I'm torn between the Giant FCR 3 and FCR 2; I want the FCR 2, but when I think about it I realize I rarely see bikes with low-count spokes locked up in public. Is it just me, or does this make it a more obvious target for thieves? Or would it make a difference at all?
I'm currently riding a rusty and scratched Raleigh Escaladeur Hybrid with about 25,000 km on it, so I don't fret at all when I walk away from it locked with an old Kryptonite U-lock, but I haven't even bought a new bike and I feel intense anxiety about theft.
If I put a good lock (e.g., Kryptonite Evolution or even the NY Mini Fahgettaboudit) on a nice new bike like an FCR 2, park it wisely in public areas, maybe add locking skewers to the hubs and seat mount (to avoid carrying a chain), what are the chances of it being stolen? I tend to be in the east end, Beaches, some on Queen St. E. around Logan (Jimmie Simpson rec centre), plus I cycle to work at Bayview and York Mills. I do find myself in the Annex sometimes, and on the U of T campus. With one of these excellent locks how much do I need to sweat?
And what about painting a new bike to make it distinctive, even ugly? How much impact does this have on its attractiveness to thieves?
Thanks for any insight!