Home Improvements - For Bikes!?

Discussion in 'Australia and New Zealand' started by hippy, Aug 21, 2003.

  1. hippy

    hippy Guest

    I was thinking right? (yes, THAT's what that noise was!)
    With all that home improvement rubbish on TV, what
    would cyclists do if they had to design a house, given
    unlimited funds?

    I'm talking about cycling related design ideas and
    improvements only!

    To start the wheel rolling, the first design feature
    of my new house would be double-width doors
    and hallways!
    Why? Because I am sick to death of banging my
    bikes into door frames, doors and walls!

    So, does anyone have any nifty ideas for making
    a cyclist's dream home that little bit better?

    hippy
     
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  2. Iestyn

    Iestyn Guest

    > To start the wheel rolling, the first design feature
    > of my new house would be double-width doors
    > and hallways!


    How about a ramp up the middle of the extra wide staircase, for riding up or
    down. Of course for variety you have the option of riding the rough line.
    ;-)

    Iestyn.
     
  3. hippy

    hippy Guest

    "Iestyn" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > > To start the wheel rolling, the first design feature
    > > of my new house would be double-width doors
    > > and hallways!

    >
    > How about a ramp up the middle of the extra wide staircase, for riding

    up or
    > down. Of course for variety you have the option of riding the rough

    line. ;-)

    Of course, landscape gardening would be taken to new levels, with
    gardeners struggling to come to terms with "berms", "doubles" and
    "the flow"...

    Unlimited funds eh? How big is a velodrome again? ;)

    hippy
     
  4. hippy wrote:

    **snip**
    > hippy


    I live in a gound floor apartment with tiles on the floor. I just throw
    my bike in the door .. no worrying about carrying it upstairs, or down
    the hall past various flatmates' piles of garbage.

    But my dream home for my bike: A garage, with a heater and a good
    security system. The ute can live outside. Unfortunately such a setup is
    hard to come across in the inner city. Except the ute living outside bit.


    --
    Cheers
    LB

    (Hey Hippy - is my snipping improving?)
     
  5. hippy wrote:

    > "Iestyn" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]
    >
    >>>To start the wheel rolling, the first design feature
    >>>of my new house would be double-width doors
    >>>and hallways!

    >>
    >>How about a ramp up the middle of the extra wide staircase, for riding

    >
    > up or
    >
    >>down. Of course for variety you have the option of riding the rough

    >
    > line. ;-)
    >
    > Of course, landscape gardening would be taken to new levels, with
    > gardeners struggling to come to terms with "berms", "doubles" and
    > "the flow"...
    >
    > Unlimited funds eh? How big is a velodrome again? ;)
    >
    > hippy
    >
    >

    I used to have a cement velodrome 100m from my house in Camperdown. The
    council knocked it down about 2 years ago.
    Always good for a post-pub, 4am ride on our various homemade bikes,
    until you hit a broken longneck some miscreant had left on the track
    earlier in the evening.

    --
    Cheers
    LB
     
  6. hippy

    hippy Guest

    "Andrew Swan" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > Hmm, let's see...
    >
    > A garage with room for a bike rack so I don't have to hang them up
    > alongside the car (yes, I have a car, shock horror).


    How about a conveyor belt bike parking machine?

    > A retinal scanning opener for the garage door so I don't have to fish
    > around in my pockets for keys or a remote control while juggling bike,
    > mail, helmet, etc.


    THIS is what I'm talking about! You've watched me try to open my
    door before haven't you!? :-D

    > A spare room for the (nubile Swedish) masseuse and bike mechanic to live
    > in (this could be one person or two).
    > A spa, sauna, and massage table (see above).


    Drool.

    > An air-conditioned training room with rollers, huge video display, and
    > that funky computrainer (?) system that simulates countryside and fellow
    > riders. If it's good enough for Jan Ullrich (or "Ullrish", if you're
    > Stephen Hodge) to train in one, it's good enough for me. This room could
    > double as a TdF viewing lounge once a year.


