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Not Responding

Guest
After having read about the practice here and elsewhere, I finally did
it; took my bike with me into a shop.

It was only a Tesco Express and I was only after an emergency bottle of
wine but, as I approached I realised there was *no* bike parking. Not
even a convenient lamppost. I had the Good Bike (Tifosi) with me so I
thought "what the hell" and rode up to the door which, being automatic,
opened ahead of me - SO I CARRIED ON IN.

OK, I hopped off withing 3 feet of the door but this is still radical
behaviour for me. I'm sure I've never been the same since that bang on
the head. I walked around the shop went to the checkout and paid and no
one said a word. But I'm not sure I've got the nerve to do it again.
 
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Adrian Boliston

Guest
"Not Responding" <[email protected]> wrote:

> After having read about the practice here and elsewhere, I finally did
> it; took my bike with me into a shop.
>
> It was only a Tesco Express and I was only after an emergency bottle
> of wine but, as I approached I realised there was *no* bike parking.
> Not even a convenient lamppost. I had the Good Bike (Tifosi) with me
> so I thought "what the hell" and rode up to the door which, being
> automatic, opened ahead of me - SO I CARRIED ON IN.
>
> OK, I hopped off withing 3 feet of the door but this is still radical
> behaviour for me. I'm sure I've never been the same since that bang on
> the head. I walked around the shop went to the checkout and paid and
> no one said a word. But I'm not sure I've got the nerve to do it
> again.


Another way of looking at it - what's largest and more likely to block
aisles - a bike or a fully laden shopping cart?
 
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Tony W

Guest
"Not Responding" <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected]
> After having read about the practice here and elsewhere, I finally did
> it; took my bike with me into a shop.


I did very much the same at a Marriott Hotel recently. I was there for a
one day conference. There was no cycle parking so I walked in with my bike.

Much to my surprise NO-ONE said anything.

I simply wheeled the bike through to the conference room and 'parked' it at
the back of the room.

On leaving at the end of the day I wheeled it out through the bar and lobby.
No comment from anyone.

Did I look THAT bolshie??

T
 
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Helen C Simmons

Guest
"Tony W" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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>
> I did very much the same at a Marriott Hotel recently. I was there for a
> one day conference. There was no cycle parking so I walked in with my
> bike.
>
> Much to my surprise NO-ONE said anything.
>
> I simply wheeled the bike through to the conference room and 'parked' it
> at
> the back of the room.
>
> On leaving at the end of the day I wheeled it out through the bar and
> lobby.
> No comment from anyone.
>
> Did I look THAT bolshie??
>
> T
>
>


Actually I've found hotels to be wonderfully accommodating for bike parking.
I've just told them in advance that I'm bring a bike which requires secure
parking and I've been able to either park it in my room or it's been kept in
a locked garage/store room for me.

Cheers, helen s
 
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Tony Raven

Guest
Tony W wrote:
>
> I did very much the same at a Marriott Hotel recently. I was there for a
> one day conference. There was no cycle parking so I walked in with my bike.
>
> Much to my surprise NO-ONE said anything.
>


Do that all the time and in some much posher hotels. You just have to
do it with confidence. I have been approached on one or two occassions
by the Bell Captain to ask "Can I take that for you sir"

Rocco Forte hotels are very good but then Rocco Forte is a cyclist who's
done two Etapes du Tour and competes in triathalons

Tony
 
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Tony W

Guest
"Helen C Simmons" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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>
> Actually I've found hotels to be wonderfully accommodating for bike

parking.
> I've just told them in advance that I'm bring a bike which requires secure
> parking and I've been able to either park it in my room or it's been kept

in
> a locked garage/store room for me.


If staying overnight I would either leave the bike outside or wheel it into
the lobby and say I'm taking it to my room -- unless they can offer a better
alternative.

Good hotels have no great problem with this. Some cheaper chains get
discombobulated.

The surprise at the Marriot was the complete lack of any comment as I simply
wheeled the bike past several staff.

