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    • Chomeur
    • By Chomeur 10th Mar 17, 10:13 PM
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    Storing bike at train station
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    Storing bike at train station 10th Mar 17 at 10:13 PM
    Is it viable to store a bike long term at a train station? I see that there is an incredible number of bikes locked up at stations so I guess some people must be doing this. I'm thinking King's Cross or Euston. For a number of reasons it would suit me better to do this than keep it at home.

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    • Pound
    • By Pound 10th Mar 17, 10:27 PM
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    No, the station eventually remove bikes if they're in the same place for long periods. I've seen bikes with notices left on them warning that will happen.

    Not sure about London but my local area has lockable bike sheds that can be rented for £60/year. Perhaps look into that?

    • Nasqueron
    • By Nasqueron 10th Mar 17, 11:02 PM
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    Presumably if you are riding it regularly and have good locks it should be ok though I would think that storing it there unridden is asking for it to be vandalised or taken away
    • boliston
    • By boliston 10th Mar 17, 11:34 PM
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    surely bikes parked at a station would have been ridden from the owners home in order to catch a train and then ridden home again in the evening.

    i'm not sure why someone who want to leave a bike long term at a station unless it was at the "work" end of their daily train journey, and even then it would be only overnight and at weekends.
    • Mr_Singleton
    • By Mr_Singleton 11th Mar 17, 12:55 PM
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    Is it viable to store a bike long term at a train station?
    Originally posted by Chomeur
    Left a bike at Kings Cross for about 3/4 months..... never had any issue but that's not to say you won't. It was a pretty decent bike and didn't look a wreck which might have helped.
    • esuhl
    • By esuhl 11th Mar 17, 1:09 PM
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    Left a bike at Kings Cross for about 3/4 months..... never had any issue but that's not to say you won't. It was a pretty decent bike and didn't look a wreck which might have helped.
    Originally posted by Mr_Singleton
    Wow! Out here (just outside the M25), I've seen bikes that have been left for a few hours that have had wheels deliberately bent or stolen -- and these are rusty old bikes that can't be worth more than £50.

    There's no way I'd leave a bike at a station (even for a few hours) unless it was in one of those fully-enclosed individual bike lockers.

    Maybe there's "safety in numbers" if there are lots of bikes parked nearby.
    • elverson
    • By elverson 13th Mar 17, 8:41 AM
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    If it's an outdoor rack exposed to the rain it won't do the bike much good.

    If you are going to do this, move the bike around the racks every couple of days even if you're not riding to stop it looking abandoned (and thus an easy target for thieves).

    There is long term secure bike parking available e.g. H2 in Soho - https://www.h2bikerun.co.uk/h2-commute/
    • JP08
    • By JP08 13th Mar 17, 11:00 AM
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    It probably helps from a theft point of view that at Kings Cross that the bikes are behind the barrier lines.

    This is because most are used daily as the means of the onward commute to and from the place of work once the owner has got into London. From the OP's point of view it would be a problem unless they are doing the same thing - otherwise their bike will be inaccessible without a ticket.
    • esuhl
    • By esuhl 13th Mar 17, 1:36 PM
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    It probably helps from a theft point of view that at Kings Cross that the bikes are behind the barrier lines.

    This is because most are used daily as the means of the onward commute to and from the place of work once the owner has got into London. From the OP's point of view it would be a problem unless they are doing the same thing - otherwise their bike will be inaccessible without a ticket.
    Originally posted by JP08
    Couldn't you just get a platform ticket?
    • jon81uk
    • By jon81uk 13th Mar 17, 1:41 PM
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    If doing it from King's Cross and then further into London would it be worth looking at the cyle hire scheme? For £100 a year you can then cycle for 30 minutes for no extra charge and then return the bike without having to worry about locking it up.
    • JP08
    • By JP08 13th Mar 17, 2:50 PM
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    Couldn't you just get a platform ticket?
    Originally posted by esuhl
    In theory - but as far as I can make out from a quick search on line you'd have to queue up and buy one at the booking office, then they don't work in the barriers so you have to find someone to let you through (ie join the queue of tourists, people with lots of luggage and people with dead tickets), then get your bike then repeat the process to get out of the barriers ...
    • Mids_Costcutter
    • By Mids_Costcutter 22nd Mar 17, 9:04 PM
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    Left a bike at Kings Cross for about 3/4 months..... never had any issue but that's not to say you won't. It was a pretty decent bike and didn't look a wreck which might have helped.
    Originally posted by Mr_Singleton
    Station managers do remove abandoned bikes. The usual indicators they look for are: dust, rust and flat tyres. They will also normally fix a notice to the bike giving notice of removal.

    So if your bike is maintained to look like it's not abandoned, and as elverson suggests move it around sometimes I'm sure you'll be fine.
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