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View Poll Results: Do you take your QR wheel in with you at work?
No. I park my bike unattended, but do not take my wheel in with me. 7 33.33%
No. I do not have a QR wheel on my commuter bike 2 9.52%
No. I park my bike in a secure location (locker, supervised parking, in the office, etc) 11 52.38%
Yes. I take my QR wheel indoors when leaving my bike unattended for long periods of time. 1 4.76%
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Old 11-30-06, 01:13 PM   #1
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Who takes their QR Front wheel in with them?

I do. My rationalizations are as follows:

* My cable lock won't go through my saddle, frame, and both wheels with enough slack to lock it to the rack. They could steal one of my wheels. I've seen this counterpoint: Remove QR wheel, lock it to the rear wheel. That doesn't solve the rest of the problems, though.

* The bike is hard to ride without a front wheel, reducing the ease of removing it from the property even if they cut the cable lock. If the QR wheel was there, locked to my bike, they could be on their way in seconds.

* They can't get much money for an incomplete bike. They'd have to steal someone else's QR wheel or buy one before they could sell the bike. It's easier to just look for some other bike lock to cut.
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If yes, then the question becomes "does anyone take their QR rear wheel in with them?"
That would be a wee bit of work.
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My QR rear wheel is locked to the frame, saddle and bike rack. So it ain't goin' nowhere. I can pull a QR rear wheel quickly, too. But if I'm going to choose one to remove DAILY, it'll be the front one.
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A company named Delta offers two security skewer models.

One requires a 5 mm Allen (and costs around $12-15), and a newer model uses a proprietary bolt head/wrench combo (sells for around $30).

I recently purchased the cheaper one for my daughter's in-town bike, to reduce the risk of her front wheel getting stolen.
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Old 11-30-06, 02:03 PM   #5
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Voted "No, secure location," but I actually U-Lock my frame and rear wheel and cable lock my front wheel a la Sheldon Brown.
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A company named Delta offers two security skewer models.

One requires a 5 mm Allen (and costs around $12-15), and a newer model uses a proprietary bolt head/wrench combo (sells for around $30).

I recently purchased the cheaper one for my daughter's in-town bike, to reduce the risk of her front wheel getting stolen.
No offense, but I have quick release wheels for a reason. Because I swap them frequently depending on weather conditions or where I plan on riding.

There's nothing quick about a skewer that requires tools.
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No offense, but I have quick release wheels for a reason. Because I swap them frequently depending on weather conditions or where I plan on riding.

There's nothing quick about a skewer that requires tools.
No worries...I don't use 'em myself but just wanted the OP to know of their availability. For parking a bike in an urban location, I think they could be useful to reduce the chance of wheel theft, and most commuters don't regularly swap wheels (that's what the other bikes are for ).

Whoops...sorry, didn't notice you're the OP. Guess you'll have to figure out how to lock it up, or take it with you (although, the 5 mm allen skewers would probably only cost an additional 15 seconds or so...once you'd located the allen wrench ).
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