    Just say home theatre.. you know you want to! I'll excuse that because you
    have a computrainer in there! :)

    > A fully-equipped bike workshop for me to use once my partner has got rid
    > of the mechanic/masseuse.


    hehe..
    I just though of another nice addition. Voice controlled compressor
    to rapidly pump tyres up to the vocalised pressure.

    Instead of the Internet Fridge, how about an Internet workshop that lets
    you know when you are nearly out of grease/tubes/tyres/etc?

    hip
     
  7. hippy

    hippy Guest

    "Luther Blissett" <[email protected]> wrote in
    message news:bi4ogi$9a3
    > I just throw my bike in the door .. no worrying about carrying it

    upstairs, or down
    > the hall past various flatmates' piles of garbage.


    My problem is the "throw bike in the door" bit. I tend to connect bike
    to door frame. Of course, I _could_ try turning on some lights in the
    morning.. nah!

    > But my dream home for my bike: A garage, with a heater and a good
    > security system. The ute can live outside. Unfortunately such a setup is
    > hard to come across in the inner city. Except the ute living outside bit.


    I work on my bikes inside my unit. The shed contains a car (damn I
    wish I could sell that!) and is freezing! The carpet is also quite dodgy
    inside so I feel no need to be careful with oil/grease/parts.

    > (Hey Hippy - is my snipping improving?)


    Tis! ;)

    hip
     
  8. Gary K

    Gary K Guest

    hippy <[email protected]> wrote:

    > "Iestyn" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]
    > > > To start the wheel rolling, the first design feature
    > > > of my new house would be double-width doors
    > > > and hallways!

    > >
    > > How about a ramp up the middle of the extra wide staircase, for riding

    > up or
    > > down. Of course for variety you have the option of riding the rough

    > line. ;-)
    >
    > Of course, landscape gardening would be taken to new levels, with
    > gardeners struggling to come to terms with "berms", "doubles" and
    > "the flow"...
    >
    > Unlimited funds eh? How big is a velodrome again? ;)


    I heard of a guy who was building his own track on his rural property
    near Perth. A standard 250m track needs too much banking (~45 degrees)
    for a DIY'er to handle I think, but the Midland track is 400m, bitumen
    and looks to be about 5 degrees banking, (which is plenty for
    sprinting). 400m track goes around a football field, needs about 1.6
    hectares of land. You should do that ;)
     
  9. M Gagnon

    M Gagnon Guest

    "Luther Blissett" <[email protected]>
    >
    > I live in a gound floor apartment with tiles on the floor. I just throw
    > my bike in the door .. no worrying about carrying it upstairs, or down
    > the hall past various flatmates' piles of garbage.
    >



    Great. I too live in a ground floor appartment, with a no-step entry to the
    kitchen. I have hardwood floors, which I find equally convenient. Just make
    the kitchen door a bit wider so I can roll in easily with the child trailer.

    There is a "bedroom" that is used for bike storage and maintenance. I would
    add a grille and a water drain underneath so the snow can melt off the bike
    without any interference or problem. Right now, I use a rubber mat and wipe
    if a few times while snow melts. When it snows outdoors, I pick up anything
    from 0,5 L to 5 L of water which comes from snow melting off tires, rims,
    brakes....

    BTW, this comes from a Canadian who likes these ideas, but who lives in a
    real 4-season climate. It's now +30 C, but this Winter, we might go down
    to -30 C. Great for cycling!

    Regards,

    Michel Gagnon
     
  10. Jeff

    Jeff Guest

    "hippy" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > I was thinking right? (yes, THAT's what that noise was!)
    > With all that home improvement rubbish on TV, what
    > would cyclists do if they had to design a house, given
    > unlimited funds?
    >
    > I'm talking about cycling related design ideas and
    > improvements only!
    >
    > To start the wheel rolling, the first design feature
    > of my new house would be double-width doors
    > and hallways!
    > Why? Because I am sick to death of banging my
    > bikes into door frames, doors and walls!
    >
    > So, does anyone have any nifty ideas for making
    > a cyclist's dream home that little bit better?


