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Old 01-28-06, 12:11 AM   #1
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I think someone tried to steal my bike...

Or at least my rear wheel. I lock up through the rear triangle, and I guess they thought a simple saw was all it took to get away. So now I have several saw marks on my rear rim up onto the tire. It looks like ****e. Then I realized all my chainring bolts were loose and one was missing. Maybe they thought they could take the chain off and slide the rear wheel out? Again, the lock was through the rear triangle. So the kryptonite lock also has a few saw marks on it as well. I guess they gave up. You can't steal the rear wheel or frame. You will NEVER saw through a bicycle wheel. Can you imagine the **** a wheel could do to a thin ass saw? All the tension from the spokes would cause the rim to rip a saw blade to pieces real quick. SO shady. My rear wheel and frame are sleeping soundly upstairs now though.

Bike thieves - 0
Kenneth Alan's lock and rear wheel - 1

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Old 01-28-06, 12:15 AM   #2
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maybe the sheldon technique does lead theives to believe the bike is insecurely locked after all
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One has to wonder if perhaps that could all have been avoided if part of the frame was also locked to the pole/whatever.

Just playing devil's advocate 'sall.
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they obviously don't know you're my friend
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That's always been the most constant argument against Sheldon's menthod I've heard - it "looks" easy to steal.
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I just need TIP's U-lock instead of mine. ****ers recognize.
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find them and scare them real bad, that's what i did. At least i think i scared them.
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terror - you should get your own signature series ulock that features a molded grip and fingerprint resistant paint
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find them and scare them real bad, that's what i did. At least i think i scared them.
After reading about that I was a little scared. And there is an entire country between us.
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find them and scare them real bad, that's what i did. At least i think i scared them.
Well. You scare me, and I haven't met you, so I'm sure you scared them.
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You SHOULD do that. Molded grip. Good for swinging around while issuing adrenaline filled half-empty threats. THAT would be the perfect U-lock for me.
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how long did you leave it locked outside. sounds like they had ****loads of time to **** with it.
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That's the craziest thing. It was outside during daylight hours across the street from the University of Texas. People everywhere. Not exactly scarce population. That's what I don't understand. The whole thing is confusing. I leave it in my house any other time.
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find them and scare them real bad, that's what i did. At least i think i scared them.
TIP!!! where ya' been?
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I left my bike today locked in a high rise parking garage all day, luckily without incident.
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snip a few spokes (easy) and it's no trouble at all to saw through a rim...

*I lock my bike this way, too, I'm just saying that it doesn't guarantee that your frame will be there when you get back*
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That's always been the most constant argument against Sheldon's menthod I've heard - it "looks" easy to steal.
Exactly why I don't use it. If a gaggle of bike dorks can't figure out how it secures a bike, how would the average theif fare?

Half the time, U-locks are for show...as in "your crummy hacksaw ain't goin' nowhere, so move along." U-lock through rear wheel / frame + cable through front and you're nearly golden. What's the thief gonna steal now? Sans hassle, they're down to bars, stem, post and saddle-- parts not easily resold or pawned.

The Sheldon method would be great in a perfect world. But while we're accounting for skills of thieves, don't underestimate their lack of intelligence.
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All I really need is a spokecard from Shants.










Yeah, you know the one. That's all it takes.






THAT one.
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im still not clear on the sheldon method... can i get a pick?
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http://www.sheldonbrown.com/lock-strategy.html

There is a photo.
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Then I realized all my chainring bolts were loose and one was missing. Maybe they thought they could take the chain off and slide the rear wheel out?
Oh, the folly of man.

It pisses me off that my concept of bike thieves just morphed from "crackheads with hacksaws and monkeywrenches lookin' for a quick-release" to "crackheads with hacksaws and monkeywrenches and Park Multi-Tools lookin' to tear your bike down to the ground."

I had my light stolen last week, and I just now realized that the ****head must have had a screwdriver handy-- I checked out the old clamp today and noticed it was just sitting on the bars sans essential bracket / screw assembly. Hope you like your new blinky flashlight, jerkwad.
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Whenever I see that picture, I think to myself, "Sheldon, you're the God of bike information...but clean your chain, man"
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haha, that's so aweomse.

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TIP!!! where ya' been?
school was a real pain the last 4 months so i ducked out. I was pulling 15 hour days, juggling projects, long papers and some really intense finals, but i'm all done now. Honestly, I don't know how i made it, but i'm so glad it's all over.


No need to be scared of me guys, I'm actually pretty nice... unless you try to steal my bike/parts.
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No need to be scared of me guys, I'm actually pretty nice... unless you try to steal my bike/parts.
I have heard a ****ed up story about a u-lock attack in people's park. Even if I were desperate for crack, I would probably move on to the next bike after meeting you.

On a serious note, even with spoke tension, a shallow rim (velocity razor or mavic open pro) can be cut through in a couple of snips with a large set of bolt cutters. I once cut a rim under tension and was disturbed to see how easily the rear triangle method can be defeated.
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ah, but you've already met me haven't you? and i don't think i intimidate you in the least.
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