How to NOT drive into your garage with bikes on the roof?- Mtbr.com
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 200 of 293
  1. #1
    Paste eater
    Reputation: Jwind's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    3,700

    How to NOT drive into your garage with bikes on the roof?

    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.

  2. #2
    Magically Delicious
    Reputation: Cleared2land's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Posts
    8,298

    Uh Oh!

    How to NOT drive into your garage with bikes on the roof?-ca1917244fd649d2b29c0c323eb7073b.jpg
    A bad day of cycling is better than a good day at work

    Work Truck - Dassault Falcon 7X

  3. #3
    Magically Delicious
    Reputation: Cleared2land's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Posts
    8,298
    It's one thing when you trash your bike...

    It's another thing when you add two friends bikes.
    A bad day of cycling is better than a good day at work

    Work Truck - Dassault Falcon 7X

  4. #4
    mtbr member
    Reputation: coke's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    1,581
    Install a mirror above your garage door? Never had this issue, but just an idea.

    Could also install an IR alarm that's only tripped when something is on your roof.

  5. #5
    mtbr member
    Reputation: targnik's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Posts
    5,135
    Have an aerial on front of vehicle that extends to height of a mounted bike... Then you'll have a visual reminder ^^

    -----------------------------------------------------------
    #1 resolution... Ride it like I stole it!!
    "Mountain biking: the under-rated and drug-free antidepressant"

  6. #6
    Paste eater
    Reputation: Jwind's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    3,700
    My brother puts a traffic cone out when he grabs his bikes. Have to remember to put the traffic cone out but seems to work for him.

  7. #7
    Bannėd
    Reputation: Trevor Ochmonek's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2015
    Posts
    289
    Hitch rack!

    With all the Bluetooth etc. tech these days they should make a device you put on your bike that's on the rack that will sound an alarm when something at its height is approaching.
    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    That's more than Catfish would do.

  8. #8
    mtbr member
    Reputation: ryguy79's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Posts
    1,804
    The answer is hitch rack. I came mighty close a few times when I used a roof rack.

  9. #9
    Paste eater
    Reputation: Jwind's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    3,700
    Quote Originally Posted by ryguy79 View Post
    The answer is hitch rack. I came mighty close a few times when I used a roof rack.
    Someday.

  10. #10
    mtbr member
    Reputation: ryguy79's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Posts
    1,804
    Quote Originally Posted by Jwind View Post
    Someday.
    Maybe consider used? I got a new looking Thule T2 for $150. Luckily my car already had a hitch on it.

    Its so nice to just drive in and leave the bike, especially when I'm tired. Or put the bike on the rack the night before when I've got an early ride planned the next day.

  11. #11
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Posts
    151
    *When I remember*, I put the garage remote in the back of my car/out of reach anytime I load the bikes up.

    Has to be this idiot-proof for me in order to break my momentum from the highway to my shower/bed as I tend to arrive home late and ready to start recovery anytime there are bikes up there!

    Doesn't apply for those of you with the fancy cars with built-in remotes. Maybe use velcro on the button and put a pom-pom, thumb tack, or other tactile reminder when bikes are loaded?

    Good luck!
    Paul

  12. #12
    Self Appointed Judge&Jury
    Reputation: DIRTJUNKIE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Posts
    35,093
    Quote Originally Posted by JPaul View Post
    *When I remember*, I put the garage remote in the back of my car/out of reach anytime I load the bikes up.

    Has to be this idiot-proof for me in order to break my momentum from the highway to my shower/bed as I tend to arrive home late and ready to start recovery anytime there are bikes up there!

    Doesn't apply for those of you with the fancy cars with built-in remotes. Maybe use velcro on the button and put a pom-pom, thumb tack, or other tactile reminder when bikes are loaded?

    Good luck!
    Paul
    Best answer ^^^
    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

  13. #13
    Don't worry, be happy!
    Reputation: formica's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Posts
    8,137
    Quote Originally Posted by JPaul View Post
    *When I remember*, I put the garage remote in the back of my car/out of reach anytime I load the bikes up.

    Paul
    ^^^^^^^^^^^This. It's a habit - I toss the clicker under the seat or in the armrest. I purposefully haven't activated the Homelink for this reason.

  14. #14
    Self Appointed Judge&Jury
    Reputation: DIRTJUNKIE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Posts
    35,093
    Quote Originally Posted by formica View Post
    ^^^^^^^^^^^This. It's a habit - I toss the clicker under the seat or in the armrest. I purposefully haven't activated the Homelink for this reason.
    I beat ya to it.
    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

  15. #15
    nvphatty
    Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    I beat ya to it.
    aren't you grand

  16. #16
    Self Appointed Judge&Jury
    Reputation: DIRTJUNKIE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Posts
    35,093
    Quote Originally Posted by nvphatty View Post
    aren't you grand
    You've finally had an epiphany.
    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

  17. #17
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Power Meter City's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    Posts
    156
    Quote Originally Posted by Cleared2land View Post
    It's one thing when you trash your bike...

    It's another thing when you add two friends bikes.
    ...and a car.
    PowerMeterCity.com
    Your Powermeter Specialists

  18. #18
    mtbr member
    Reputation: watts888's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Posts
    6,285
    Hitch rack has never let me down. I also park outside, so that helps too. I do like the idea of the traffic cone and moving the opener to the back seat.
    "a hundred travel books isn't worth one real trip"

  19. #19
    Bannėd
    Reputation: Trevor Ochmonek's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2015
    Posts
    289
    The garage open ideas are good but what about when you are somewhere else that has a lower point that you may hit? That's why I like the idea of some sort of beeping mechanism.
    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    That's more than Catfish would do.