    I'd have the back entrance (with ramp, as needed) open into a large area
    with space and equipment for maintaining and storing my bikes (as well as
    coats, boots, etc).
     
  11. Rick Onanian

    Rick Onanian Guest

    On 22 Aug 2003 06:51:07 -0700, Luigi de Guzman <[email protected]> wrote:
    > A lot of houses have them--garages. Pity they're usually full of
    > automobile...


    I've never seen a garage full of automobile. They're
    always full of other stuff.

    > "In Manila," he said, "the thieves will cut through a wall like this
    > to get inside."


    I've always wondered why thieves don't do that here.
    We put heavy steel locks on doors, then leave the wall
    right next to it made of the following layers:
    Plaster or wallpaper or paint
    Sheetrock / drywall
    2x4 or 2x6 studs every 16 inches
    Insulation, wiring, plumbing inside
    1/2" plywood
    Siding -- Vinyl, wood, etc.

    Seems to me, under a minute with a cordless
    reciprocating saw, or 20 seconds with a sledgehammer,
    and you've got a hole you can reach in and unlock the
    door.

    At my house, we have a deadbolt that uses a key on
    both sides instead of having a handle on one side;
    when that's locked, you'll have to break a window to
    come in. Like that's so hard to do...

    > So for maximum home/bike security, I'll go with solid brick or stone
    > walls....


    A brick veneer over the first floor of a standard
    stick-framed house ought to suffice. Those stone
    veneers sure are pretty, though...

    http://www.dukeconcrete.com/images/Digital pix/Natural Stone/Veneer/Natural Stone Veneer 2.jpg


    > -Luigi
    > practical pig

    --
    Rick Onanian
     
  12. hippy

    hippy Guest

    "Gary K" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:1g043zc.1vk5bzq3jirygN%>
    > I heard of a guy who was building his own track on his rural property
    > near Perth. A standard 250m track needs too much banking (~45 degrees)


    Wow, I never knew they were that steep!
    I should go watch a track race somewhere!

    > for a DIY'er to handle I think, but the Midland track is 400m, bitumen
    > and looks to be about 5 degrees banking, (which is plenty for
    > sprinting). 400m track goes around a football field, needs about 1.6
    > hectares of land. You should do that ;)


    $10mil later (urgh.. don't need reminding about land prices!)
    Don't know any inner city Melbourne warehouses going cheap
    do you? One of them would be perfect for my lifestyle!

    I still haven't built up the Raleigh frame with fixed-gear parts. I'm
    finding (well _not_ finding) that track parts are not exactly easy
    to acquire unless you a) buy a whole bike second hand or b) buy
    new (and expensive) parts. Grr.. stupid costly hobbies...

    For the house:
    - 3 fridges: 1 food, 1 beer, 1 tools ;-)
    - In the middle of the velodrome a nice little skate park setup
    for "trick" practice.
    - A "dishwasher", but for degreasing bike parts
    - Cable tv for tour coverage and well stocked DVD/Video
    collection for mtb stuff.
    - All rooms should be rideable and interconnected allowing bike
    travel all over the house.

    hippy
     
  13. hippy <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > I was thinking right? (yes, THAT's what that noise was!)
    > With all that home improvement rubbish on TV, what
    > would cyclists do if they had to design a house, given
    > unlimited funds?


    Just having an easy back entrance to the yard would be a bonus. One you
    could unlock with one hand, and still be easy enough to get in and out of,
    even with a trailer or a tandem. Having a back laneway for test riding would
    be a bonus too.