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Tony W

Guest
"Tony Raven" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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>
> Do that all the time and in some much posher hotels. You just have to
> do it with confidence.


The old 'I do this all the time trick. That migt have been what got me
through. Perhaps I did look that bolshie.

> I have been approached on one or two occassions
> by the Bell Captain to ask "Can I take that for you sir"


Was it left outside your door, cleaned and polished in the morning?

T
 
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Call me Bob

Guest
On Sun, 06 Feb 2005 16:58:10 +0000, Not Responding <[email protected]>
wrote:

>After having read about the practice here and elsewhere, I finally did
>it; took my bike with me into a shop.
>
>It was only a Tesco Express and I was only after an emergency bottle of
>wine but, as I approached I realised there was *no* bike parking. Not
>even a convenient lamppost. I had the Good Bike (Tifosi) with me so I
>thought "what the hell" and rode up to the door which, being automatic,
>opened ahead of me - SO I CARRIED ON IN.
>
>OK, I hopped off withing 3 feet of the door but this is still radical
>behaviour for me. I'm sure I've never been the same since that bang on
>the head. I walked around the shop went to the checkout and paid and no
>one said a word. But I'm not sure I've got the nerve to do it again.


What we need is "drive" thru supermarkets.

That way you can glide effortlessly in through the automatic doors,
smoothly past the wine aisle picking up your bottle of red and then on
towards the purpose designed checkout. They could have the big bucket
type arrangement you see on road/bridge tolls, where you just throw
the correct change into a big scoop and carry merrily on your way.


--

Call me "Bob"

"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a
little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety"

Benjamin Franklin


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Al C-F

Guest
On Sun, 06 Feb 2005 16:58:10 +0000, Not Responding <[email protected]>
wrote:

>After having read about the practice here and elsewhere, I finally did
>it; took my bike with me into a shop.
>
>It was only a Tesco Express and I was only after an emergency bottle of
>wine but, as I approached I realised there was *no* bike parking. Not
>even a convenient lamppost. I had the Good Bike (Tifosi) with me so I
>thought "what the hell" and rode up to the door which, being automatic,
>opened ahead of me - SO I CARRIED ON IN.
>
>OK, I hopped off withing 3 feet of the door but this is still radical
>behaviour for me. I'm sure I've never been the same since that bang on
>the head. I walked around the shop went to the checkout and paid and no
>one said a word. But I'm not sure I've got the nerve to do it again.


Since you're just down the road from me - let me know next time and
I'll join you.
 
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Chris Nowak

Guest
"Adrian Boliston" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> "Not Responding" <[email protected]> wrote:
>
>> After having read about the practice here and elsewhere, I finally did
>> it; took my bike with me into a shop.
>>
>> It was only a Tesco Express and I was only after an emergency bottle
>> of wine but, as I approached I realised there was *no* bike parking.
>> Not even a convenient lamppost. I had the Good Bike (Tifosi) with me
>> so I thought "what the hell" and rode up to the door which, being
>> automatic, opened ahead of me - SO I CARRIED ON IN.
>>
>> OK, I hopped off withing 3 feet of the door but this is still radical
>> behaviour for me. I'm sure I've never been the same since that bang on
>> the head. I walked around the shop went to the checkout and paid and
>> no one said a word. But I'm not sure I've got the nerve to do it
>> again.

>
> Another way of looking at it - what's largest and more likely to block
> aisles - a bike or a fully laden shopping cart?
>

I regularly cycle to Tesco's Cheshunt, park the bike outside and take my
bike trailer in with me and use it as a shopping trolley. No one seems to
mind, in fact the only lady who stopped me wanted to know where she could
get one because she thought it was such a good idea!
Chris Nowak
 
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JLB

Guest
Helen C Simmons wrote:

> Actually I've found hotels to be wonderfully accommodating for bike parking.
> I've just told them in advance that I'm bring a bike which requires secure
> parking and I've been able to either park it in my room or it's been kept in
> a locked garage/store room for me.


