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Old 06-02-14, 04:23 PM   #1
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Another NYC safety/theft concern from newer commuter

Hello, everyone! First post, but i've been reading the forum since i've gotten back into biking about 3 months ago.

Work is taking me to NYC! I'm interested in continuing my biking enthusiasm for primary transportation. We're talking mostly Brooklyn/Queens area.

I currently (and ONLY) have a Cannondale Adventure 2. Retail is about $550. I really like it (minus the easy adjust stem). Here's the question:


-Covering all logos
-Kryptonite NY standard for frame and rear wheel
-Kryptonite Krait 1565 combo u-lock-type cable lock for front wheel
-Saddle completely removed for work, or cheaper Kryptonite combo cable for saddle for errands

Does this stand a chance? Reading the different forums makes one exceptionally paranoid. I WANT to ride THIS bike, in this new stage of my life, and have bought some of the best stuff that can attempt to protect it.

Any up-to-date info on the bike situation, and advice on how i should proceed, is greatly appreciated.

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Old 06-02-14, 04:58 PM   #2
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Good luck in New York, I wish I could find work there, sounds exciting.

I'd save the cash on the locks and just take the seatpost/saddle and front wheel with you after locking the rear wheel and frame(with the U-lock fed through the chainring and chain) if your work will allow taking bike paraphernalia inside.

I also like wrapping the U-lock with sports tape or fabric tape so it doesn't scratch up the frame as much when it inevitably gets jostled around when your away.

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Old 06-02-14, 05:16 PM   #3
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There are a bunch of threads on how to lock your bike properly. You might have to do some sifting, but a keyword search for Hal Bicycle Habitat should get you some good hits.

As for the Logos, you might want to try some bumper stickers or something over them if they cannot be rubbed off. If you can take certain things off like your saddle or front tire you should be able to get away with one or two decent locks.
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Old 06-02-14, 06:30 PM   #4
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Good luck in New York, I wish I could find work there, sounds exciting.

I'd save the cash on the locks and just take the seatpost/saddle and front wheel with you after locking the rear wheel and frame(with the U-lock fed through the chainring and chain) if your work will allow taking bike paraphernalia inside.

I also like wrapping the U-lock with sports tape or fabric tape so it doesn't scratch up the frame as much when it inevitably gets jostled around when your away.
+1 ^ This

Get a quick release for the front wheel for quick removal. U-Lock the rear wheel and frame to some stationary object. Use painted duct tape to wrap around the LOGOS. After removing the seat and the front wheel, that alone would make it look unattractive to a thief. It's far too inconvenient! Also, lock your bike next to a better bike with only a stupid cable lock.

* Try not to establish a pattern as to where and when you lock up your bike. Like at the same place and time, routinely. Seek bike security in your new place of employment. Maybe you'll be able to take it indoors...

Start saving for an even better bike and make this one your NYC special "beater" bike!

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Old 06-02-14, 08:13 PM   #5
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Register it with police, take photos of it & keep record of its serial number.

You could also in addition drop a GPS locator down the seat tube, attach a string to get it out at end of ride charge it at home.

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You could also in addition drop a GPS locator down the seat tube, attach a string to get it out at end of ride charge it at home.
Have you tried this? I wouldn't expect GPS signals to do well at getting inside a skinny metal tube. And it would also require a wireless connection (presumably cellular) to be able to report it's location to the bike owner.
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Have i tried it, no. I have no use for such things where i live. When in doubt i bring bike into lobby or wherever. Not my fault a place has a parking lot but nowhere to lock up a bike, you know?

You'd be surprised at how easily radio signals penetrates materials at close distance.

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You'd be surprised at how easily radio signals penetrates materials at close distance.
The GPS satellites are 12000 miles up and operate on very low power since they are powered by solar cells. That's not what I would consider a "close distance." Mine completely loses all satellite signals if I just cover the antenna area with the palm of my hand.
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