    Seeings as we have unlimited funds, I would bulldoze every speed hump in the
    area that didn't allow for cyclists to fly through too. Technically this is
    not part of the house, but anyway...
    ---
    DFM
     
  14. hippy <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > "Gary K" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:1g043zc.1vk5bzq3jirygN%>
    > > I heard of a guy who was building his own track on his rural property
    > > near Perth. A standard 250m track needs too much banking (~45 degrees)

    >
    > Wow, I never knew they were that steep!
    > I should go watch a track race somewhere!
    >
    > > for a DIY'er to handle I think, but the Midland track is 400m, bitumen
    > > and looks to be about 5 degrees banking, (which is plenty for
    > > sprinting). 400m track goes around a football field, needs about 1.6
    > > hectares of land. You should do that ;)

    >
    > $10mil later (urgh.. don't need reminding about land prices!)
    > Don't know any inner city Melbourne warehouses going cheap
    > do you? One of them would be perfect for my lifestyle!


    One recently sold for about $900,000 in North Melbourne, near Errol St. It
    had a huge open space about 40 metres by 50 metres. I had a few mates living
    in it, and they would ride trikes around from one side to the other. Winter
    was obviously a bitch there.

    That place would have been my dream home if I could have gotten my hands on
    it. Now it's gonna be turned into yuppy townhouses, dammit.
    ---
    DFM
     
  15. Rick Onanian <[email protected]> wrote in message news:<[email protected]>...
    > On 22 Aug 2003 06:51:07 -0700, Luigi de Guzman <[email protected]> wrote:
    > > A lot of houses have them--garages. Pity they're usually full of
    > > automobile...

    >
    > I've never seen a garage full of automobile. They're
    > always full of other stuff.
    >
    > > "In Manila," he said, "the thieves will cut through a wall like this
    > > to get inside."

    >
    > I've always wondered why thieves don't do that here.
    > We put heavy steel locks on doors, then leave the wall
    > right next to it made of the following layers:
    > Plaster or wallpaper or paint
    > Sheetrock / drywall
    > 2x4 or 2x6 studs every 16 inches
    > Insulation, wiring, plumbing inside
    > 1/2" plywood
    > Siding -- Vinyl, wood, etc.
    >
    > Seems to me, under a minute with a cordless
    > reciprocating saw, or 20 seconds with a sledgehammer,
    > and you've got a hole you can reach in and unlock the
    > door.


    Trouble is, of course, that sledgehammering a wall is so damn *noisy*.
    Although given the sparseness of some suburban bedroom communities,
    especially around mid-morning, it may just be feasible.....

    Apparently, troops operating in urban areas use a similar means to
    enter houses--I'm heard it's called "mouseholing"--so that they don't
    have to pass through doorways, which are presumably booby-trapped
    and/or covered by gunfire. In attached-housing situations, they move
    from house to house in this manner...

    -Luigi

    "You generals all and champions bold
    that takes delight in fields
    That knocks down churches and castle walls
    but now to death mustyield
    We must go and face our daring foes
    and with a sword and shield
    I often fought with my merry men
    but now to death must yield"
    -"Lord Marlborough," Trad.
     
  16. DJ

    DJ Guest

    "Tim Jones" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    >
    > "Andrew Swan" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]
    > <...>
    > >
    > > Hmm, let's see...
    > >
    > > A garage with room for a bike rack so I don't have to hang them up
    > > alongside the car (yes, I have a car, shock horror).
    > >
    > > A retinal scanning opener for the garage door so I don't have to fish
    > > around in my pockets for keys or a remote control while juggling bike,
    > > mail, helmet, etc.
    > >

    >
    > I ride with a bum bag with my garage door opener clipped to the side -

    that
    > way I just touch the button and I can roll on in! ;-)
    >
    > > A spare room for the (nubile Swedish) masseuse and bike mechanic to live
    > > in (this could be one person or two).
    > >

    >
    > There are sure to be at least a few nubile women that have dual diplomas

    in
    > bike mechanics and massage from the Swedish University of Erotic Therapy
    > (SUET).
    >
    > Tim
    >
    > As Long as these Swedish women don't massage you after fixing the

    bikes.....i'd hate to discover greasy hand marks all over my
    back...........or front for that matter!!
     
