Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

View Poll Results: Have you ever had a bike stolen?

Voters
29. You may not vote on this poll
  • I've had one bike stolen

    13 44.83%
  • I've had more than one bikes stolen

    5 17.24%
  • I've had no bike stolen

    11 37.93%
Results 1 to 14 of 14
  1. #1
    Senior Member Paranoid.Guy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Somewhere
    My Bikes
    DHS Jumper BMX; RichBike MTB
    Posts
    84
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Have you ever had a bike stolen? How do you secure your bicycle?

    Not to create too many threads, I've put 2 topics in this one, as you can see in the title.
    Me, I've been lucky, never had problems with bike theft. I secure it with two non-armoured cables and, with a steel jacketed one.
    EDIT: Sorry, by mistake I've created a duplicate thread...I'll ask staff to remove it.
    Last edited by Paranoid.Guy; 08-25-11 at 01:18 PM. Reason: update post; I'm not using my vulnerable U-lock anymore

  2. #2
    Senior Member bigbadwullf's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    West, Tn.
    Posts
    1,763
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I almost did. See my post in General section about lessons learned on a bike.

    http://tickers.TickerFactory.com/ezt...S/exercise.png

    2012 Specialized Tarmac Elite Rival Mid Compact
    2007 Cannondale Caffeine 29er Lefty. Crank Bros pedals, wireless cateye. Specialized body geometric seat(uh, saddle)

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Posts
    257
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I ride older bikes if I am going to somewhere that I need to lock up.

    I use a home-made chain lock: 3/8" grade 70 transport chain (hard to cut) in an old mountain bike inner tube (protects bike) with a high-security padlock (hard to break/cut).

  4. #4
    born again cyclist Steely Dan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Chicago
    My Bikes
    --------------------------- - 2007 Dahon Speed P8 folder ------- - 2010 Motobecane leChampion SL Ti - 2011 Scott SUB 10
    Posts
    1,779
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    my bike security measures, in order of preference:

    1. get the bike off the street and indoors. i'm lucky to have a locked basement storage room at my job where i'm allowed to stash my bike during the day. if i'm visiting family/friends, they're all cool with letting me stash my bike in their garage/basement/porch/balcony/etc.

    2. if there's no indoor storage for a full size bike at my destination, i'll bring my folding bike if it can be brought inside and stashed somewhere.

    3. if i'm forced to street lock, i try to find a visible, well-lit, spot, preferably with other bikes and lots of pedestrian activity, and i'll lock the bike to an immobile object with an Abus folding lock and a cable lock.


    i've never had a bike stolen, but living in a city like chicago, it's only a matter of time, which is why my expensive road bike is NEVER left alone on the street. the only way to really secure a bike is to not let the bike thieves have a chance to get at it.
    The first rule: if you're riding a bike and not having fun, then you're doing it wrong.

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Buffalo, NY
    My Bikes
    Schwinn Tourist (2010), Trek 6000 (1999)
    Posts
    1,117
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I left mine outside of a store, unlocked for a few minutes while I ran inside. It was gone when I came out (Sonabetch). And, this was on a military post outside of the bigger PX on post.

    Learned the lesson: In low-risk areas, the cable goes through the wheels and the frame. Medium risk: Gets locked to something immobile, through the tires and frame. High Risk: Goes inside with me, or I just don't go there.

  6. #6
    DEK
    DEK is offline
    Senior Member DEK's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Tampa, FL.
    My Bikes
    '11 Felt Z85, '72 Motobecane Grand Record
    Posts
    1,583
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I've never had a bike stolen because I never leave it unattended. Of course, now that I've said this, my new Felt will be stolen.

  7. #7
    Senior Member katcorot's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    New Westminster, BC
    My Bikes
    2013 Surly Big Dummy, 2008 Giant Rincon, 1980's Raleigh Century, 1970's Apollo Deelite, Tall bike
    Posts
    254
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    had a new department store bike stolen from my highschool once. Was my fault for having a nice bike with a crappy cheap combo lock. I'm assuming the thief figured out the combo since the lock was gone as well.

    Now even my beater bikes are locked with a heavy U-lock and cable.
    2008 Giant Rincon, multi-purpose commuting, trail riding.
    1980's Raleigh Century
    1970's Apollo Deelite
    Carry Freedom Large Y-Frame Flat Deck Trailer
    2011 Tall bike
    -------------------------------------------------------
    Confronting Stigma
    http://www.confrontingstigma.com

  8. #8
    Pedaled too far. Artkansas's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    La Petite Roche
    Posts
    12,224
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Well, of the bikes I've had stolen.

    As an adult, one was in a locked garage. One was chained to a post on a corner with 4 cops on duty. I was riding one at the time.

    As a teen, I left one unlocked for just a minute while I went into the store. As a child one was stolen from outside a swimming pool and later recovered. One was stolen out of the bike racks at Elementary School. Out of hundreds of unlocked bikes, they chose one that had been painted with housepaint, with a broken down saddle. but it did have apehanger handlebars.
    "He who serves all, best serves himself" Jack London

    Quote Originally Posted by Bjforrestal View Post
    I don't care if you are on a unicycle, as long as you're not using a motor to get places you get props from me. We're here to support each other. Share ideas, and motivate one another to actually keep doing it.

