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    No place to lock up bike at home

    I'm about to purchase my first real bike. I live in a part of town where drug deals and prostitution is rampant, heck the neighbors on both sides of my place deal out of their windows. I also live in the only gated community in the neighborhood (but the walk-through gate can be opened simply by reaching over the gate and turning the knob). I live in a room in a condo owned by an older couple. My current beater sits outside, unlocked and under an all-night lamp. There is NOTHING to lock anything to...no pipes no nothing. I was thinking about just parking my new bike between condos where it can't be seen from the street.

    Or...am I just S.O.L.?

    Oh and my new bike's going to run me 350...which may not seem like a lot of money to some but it's a lot to a kid who has to resort to eating ramen noodles every morning/night.

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    Time to move
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    I've just moved in. It was the only place I could afford.

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    keep the bike in your room. make room for it. I do.

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    Can you arrange with your landlords to keep it somewhere? Basement, under the stairs, something like that?

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    you can't keep it in your bedroom. Heck. I am so paranoid about my bikes, I'd lock it to the bedpost. Owners worried about the mess. Put plastic on the floor. Carry it into the room. Guess, no can do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donkey Hodie
    keep the bike in your room. make room for it. I do.
    x Eleventy Billion. Keep that **** inside.

    Something like this for your wall if you need the space.

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    some landlords won't let you keep your bikes in your apartment. Try to convince them you won't lube your bike on the carpet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lelak
    Can you arrange with your landlords to keep it somewhere? Basement, under the stairs, something like that?
    There are no basements in SoCal.

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    I have eight bikes and three trailers in the livingroom right now. That's where they live. I highly suggest keeping bikes inside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by furiousbob
    I'm about to purchase my first real bike. I live in a part of town where drug deals and prostitution is rampant, heck the neighbors on both sides of my place deal out of their windows.
    That's great: since they're looking out anyway, ask them to keep an eye on your bike.

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    I don't understand how you can have drug dealers dealing out of their windows in a gated community, but then there's a lot I don't understand.

    If you can leave your old bike unlocked under a street lamp it can't be that risky. Can you lock the new bike to the streetlamp?

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    you gotta keep it inside.
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    If you absolutely can't bring it inside and absolutely have nothing to lock it to, perhaps you can pull out the seatpost and bring that inside with you.

    Your bike will be less tempting without a seat and if you clip in > most bicycle thieves would be more likely to pass it up because now they can't sit nor pedal the thing

    Good luck.

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    In the wrong neighborhood, junkies will attempt to sell anything for nothing. So Commuter run. WHere do you live?

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    junkies and others will steal anything they think they can sell, it doesn't matter if it's a whole bike or parts. there's a bike locked with a hefty U-lock on a cpost on a chain link fence next to ASU that I pass every day, and slowly it has been losing parts. I think it's down to just the frame now.
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    Yea, I take my bike with me inside and it sits on the balcony, I can also leave it in the living room. You could leave it where you sleep.

    Shops, I take it inside with me. The only time I had someone mind is in this hardware store, where this fat unattractive lady was cashier. I didn't pay any attention to her, because she was a disgusting, and she decided to get some by telling me to leave my bike outside next time. I told her "what makes you think I'll come back here again?....... If you hit a gym and take care of your fat hanging from everywhere look I might come back..."

    She was speechless and we made a nice joke about it with the manager or the guy that looked important in there.

    That's the only time someone said anything to me.

    I know it's about your attitude. Because, speech is only 7% of our communication, not important what you say. They see a nice guy, with nice bike, plenty of confidence, they don't challenge. Because if they do they run a risk of loosing, and they see I speak business when they see me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cooker
    I don't understand how you can have drug dealers dealing out of their windows in a gated community, but then there's a lot I don't understand.
    I meant next door to the community (it's a small 4 condo community)

    Quote Originally Posted by lelak
    Can you arrange with your landlords to keep it somewhere?.
    My landlords won't even allow shoes in the house.

    Quote Originally Posted by djSlvt
    Yea, I take my bike with me inside and it sits on the balcony
    I have a friend who lives a couple blocks away, he had two bikes stolen off a second story balcony that was surrounded by a 7 foot brick wall. Somebody actually scaled the wall, laid down a plank and crossed a 7 foot drop to take two bikes.

    Oh and I live on the east side of Pasadena by the DMV.

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    I live in a neighborhood were crime is virtually none existent. Inside a gated community, on the fourth floor. I've seen bikes on people's balconies on the 1st floor, ground level. All you need to do is cut the bug net and take a bike.


    Absolutely, adjust how you handle your things depending on where you live.

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    ok well I just got home with my new Kentfield, used my old cable lock to lock the front wheel with the rear wheel/frame...maybe that'll hold until I find a better solution.

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    Buy a folder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by furiousbob
    ok well I just got home with my new Kentfield, used my old cable lock to lock the front wheel with the rear wheel/frame...maybe that'll hold until I find a better solution.
    A cable lock can be cut in one second.

    Here's how it is. Your landlords allow you to bring your bike into your room, or you move, and they can find somebody else to rent their room. And you find another place. Find some roommates. Then bring your bike into your room.

    Or go along with your landlord's ridiculous rules and adopt the attitude that there's nothing you can do, and your bike will get stolen.

    Your choice.

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    Please don't leave your bike locked to itself outside. It'll be gone tonight. I'M SURE you can find someplace relatively close (streetlamp, handrail?) to chain it to. Make it DOUBLE CHAIN; one chain and a U-Lock.

    Either that or ask your friend a couple blocks away if you can keep it at his house.

    Your landlords should let you keep your own property in your room, if you pay rent. Assure them it won't be a problem.
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    Well after doing some looking around...I've found two exterior options...there's a breaker box outside my place with a 2 inch dia. cable that runs into the ground...I can lock it to that OR I can lock it to the exterior of the neighborhood fence. I don't like the latter option because the streets don't seem like a safe place to park a bike overnight. Maybe I'll just ask them if I can take up some of their precious garage space.

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