on. Or lost it without realizing it yet.

    Doh!

    Actually that's a great way to go about addressing this first world problem.
    Or you forget to turn it on!

  68. #168
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Nov 2014
    Posts
    104
    Or mute your iPhone. I nearly missed a flight because I muted my iPhone. Thank Ford I'm a OC type person...

    Had a friend that bought that 'Tile' thing, and muted their iPhone. Didn't work so well... Ha!!!

  69. #169
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Mr Pig's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    10,168
    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Until your phone battery dies or you shut it off and forget to turn it back on.
    A friend's last car had front parking sensors, which made parking in the garage much easier. Until he smashed the grille waiting for the beeps because he'd forgot to switch them on.

  70. #170
    Self Appointed Judge&Jury
    Reputation: DIRTJUNKIE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Posts
    32,009
    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Pig View Post
    A friend's last car had front parking sensors, which made parking in the garage much easier. Until he smashed the grille waiting for the beeps because he'd forgot to switch them on.
    Technology...

    Because the never fail method of hanging a tennis ball on a string for your windshield to touch wasn't cool enough.
    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

  71. #171
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Mr Pig's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    10,168
    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Because the never fail method of hanging a tennis ball on a string for your windshield to touch wasn't cool enough.
    I was ironic that he hit the garage because of the sensors, trusting tech which wasn't even switched on rather than his own judgement.

  72. #172
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Nov 2014
    Posts
    104
    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Pig View Post
    A friend's last car had front parking sensors, which made parking in the garage much easier. Until he smashed the grille waiting for the beeps because he'd forgot to switch them on.

  73. #173
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Nov 2014
    Posts
    104
    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Technology...

    Because the never fail method of hanging a tennis ball on a string for your windshield to touch wasn't cool enough.
    Ha! A friend did that. Then proceeded to park their other car in that bay, and hit the wall 'somehow'... Um, we couldn't figure it out either...

  74. #174
    mtbr member
    Reputation: GOOOO's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Posts
    46
    I created a little label and wrote "Bike" on it. Then I taped it with a small strip of packing tape so that it slightly obstructs my Homelink buttons. I cannot help but see/feel the label when I go to hit the button. Works every time.

  75. #175
    Self Appointed Judge&Jury
    Reputation: DIRTJUNKIE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Posts
    32,009
    News Flash, this just in: Cheapest and best solution to this first world problem, it just came to me.


    Connect a string with a tennis ball on it to the bottom of the garage door. You come home and hit the remote the door goes up and there's the tennis ball hanging at windshield height "before" you enter. If that doesn't work take up golf. The bag will fit in most any trunk.

    You could leave it like this year round. When the bike isn't on the roof you could drive right through it.
    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

  76. #176
    Bannėd
    Reputation: Trevor Ochmonek's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2015
    Posts
    283
    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    News Flash, this just in: Cheapest and best solution to this first world problem, it just came to me.


    Connect a string with a tennis ball on it to the bottom of the garage door. You come home and hit the remote the door goes up and there's the tennis ball hanging at windshield height "before" you enter. If that doesn't work take up golf. The bag will fit in most any trunk.

    You could leave it like this year round. When the bike isn't on the roof you could drive right through it.
    Still doesn't solve the problem away from home.
    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    That's more than Catfish would do.

  77. #177
    Self Appointed Judge&Jury
    Reputation: DIRTJUNKIE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Posts
    32,009
    Quote Originally Posted by Trevor Ochmonek View Post
    Still doesn't solve the problem away from home.
    Take a tennis ball with you.
    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

  78. #178
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Nov 2016
    Posts
    3
    Use traffic cones

  79. #179
    gobsmacked Moderator
    Reputation: girlonbike's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    8,748
    Take the clicker out of your car when loading up the bike(s).

  80. #180
    Bannėd
    Reputation: Trevor Ochmonek's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2015
    Posts
    283
    Quote Originally Posted by girlonbike View Post
    Take the clicker out of your car when loading up the bike(s).
    It's programmed in both my cars so I don't use a clicker. Damn first world problems!
    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    That's more than Catfish would do.

  81. #181
    Bannėd
    Reputation: Trevor Ochmonek's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2015
    Posts
    283
    Quote Originally Posted by Jojenni View Post
    Use traffic cones
    At home, yes... What about other places with low hanging roofs etc?

