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    Chairman of the Bored catatonic's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmclaughlin807 View Post
    If your quick release is closed properly that would be nearly impossible.... The quick release should be closed so that the lever is very close to the fork so nothing can accidentally catch on the lever and flip it open. (Mountain bikers have to worry about this more than roadies, usually!)
    My current Shimano skewers piss me off for this reason.....the front one will not go around the fork when pointed in the right direction. I may flip the skewer soon to remedy that. (yes, I just said "flip it" in a non stem sense, shoot me )
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    Assuming the crook isn't carrying tools, I attach two large twist ties around the fork blade and skewer handle and pull it good and tight using two pliers. Wrap some tape on the fork to prevent marring the paint. If the skewer handle is slippery, wrap electrical tape on that too for friction. Not perfect but they can't remove it barehanded and hopefully it will discourage the pranksters.

    You can also use radiator clamps in similar fashion.

    knotty

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    Some people are just curious. I parked my bike at REI, came out later and noticed that I felt every bump in the road. Later realized that someone had locked off my front fork shock absorber that I almost always leave on. It's just a knob that turns back and forth 1/4 turn, someone was probably just playing with it. Come to think of it, some guy's toddler was stumbling around there when I was locking it up. I think sometimes people play with things and don't really know what they are or what they do, and just want to see what happens or how they work.

    Just guessin'...

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    Thanks for this reminder to ALWAYS check the basics before EVERY ride.
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    Two wheels good. Four wheels bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cc_rider View Post

    Saturday I was riding from Falls Church, VA to DC and Bethesda, MD. Had a quick stop at one of the museums on the Mall. Locked up to a bike rack and went in for about 10 minutes. .
    Another bike rack horror story folks. You never ever use a bike rack in a mall. Those bikes are attacked by the kids who use them. You're lucky the wheels were still on the bike. Quick release and bike racks are bad news. You got off lucky.

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    Calamari to go cc_rider's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dahon.Steve View Post
    Another bike rack horror story folks. You never ever use a bike rack in a mall. Those bikes are attacked by the kids who use them. You're lucky the wheels were still on the bike. Quick release and bike racks are bad news. You got off lucky.
    Are you talking about a shopping mall?
    I was at THE MALL. Capitol Building at one end, Washington Monument at the other, White House on the side and Smithsonian all around.
    The bike rack was in front of the Sackler Gallery and next to the Smithsonian Castle, a very public place with NPS police around. Plus there is a food concession a few feet from the rack (I don't know how helpful they'd be, but it's something of a thief deterrent). I've locked up at many times before with no problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cc_rider View Post
    Are you talking about a shopping mall?
    I was at THE MALL. Capitol Building at one end, Washington Monument at the other, White House on the side and Smithsonian all around.
    The bike rack was in front of the Sackler Gallery and next to the Smithsonian Castle, a very public place with NPS police around. Plus there is a food concession a few feet from the rack (I don't know how helpful they'd be, but it's something of a thief deterrent). I've locked up at many times before with no problem.
    Forgive him, they have no museums in Jersey, only shopping malls.

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