  20. #20
    Viva la Vida!
    Reputation: Camaleon's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Posts
    791
    Get a proper hitch rack
    We do not stop playing because we grow old;
    We grow old because we stop playing

  21. #21
    Life's a Garden, dig it!
    Reputation: chuckha62's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Posts
    3,898
    I know someone who made a big red tag he hangs from his rear view mirror. The tag says, "Toys on Top!"
    "And crawling on the planet's face, some insects called, The Human Race..."

  22. #22
    mtbr member
    Reputation: MikeDee's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Posts
    1,933
    Quote Originally Posted by Camaleon View Post
    Get a proper hitch rack
    Then you have to worry about backing into something or being rear ended.

  23. #23
    BM and PQ Trail Rep
    Reputation: bankerboy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    1,918
    Hang one of these from your rear-view mirror?



    Of course I am jealous you can park a car in the garage. Between the kids crap, work bench, and bikes, there is no room for the truck.
    The world does not revolve around you but your actions impact us all!

  24. #24
    Paste eater
    Reputation: Jwind's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    3,700
    Let's not derail this thread with a hitch vs roof rack debate . I don't have one right now and have a pretty nice set of roof racks and my car + hitch would not fit in the garage anyhow.

  25. #25
    Nat
    Nat is offline
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Nat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Posts
    14,902

    Block the entrance

    After you've backed your car out of the garage, place something in the way so that you've physically blocked your entrance when you return. Even if you've forgotten that the bikes are on top you will have to get out of your car to move the object. I use my floor pump.

  26. #26
    mtbr member
    Reputation: d365's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Posts
    2,233
    good luck. buddy ran our bikes into an overhang at the state park... it even had the height limit painted right on it as a warning. ripped the rack and bikes right off the top. my bike was fine somehow. he's been using a roof rack for about a decade...

  27. #27
    Bannėd
    Reputation: Trevor Ochmonek's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2015
    Posts
    289
    Quote Originally Posted by d365 View Post
    good luck. buddy ran our bikes into an overhang at the state park... it even had the height limit painted right on it as a warning. ripped the rack and bikes right off the top. my bike was fine somehow. he's been using a roof rack for about a decade...
    Exactly my point on the need for a warning mechanism. Your home garage may not the only place you will encounter a problem.
    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    That's more than Catfish would do.

  28. #28
    Duck Fonald
    Reputation: Finch Platte's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Posts
    17,376
    Here's my idea: make a prop of your bike(s) you are going to ride the next day. Make it out of balsa wood, or something easily rebuildable. The day before, drive exactly the route you will drive on your way to the ride and back. Go to the Jack-In-The-Box, drive through the ranger kiosk, drive into your garage. Whenever you hit something, the balsa wood bike will crumple, but it's fixable.

    Now, make notes of all the dangers, and do some kind of fancy thing on your phone that will alert you to the trouble spots the next day when you're going to and from your ride. You'll be ready for all those forgotten overhanging obstacles.

    No need to thank me, I'm just happy helping out. It's what I do.
    “The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it.”

    George Orwell

  29. #29
    Self Appointed Judge&Jury
    Reputation: DIRTJUNKIE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Posts
    35,093
    Hey Finch, that pos rep I gave you the other day, can I have it back?
    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

  30. #30
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Mountain Cycle Shawn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    12,753
    How about just plain remember. It's not that hard. I used a roof rack for years and never had a problem.

  31. #31
    Bannėd
    Reputation: Trevor Ochmonek's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2015
    Posts
    289
    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Cycle Shawn View Post
    How about just plain remember. It's not that hard. I used a roof rack for years and never had a problem.
    I'm sure those who have f'd up thought the same thing.

    Do you have sonar or a backup cam on any of your cars?
    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    That's more than Catfish would do.

  32. #32
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Mountain Cycle Shawn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    12,753
    Quote Originally Posted by Trevor Ochmonek View Post
    I'm sure those who have f'd up thought the same thing.

    Do you have sonar or a backup cam on any of your cars?
    Not in the ones I used a roof rack on.

  33. #33
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Posts
    13,369
    You load at home.
    Put a board in front of the door so you have to get out to move it.
    Unload for sure, then get back in and pull into the garage.

  34. #34
    Duck Fonald
    Reputation: Finch Platte's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Posts
    17,376
    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Hey Finch, that pos rep I gave you the other day, can I have it back?
    Are you reneging!?

    Damn reneger.
    “The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it.”

    George Orwell

  35. #35
    zrm
    zrm is offline
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    5,577
    Quote Originally Posted by MikeDee View Post
    Then you have to worry about backing into something or being rear ended.
    Exactly. Hitch racks have their own dangers and disadvantages.

  36. #36
    Hi There!
    Reputation: TheGweed's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Posts
    1,662
    I never thought about this until now, and after seeing the stories about worrying not just about the garage, but anywhere you might be...

    How about tying a string, maybe red or neon, from the front of the rack to your front bumper? It won't block your vision, but you will see it as a reminder that is in front of you.
    NTFTC

  37. #37
    Bannėd
    Reputation: Trevor Ochmonek's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2015
    Posts
    289
    Quote Originally Posted by thegweed View Post
    I never thought about this until now, and after seeing the stories about worrying not just about the garage, but anywhere you might be...

    How about tying a string, maybe red or neon, from the front of the rack to your front bumper? It won't block your vision, but you will see it as a reminder that is in front of you.
    Total stoner talk
    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    That's more than Catfish would do.

  38. #38
    Self Appointed Judge&Jury
    Reputation: DIRTJUNKIE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Posts
    35,093
    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte View Post
    Are you reneging!?

