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Old 02-11-2010, 09:46 AM   #1
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Question for those of you commuters that park your bikes in a parking garage. What method do you use to get the automatic gate to recognize that your bike is there and give you a ticket for entrance. I just got a monthly access card for a garage downtown and entering and exiting the gate does not recognize my bike being there I have tried putting my kickstand down, positioning my bike in different areas nothing works. Thanks for the help .
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Old 02-11-2010, 09:49 AM   #2
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I used to be able to open the gated for my apartments on a bicycle.
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Question for those of you commuters that park your bikes in a parking garage. What method do you use to get the automatic gate to recognize that your bike is there and give you a ticket for entrance. I just got a monthly access card for a garage downtown and entering and exiting the gate does not recognize my bike being there I have tried putting my kickstand down, positioning my bike in different areas nothing works. Thanks for the help .
Gain some weight or get a heavier bike maybe?
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They do make magnets to put on the bike and it fools the sensors into thinking its a bigger vehicle
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When it rains I can't get the inductance loop to recognize my bike unless the kickstand is right on the loop.
In college there was a parking gate that was broken and I was stuck in a line of cars and late for a midterm. I jumped out, grabbed my tool case (from the trunk), calmly walked up and disassembled the non-functioning gate and drove through. I think statute of limitations should be up on that little exercise. I don't think that is going to be your option though.
If you are mechanically/electrically/hacking inclined get yourself a large electromagnet, hook it up to a battery and aim it so the magnetic field is tangent to the inductance loop's primary vector. I have wondered if that would work; some people have success with high powered permanent magnets, but those sometime aren't powerful enough.
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go around it.....lol
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go around it.....lol
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yeah i have been going around it to get in then walk down and get a ticket from the attendant but that was when I was paying on a daily basis now that i'm on contract the only way out is an unmanned gate. The attendant has to stop taking money from people in her line walk out to where im at and open the gate with a key which off the people in the other line. Last thing I need is a off motorist behind me.
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yeah i have been going around it to get in then walk down and get a ticket from the attendant but that was when I was paying on a daily basis now that i'm on contract the only way out is an unmanned gate. The attendant has to stop taking money from people in her line walk out to where im at and open the gate with a key which off the people in the other line. Last thing I need is a off motorist behind me.
Get a copy of the key
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you don't get a card to swipe that opens the gate?
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i go around it. in fact, i always go in through the out gate because it's easiest to get around and I don't have to wait in a line.
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yeah got a card that the machine recognizes cause it changes colors but the gate still doesn't open there is a box shaped groove in the concrete that I try to square the bike in but that doesn't seem to work either. Maybe ill try that magnet thing where can I get one?
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just go around it lol
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ok for real go around it they never make those gate arms long enough.
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for all telling me to go around it getting in is not the problem getting out is the arm going out actually is long enough that the only way out is under it or through it and I havn't mastered power sliding under bars yet.
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i go around it. in fact, i always go in through the out gate because it's easiest to get around and I don't have to wait in a line.
Same here ,i can just go around the arm.
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I think these are still based on the same principle that was patented in 1935 by David Katz (US1992214). I think I could spoof the sensor cheaply. Payday I may try an experiment. Hmm...business opportunity? I didn't find what I am thinking about (not the electromagnet, too complicated) in Google or in a quick patent search. I will report back later; if it works in my parking lot maybe I could try it on yours (OP's)?
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The wire in the ground, not the square inside, is the magnet.

If you put your kickstand down on the wire itself, it will likely pick it up.


(unless you're on a bike w an aluminium or magnesium kickstand )
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They do make magnets to put on the bike and it fools the sensors into thinking its a bigger vehicle
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1 of the garages I use downtown, along with a couple others I have seen, have their bike parking outside of the gates. The other garage I use had to cut the ends off of new gates so that we could go around them. It was actually a big deal here because of liability. The parking garage company said it was a liabiltiy for them to have riders going through the gates. The reasoning is related to the problem you're having in that bikes are not always detected. They said the arm might close too soon and hit a rider. They were going to eliminate bike parking in that garage because of it, but they compromised and cut the arms short.
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