  17. DJ

    DJ Guest

    "hippy" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > "Luther Blissett" <[email protected]> wrote

    in
    > message news:bi4ogi$9a3
    > > I just throw my bike in the door .. no worrying about carrying it

    > upstairs, or down
    > > the hall past various flatmates' piles of garbage.

    >
    > My problem is the "throw bike in the door" bit. I tend to connect bike
    > to door frame. Of course, I _could_ try turning on some lights in the
    > morning.. nah!
    >
    > > But my dream home for my bike: A garage, with a heater and a good
    > > security system. The ute can live outside. Unfortunately such a setup is
    > > hard to come across in the inner city. Except the ute living outside

    bit.
    >
    > I work on my bikes inside my unit. The shed contains a car (damn I
    > wish I could sell that!) and is freezing! The carpet is also quite dodgy
    > inside so I feel no need to be careful with oil/grease/parts.
    >
    > > (Hey Hippy - is my snipping improving?)

    >
    > Tis! ;)
    > Hey Hippy...is this your unit you are living in? I'd hate to think it was

    my unit i am renting out!! after the carpet is completely stuffed, i'm
    putting in plastic grass hehehehe
    > hip
    >
    >
     
  18. Gags

    Gags Guest

    I have recently seen a house up the street that has a small roller door that
    is powered with a motor (i reckon about a third of the size of a normal
    door) that the guy uses to store his motor bike. It is in the side of his
    house and must have been included in the initial plans of the house (I dunno
    if he has a door for internal access or not though) and I reckon it would be
    ideal for a pushbike.

    Also, another thing that I am working on is connecting up an old mountain
    bike to a DC motor to make a power generator. My eventual plan is to have
    one of these connected up to a Sealed Lead Acid battery which in turn is
    used to power a TV. I am in no rush, but I want to get it done well and
    truly in time to prevent the kids from becoming couch potatoes........ie,
    "sure you can watch TV, you just have to pedal".

    No wonder my kids love me.

    Gags

    "Deep Flayed Mares" <[email protected]> wrote in
    message news:[email protected]
    > hippy <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]
    > > I was thinking right? (yes, THAT's what that noise was!)
    > > With all that home improvement rubbish on TV, what
    > > would cyclists do if they had to design a house, given
    > > unlimited funds?

    >
    > Just having an easy back entrance to the yard would be a bonus. One you
    > could unlock with one hand, and still be easy enough to get in and out of,
    > even with a trailer or a tandem. Having a back laneway for test riding

    would
    > be a bonus too.
    >
    > Seeings as we have unlimited funds, I would bulldoze every speed hump in

    the
    > area that didn't allow for cyclists to fly through too. Technically this

    is
    > not part of the house, but anyway...
    > ---
    > DFM
    >
    >
     
  19. Gags wrote:

    *snip*
    > "sure you can watch TV, you just have to pedal".
    >
    > No wonder my kids love me.


    I love you too! Do you have a payphone in the kitchen as well? That
    would rock.
    --
    Cheers
    LB
     
  20. hippy

    hippy Guest

    "DJ" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > Hey Hippy...is this your unit you are living in? I'd hate to think it

    was
    > my unit i am renting out!! after the carpet is completely stuffed,

    i'm
    > putting in plastic grass hehehehe


    My parents own it and I "maintain" it :)
    The carpet was trashed when they bought it and I insisted
    that it not be changed because I knew it would get trashed.
    Astro-turf.. hmm, that'd be cool, something different. But
    then, without carpet, what do I clean my chain and sprockets
    on? ;-)

    hippy
     
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