    Damn reneger.
    And a phony.

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

  39. #39
    9 lives
    Reputation: cyclelicious's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Posts
    14,845
    You put cars in your garage? Our garage is full of bikes and gardening tools
    F*ck Cancer

    Eat your veggies

  40. #40
    mtbr member
    Reputation: ryguy79's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Posts
    1,804
    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    You put cars in your garage? Our garage is full of bikes and gardening tools
    Your garage is too small.

    2 cars, 6 bikes, kid trailer, mower, yard tools, workbench, bike stand, grill, air compressor, etc etc etc. All fits in mine.

  41. #41
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Mountain Cycle Shawn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    12,753
    I never understood this. People fill their garages with junk they never use, while one of their biggest investments in life sit outside.

  42. #42
    Elitest thrill junkie
    Reputation: Jayem's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Posts
    33,504
    Quote Originally Posted by zrm View Post
    Exactly. Hitch racks have their own dangers and disadvantages.
    Well, that one, but if you really get rear-ended that frequently, you got much bigger issues.
    "It's only when you stand over it, you know, when you physically stand over the bike, that then you say 'hey, I don't have much stand over height', you know"-T. Ellsworth

    You're turning black metallic.

  43. #43
    mtbr member
    Reputation: gmats's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Posts
    3,218
    So when I had roof racks and a garage, because I would have to move the vehicle out of the garage, when I was loading the bikes, I'd put a chair or a saw-horse or something to remind me when reversing I couldn't pull into the garage.

  44. #44
    mtbr member
    Reputation: gmats's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Posts
    3,218
    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    You put cars in your garage? Our garage is full of bikes and gardening tools
    Haha!! Good one. Yes. Some people use garages to hold vehicles.

  45. #45
    mtbr member
    Reputation: David R's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Posts
    2,510
    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    You put cars in your garage? Our garage is full of bikes and gardening tools
    Yeah I was just thinking that, y'all need more bikes/tools/junk/treasures if you can fit your car in your garage!!

  46. #46
    Hi There!
    Reputation: TheGweed's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Posts
    1,662
    Quote Originally Posted by thegweed View Post
    I never thought about this until now, and after seeing the stories about worrying not just about the garage, but anywhere you might be...

    How about tying a string, maybe red or neon, from the front of the rack to your front bumper? It won't block your vision, but you will see it as a reminder that is in front of you.
    Quote Originally Posted by Trevor Ochmonek View Post
    Total stoner talk
    Why is it stoner talk? I've seen plenty of people with canoes and such on their roof and a rope going to the front and back of the car.
    NTFTC

  47. #47
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Mr Pig's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    11,033
    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.
    They're made to be outside, they're cars!

  48. #48
    Duck Fonald
    Reputation: Finch Platte's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Posts
    17,376
    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    You put cars in your garage? Our garage is full of bikes and gardening tools
    What's a garage?
    “The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it.”

    George Orwell

  49. #49
    Magically Delicious
    Reputation: Cleared2land's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Posts
    8,298
    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte View Post
    What's a garage?
    A place to store your bikes and gardening tools
    A bad day of cycling is better than a good day at work

    Work Truck - Dassault Falcon 7X

  50. #50
    9 lives
    Reputation: cyclelicious's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Posts
    14,845
    ^ I believe it


    And get a good night's rest

    F*ck Cancer

    Eat your veggies

  51. #51
    Self Appointed Judge&Jury
    Reputation: DIRTJUNKIE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Posts
    35,093
    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    You put cars in your garage? Our garage is full of bikes and gardening tools
    Quote Originally Posted by ryguy79 View Post
    Your garage is too small.

    2 cars, 6 bikes, kid trailer, mower, yard tools, workbench, bike stand, grill, air compressor, etc etc etc. All fits in mine.
    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.
    Quote Originally Posted by gmats View Post
    So when I had roof racks and a garage, because I would have to move the vehicle out of the garage, when I was loading the bikes, I'd put a chair or a saw-horse or something to remind me when reversing I couldn't pull into the garage.
    Quote Originally Posted by gmats View Post
    Haha!! Good one. Yes. Some people use garages to hold vehicles.
    Quote Originally Posted by David R View Post
    Yeah I was just thinking that, y'all need more bikes/tools/junk/treasures if you can fit your car in your garage!!
    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Pig View Post
    They're made to be outside, they're cars!
    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte View Post
    What's a garage?
    Quote Originally Posted by Cleared2land View Post
    A place to store your bikes and gardening tools
    Now that we've come full circle whats the solution to the original problem again?
    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

  52. #52
    9 lives
    Reputation: cyclelicious's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Posts
    14,845
    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Now that we've come full circle whats the solution to the original problem again?
    See post #50
    F*ck Cancer

    Eat your veggies

  53. #53
    Here, diagonally!
    Reputation: JACKL's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Posts
    2,098
    I can't own a roof rack. It is absolutely not an option. It's not a matter of if but when the bikes will get destroyed. Guaranteed.

  54. #54
    mtbr member
    Reputation: pulser's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Posts
    1,921
    Unbelievable 3 pages and no one gave the right answer just get a 10ft door. Problem solved.

  55. #55
    Magically Delicious
    Reputation: Cleared2land's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Posts
    8,298
    Take up sewing and give up bikes.
    A bad day of cycling is better than a good day at work

    Work Truck - Dassault Falcon 7X

  56. #56
    Self Appointed Judge&Jury
    Reputation: DIRTJUNKIE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Posts
    35,093
    Quote Originally Posted by pulser View Post
    Unbelievable 3 pages and no one gave the right answer just get a 10ft door. Problem solved.
    A 10' door into an 8' tall opening is still an 8' tall opening.
    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

  57. #57
    mtbr member
    Reputation: pulser's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Posts
    1,921
    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    A 10' door into an 8' tall opening is still an 8' tall opening.
    What ever thats what the sawzall was invented for.

