Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 13 of 13
  1. #1
    Crawl uphill fly downhill
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Posts
    103
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Expensive Commuter to School?

    Hello commuters, Is commuting on an expensive bicycle to my highschool suggested?
    I love my road bike to death but I paid $1500 and cannot afford to replace it.
    I use a fahgettaboudit mini lock and a cable to lock rear triangle and tire along with saddle and front tire.

    My school has practically 24/7 during school security guard in his gold cart surveying the front gate area where the bike racks are. The racks are not held in place, so i might lock it to the school gate.

    Problem: I am paranoid that the Security Guard will steal my bike. If not, the security guard might call his friends to steal it for him.

    Besides my paranoia, I believe the students don't have time/nerve to touch my bicycle.

    My school has never had a problem with bikes being stolen before and is a very very low crime rate area.

    Am I being paranoid? Is my fear realistic?

    I am a teenager and hope to postpone car-driving until I hit college.
    Also, I'm tired of having my mom take me to school.

    What do I do?

  2. #2
    Senior Member pedalpedalpedal's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Vancouver
    Posts
    255
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I'm not sure about where you live, but at my high school, I had never heard of a bike being stolen, and my friends rode some pretty nice mountain bikes to school.

  3. #3
    Velocommuter Commando Sirrus Rider's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Houston, Texas
    My Bikes
    '88 Specialized Sirrus, '89 Alpine Monitor Pass, two '70 Raligh Twenties, '07 Schwinn Town & Country Trike, '07 Specialized Sirrus Hybrid
    Posts
    2,551
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Fobdot View Post
    Hello commuters, Is commuting on an expensive bicycle to my highschool suggested?
    I love my road bike to death but I paid $1500 and cannot afford to replace it.
    I use a fahgettaboudit mini lock and a cable to lock rear triangle and tire along with saddle and front tire.

    My school has practically 24/7 during school security guard in his gold cart surveying the front gate area where the bike racks are. The racks are not held in place, so i might lock it to the school gate.

    Problem: I am paranoid that the Security Guard will steal my bike. If not, the security guard might call his friends to steal it for him.

    Besides my paranoia, I believe the students don't have time/nerve to touch my bicycle.

    My school has never had a problem with bikes being stolen before and is a very very low crime rate area.

    Am I being paranoid? Is my fear realistic?

    I am a teenager and hope to postpone car-driving until I hit college.
    Also, I'm tired of having my mom take me to school.

    What do I do?
    Depending on where you live you could be either paranoid or not paranoid enough. If it were my bike I'd keep the "Crown Jewel" at home and find a used '90s MTB or other used bike that floated my fancy for not much money. That way if the "Throw down" was stolen, I wouldn't be out $1,500 and I'd still have a sweet ride for racing and riding on the weekends.
    Riding 19 Years of Specialized Sirrus Tradition.
    Live in Houston? Come to http://bicyclecommutehouston.blogspot.com/
    1988 Specialized Sirrus, 1989 Alpine Monitor Pass MTB, 2007 Specialized Sirrus 700C hybrid, 2007 Schwinn Town & Country trike, 1970 "Resto-Improved" Raleigh 20, 1970 "WIP" Raleigh 20, and 1980 "WIP" Schwinn Town & Country trike

  4. #4
    Crawl uphill fly downhill
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Posts
    103
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Thanks for the responses. I would totally dig a vintage roadie to ride...

  5. #5
    Pedaled too far. Artkansas's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    La Petite Roche
    Posts
    12,264
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Vintage road bikes are plentiful and cheap. Look around. Estate sales, garage sales, craigslist, eBay. Ask around. One of your parent's friends or friend's parents probably has one that is gathering dust in the garage and would be happy to give it to you.

    Steel is real.
    "He who serves all, best serves himself" Jack London

    Quote Originally Posted by Bjforrestal View Post
    I don't care if you are on a unicycle, as long as you're not using a motor to get places you get props from me. We're here to support each other. Share ideas, and motivate one another to actually keep doing it.

  6. #6
    billyymc
    Guest
    I know that security guard. You're right, he is trying to steal your bike. And your milk money. To finance his gold cart.

  7. #7
    Winter commuting mode Tequila Joe's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Off the back
    My Bikes
    2007 Litespeed Vortex, 1970 Falcon Olympic, 2003 Specialized Allez Pro, 2004 Specilized Enduro Expert, 2006 Langste, 2007 Opus Steller
    Posts
    2,741
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Garage sales are the best for used road bikes. I scored this 1987 Bianchi Campione Del Mondo for $10.
    It needed a new cassette $25, chain $8 & tires $40 but after that, its been a perfect commuter.


  8. #8
    danke shubonker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    nyc
    Posts
    822
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Tequila Joe View Post
    Garage sales are the best for used road bikes. I scored this 1987 Bianchi Campione Del Mondo for $10.
    It needed a new cassette $25, chain $8 & tires $40 but after that, its been a perfect commuter.

    Score indeed my friend...

  9. #9
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Wichita, KS
    My Bikes
    Raleigh Team (1989 or 90), Bianchi Nyala '93, Bianchi Advantage '93, Indian Princess '51
    Posts
    713
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Since you're in HS, I wonder if "your" bike is covered by your parents' property insurance. I think it's worth a look.

    Otherwise, I'd love to score a vintage roadie. I'm always cruising garage sales but haven't had any luck, yet.
    "The automobile became a hypnosis, the opium of the American people..." -James Agee, Fortune, September 1934

  10. #10
    Crawl uphill fly downhill
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Posts
    103
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    That bianchi is beautiful! i want something like that

  11. #11
    Senior Member Stray8's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Nueva York
    Posts
    647
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by RogerB View Post
    Since you're in HS, I wonder if "your" bike is covered by your parents' property insurance. I think it's worth a look.

    No, it's not covered by a homeowner's policy if it gets stolen at the high school.


    $1,500 is too much to risk in your circumstances especially if you're not sure and will be uncomfortably paranoid about it. Just get a beater for commuting. Save the expensive bike for touring.



    .

  12. #12
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Edmonton, Canada
    Posts
    736
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    No, it's not covered by a homeowner's policy if it gets stolen at the high school.
    Depends on the policy. Most cover items regardless of location. My insurance covers portable items like bike and laptop at any location, minus deductible of course. Which for my bikes pretty much makes the insurance only useful if they are both stolen together or in conjunction with other items that the insurance covers.

    Check your policy or call insurance company for a ruling. If it is not covered, a rider to add it may cost as little as a few dollars per year. With deductible, their risk is only around $1k, peanuts in the world of insurance.

  13. #13
    Senior Member gear's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    North shore of Mass.
    Posts
    2,131
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    My policy covers theft regardless of location. But I would not take my expensive bikes and leave them anywhere I was worried about them, mine are customs and the work of getting all the various parts together would take a lot of time, its not the money (which I could recoup); its the time. If I was going to do something like that I would get a cheaper bike.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •