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Safe to Park a Bicycle at a Metro for 9+ hours?
  • chipotle_addict July 26, 2011 - 3:35 pm #43918 Reply

    I've been thinking about giving up my car for a bit, but at 2 miles I don't think I would want to walk to the metro every day.  If I rode a bike and locked it up at the metro, what are the odds it would still be waiting for me in one piece 9 hours later?  This would be the Pentagon City or Crystal City metro stops.

     

    Worth doing, or would I just be donating a free bike to some local criminals?

    novasteve July 26, 2011 - 4:13 pm #43919 Reply

    I would suggest you write to the Capital Bikeshare and suggest they put in bike areas by where you live and which metro you want to go to.

    CrystalMikey July 26, 2011 - 4:14 pm #43920 Reply

    Thought about using CaBi?

    John Fontain July 26, 2011 - 4:52 pm #43921 Reply

    As long as your bike is worth less than your lock, you'll be alright.  Get an old beach cruiser without quick release wheels and seat.

    bobco85 July 26, 2011 - 6:48 pm #43922 Reply

    From personal experience (my bike was stolen about 2 months ago from the Ballston parking garage bike rack), I can tell you that you need a quality U-lock and chain/cord. Cable locks get cut through in seconds (one squeeze with a bolt cutter). The other deterrent is to get your bike sku# (written on the bottom of your bike) registered with the county. After getting a new bike, I did all these things.

     

    This was all recommended to me by the police when I filed my report for my stolen bike, so I'm glad to pass it on. Also, you can remove the seat post, but that's optional since they're usually not targeted (useless for a bike thief to only get the seat).

    theostav July 26, 2011 - 10:17 pm #43923 Reply

    I would leave a u-lock at the station and keep a cable lock on your bike.  The idea is to make your bike less appealing to a thief than another bike whether it be a crappy looking bike or it being covered in locks.  Although if you're leaving the bike at the station at night no amount of locks will be able to guarantee it will still be there in the morning.

    charlie July 27, 2011 - 1:07 pm #43924 Reply

    not sure where you are coming and going from/to but…

    you may want to consider just staying on your bike.

    commuting from Pentagon City or Crystal City across the river by bike is almost enjoyable.

    washington Area bicycls association has some resources to consider.

    BoredHouseWife July 27, 2011 - 8:29 pm #43925 Reply
    CW July 28, 2011 - 11:40 am #43926 Reply

    Just remember the “50-pound bicycle rule”: the combined weight of the bike and lock should be approximately 50 pounds. It's an old joke of course, but somewhat true. I don't think I'd leave anything locked up at a metro station for any length of time though, especially not down in PC or CC.

    chipotle_addict July 28, 2011 - 11:48 am #43927 Reply

    CrystalMikey said:

    Thought about using CaBi?

    Nearest stand is nearly as far as the metro, so not much gain there.  It would be nice if they added one outside my condo, but if I am going to hope for a miracle I might as well hope for something bigger.

     

    Seems like the safest bet is to rent a bike locker for $200/year.  Either that or just bike all the way to work- 5 miles, seems reasonable.

    CW July 28, 2011 - 2:04 pm #43928 Reply

    A 5 mile bike commute is definitely doable, as long as your office has locker rooms. Mine is about 4 miles and it takes me, on average, only a few minutes more than walking down to the metro, waiting for a train, getting on the train, train starting and stopping, getting off the metro, waiting for the fare gate, walking up the broken escalator…you get my drift.

    arlcyclist July 28, 2011 - 3:33 pm #43929 Reply

    chipotle_addict said:

    CrystalMikey said:

    Thought about using CaBi?

    Nearest stand is nearly as far as the metro, so not much gain there.  It would be nice if they added one outside my condo, but if I am going to hope for a miracle I might as well hope for something bigger.

     

    Seems like the safest bet is to rent a bike locker for $200/year.  Either that or just bike all the way to work- 5 miles, seems reasonable.

    Give riding all the way in a shot and see how it goes before dropping $200 on a locker. I ride from Fairlington which is about 9 miles each way and it's usually a relaxing, enjoyable ride. However, if my office didn't have a locker room with shower that would be almost impossible during the warmer months.

    Henry July 28, 2011 - 4:29 pm #43930 Reply

    Really, do try riding all the way.  My commute is 4.5 miles each way, and even in the 100+ degree weather last week, I was fine as long as I brought a change in clothes.  I wear some breathable exercise clothes on my ride, and then find an empty office or go to the bathroom to change into my work clothes, which I carry in a backpack.  It works nicely.

    5555624 July 31, 2011 - 8:32 am #43931 Reply

    Wait a minute. You're taking the subway (and walking from the subway to work) for three miles? It's not worth dealing with Metro's problems (frequent delays, broken escalators, cars without air-conditioning, packed cars, etc.). 

     

    You said it's two miles to metro and five miles to work? Ride the whole way to work. Even in this heat, you're going to be sweaty after two miles, especially if you ride in work clothes. Ride into work and change. Even without a shower, the “sponge bath in the restroom” approach will mean you're more comfortable in your work clothes.

     

    If you need help figuring something out, just ask. I'm sure any of the cycling commuters, here, myself included, will answer your questions.

    chipotle_addict July 31, 2011 - 11:04 am #43932 Reply

    Sounds like a lot of good advice.  I'm still a month away from the move to where I'll be in bike range, but I'll give the full ride a try.  I don't have a locker with showers at work, but I think a towel and change in the restroom would work fine.

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