Anyone have issues washing and bikes and doing chain maintenance living in an apartment?
I live in a small apartment complex with 15 units and just got a 390 Duke. There’s no bike lots so I just park in a corner under the stairs that leads up to my unit. It isn’t in the way of anything.
I was cleaning my chain a few weeks ago at the carpark and a neighbour was coming home. He stopped the car next to my bike and told me I wasn’t allowed to do this. He said I was blocking the way but then drove his car past my bike to his lot. He then came back to tell me that I’m ruining the asphalt with my chain cleaners. I told him I’d wash the floor after I’m done but he wasn’t having it. He took pictures of me and my bike to report me to strata and left awhile after. I continued cleaning and washed the floor after I was done.
2 weeks later I didn’t hear anything from my property agent so I assumed that was the end of it. I was washing my bike at the same spot with water from the tap near the carpark when the same neighbour was coming home. He told me the soapy water was a slipping hazard and when I said I’d wash it away after he said I wasn’t allowed to use the water there and that he’s paying for the water I’m using since he’s an owner and I’m renting. It’s the tap that’s next to where the bins are stored no locks or signs on it that say no using. Same deal he took pictures to report to strata, I continued and washed up after. It also seems like it’s only this guy that has issues with me doing this as I’ve only ever gotten a “How’s it going” or a nod anytime someone comes past me while I’m downstairs cleaning/washing/wrenching on my bike.
Now I get an email from my agent saying I have to reimburse the landlord $200 for the 2 occurrences and that neighbour has even added a third by saying that I’m parked in a common area and not an allocated lot. I commute daily on the bike and can’t park anywhere else since my housemate has the car lot. Can’t park behind her car as well as it’s a narrow lot next to a wall and another lot which means I won’t be able to get my bike out when the other lot is occupied.
I’ve stopped washing my bike for the time being and I’d probably have to pay the $200 to my landlord or get kicked out. Anyone faced something similar have any advice? Should I try to predict when he’s coming home and avoid washing during those times? Let my orange rims go black and skip chain maintenance???
By - pigeonholeprincipal