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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 04-27-06, 04:45 PM   #1
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Fixed gear, eggbeater pedals, no brakes = Theft deterrant?

Just wondering. Has anyone ever had their bike stolen and found it abandoned nearby because the thief was not able to ride it? Or better yet, has anyone ever witness their bike being stolen and gotten the free entertainment of watching a person try to ride it and end up eating pavement?
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Old 04-27-06, 04:52 PM   #2
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didnt stop someone from stealing my pista concept about 2 months ago.

unfortunatly i didn't find it near by
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I remember reading a thread where somebody saw some idiot college kid attempt to steal their bike but was unable to ride it, and the bike owner went after them and got it back. I cant find the thread though...
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I ride my bike with eggbeaters with flip flops sometimes to Blockbuster or to pick up a pizza. Egg beaters will only stop non bicycling people
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sure $90 dollar pedals on a trendy bike probably won't be at all appealing to bike thieves

Seriously, real bike theives know what they are looking for, and egg beaters and the lack of brakes won't even slow them down. They aren't planning to ride you bike away anyhow.

The only people that would be put off by that are opportunistic thieves, and a halfway decent lock will be sufficient for them.
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Old 04-27-06, 06:24 PM   #6
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I remember reading a thread where somebody saw some idiot college kid attempt to steal their bike but was unable to ride it, and the bike owner went after them and got it back. I cant find the thread though...
that was jamtastic that told that story. i'm not sure what the thread was either, though.
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Old 04-27-06, 06:31 PM   #7
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yea. real bike thevies would prob. be turned on by the fact that your bike has egg beaters and lack of breaks.
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Old 04-27-06, 07:27 PM   #8
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ive been riding my egg beaters on flip flop for the past week... injury on heel prevents wearing of shoes... doable but hard to skid
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ive been riding my egg beaters on flip flop for the past week... injury on heel prevents wearing of shoes... doable but hard to skid
Will someone please loan this person a pedal wrench.
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nah.. they can ride fine, it's the stopping that gets you with the eggbeaters. i think the only kind of theif it would stop would be someone who hasn't ridden fixed, and gets thrown by the no coast, followed by rolling off the beaters.

and yea, i had the same fantasy. built up my beater originally with stubby bars (no more than 4 inches on each side) and some eggbeaters. toyed with the idea of leaving it outside just for entertainment. then i remembered how trendy these bikes are and how stupid i am. moved on.
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Or a pair of Lake clipless sandals.
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Will someone please loan this person a pedal wrench.

actually they have no surface for standard pedal wrench (14)... one'd need a large allen wrench to work from its axis but i did put on the plastic clipless adapter tonight!
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Remember that very few serious bike thieves will be riding your bike away from the scene of the crime.


The back of a chevy van doesn't care what kind of pedals or brakes you don't have.
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sure $90 dollar pedals on a trendy bike probably won't be at all appealing to bike thieves

Seriously, real bike theives know what they are looking for, and egg beaters and the lack of brakes won't even slow them down. They aren't planning to ride you bike away anyhow.

The only people that would be put off by that are opportunistic thieves, and a halfway decent lock will be sufficient for them.
seriously.

bike thieves don't steal bikes because they happen upon them and say, "wow, i'd like to ride that away from here, and what a coincidence, i've got boltcutters and other tools and what-have-you!" they steal bikes because they're prepared to find nice bikes, cut them loose fast, and cart them away even faster (repeating as desired), to sell them. not to ride them.

anyone who's stealing a bike to ride it is not going to go after higher end bikes. nor is it likely that they'll be equipped with the tools necessary to break the type of lock that somebody who's riding a high-end bike should have (if they lock-and-leave in the first place!)
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