  58. #58
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Posts
    3,495
    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Cycle Shawn View Post
    How about just plain remember. It's not that hard. I used a roof rack for years and never had a problem.
    It can be if you've had a few concussions. Concussions can do that to you. Makes it hard to remember things. I can't remember what I was saying, I blame it on the concussions. It's hard to remember things after a few concussions.

  59. #59
    Self Appointed Judge&Jury
    Reputation: DIRTJUNKIE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Posts
    35,093
    Quote Originally Posted by aerius View Post
    It can be if you've had a few concussions. Concussions can do that to you. Makes it hard to remember things. I can't remember what I was saying, I blame it on the concussions. It's hard to remember things after a few concussions.
    What did you say?
    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

  60. #60
    Self Appointed Judge&Jury
    Reputation: DIRTJUNKIE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Posts
    35,093
    This thread just reminded me to be careful. I just put beefier tires on my truck. With the tires prior to these the bike cleared the garage door by about an inch mounted in the bed standing up. With these new truck tires it may not clear it, I haven't had time to check it out yet.
    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

  61. #61
    Bikesexual
    Reputation: jcd46's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Posts
    7,570
    I guess there are some positives to throwing your bike in the back seat of your car : ) Hitch rack coming though.
    Surly Krampus
    All City MMD
    Kona Unit

  62. #62
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Posts
    1,628
    Race car, quad, tons of tools , more tools , 4 adult bikes, 2 kids bikes, bicycle trailer and my my garage is packed. I think I would do a traffic cone from the local hardware store. After you pull out to load, put the cone at the enterence of the garage.

  63. #63
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Posts
    796
    Roof racks can be a pain in the ass. As others have said, not only at home, but when on vacation or in unfamiliar areas. I have hit the bikes in our roof rack on 3-4 occasions over a ten year time frame, luckily with no real damage to the bikes. From awnings / carport covers at drive up food joints to hotels with just low enough garage underpasses. I like to think I'm pretty cognizant of the fact they're there, as the many times I or my wife have remembered and gotten out and eyeballed the clearance (that in itself gets to be a PITA). But damned if it doesn't happen! We now have a hitch mount rack, but do still have the roof rack which I wont use unless absolutely necessary.

  64. #64
    nvphatty
    Guest
    remove said garage.

  65. #65
    .
    Reputation: Timon's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Posts
    1,535
    watch this video before every ride....

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzkWTcDZFH0

    .

    seriously though...there may be something to a kickstarter for a sensing device that you place on the highest point of your vehicle, and it alerts you via alarm in car (or on phone) if you're about to run into something low. probably more practical for trucks (particularly of the rental moving truck, or rental RV variety)....but could be used for bikes/kayaks...etc as well.

  66. #66
    Magically Delicious
    Reputation: Cleared2land's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Posts
    8,298
    The back of my pickup sounds more and more better.
    A bad day of cycling is better than a good day at work

    Work Truck - Dassault Falcon 7X

  67. #67
    TOP TIER LURKER
    Reputation: Hawgzilla's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Posts
    25,176
    That's easy, don't make it possible to park inside the garage. Fill it to the hilt with unneeded and unwanted crap. Put the In-laws junk in there, put the mean neighbor's junk in there, too.

    Another option is to seal the door and turn the garage into a living quarter. You can collect rent in cash and not report it to the IRS. That's like free upgrade money for your bikes!

  68. #68
    Elitest thrill junkie
    Reputation: Jayem's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Posts
    33,504
    And then you crash into an overhang or parking garage.
    "It's only when you stand over it, you know, when you physically stand over the bike, that then you say 'hey, I don't have much stand over height', you know"-T. Ellsworth

    You're turning black metallic.

  69. #69
    nvphatty
    Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by Cleared2land View Post
    The back of my pickup sounds more and more better.
    as does my suv.........all in with minimal effort.

  70. #70
    mtbr member
    Reputation: KevinGT's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Posts
    1,868
    Quote Originally Posted by ryguy79 View Post
    The answer is hitch rack. I came mighty close a few times when I used a roof rack.
    I'd rather take the EXTREMELY low odds of me driving into the garage with bikes on the roof than the extremely high odds of getting rear-ended while using a hitch rack.

    The garage is fully in my control. Being rear-ended is almost completely out of my control. Additionally, if you are rear-ended while using a hitch rack, there is a good chance the driver who hit you will not be liable -- unlike any other rear end collision.

    I've been rear ended twice in the last 18 months. Fortunately, my bike wasn't on the back of the car.

    To answer the OP's question, there used to be a device you could buy and attach to your windshield or hood that flipped up any time the car was moving slowly. It popped up a sign that said "CAUTION! BIKE ON ROOF!" or something like that.

  71. #71
    mtbr member
    Reputation: mack_turtle's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Posts
    11,116
    it boggles my mind that people have garages and don't park their cars in them. in my mind, that is the sole purpose of a garage- it's where your car lives. if you have too much crap in your garage to park at least one car, you need a bigger garage or you need to purge some of that crap, or put it someplace else. if I left my car outside, the grackle poop and Texas sunshine would be murder on it.

    yeah, hitch rack. they are expensive but worth it. I installed a 1 1/4" hitch on my Honda Fit a few months ago. the hitch itself was about $100 and it took me an hour. (would have been much faster if I had a helper though.) if you are remotely mechanical, don't pay someone a ton of money to drill a hole and bolt a hitch to your car, that's silly.

