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Old 02-01-12, 11:07 PM   #1
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Do You Leave Your C&V Unattended On The Street?

On my ride home from work, outside a slightly scuzzy bar, there was parked a gleaming old Pinarello. I don't know what model, but it had most or all Campy NR. Locked with a Kryptonite U-lock around just the top tube. No-one around and the bar has no windows.

Seemed like a bad idea to me. Do you leave your nicer C&V bikes locked and unattended? If you have a C&V beater for that, what's your definition of "beater"

Or am I too paranoid? Maybe u-locks are harder to defeat than I think, and bikes won't get stripped for parts in the daytime?
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I've got a Centurion Ironman Expert that I'll sometimes leave outside of a place of business, locked with a Krypto lock around the frame and rear tire. The bike has some scratched paint, and a small dent in the downtube so I haven't worried too much about it. I wouldn't leave any of my nicer bikes unattended, and don't even carry locks because I always take them inside where ever I am.
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Two things you never leave unattended or take your eyes off, that's your children, and your bikes!

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This issue just came up in Serotta forums- I think theft varies and the west coast is much worse. I do leave bikes locked, including some a good deal nicer than the Pinarello you mentioned, and have yet to have a problem. So long as you lock it with a quality u-bolt, cable the wheels, and don't leave it over night...you're usually OK. I've seen TONS of high end bikes locked up around Philly...Bilenkys, Curtis Wright, Merckx, Rivendell, you name it.

This bike was left abandoned in North Philadelphia, at Temple U, for MONTHS:

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This bike was left abandoned in North Philadelphia, at Temple U, for MONTHS:

But now it's been adopted?
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Old 02-01-12, 11:45 PM   #6
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I always lock my bike through the frame and back wheel as well as remove my front wheel and lock it next to the rear one, i'm not worried about anyone taking the components off my bike, (like they would have a 14mm ratchet or any other tool to take it right at that moment.) I'm more worried about someone easily removing my quick releases and getting away with my wheelset or just let alone cutting my crappy bell lock and riding away one of my pride and joys. I usually never leave it unattended outside of school for more then 3 hours which doesn't bother me too bad. Now i just use my Austro Daimler as my everyday commuter and leave my nice campy equipted or higher end bikes safe in the garage for purely riding uses only.
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Old 02-02-12, 12:16 AM   #7
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i could NEVER lock my bikes up anywhere. Bike theft is bad in some parts of Toronto.

When i used to go to college i would just drag it into class and put it at the back, no one ever said anything. I'd walk through the hallways and up the stairs and whatnot. No one ever says anything to me. I got some interesting looks here and there, i mean a bright celeste bianchi definitely attracts some attention here and there for sure.

If i went to class and locked up my bike outside then i would never be able to learn or focus in class. The whole time i'd be worried if my bike would be still in the same spot when i finished class.

If you lock that eddy merckx up anywhere then i'd have to say you're just plain nuts.

also bike posts that you lock your bikes up to scratch the paint on your frame and whatnot, so that's also a definite no to locking up a bike.

i drag my bike into mcdonalds and drugstores when i need to go in to buy a drink or eat or so on. If they don't let me bring it in then i just take my money somewhere else, it's pretty rare that i get kicked out for bringing my bike in. as long as you place i somewhere out of the way so it doesn't block people from getting around then you'll be fine.

Where ever i go, the bike goes
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I lock up my Eisentraut everywhere I go. Locking up outside is just a fact of life in the urban setting. If you are going to use your bike as your primary mode of transportation then you are going to have to lock it up outside on a frequent basis.

I use a U-lock and a extra long Krytonite cable to get both wheels. I loop through my Brooks saddle as well.

The one thing I won't do is leave my bike out on the street, locked, overnight.
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No. My C&V is way to chromie and bright.

I stress like the dickens leaving my S&S coupled bike out. Over the years the travel has SEVERLY degraded the paint. I touch it up with gawd awful colors. The problem is, the decals give the bike away. Bike peeps in the PNW know the producer. Heck, someone knew what it was in Blackpool england....

My 63cm commuter is left all over the place. I just wish I rode a 27in. Who would steal those? Would you want to meet the owner?
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No. My C&V is way to chromie and bright.

I stress like the dickens leaving my S&S coupled bike out. Over the years the travel has SEVERLY degraded the paint. I touch it up with gawd awful colors. The problem is, the decals give the bike away. Bike peeps in the PNW know the producer. Heck, someone knew what it was in Blackpool england....

My 63cm commuter is left all over the place. I just wish I rode a 27in. Who would steal those? Would you want to meet the owner?
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BTW, you cannot be too paranoid in regard to bicycle theft.......

Here is the bike I ride around town and lock up:

I use a quality U lock.

Here are several I ride around town that never leave my hands :




I'm certain you can tell the difference.
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I leave them outside when getting coffee, but take them into the Bank.
Don't know what that says about the type who hang around each type of establishment.
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Old 02-02-12, 02:50 AM   #13
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Yes, I do leave my bikes unattended. I usually take a bike that isn't crazy theft bate and I do carry a U-lock when I know I am going to park my bike. Bikes never seem to draw much attention in Canton.
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anything but a GT is safe in my 'hood.
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The thieves steal them for the 700D tires?

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I don't own a lock.
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Where I live there's not much of a theft problem. Where I work you want to use at least 1 u lock.
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I lock C&V bikes up outside, but it is typically going to be for short periods of time and where I can keep and eye on them. Every locale has a different set of risks associated with it. You have to assess the risks and and act accordingly.

Years ago I worked on the rough side of town, they would steel parking meters if they were loose enough. I rode my old Raleigh 3 speed beater to work down there and locked it up with a Kyrptonite chain AND U lock. Where I live now it if it is locked up halfway decent they will probably leave it alone.

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I never even leave my bikes in the front yard unattended.
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The only safe place to leave a bike unlocked is at the local brewery, but other than that, hell no!
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No. But I have locked up my newer bike while I ran into a convenience store for something to eat once.
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+1

If my wife and I are riding to the Farmer's market for example, we just watch each others' bicycles.

If I am riding with my Wednesday or Saturday groups, we just watch each others' bicycles.

If I am riding solo and need to use a bathroom, I bring the bicycle in with me.

Or at least the front wheel.

Local, neighborhood coffee shops are simple.

We ride the Hercules, Robin Hoods, or the Racer.

We drive up, drop the kickstand, go in, and pick up our orders.

We've asked people to watch for a moment, and they never seem to mind.
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At the end of the alley cat race, we'd hang our bikes up:

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I lock up my Super Course, because it's not very valuable, and it's certainly not attractive. In fact, I left it at the train station overnight last night and forgot to get it. I took the train into New York and met my wife there. She drove us home and went straight home instead of dropping me at the train station. I'll pick it up this morning.

Bikes last a lot longer than cars. A lot of people ride old bikes because they're perfectly fine. To those people, the bikes are merely old bikes, not C&V bikes.
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They have a Farmers market in Carmell In. in the summer that has a coral that is attended and you get a claim ticket. Its on the Monon Trail so there is a lot of bike traffic. In Broadripple, also on the trail, I do lock up when I go in somewhere to eat and have a beer. I also lock my bikes to the rack on my car during transport.
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