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    college student, beautiful bike: have U-lock, what about audible alarm?

    I have this beautiful pink bike, and feel the thieves are really going to be looking at it..

    Have thought about some type of audible alarm, pager system...

    Any ideas? thanks

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    You could keep a trained howler monkey tethered to it.

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    Go to http://www.amazon.com/ and type, Bicycle Alarm, into the search. You will get plenty of choices.
    When I ride my destination is the ride itself. So I always get to where I am going.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlm86 View Post
    I have this beautiful pink bike, and feel the thieves are really going to be looking at it..

    Have thought about some type of audible alarm, pager system...

    Any ideas? thanks
    People never pay attention to car alarms going off in public. What makes you think they'll act any different with a much, much quieter battery powered one?
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    the mere bumping may set it off .

    heard the Legend of Peter and the Wolf?

    that is the perhaps an illustration core of alarms being ignored.
    from before cars were invented.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mulveyr View Post
    People never pay attention to car alarms going off in public. What makes you think they'll act any different with a much, much quieter battery powered one?
    This. I walk by a dozen alarms a month, and nobody pays attention to any of them.
    Is it a GOOD bike, or just a pretty one? Pretty pink bikes aren't as likely to be stolen as good bikes, because they're conspicuous on campus. And I wouldn't take a good bike to school.

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    Trust me, do not buy the alarm, it won't do a thing to protect your bike. Just invest some money and get two good u locks or two good chains. Chainreactioncycles has a f-ing strong chain with only 27 euros. Noone will even think about stealing your bike.
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    Get an old bike off Craig's List or a garage sale etc. Colleges and their neighborhoods are prime theft areas. Ride something functional and ugly if you are going to leave it locked up outside.

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    Integrated GPS tracking from Spybike is pretty hot. There's a model that stealthily replaces your top cap on the steerer, an it sends you SMS alert if your bike is heavily jostled or moves, and then starts tracking. This both helps stop theft by giving you an early warning and opportunity to intervene or gather info, and helps with rapid recovery :

    http://www.spygroup.eu/
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    Quote Originally Posted by chaadster View Post
    Integrated GPS tracking from Spybike is pretty hot. There's a model that stealthily replaces your top cap on the steerer, an it sends you SMS alert if your bike is heavily jostled or moves, and then starts tracking. This both helps stop theft by giving you an early warning and opportunity to intervene or gather info, and helps with rapid recovery :

    http://www.spygroup.eu/
    Isn't stealthy sort of the opposite of what you want in a theft deterrent? I mean it's not like cops are going to follow up before it's stripped and/or resold anyway, so why not emblazon that it's got GPS all the hell over it so thieves find a slightly less dangerous bike to steal?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jlm86 View Post
    I have this beautiful pink bike, and feel the thieves are really going to be looking at it..

    Have thought about some type of audible alarm, pager system...

    Any ideas? thanks
    Back when I was in college, the parking enforcement would pull your parking privileges if you had too many false alarms. (I was on campus during the 1987 Whittier Narrows earthquake. It set off every single car alarm.) I think it would be the same for bike alarms.

    My idea: ship the nice bike home, get a POC bike from the campus recyclery and a couple hefty U-locks, and park near bikes that are easier to steal. Thieves tend to steal one bike at a time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Wills View Post
    My idea: ship the nice bike home, get a POC bike from the campus recyclery and a couple hefty U-locks, and park near bikes that are easier to steal. Thieves tend to steal one bike at a time.
    ^--- this. People hate car alarms, and would probably applaud the thief if he knew how to turn it off quickly.
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    I echo the question from above: Is the bike 'good' or is it 'pretty?'

    A good bike should probably not be used as you grocery-getter in a college town, because the one time you are in more of a rush and do a 1/2 assed job of locking it will be the day that it is spotted by a freshman who just discovered crack.
    If you have a 'good' bike, find a secure place to lock it, and leave it there except for special occaisions, and go to a thrift store, bike kitchen, or garage sale and buy a cheap 10 - speed or something.

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    I think the OP is just trolling.
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    You need an ugly, cheapo beater for a daily rider. Never let the good bike out of your sight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tagaproject6 View Post
    I think the OP is just trolling.
    That's always possible, but I'd rather give them the benefit of the doubt and try to be helpful first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by himespau View Post
    Isn't stealthy sort of the opposite of what you want in a theft deterrent? I mean it's not like cops are going to follow up before it's stripped and/or resold anyway, so why not emblazon that it's got GPS all the hell over it so thieves find a slightly less dangerous bike to steal?
    I meant "helps prevent theft" in the sense that as soon as the bike is jostled, the system sends you text, so you can check on it, and if you're not far away, perhaps catch them in the act and run them off. Granted, very situationally specific, and not my pure definition of a deterrent either, but nonetheless may help prevent theft in some circumstances.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul01 View Post
    You need an ugly, cheapo beater for a daily rider. Never let the good bike out of your sight.
    Call me vain, but I never ride cheap, ugly, or beaters. I just can't roll like that. A sweet bike is sweet to ride.

    I ride for the joy of it, have always lived in college towns, and have only had two bikes stolen in my adult life, three if I include elementary school.
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