  72. #72
    mtbr member
    Reputation: ryguy79's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Posts
    1,804
    Quote Originally Posted by KevinGT View Post
    I'd rather take the EXTREMELY low odds of me driving into the garage with bikes on the roof than the extremely high odds of getting rear-ended while using a hitch rack.

    The garage is fully in my control. Being rear-ended is almost completely out of my control. Additionally, if you are rear-ended while using a hitch rack, there is a good chance the driver who hit you will not be liable -- unlike any other rear end collision.

    I've been rear ended twice in the last 18 months. Fortunately, my bike wasn't on the back of the car.

    To answer the OP's question, there used to be a device you could buy and attach to your windshield or hood that flipped up any time the car was moving slowly. It popped up a sign that said "CAUTION! BIKE ON ROOF!" or something like that.
    I've been rear ended once in 21 years. I'll take those odds for the convenience.

  73. #73
    Pipe Dreamer
    Reputation: Cornfield's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Posts
    5,348
    This space intentionally left blank. We apologise for any inconvenience.

  74. #74
    mtbr member
    Reputation: mack_turtle's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Posts
    11,116
    Quote Originally Posted by ryguy79 View Post
    I've been rear ended once in 21 years. I'll take those odds for the convenience.
    that, and, chances are, you will be able to get reimbursed for repairing or replacing your bike if someone rear-ends your car and damages your bikes. if YOU drive your car into a solid object, you will have far less luck in that regard. in my years of working in bike shops, I have witnessed at least a dozen such accidents, and I can't think of a single rear-ending, but my knowledge is purely anecdotal.

  75. #75
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Mr Pig's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    11,033
    Quote Originally Posted by nomit View Post
    watch this video before every ride....

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzkWTcDZFH0
    Pretty funny :0)

    A mobile crane hit a foot-bridge over the main road in a village near me a few years ago and took down the centre span! I found this picture of the temporary walkway they put up. Since then they have replaced the entire bridge.

    How to NOT drive into your garage with bikes on the roof?-salsburgh-footbridge-image-1-362101018.jpg

  76. #76
    mtbr member
    Reputation: mack_turtle's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Posts
    11,116
    Quote Originally Posted by nomit View Post
    watch this video before every ride....

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzkWTcDZFH0
    you would think that, at some point, someone would be made aware of the stats on how many times vehicles smash into that thing and find a way to create another foot of clearance under that bridge. is there a standard clearance that most drivers are expecting? that's like making a doorway that is 6" shorter than the standard and then blaming tall people for running onto it.

  77. #77
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Mr Pig's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    11,033
    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    you would think that, at some point, someone would be made aware of the stats on how many times vehicles smash into that thing and find a way to create another foot of clearance under that bridge.
    If it's a railway bridge it's not that simple and in reality you would want more than an extra foot. What they sometimes do here in the UK is hang a board over the road on the approach to the bridge at the same hight as the bridge so that you hit it as a warning to stop.

  78. #78
    mtbr member
    Reputation: mack_turtle's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Posts
    11,116
    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.

  79. #79
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Posts
    5,465
    Fill the garage with bikes, junk and lawn care stuff. No room for the car, easy.

  80. #80
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Mountain Cycle Shawn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    12,753
    Quote Originally Posted by KevinGT View Post
    I'd rather take the EXTREMELY low odds of me driving into the garage with bikes on the roof than the extremely high odds of getting rear-ended while using a hitch rack.

    The garage is fully in my control. Being rear-ended is almost completely out of my control. Additionally, if you are rear-ended while using a hitch rack, there is a good chance the driver who hit you will not be liable -- unlike any other rear end collision.

    I've been rear ended twice in the last 18 months. Fortunately, my bike wasn't on the back of the car.

    To answer the OP's question, there used to be a device you could buy and attach to your windshield or hood that flipped up any time the car was moving slowly. It popped up a sign that said "CAUTION! BIKE ON ROOF!" or something like that.
    I agree here. I've seen what happened when a car with two expensive bikes on the back gets hit. $18,000 worth of bikes totally smashed!

  81. #81
    mtbr member
    Reputation: mack_turtle's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Posts
    11,116
    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Cycle Shawn View Post
    I agree here. I've seen what happened when a car with two expensive bikes on the back gets hit. $18,000 worth of bikes totally smashed!
    in which case you go after the other driver's insurance. it sucks, but it's far less of a pain than smashing $18,000 worth of bikes on the roof, and being solely responsible for it without the option to blame anyone but yourself, AND having to replace the entire roof of your car (or the whole car). how much does that cost out of pocket?

  82. #82
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Mountain Cycle Shawn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    12,753
    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    in which case you go after the other driver's insurance. it sucks, but it's far less of a pain than smashing $18,000 worth of bikes on the roof, and being solely responsible for it without the option to blame anyone but yourself, AND having to replace the entire roof of your car (or the whole car). how much does that cost out of pocket?
    For most people, nothing, because they don't have a problem with wiping their bikes off the roof with low hanging objects. It's only a very small percentage of people who can't seem to deal with that responsibility, a very very small percentage. And, if the rear ender doesn't have insurance, it can be problematic.

  83. #83
    Cactus Cuddler
    Reputation: tehllama's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Posts
    1,815
    If you know you're the type to remember to place it, putting a lawn chair in the entrance to the garage in your way each time you're about to put bikes on the roof might be a start.