At one small hotel in County Cavan I was told my bike could be kept in a
secure store at the back. This turned out to be the beer store. I
suggested I'd best stay there with the bike overnight "just in case",
but no luck.

--
Joe * If I cannot be free I'll be cheap
 
P

Paul - xxx

Guest
Tony W composed the following;:
> "Not Responding" <[email protected]> wrote in message
> news:[email protected]
>> After having read about the practice here and elsewhere, I finally
>> did it; took my bike with me into a shop.

>
> I did very much the same at a Marriott Hotel recently. I was there
> for a one day conference. There was no cycle parking so I walked in
> with my bike.
>
> Much to my surprise NO-ONE said anything.
>
> I simply wheeled the bike through to the conference room and 'parked'
> it at the back of the room.
>
> On leaving at the end of the day I wheeled it out through the bar and
> lobby. No comment from anyone.
>
> Did I look THAT bolshie??


Maybe they could see you had balls through the Lycra ... ;)

--
Paul ...
http://www.4x4prejudice.org/index.php
(8(!) Homer Rules ... ;)
"A ****** is a ******, no matter what mode of transport they're using."
 
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Just zis Guy, you know?

Guest
On Sun, 06 Feb 2005 19:19:48 GMT, Call me Bob
<[email protected]> wrote in message
<[email protected]>:

>What we need is "drive" thru supermarkets.


Ah, no - as any Leftpondian cyclist will tell you, bikes are banned
from drive-thru lanes for "safety reasons".

Guy
--
"then came ye chavves, theyre cartes girded wyth candels
blue, and theyre beastes wyth straynge horn-lyke thyngs
onn theyre arses that theyre fartes be herde from myles
around." Chaucer, the Sheppey Tales
 
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vernon levy

Guest
> Actually I've found hotels to be wonderfully accommodating for bike parking.
> I've just told them in advance that I'm bring a bike which requires secure
> parking and I've been able to either park it in my room or it's been kept in
> a locked garage/store room for me.
>

I found the King's Head in Richmond to be very accomodating. Even got
a discounted room as well as bike parking facilities in the lobby.

t'other Vernon
in Leeds
 
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Tony W

Guest
"Not Responding" <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected]

> I walked around the shop went to the checkout and paid and no
> one said a word. But I'm not sure I've got the nerve to do it again.


Why not? It is clearly considered acceptable -- otherwise someone would
have complained.
 
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Tony Raven

Guest
Tony W wrote:
> "Not Responding" <[email protected]> wrote in message
> news:[email protected]
>
>
>>I walked around the shop went to the checkout and paid and no
>>one said a word. But I'm not sure I've got the nerve to do it again.

>
>
> Why not? It is clearly considered acceptable -- otherwise someone would
> have complained.
>
>


And what's the worst they're going to do? Ask you to leave?

Tony
 
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Tony Raven

Guest
Jon Senior wrote:
>
> Well done that man. I've never had the guts to do that without first
> sheepishly asking the staff (My bike has seen the inside of the
> Playhouse box office on a number of occasions!).
>


Nah, stride in, walk up to the first employee you see and say "Excuse
me, do you have somewhere I can tuck my bike away safely" as if it were
an everyday event. People very rarely challenge you if you look
confident and as if you should be there. Look unsure and immediately
they know they have the upper hand.

Tony
 
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Simonb

Guest
Tony Raven wrote:

> Nah, stride in, walk up to the first employee you see and say "Excuse
> me, do you have somewhere I can tuck my bike away safely"


I tried this in Southampton Safeway once (I'd left my lock at home) and was
told that no bicycles were allowed in the shop (not even just inside the
door): manager's orders. I said they'd lose my trade, as I couldn't leave
the bike outside unlocked; they couldn't care less.

Funny thing is, though, I quite often see a /motorbike/ parked just inside
the door after hours -- I presume it belongs to a staff member.