Mine was stolen at the racks of a dorm in a visible area. I only had a kryptonite cable lock and those can be cut in a few seconds, which I didn't know at the time. It was cut in nice weather on a Thursday, sometime in the afternoon. I asked my bike shop if they were safe locks when I was buying it and the girl told me it would take half an hour with a brand new pair of sharp six foot bolt cutters to get through it. I was misled, or maybe she thought I was asking about the U-lock.
When going into a store, I just use a cable lock along with a pad lock..And it just takes seconds? I hate having to carry really heavy locks when on a ride...NOthing out there works well and that does not load you down on a steep grade?
In public areas with lots of traffic, would it not seem cables deter 90% of the thefts?
Not while my bike was locked up, but I was in an accident and someone actually stole my bike when I was carted away by the ambulance. That's crazy.
A friend of mine had a collision between a road and his arm last year. Of course, his only question to the ambulance crew was "Is my bike okay?"
Originally Posted by koffee brown
No, I never had any of my bikes stolen. For my MTB, I carry around two locks. For my road bike, which has no locks...I never leave it out of my sight. One of my friends had three of his bikes stolen (all of them were locked); one was at a BART station, one at a theater and one at the university campus.
This is why i've never left my bike locked up anywhere other than a convenience store where I could see the bike while I was inside. I would always take my bike into class with me at college. My teachers would tell me that there was a bike rack outside that I could lock it up to. I asked them "If you had a briefcase with 2000 dollars in it would you use one of these locks to protect your briefcase out there? Or would you bring it in with you?" They left me alone after that.