  84. #84
    mtbr member
    Reputation: mack_turtle's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Posts
    11,116
    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Cycle Shawn View Post
    For most people, nothing, because they don't have a problem with wiping their bikes off the roof with low hanging objects. It's only a very small percentage of people who can't seem to deal with that responsibility, a very very small percentage. And, if the rear ender doesn't have insurance, it can be problematic.
    like I said, in my years working in bike shops, I don't remember anyone getting their bikes damaged in rear-end accidents and bringing them to the shop for appraisal (might have happened once), but I saw at least a dozen roof rack accidents. my experience might not reflect the average, but it leaves me with the notion that smashing my bike into a low object is more likely to happen and much more expensive when it does.

  85. #85
    mtbr member
    Reputation: ryguy79's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Posts
    1,804
    If someone is so risk averse as to rule out hitch racks, perhaps that person shouldn't be mountain biking.

  86. #86
    Magically Delicious
    Reputation: Cleared2land's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Posts
    8,298
    Get rid of your car and just ride your bike.
    A bad day of cycling is better than a good day at work

    Work Truck - Dassault Falcon 7X

  87. #87
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Mountain Cycle Shawn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    12,753
    Quote Originally Posted by ryguy79 View Post
    If someone is so risk averse as to rule out hitch racks, perhaps that person shouldn't be mountain biking.
    The problem with hitch racks is that you are at the mercy of someone else for the safety of your bike. Possibly someone who knows nothing about bikes or how expensive your bike might be. And possibly someone who just doesn't care. With a roof rack, the bike owner is in full control.

  88. #88
    mtbr member
    Reputation: mack_turtle's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Posts
    11,116
    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Cycle Shawn View Post
    With a roof rack, the bike owner is in full control.
    which is why I will put mine on the back. knowing my luck, I would ram my bikes into something soon enough. I don't even use my rack more than once a month because access to the best trail in the state is a few blocks from my house, which would make disaster more likely due to a lack of practice.

  89. #89
    Bikesexual
    Reputation: jcd46's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Posts
    7,570
    How about always have really good insurance coverage.... rear ending is always an accident and forgetting your bike on top is on the user, although negligent still an accident... I live in a town where I better have GOOD insurance the drivers around here are terrible.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails How to NOT drive into your garage with bikes on the roof?-1420100027039.jpg  

    Surly Krampus
    All City MMD
    Kona Unit

  90. #90
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Posts
    113

    Bikes on Roof Hang Tag


  91. #91
    mtbr member
    Reputation: KevinGT's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Posts
    1,868
    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    in which case you go after the other driver's insurance.
    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.

    Quote Originally Posted by ryguy79 View Post
    If someone is so risk averse as to rule out hitch racks, perhaps that person shouldn't be mountain biking.
    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.

  92. #92
    mtbr member
    Reputation: ryguy79's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Posts
    1,804
    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.



    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.
    So I guess than answer is take up hiking.

  93. #93
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2015
    Posts
    922
    I use a trunk rack, and surprisingly enough, it isn't free of "collision" either.

    Wife and I took our bikes out to the trail. Normally I do all of the bike loading/unloading/etc.

    We get home, pull the car in the garage and she gets out like normal. Upon entering the house, she hits the garage door button. Neither of us thought too much about it as we always close our door for some reason. When I went back to the rack, the garage door had literally cleared our bikes by less than 1cm. While we don't have super expensive stuff, there was still about $4k on the back of the car.

    So we didn't shear our bikes off the roof, but almost sheared them off the back using the garage door!

    We got lucky...

  94. #94
    mtbr member
    Reputation: ryguy79's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Posts
    1,804
    Quote Originally Posted by TSpice View Post
    I use a trunk rack, and surprisingly enough, it isn't free of "collision" either.

    Wife and I took our bikes out to the trail. Normally I do all of the bike loading/unloading/etc.

    We get home, pull the car in the garage and she gets out like normal. Upon entering the house, she hits the garage door button. Neither of us thought too much about it as we always close our door for some reason. When I went back to the rack, the garage door had literally cleared our bikes by less than 1cm. While we don't have super expensive stuff, there was still about $4k on the back of the car.

    So we didn't shear our bikes off the roof, but almost sheared them off the back using the garage door!

    We got lucky...
    I hung a string from the garage rafters that touches my windshield when I'm in far enough to close with a few inches of clearance to the handlebar on my bike if its on the farthest back spot on my rack.

  95. #95
    Magically Delicious
    Reputation: Cleared2land's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Posts
    8,298
    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.
    Never say never. It can happen to anyone....even someone who might think they're not so stupid.
    A bad day of cycling is better than a good day at work

    Work Truck - Dassault Falcon 7X

  96. #96
    Here, diagonally!
    Reputation: JACKL's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Posts
    2,098
    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.
    Stupid is as stupid does.

    Sorry man, I'm not going to stop mountain biking! Who knows, I might even fall on my head and fix whatever is wrong.

    IMHO, I'm not stupid; I actually get paid pretty good money to work from home and solve complex problems. But all my life, I forget things. The little reminder function in my brain is unreliable. I have implemented systems in my life to address that, and the proliferation of the microchip has been a huge help to me.

    However just as I cannot go into another room for "just a minute" while cooking bacon, I cannot use a bicycle roof rack. Fortunately I have zero desire to own one, as they look "stupid" to me even before they are driven into the garage with the bikes still mounted.

    My bike is either inside my suv, or on the hitch rack which is high enough that most cars would drive under it. I'll just live with that.

  97. #97
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Posts
    41
    This stopped being an issue for me once I had too many bikes to fit a car in my garage.

  98. #98
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Posts
    84
    Put the car on top of the bike, at least the car will only get trashed.

