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Old 12-11-2009, 12:42 AM   #1
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Store your bike in a Storage Fac? I need your opinions

I'm moving back to Houston soon which means I wont be able to keep my bike in my dining room anymore

There aren't garages at my new place or anyway to get my bike inside so I'm forced to use a storage place. Just wanted to see if anyone has any advice for looking for a storage place and using a storage place. Any bad stories about storage places work too. Thanks!
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Old 12-11-2009, 12:45 AM   #2
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You don't have any friends here that will allow you to store it at their place?

Most storage places will allow you to store a motor vehicle in an outside unit, which means non-climate controlled, and also means that you will more than likely be paying well over $100 a month to store it...
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You don't have any friends here that will allow you to store it at their place?

Most storage places will allow you to store a motor vehicle in an outside unit, which means non-climate controlled, and also means that you will more than likely be paying well over $100 a month to store it...
Most of my friends live outside the loop, I'm going to be inside and dont really want to drive 30 min just to go ride. Garages aren't climate controlled either. I knew the cost was going to be ridiculous but I'm going to be splitting it with another person so it wont be that bad.
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That's what I was gonna mention next was to try to get it with at least one other person...And I would try to find a 24 hour storage just in case you ever need to get to it in the middle of the night for some reason, ya never know...

And try to scope out the facility and try to find a unit that is watched by a camera, and then make sure to ask the manager whether or not they keep up with the tapes, or if it's digital...I was working at the, what used to be Storage USA, right there on Nasa Rd. 1 in Webster when someones car was broken into and the manager had forgot to back up the tapes that week, so they didn't have any footage of the suspect...
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make sure the weight sensor for the exit gate is setup for bikes. this happened to me when i had my bikes in storage a while back,, i got all geared up and ready to ride and found out i couldnt get out of the gate and the manager's office was already closed

and also talk to the managers and make sure you can park your vehicle in the gates for extended periods of time

dont be surprised if they check your bikes out either cause they did mine
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I would think storage places are far safer than leaving the bike outside.
I did store a bike at a storage place long ago. Kind of a pain getting it if you need to drive there, cause then you need to leave your vehicle there while you ride.

I also used to store a bike at an apartment under my stairs chained to a post. While doing this I kept it covered, that kind of keeps the intrest of theifs down a bit, but you need to wait for it to cool down before you can cover it.

Your bike is a popular one among theives - have you considered Lo-Jack.
Read about it on the web. it notifies you if your bike is moved and they have a high recovery rate.

Or at least get a good alarm, and Lock, if not theft insurance

Good Luck.
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make sure the weight sensor for the exit gate is setup for bikes. this happened to me when i had my bikes in storage a while back,, i got all geared up and ready to ride and found out i couldnt get out of the gate and the manager's office was already closed
they're NOT weight sensors!
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they're NOT weight sensors!
Very true...They are called mag-loops, they detect metals, which is why a lot of bikes don't get detected since they have low amounts of metal on them...There are plenty of ways around that, plus, a lot of storage facilitys have keypads to let you back out...
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That's what I was gonna mention next was to try to get it with at least one other person...And I would try to find a 24 hour storage just in case you ever need to get to it in the middle of the night for some reason, ya never know...

And try to scope out the facility and try to find a unit that is watched by a camera, and then make sure to ask the manager whether or not they keep up with the tapes, or if it's digital...I was working at the, what used to be Storage USA, right there on Nasa Rd. 1 in Webster when someones car was broken into and the manager had forgot to back up the tapes that week, so they didn't have any footage of the suspect...
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make sure the weight sensor for the exit gate is setup for bikes. this happened to me when i had my bikes in storage a while back,, i got all geared up and ready to ride and found out i couldnt get out of the gate and the manager's office was already closed

and also talk to the managers and make sure you can park your vehicle in the gates for extended periods of time

dont be surprised if they check your bikes out either cause they did mine
4. Make sure Mag loops pick up bikes
5. Make sure you can park there

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I would think storage places are far safer than leaving the bike outside.
I did store a bike at a storage place long ago. Kind of a pain getting it if you need to drive there, cause then you need to leave your vehicle there while you ride.

I also used to store a bike at an apartment under my stairs chained to a post. While doing this I kept it covered, that kind of keeps the intrest of theifs down a bit, but you need to wait for it to cool down before you can cover it.

Your bike is a popular one among theives - have you considered Lo-Jack.
Read about it on the web. it notifies you if your bike is moved and they have a high recovery rate.

Or at least get a good alarm, and Lock, if not theft insurance

Good Luck.
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Very true...They are called mag-loops, they detect metals, which is why a lot of bikes don't get detected since they have low amounts of metal on them...There are plenty of ways around that, plus, a lot of storage facilitys have keypads to let you back out...
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You don't have any friends here that will allow you to store it at their place?

Most storage places will allow you to store a motor vehicle in an outside unit, which means non-climate controlled, and also means that you will more than likely be paying well over $100 a month to store it...
nope, $40-$60
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nope, $40-$60
True, but it also depends on the area and the facility and what they offer...You can go up to Porter and find an outside unit for $40 a month, but he lives inside the loop, so he will be looking at a lil steeper pricing more than likely...I mean, I pay about $65 a month for an inside unit that is only 5x10, and that's at the U-Haul in Kingwood..
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shoot me a pm with where you're moving to i might be able to help you out
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Most of my friends live outside the loop, I'm going to be inside and dont really want to drive 30 min just to go ride. Garages aren't climate controlled either. I knew the cost was going to be ridiculous but I'm going to be splitting it with another person so it wont be that bad.
I had my bike for over a year now & keep it a public storage.
It is a good storage facility & about ten other guys keep their bikes there.
Climate controled & plenty of cameras ftw .... 24 hr. access if you need it too.
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I might add that even though my bike is locked inside the unit, I use a wheel locked too, mgr. stays on site, & know most of the peps that go through.
But to be sure, take nothing for granted , there is really no crime free places, it can happen anywhere, anytime.
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I understood that, but where inside 610?
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Sorry, I wouldn't be of much help, I have a garage but I am near the astrodome thus not very close to you.
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