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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-12-2013, 11:42 PM Thread Starter
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Where to park.. Safely?

I'm not really sure where this goes, and I did a brief search (though perhaps too brief).

I'm curious where you all park if you stay in the city overnight? My brother lives in Lincoln Park and he doesn't actually have parking except street pay parking on Clybourn, which would be fine except typically it's empty at night (so a bike would stick out like a sore thumb) and I hesitate to leave a bike there overnight while I'm slumbering away. So far my thoughts are to find a parking deck (pay the damn fee) and lock to a barrier, but I'm not so sure I like that either.

And I did ask if I could ride into his apartment but I don't think his roommates nor his neighbors would appreciate that, haha.
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Its a good thing you own an SV, an SS bike would be gone within hours in that area.

An SV on the other hand isn't as appealing. I've parked all over the place in Chicago, but you still have to be pretty cautious as it only takes 30 seconds for it to disappear.

Make sure you have theft insurance, maybe a disc lock, a chain/padlock, etc
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Its a good thing you own an SV, an SS bike would be gone within hours in that area.

An SV on the other hand isn't as appealing. I've parked all over the place in Chicago, but you still have to be pretty cautious as it only takes 30 seconds for it to disappear.

Make sure you have theft insurance, maybe a disc lock, a chain/padlock, etc
Yeah, I <3 my SV, it's ugly, has a gorilla fist dent/crumple in the tank, and a lot of zip-ties holding on the street legal bits (lights, plate, that's it really). I picked it up for a steal as a dedicated trackbike, so it's seen some damage, haha. I will likely pickup a disc and chain/padlock as well.

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I would if my brother would let me!

Actually what I was thinking of doing was renting a self-storage space and parking in one of those, but the ones in that area are fancy and expensive (climate control, carpeted hallways, etc). Maybe I can rent one farther out and leave a bicycle there.

EDIT: I should mention this would only be a few weekends out of the month, maybe some extended ones.

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I've had good luck with Fullerton between Halsted and Clark.

But, like everyone says, get theft insurance.
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Put it in a parking garage. There are plenty around and you can always cab it back to the apartment in bad weather. Peace of mind is worth the price.

Also - most garages have camera security so if something were to happen you would have something decent to show the cops and your insurance.

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On the street overnight is bad news ...... agree with the Garage idea.


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rather then having to deal with all that looking for this and that worrying wouldn't it be easier just to drive your car there

I look at it like this if you have to ask about where to hide the bike so nothing happens to it then chances are its best to leave the bike at home

go time traveler style and go back in time, fuck his grandma, then shoot forward in time and then fuck his mom. Then return back to present state and call him a the product of two incest whores and hes your son and show video of you plowing the both members of his family. .
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One thing you could do is ask your brother to search the neighborhood ads and local boards at stores and laundromats etc. for garage space for rent. A lot of the VinMoto crowd are young apartment dwellers who find half a garage and share with a couple of other bike owners or even enough space for one bike in a garage nearby. That would be much cheaper than one of those storage places.
Maybe he already knows a friend or neighbor that has a garage that would rent you enough space for your bike. You don't know if you don't ask!

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