  99. #99
    ozz
    ozz is offline
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Posts
    247
    Smash your bikes into your garage door overhang once and you'll never do it again - I guarantee you'll remember the crunching sound and feel every time you pull into your driveway. I still get deja vu and remember that sound and feel from years back when I pull into a driveway, even though I have a hitch rack now.

  100. #100
    mtbr member
    Reputation: watts888's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Posts
    6,285
    Quote Originally Posted by killerisation View Post
    This stopped being an issue for me once I had too many bikes to fit a car in my garage.
    And that's why I park outside.
    "a hundred travel books isn't worth one real trip"

  101. #101
    Self Appointed Judge&Jury
    Reputation: DIRTJUNKIE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Posts
    35,093
    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.

  102. #102
    Self Appointed Judge&Jury
    Reputation: DIRTJUNKIE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Posts
    35,093
    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.

  103. #103
    mtbr member
    Reputation: iSlowpoke's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Posts
    340
    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.

  104. #104
    Self Appointed Judge&Jury
    Reputation: DIRTJUNKIE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Posts
    35,093
    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.

  105. #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

  106. #106
    Pro Crastinator
    Reputation: .WestCoastHucker.'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    10,899
    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...


  107. #107
    mtbr member
    Reputation: patski's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Posts
    961
    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...

  108. #108
    .
    Reputation: Timon's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Posts
    1,535
    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.

  109. #109
    mtbr member
    Reputation: KevinGT's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Posts
    1,868
    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.

  110. #110
    Self Appointed Judge&Jury
    Reputation: DIRTJUNKIE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Posts
    35,093
    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.

  111. #111
    mtbr member
    Reputation: KevinGT's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Posts
    1,868
    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.

  112. #112
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    7,217
    11 foot garage door.

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

  113. #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 ;-)

  114. #114
    Pipe Dreamer
    Reputation: Cornfield's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Posts
    5,348
    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.
    This space intentionally left blank. We apologise for any inconvenience.

  115. #115
    Nat
    Nat is offline
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Nat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Posts
    14,902
    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.

  116. #116
    Self Appointed Judge&Jury
    Reputation: DIRTJUNKIE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Posts
    35,093
    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.

  117. #117
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    253
    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.

  118. #118
    Pipe Dreamer
    Reputation: Cornfield's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Posts
    5,348
    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!
    This space intentionally left blank. We apologise for any inconvenience.

  119. #119
    Workin for the weekend!
    Reputation: -Todd-'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Posts
    1,337
    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 :thumbsup:

  120. #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.

  121. #121
    Self Appointed Judge&Jury
    Reputation: DIRTJUNKIE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Posts
    35,093
    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.

  122. #122
    Super Moderator SuperModerator
    Reputation: AVL-MTB's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2014
    Posts
    2,126
    Put a bell up in front of the garage door. If you hear "ding ding", you better stop.

  123. #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

  124. #124
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Posts
    741
    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.

  125. #125
    Magically Delicious
    Reputation: Cleared2land's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Posts
    8,298

    Who Needs a Roof Rack?

    Name:  7961741d02cb6d2c6a8471454531f4d3.jpg
Views: 1169
Size:  29.2 KB
    A bad day of cycling is better than a good day at work

    Work Truck - Dassault Falcon 7X

  126. #126
    Bannėd
    Reputation: Trevor Ochmonek's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2015
    Posts
    289
    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.

  127. #127
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Mr Pig's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    11,033
    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...

  128. #128
    Self Appointed Judge&Jury
    Reputation: DIRTJUNKIE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Posts
    35,093
    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.

  129. #129
    Self Appointed Judge&Jury
    Reputation: DIRTJUNKIE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Posts
    35,093
    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.

  130. #130
    mtbr member
    Reputation: J.B. Weld's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Posts
    13,628
    Cargo van ftw, don't even have to unload when you get home.

  131. #131
    Self Appointed Judge&Jury
    Reputation: DIRTJUNKIE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Posts
    35,093
    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.

  132. #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.

  133. #133
    mtbr member
    Reputation: J.B. Weld's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Posts
    13,628
    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.

  134. #134
    Self Appointed Judge&Jury
    Reputation: DIRTJUNKIE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Posts
    35,093
    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.

  135. #135
    mtbr member
    Reputation: J.B. Weld's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Posts
    13,628
    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.

  136. #136
    Magically Delicious
    Reputation: Cleared2land's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Posts
    8,298

    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

  137. #137
    Self Appointed Judge&Jury
    Reputation: DIRTJUNKIE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Posts
    35,093
    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.

  138. #138
    Magically Delicious
    Reputation: Cleared2land's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Posts
    8,298

    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

  139. #139
    Bikesexual
    Reputation: jcd46's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Posts
    7,570
    Quote Originally Posted by Cleared2land View Post
    I like my neighbors too.


    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	7a2969aa749d148c2ec55507cc5bc857.jpg 
Views:	147 
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.
    Surly Krampus
    All City MMD
    Kona Unit

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

    Sometimes socks are easy to smell out.
    indeed

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

  142. #142
    Magically Delicious
    Reputation: Cleared2land's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Posts
    8,298
    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

  143. #143
    Self Appointed Judge&Jury
    Reputation: DIRTJUNKIE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Posts
    35,093
    Quote Originally Posted by Cleared2land View Post
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	crumpled-bike.jpg 
Views:	1043 
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.

  144. #144
    Magically Delicious
    Reputation: Cleared2land's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Posts
    8,298
    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

  145. #145
    Pipe Dreamer
    Reputation: Cornfield's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Posts
    5,348
    This space intentionally left blank. We apologise for any inconvenience.