    I wonder what the stats are for wrecked bikes from driving into something while on the roof versus being rear ended while on a hitch rack.
    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    That's more than Catfish would do.

  82. #182
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Nov 2014
    Posts
    104
    Quote Originally Posted by Trevor Ochmonek View Post
    At home, yes... What about other places with low hanging roofs etc?

    I wonder what the stats are for wrecked bikes from driving into something while on the roof versus being rear ended while on a hitch rack.
    I knew someone that backed into a post and smashed their new(ish) Pinarello.

    Much tears were shed over that one...

    Having had a wife that almost knocked the garage off the foundation, I don't know if there is a 100% fool proof was to stop stupid from happening. I mean, I've heard of people pulling fifth-wheel travel trailers, which are HUGE in your rear view windows, running into fast food roofs, AND low bridges.

    I gave up my roof rack after my 'escapade', and got hitch racks. So far, aside from once actually catching a wheel (front, Thank Ford) on something in a parking lot, have not had a problem.

    But 'stupid hurts', and nothing protects anyone from that happening. Tired, mad, bored, inattentive... *BOOM* best, no damage. Worst: You be looking at new bike(s) and a huge body shop quote.

    OUCH!

    (Funny thing, the guy that put our garage back on the foundation, installed a bright orange, 5-foot tall post, to 'stop the wife from doing it again'. It lasted about six months. Evidently the studs he put in the concrete were not very deep. And I took it out... I think she finally stopped teasing me about it a few years ago. It's been nearly twenty!)

  83. #183
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Nov 2014
    Posts
    104
    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Pig View Post
    Seven pages on how not to be an idiot. Impressive :0)
    And God keeps making idiots perfect-er...

  84. #184
    Don't worry, be happy!
    Reputation: formica's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Posts
    7,961
    Quote Originally Posted by Trevor Ochmonek View Post
    It's programmed in both my cars so I don't use a clicker. Damn first world problems!
    I don't have my garage door programmed into the car for that very reason - toss the clicker under the seat is what I do.

  85. #185
    Bannėd
    Reputation: Trevor Ochmonek's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2015
    Posts
    283
    Quote Originally Posted by formica View Post
    I don't have my garage door programmed into the car for that very reason - toss the clicker under the seat is what I do.
    Bigger garage doors help with the at home issue, not so much when pulling through in-n-out. I drive an SUV anyways so hitch rack for me.

    How to NOT drive into your garage with bikes on the roof?-image.jpg
    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    That's more than Catfish would do.

  86. #186
    Professional Crastinator
    Reputation: Fleas's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Posts
    5,083
    Maybe you guys just need a bigger hood ornament.

    How to NOT drive into your garage with bikes on the roof?-84509671.jpg

    -F
    It's never easier - you just go faster.

  87. #187
    Professional Crastinator
    Reputation: Fleas's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Posts
    5,083
    ...or this mast thingy?

    Name:  PilotHeightPoleCar252x320.GIF
Views: 360
Size:  32.0 KB

    -F
    It's never easier - you just go faster.

  88. #188
    Magically Delicious
    Reputation: Cleared2land's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Posts
    7,171
    Quote Originally Posted by Trevor Ochmonek View Post
    Bigger garage doors help with the at home issue, not so much when pulling through in-n-out. I drive an SUV anyways so hitch rack for me.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	image.jpg 
Views:	61 
Size:	88.4 KB 
ID:	1104537
    VERY Nice! I likey!
    A bad day of cycling is better than a good day at work

    Work Truck - Dassault Falcon 7X

  89. #189
    Here, diagonally!
    Reputation: JACKL's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Posts
    2,006
    Tie a string around your finger. Could even be more than one string - different colors for different things. Maybe white for "bikes on roof". Then blue for "get bread and milk on way home." Maybe red for "stop and get gas when low fuel light comes on."

  90. #190
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Nov 2016
    Posts
    15
    That's what I was thinking...just put them on the hood.

  91. #191
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Dec 2016
    Posts
    9
    I move a cooler or something else in the way so it has to be moved AND put my garage remote in my console. Over an 8 year period I've hit my garage more than once. Now I rarely put the bikes up top.

    Sent from my SM-P900 using Tapatalk

  92. #192
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Nov 2016
    Posts
    2,007
    I'm fortunate, I have a SeaSucker on a 370Z and can pull in and out with the bike on the rack with no worries at all.

