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    Bike commuting to the courthouse

    So I had jury duty yesterday, and I rode my bike.

    I know that security is a concern for employees of the justice center, but they really don't make it easy on bike riders.

    Obvious disdain from the security guard when I put my bag up for review, first time through he let me go in with everything, then a few hours later after lunch I had to lockup most of my tools.

    The bike rack was in an area that has very limited visibility, and I was worried about my bike getting stolen.

    Anyone else ride to their court house? any suggestions for locking up in a unsecured area? I use a U-lock for the frame and a cable for the wheels.

    Thanks

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    I did yesterday, for a class at my employer's (San Mateo County) computer training lab. There is a bike rack in open view other everyone. I just ran my cable lock through the wheels and frame and took my lights off.
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    I've done it twice. We have no bike rack so I locked to a bench outside, in front of the detector station. i used a backpack but didn't bring any tools.

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    check this...funny and helpful I don't have to apply it to much here, but it is good for ideas about locking your bike.

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    I had a similar experience, but I had my hex keys tied together with a condom and I carry hernia cream instead of chain lube, so my experience was probably less embarrassing.

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    I had jury duty a few months ago and hoped to ride a little bit. But, there were a few problems. First was bike parking, so I contacted the local transit agency and they had "employee only" bike lockers. There were new racks down the street, which looked ok considering there were a lot of police officers walking around. I didn't end up doing it though, mostly because of the court schedule. A lot of days, we only had to be in court for part of the day, so I was able to be at work for part of the day as well. So given the schedule, it would have been hard to ride, when I could drive and still get some work done. It didn't go late so there was plenty of time to ride after.

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    Interesting topic here. Some how my plight in life is to be subpoened for jury duty every 3 years. Maybe the next time, I'll ride and work up a good, nasty sweat so they don't want me to stay because I stink.
    Enjoying the trails one pedal stroke at a time...

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    I had a late afternoon meeting at the courthouse this winter & took the bus & bike to it. Surprisingly the courthouse is somewhat of a hangout for loiterers. No rack in sight, so I took the bike up the front stairs to the flagpole or lamppost & locked it there, just outside the security area. Guard comes out, I think he's gonna tell me I can't leave it there but he just wanted me to hurry up so he could get me through the metal detector & leave for the day. I was surprised my knapsack with a big headlight battery, pump, etc. went through with no questions. My bike was still there an hour or so later, even though there was no guard anymore.

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