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Old 06-25-11, 11:12 AM   #1
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Bike Security ( Locker/Shed)

Hi guys,

I haven't bought a bike for myself since I was 10. Mostly so because in my neighborhood, there are a lot of thugs/crooks walking around ( ironically, I've known them since childhood but that doesn't stop them) and they steal bikes in a flash. This has stopped me from biking and storing my bike outside because there's absolutely no room to store it inside.

I was hoping if any of you are in a similar are worse situation. Therefore, I've been looking at bike sheds/lockers to buy and put it under my window or backyard during the night or not in use. I've seen this option but it's too expensive for a locker,

http://www.creativesystems.com/popup/bikephoto.html

I've went to my local hardware stores but they're too big, unless my father/neighbor want to share one. Do you guys have any suggestions about them?

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Try this:

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Old 06-25-11, 03:00 PM   #3
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That won't work at all. Kl
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Do you have room in the living room, bedroom, dining room, etc for something like this?

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Nope. I can't bring the bike indoors. I live with my siblings and there's absolutely no room to hang it up (vertically/horizontally/diagonally/artistic-ish) indoors. Which is why I need a shed/locker outside.
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Put your bed on blocks.
Slide the bike under the bed . . .
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I not sure why locking it securely outside isn't an option. While it is true that even the best U-locks can be cut off quickly with the right tools that will still deter most thieves. For added protection you could chain a really mean dog next to the locked bike.
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I have always wanted to buy one of those bike storage lockers built from metal but they are priced out of my reach. One of the most ingenious ideas that I saw here in Toronto was someone hooked up a pulley system to the eaves (or soffit) of his roof. He would hook his bike to a rope, then run inside to his second floor apartment and yanked the bike up and ties off the rope so nobody can get it from the ground. It was somewhat protected from the soffit and it was safe. Of course this idea isn't for everyone, he lived in a house converted to apartments, not a five story walk-up and his/her landlord must have been fine with it as it was there for years. Somehow, you need to be creative in your solution.

If I couldn't lock my bike inside, I would consider getting a folding bike as you could always find room for that.
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Other than protecting it from the environment, I don't see how a shed is going to keep the bike from being stolen. A shed lock can be as easily broken as a bike lock. A shed does keep the contents from view but a locked shed is bound to spark curiosity.

An integral shed lock would help as opposed to a padlock. I guess you could sink a pole into the ground inside the shed and lock the bike to the pole. That way if the shed is broken into, they still need to get through the lock. And you could install an alarm system on your shed.

But I assume that living in a small apartment with siblings in a crime ridden area means you don't have a lot of money. A good secured shed is going to cost a significant amount of money to begin with.

Maybe just sink that pole as I said and put the bike under a piece of plywood leaning against the building? Hopefully most people will think it is just plywood leaning against the building? Kind of use stealth instead of security?
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Get yourself a Dahon Jack - you'll enjoy the bike and you can fold it and shove it under something for storage.
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Get yourself a Dahon Jack - you'll enjoy the bike and you can fold it and shove it under something for storage.
Cool bike. Looks like one of the few folding bikes that is similar to a standard non folder. What is the wheel size? I am not seeing it listed.
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Akohekohe- I've locked my bike and so have my neighbors with a chain and u-lock. Even with two locks on a bike, I've seen my neighbor's bike get stolen and I saw two people doing the dirty job.(They got away) ( I'm actually considering about the guard dog, that's on my short list)

Blakcloud-!!!!! The pulley mechanism is genius. One of my neighbors is actually a handyman, I'll ask him if you would consider building me the lever.

As for the folding bike, I'm getting a Cyclocross. So Dahon's are a no-no.

Spinnaker- The shed will be hidden from public view, but thieves jump the fence and climb the gate to get to my backyard. (Then I assume they throw the bike over the fence/gate, a few scratches on a bike won't hurt them) I'm really liking the make a hole-put a pole option. I GUESS, I'll ask my neighbor who's a handyman/carpenter to build me a small shed and maybe put the pole too. I'll keep you guys updated when I ask him.

And on the contrary, like I said earlier, my neighborhood is pretty safe generally speaking. You can walk around safely (middle-class neighborhood), but no one buys a bike because of the thieves/****** who follow bike riders like hawks. And yeah, because the economy is crap, my brother and I just started new jobs after 5/7 months of unemployment. So we're pretty down on cash.

Thanks guys for the suggestions!
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sounds like you need barbed wire on your fence. Of course, that doesn't mean the thieves don't have a mattress to throw over it!
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sounds like you need barbed wire on your fence. Of course, that doesn't mean the thieves don't have a mattress to throw over it!
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( No sarcasm intended ) This is actually funny because my father planned to barbwire our fence about 10 years ago ( last time I had a bike) when it got stolen.
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