  146. #146
    Self Appointed Judge&Jury
    Reputation: DIRTJUNKIE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Posts
    35,093
    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.

  147. #147
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Nov 2014
    Posts
    107
    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.

  148. #148
    RTM
    RTM is offline
    #1 Latex Salesman
    Reputation: RTM's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Posts
    1,847
    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

  149. #149
    Nat
    Nat is offline
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Nat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Posts
    14,902
    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.

  150. #150
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Nov 2014
    Posts
    107
    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.

  151. #151
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Nov 2014
    Posts
    107
    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.

  152. #152
    Self Appointed Judge&Jury
    Reputation: DIRTJUNKIE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Posts
    35,093
    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.

  153. #153
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Nov 2014
    Posts
    107
    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...

  154. #154
    Nat
    Nat is offline
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Nat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Posts
    14,902
    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.

  155. #155
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Mr Pig's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    11,033
    Seven pages on how not to be an idiot. Impressive :0)

  156. #156
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    253
    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...

  157. #157
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Mr Pig's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    11,033
    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.

  158. #158
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Sep 2015
    Posts
    1,485
    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.

  159. #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

  160. #160
    RTM
    RTM is offline
    #1 Latex Salesman
    Reputation: RTM's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Posts
    1,847
    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!

  161. #161
    Self Appointed Judge&Jury
    Reputation: DIRTJUNKIE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Posts
    35,093
    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.

  162. #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.

  163. #163
    Self Appointed Judge&Jury
    Reputation: DIRTJUNKIE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Posts
    35,093
    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.

  164. #164
    Here, diagonally!
    Reputation: JACKL's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Posts
    2,098
    Quote Originally Posted by Cleared2land View Post
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	ca1917244fd649d2b29c0c323eb7073b.jpg 
Views:	2150 
Size:	47.1 KB 
ID:	1065549
    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: 1490
Size:  36.7 KB

  165. #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

  166. #166
    Self Appointed Judge&Jury
    Reputation: DIRTJUNKIE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Posts
    35,093
    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.

  167. #167
    Paste eater
    Reputation: Jwind's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    3,700
    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!

  168. #168
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Nov 2014
    Posts
    107
    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!!!

  169. #169
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Mr Pig's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    11,033
    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.

  170. #170
    Self Appointed Judge&Jury
    Reputation: DIRTJUNKIE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Posts
    35,093
    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.

  171. #171
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Mr Pig's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    11,033
    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.

  172. #172
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Nov 2014
    Posts
    107
    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.

  173. #173
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Nov 2014
    Posts
    107
    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...

  174. #174
    mtbr member
    Reputation: GOOOO's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Posts
    54
    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.

  175. #175
    Self Appointed Judge&Jury
    Reputation: DIRTJUNKIE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Posts
    35,093
    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.

  176. #176
    Bannėd
    Reputation: Trevor Ochmonek's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2015
    Posts
    289
    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.

  177. #177
    Self Appointed Judge&Jury
    Reputation: DIRTJUNKIE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Posts
    35,093
    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.

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

  179. #179
    gobsmacked Moderator
    Reputation: girlonbike's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    8,757
    Take the clicker out of your car when loading up the bike(s).

  180. #180
    Bannėd
    Reputation: Trevor Ochmonek's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2015
    Posts
    289
    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.

  181. #181
    Bannėd
    Reputation: Trevor Ochmonek's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2015
    Posts
    289
    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.

  182. #182
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Nov 2014
    Posts
    107
    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!)

  183. #183
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Nov 2014
    Posts
    107
    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...

  184. #184
    Don't worry, be happy!
    Reputation: formica's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Posts
    8,137
    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.

  185. #185
    Bannėd
    Reputation: Trevor Ochmonek's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2015
    Posts
    289
    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.

  186. #186
    Professional Crastinator
    Reputation: Fleas's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Posts
    5,800
    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.

  187. #187
    Professional Crastinator
    Reputation: Fleas's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Posts
    5,800
    ...or this mast thingy?

    Name:  PilotHeightPoleCar252x320.GIF
Views: 1150
Size:  32.0 KB

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

  188. #188
    Magically Delicious
    Reputation: Cleared2land's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Posts
    8,298
    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:	146 
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

  189. #189
    Here, diagonally!
    Reputation: JACKL's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Posts
    2,098
    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."
    Quote Originally Posted by noapathy View Post
    Is it blue on one side and white on the other or did you buy two of whatever that is?

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

  191. #191
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Dec 2016
    Posts
    15
    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

  192. #192
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Nov 2016
    Posts
    3,046
    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

  193. #193
    Self Appointed Judge&Jury
    Reputation: DIRTJUNKIE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Posts
    35,093
    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.

  194. #194
    mtbr member
    Reputation: 7daysaweek's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Posts
    1,644
    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.

  195. #195
    Pipe Dreamer
    Reputation: Cornfield's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Posts
    5,348
    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.
    This space intentionally left blank. We apologise for any inconvenience.

  196. #196
    Self Appointed Judge&Jury
    Reputation: DIRTJUNKIE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Posts
    35,093
    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.

  197. #197
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Nov 2016
    Posts
    3,046
    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

  198. #198
    Pipe Dreamer
    Reputation: Cornfield's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Posts
    5,348
    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.
    This space intentionally left blank. We apologise for any inconvenience.

  199. #199
    Self Appointed Judge&Jury
    Reputation: DIRTJUNKIE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Posts
    35,093
    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.

  200. #200
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Nov 2016
    Posts
    3,046
    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 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. How many bikes in your garage?
    By TheNormsk in forum Riding 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 Riding 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: 222

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

© Copyright 2020 VerticalScope Inc. All rights reserved.