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-N930A using Tapatalk

  93. #193
    Self Appointed Judge&Jury
    Reputation: DIRTJUNKIE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Posts
    32,009
    Quote Originally Posted by JACKL View Post
    Tie a string around your finger. Could even be more than one string - different colors for different things. Maybe white for "bikes on roof". Then blue for "get bread and milk on way home." Maybe red for "stop and get gas when low fuel light comes on."
    You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to JACKL again.
    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

  94. #194
    mtbr member
    Reputation: 7daysaweek's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Posts
    1,630
    I have a hitch rack now so no longer an issue but I always wanted to have an enormous banner printed the width of the garage to hang on the back wall that just said "BIKES???".

    I thought it would be rather humorous but also helpful when the bikes were on the roof.

  95. #195
    Snowflake
    Reputation: Cornfield's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Posts
    4,928
    Quote Originally Posted by 7daysaweek View Post
    I have a hitch rack now so no longer an issue but I always wanted to have an enormous banner printed the width of the garage to hang on the back wall that just said "BIKES???".

    I thought it would be rather humorous but also helpful when the bikes were on the roof.
    I like it! One could use a projector to project the lettering up on the wall, trace the outline in pencil, then paint. You could do this with your favorite bike logos and names, too.

    One could also install a huge mirror on the back wall of the garage. You'd really have to not be paying attention to not see the bikes in the mirror.
    Quote Originally Posted by Picard
    You guys are useless.

  96. #196
    Self Appointed Judge&Jury
    Reputation: DIRTJUNKIE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Posts
    32,009
    Quote Originally Posted by Cornfield View Post
    I like it! One could use a projector to project the lettering up on the wall, trace the outline in pencil, then paint. You could do this with your favorite bike logos and names, too.

    One could also install a huge mirror on the back wall of the garage. You'd really have to not be paying attention to not see the bikes in the mirror.
    Shouldn't this be in the inventions thread?
    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

  97. #197
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Nov 2016
    Posts
    2,007
    Quote Originally Posted by Cornfield View Post

    One could also install a huge mirror on the back wall of the garage. You'd really have to not be paying attention to not see the bikes in the mirror.
    Would depend on if you were pulling or backing in and slope of the driveway.



    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-N930A using Tapatalk

  98. #198
    Snowflake
    Reputation: Cornfield's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Posts
    4,928
    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Shouldn't this be in the inventions thread?
    It's an idea, not an invention.

    Quote Originally Posted by tuckerjt07 View Post
    Would depend on if you were pulling or backing in and slope of the driveway.
    You're just being difficult. You gotta look where you're going no matter which direction you're going, or what slope you're on.
    Quote Originally Posted by Picard
    You guys are useless.

  99. #199
    Self Appointed Judge&Jury
    Reputation: DIRTJUNKIE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Posts
    32,009
    Quote Originally Posted by Cornfield View Post
    It's an idea, not an invention.
    All inventions start out as ideas.
    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

  100. #200
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Nov 2016
    Posts
    2,007
    Quote Originally Posted by Cornfield View Post



    You're just being difficult. You gotta look where you're going no matter which direction you're going, or what slope you're on.
    I literally cannot see the back wall of my garage until I am already partially in it when backing in. Have to back in for front bumper clearance.

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-N930A using Tapatalk

Page 2 of 3 FirstFirst 123 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. How many bikes in your garage?
    By TheNormsk in forum Passion
    Replies: 258
    Last Post: 06-17-2015, 10:16 AM
  2. Replies: 26
    Last Post: 11-20-2014, 10:17 PM
  3. What's in your garage besides bikes?
    By rachmak in forum Passion
    Replies: 31
    Last Post: 09-18-2014, 02:03 AM
  4. How fast can you drive with a roof rack?
    By funkle in forum Cars and Bike Racks
    Replies: 20
    Last Post: 08-04-2014, 01:40 PM
  5. Maximum bikes and cargo on roof (skybox + 3 bikes)
    By hippyfoot in forum Cars and Bike Racks
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 01-24-2014, 10:34 AM

Members who have read this thread: 10

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

THE SITE

ABOUT MTBR

VISIT US AT

mtbr.com and the ConsumerReview Network are business units of Invenda Corporation

(C) Copyright 1996-2018. All Rights Reserved.