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Old 07-02-11, 09:59 AM   #1
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Lock it up?

Just like everything else in my life, the more I get into cycling, the further I want to go. Being the proud owner of an SUV sporting a V8 and a 36 year old Corvette that gets 9 mpg, I am very interested in Spending more time on my bikes.

My biggest concern is the safety of my bicycle('s). I would be devastated to come out of a store and find any one of my bikes stolen, vandalized or even scratched up.

1. Am I being psychotic and over protective?
2. Do those of you that ride more than drive have a "beater" bike?
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Old 07-02-11, 10:09 AM   #2
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I have a beater bike that I take to the store to buy things. I would never leave any of my good bikes locked up on a public bike rack.
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Old 07-02-11, 10:33 AM   #3
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It depends on the area.. I feel nervous leaving my bike unlocked in my home town, but for short trips I don't mind it, in fact many bikes I see are unlocked. I lock my bike when I go into the neighboring city of course, and at school too. Sometimes I leave my computer or lights on accidentally but so far no trouble.

It's really about getting a feel for your neighborhood or where you're going. For high crime places, two different types of locks would be best, such as a cable and u-lock. If there's a place you regularly lock up at, you can also leave a lock on the rack to save weight, but I'd keep one on you regardless, in case the city breaks it.

SactoDoug makes a good point too.. don't take your expensive racing bike on errands, I try to use my beater bike when I can, a scratched-up nishiki fixed gear. For commutes or if I pull a trailer I have a MTB with slicks that although valuable (to me), would not be a huge loss if stolen.

Also, you're being as psychotic as anyone concerned about losing their mode of transportation. You'll be more comfortable when you get to know the crime of areas better.
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Old 07-02-11, 10:39 AM   #4
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