  9. #9
    coprolite fietsbob's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    NW,Oregon Coast
    My Bikes
    7
    Posts
    39,953
    Mentioned
    26 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I moved , college towns have a market for stolen bike parts.

    of course , now, Ebay And CL let things be sold around the world , once stolen.

  10. #10
    neg
    neg is offline
    Junior Member neg's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    My Bikes
    Secteur Apex, Trek 6000
    Posts
    15
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    No bike stolen.
    At home: parked in my garage.
    Commuting to work: parked in my office.
    Stopping by stores and shops: cable lock through frame and wheels to fixed object near entrance.
    Restaurants: cabled to fixed object, near window where I can see it if possible
    Bank: bring inside, no good place to lock it outside
    LBS: bring inside

    Take the lights and bags with me.

  11. #11
    Senior Member Billy Bones's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Shanghai, West Virginia
    Posts
    488
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    <<< Have you ever had a bike stolen? How do you secure your bicycle? >>>

    Yes...a Fuji Touring IV....sigh. It was the rig my budget would allow at the time. That was fifteen years ago and I STILL cry myself to sleep.

    Anyway...

    I store my rigs inside the house, behind two locked doors.

    I have a custom heavy steel frame in the truck and use two cable locks and a home-built double chain thing with two different locks. In addition, I limit 'exposure' to theft in parking lots and when in dubious environments, I stuff the whole rig into the cab and lock it to the steering column.

    Yeah, I like my bikes.

    By the way, nothing focuses your attention to the ease of theft like watching the efficacy of a $70 angle grinder mounted with a $1.80 cut-off wheel. Truly sobering.
    AUDENTIS FORTUNA IUUAT
    - Virgil, Aeneid (Book 10, Line 284)

  12. #12
    Senior Member Paranoid.Guy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Somewhere
    My Bikes
    DHS Jumper BMX; RichBike MTB
    Posts
    84
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Found some tips on bicycle security:
    http://itbhawaii.com/articles/cyclin...and-out-62.htm

  13. #13
    Banned
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Northern California
    My Bikes
    Raleigh Grand Prix, Giant Innova, Nishiki Sebring, Trek 7.5FX
    Posts
    5,804
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Steely Dan View Post
    my bike security measures, in order of preference:

    1. get the bike off the street and indoors. i'm lucky to have a locked basement storage room at my job where i'm allowed to stash my bike during the day. if i'm visiting family/friends, they're all cool with letting me stash my bike in their garage/basement/porch/balcony/etc.

    2. if there's no indoor storage for a full size bike at my destination, i'll bring my folding bike if it can be brought inside and stashed somewhere.

    3. if i'm forced to street lock, i try to find a visible, well-lit, spot, preferably with other bikes and lots of pedestrian activity, and i'll lock the bike to an immobile object with an Abus folding lock and a cable lock.


    i've never had a bike stolen, but living in a city like chicago, it's only a matter of time, which is why my expensive road bike is NEVER left alone on the street. the only way to really secure a bike is to not let the bike thieves have a chance to get at it.
    I've had three bikes stolen and one bike partially stripped:

    1. My first two-wheeled bike ( a red Viking Cruiser) was stolen out of my unlocked garage when I was nine years old.

    2. Its identical replacement was stolen outside of a grocery store, just 2 months later.

    3. My Gold Korean Racer was stolen when my dad's truck was stolen from our garage when I was a teenager. They must have just tossed it in the truck bed.

    4. My current Nishiki's front wheel was stolen when I parked it outside of the downtown library. - The bike was locked. The quick release wheel was not!


    Steely Dan has the best plan! +1

    I have several bikes. Whenever I am going to a risky area, where my bike will be unattended for over an hour, I always ride my oldest (but favorite riding) bike, my Nishiki Sebring. I place my crappy ripped up seat on it and lock it with the On Guard Beast.

    Whenever I tour and have to secure my bike overnight, I'll lock my "new" old Giant Innova up with the On Guard Beast and a thick chain that has a large Master Key Lock.

    My new Raleigh Grand Prix will never be unattended while outside my home. It however, will still be locked inside of an old broken down 1985 Ford, that is locked inside of my garage. My garage is attached to my home. My home is protected by an alarm, a pitbull, and an arsenal.

    PS.

    The Grand Prix is chained to the Ford's Steering Wheel.

    My Aluminum Trek 7.5FX is in the unlocked laundry room, propped up on its kickstand, and unlocked. I guess it's still in there collecting dust...
    Last edited by SlimRider; 09-02-11 at 01:43 PM.

  14. #14
    Pentapointed Member ahsposo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    On Some Far Away Beach After the Season is Over...
    My Bikes
    A Home Built All Rounder, Bianchi 928, Specialized Langster, Dahon Folder
    Posts
    6,370
    Mentioned
    10 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •