Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Portland, OR
Bikes: Breezer Uptown 8, U frame
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This is not to turn you off the idea but, watch your bike. Bikes that hang have been known to get stolen off the train. It wouldn't be a bad idea to lock it to where it is hanging. I think MAX bike thefts are oppurtunistic ones. Then there's what happened to me last month. I had my bike hanging from SW 158th/Merlo all the way to Hollywood Transit Center, about a 45 minute ride. As you know, there are no seats that directly face the bikes, so you either have to stand the whole way or sit and not have a clear view of your bike. It had been a long day, I was tired, it was that time of the month, I had locked my bike, and so I decided to sit. Not the smartest thing I've ever done. The train was crowded and I lost sight of my bike at times. Someone loosened the brake adjustment barrel on my rear brake. I know it had to be deliberate because whoever did it had to reach for it, as the bike hangs from the front wheel. I was lucky that I noticed the problem later that evening, it wasn't raining, I brake with generous stopping distance, and I use my front brake more when I'm stopping at lights.
I don't care how tired I am or how much pain I am in, it's standing with my bike the whole way from now on.