Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Auckland, Aotearoa, New Zealand
Anyone in nth half USA park perm. outside?
Well, its time to pull in the belt a bit and I am looking at all my costs. I have decided to keep the LT (this was a mature, objective decision :-), the wife has to sell her pristine black Miata) but I have to look at the garaging of the bike which here in Philly costs me $120/mth. We have a single, "just" off-street car space in a long row of 3 storey condos.
My only real option is to park the bike outside permanently, hard against the fence with the car parked up against it most of the time (and every night). Some other things I would do are:
1. I have a full Dowco? cover which I use now in the public garage which leaves only the bottom 1/3 of the wheels exposed. I would use this all the time. It has two reinforced eyelets so I'll put a small wire/lock thru to make the cover harder to rip off.
2. I would probably chain (heavy) the bike to the iron railing of the fence for a bit of added security (token only still).
3. I probably won't do this until April so the worst of the winter weather is over (it just started snowing in the last 5 mins for the first time this winter).
I believe my insurance assumes its parked on the street (only private garages are counted as "garaging" in the Philly metro area with my company), so that should be OK. The Dowco cover has a breathing overlap so it shouldn't sweat in the hot weather. One good thing is the location is close to an outside power point so I can run the Battery Tender during winter. Over the last two winters I have lost a battery each year thru not being able to use the tender in the public garage.
So, any suggestions or experiences to help?
Located: Auckland, New Zealand...
but I left my biking heart along the Scenic Byways of America.....
"Come fill the cup that clears
Today of past regrets and future fears." ....Omar Khayyam