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Old 03-10-2014, 10:05 AM   #1
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Automatic gates

Campground I stay in has the "stop here to open gate" to let yourself out.....well the SM won't set it off. Kind of a pain at 5AM when I'm late for work.

I tried everything. I'm sure everyone trying to sleep though it was awesome that I'm doing "stoppies" or "endos" or whatever in front of the gate this morning.

Any tried and true methods????
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Old 03-10-2014, 10:15 AM   #2
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I would ride down the line on the ground parallel to the gate at my old apartment
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Old 03-10-2014, 10:32 AM   #3
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I would ride down the line on the ground parallel to the gate at my old apartment

Try that, worked in every apt complex I lived in as a kid on our bicycles.

Pretty sure that is common knowledge though and you prolly already tried it
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Lean the bike

I would lean my bike to the side. Getting the engine side closer to the strip would set it off.
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Old 03-10-2014, 10:39 AM   #5
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Bump into it.
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Try that, worked in every apt complex I lived in as a kid on our bicycles.

Pretty sure that is common knowledge though and you prolly already tried it
Never lived in an apartment.....Didn't have automatic gates on the farm......
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Old 03-10-2014, 10:53 AM   #7
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[QUOTE=TardinLA;3741738]Never lived in an apartment.....Didn't have automatic gates on the

Want taking lol just figured you already tried it

Look infront of the gates for a line or crack running horizontally to the gate then ride down it.

If gate dosent open there just keep riding across in different areas until you find where the sensor/scale or whatever is to open.
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Old 03-10-2014, 11:24 AM   #8
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LOL....I'm going to brush up on my stunting in front of it in the morning.

You would think they would have a keypad to get out as well but nope.

mjrauma has a good idea.....
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Old 03-10-2014, 04:26 PM   #9
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I can't get mine to open either. Luckily there is a pedestrian door beside it that I can open and ride through.
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Old 03-10-2014, 05:52 PM   #10
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I'm guessing the reason you are suggesting stunting in the area of the sensor is because you think they are weight activated.
They are electromagnetic. The wire in the groove of the pavement puts out a magnetic field, when something metallic disturbs the field it opens the gate.
Bikes have a problem with these types of sensors, not because they don't weigh enough, but because they don't have enough ferrous metals, like steel, close to the ground.
Stunting won't help but there are options. There is a magnet you can stick to the underside of your bike that claims to help. A little internet research might yield other solutions as well.
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magnets don't work, or if they do it'd have to be a big one. I've never been able to get out of the gate at my apartment and I've asked them to increase the sensitivity on the gate like 5 times. I highly doubt they ever did.
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magnets don't work, or if they do it'd have to be a big one. I've never been able to get out of the gate at my apartment and I've asked them to increase the sensitivity on the gate like 5 times. I highly doubt they ever did.
Is the sensitivity adjustable?
Would the magnet need to be big or just powerful?
I honestly don't know, mostly I was just explaining that they are not pressure sensors like many people think.
I wonder if a smaller magnet on a stick would work. Maybe you could leave the sick, discreetly near the gate and use it when you ride the bike.
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Old 03-10-2014, 08:57 PM   #13
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Ive had this problem a few times and what I did was stage peice of metal near the gate. Im in construction so I would take home a 3' piece of coduit and lay it on the line and would open every time. You can use what ever you have but make sure its steele and you'll be fine
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Old 03-11-2014, 07:02 AM   #14
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I cut the chain that pulls the gate open and used a logging chain and master lock to keep it open.
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Iv tried a pretty strong magnet. A welding square didn't work. My bicycle would open it if you rode over the strip long ways
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