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I just wanted to share an experience with everyone to hopefully save someone some grief and $$. I went out to walk my dog after coming home from work today in DC. It has been damn hot for the past few days (90s), and my bike had been parked for no longer than about three hours. I glanced at my bike to see the kickstand buried in tarmac. This parking lot hasn't been repaved for a long time, so it isn't like it was just laid today (I wish I were though).

So anyway, the spot that I parked in had the sun beating down on it for about 12 hours today. I've always heard about people's bikes being down on the side with the kickstand, so just be aware.

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Nothing nice.. why at Chicago Cycle they made a concrete pad for all the bike parking. Dont want anyones bike falling over thats for sure
 

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when I lived in florida I used to carry a crushed soda can in my tail storage. That way when I had to park in the sun on asphalt I would take it out and use it as a pad.

Now I live in AZ and evrything is cement out here
 

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Nice bike. I have always remembered to put something under the stand, except for one time at a friend's house when I did not expect to be staying very long. I figured I'd drop by for like 10, but I ended up talking for a while, and when I came back to the bike, the stand had buried itself in the asphault. Luckily, it hadn't fallen over either. I carry an old CD jewel case wrapped in duct tape for the time being.
 

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I bought some pucks at the last bike show with suzuki and ducati writen on them. They are really thin too so you can take them everywhere
 

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jim schmidt said:
Get an electrical box block off plate from Home Depot for about a quarter.

These have worked best for me! I carry a couple of mine....enough for me and some friends when we ride in case they didn't bring anything.
 

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that kind of thing happens around here quite often w/it being in the high 90's all summer
 

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That happened to me at school before. I never leave my bike unattended anymore and the times I take it to work, I'm always within 20 feet of it so I keep an eye out for stuff like that.
 

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Happens to me all the time. I've never actually heard of this causing a bike to fall though. It sinks in about an inch (give or take) and thats it.

I figure it is because once the foot of the peg is *in* the hole it melted in the pavement, it is no longer exposed to direct sunlight any longer and therefore cools. The depth I find my peg dug in is pretty consistent.

As for dealers and others with steel pads/concrete etc for bike parking. That is to protect their pavement more than it is to protect your bike

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Oh yeah, you can solve the problem with a coaster. It doesn't have to be something thick like a block of wood. (I keep a corona coaster under the back seat :) )
 

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cost me like 2 bucks from the stealer, it fits under the rear seat on my rr, and if youve seen one of those than you know there aint much room back there, i also tied a piece of string to the hole in the bottom to loop around the clutch so that i dont have to lean over to pick it up, just pull it up
 

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during the Honda Hoot last week down at the CROT (Deal's Gap) there were (I kid you not) HUNDREDS of holes in the asphalt of their parking lot. They ended up putting spreading plywood scraps all over so people could place one under their kickstand. The big Goldwings would leave 3" diameter holes in the asphalt.
 

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We have bike parking for customers at my work. We also have laid out, pieces of checker plates for them to use. You'd be surprised how many people don't use them.
 
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