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Old 10-09-07, 10:47 AM   #1
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Holy Sh*t! YOUR BIKE JUST GOT STOLEN!!!

OK, not really. But, it's happening to lots of other people. Don't let it happen to you. Here's how in 3 EASY steps

Step 1) Buy a good lock.

Step 2) Learn how to use the lock from Step 1.

Step 3) *IMPORTANT*: Actually use lock from Step 1.




Why? Most bikes that I've seen reported stolen were not locked. If you are going in "just for a minute"...that still gives a thief 55 seconds more time than he needs to get your bike.

No, you can't lock every single piece of your bike. But, I'd much rather replace a seat and seatpost or a wheel than my entire bike.


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1) Number 1 rule: Bike theft is a crime of opportunity 99% of the time. "Crime of opportunity" means that those that stole your bike weren't planning, tracking, and scheming on how to get your bike. They probably saw an unattended bike and went for it. To a theif, an unattended nice bike is like finding a $100 on the ground.

2) Crackhead theives like to steal bikes with names like "Trek" "Cannondale" etc... That's why some people de-badge their bikes to look like cheap bikes.

3) Crackheads will steal ANYTHING that they think they can sell for $20. Cocaine is a heluva drug.

4) No lock is 100% safe. Locks just buy time. A $20 cable lock will buy you about 5 seconds. A Kryptonite NY Fagidaboutit will by you about 15 minutes or much much less to a theif with the right tools.

5) An ounce of common sense goes a long way with you keeping your bike. Don't leave your bike unlocked while you "just run in for a second" to ANYWHERE.

6) Believe it or not, there are teams of theives that patrol major cities and college campuses in vans/trucks that steal 20+ bikes a night using pro tools. They then take them and sell them in other cities or online.

7) 99% of bystanders won't stop a theif if they see one stealing a bike either because they don't realize that it's being stolen or don't want to get involved.

8) Learn how to properly lock your bike. Locking a $1500 bike to a tree with a 2" trunk that can be snapped in two by a reasonably strong person isn't smart.

9) Thieves will take your bike from inside your house, apt, garage if it is unlocked.

10) Don't be surprised if your $80 Thomson post and your $150 Fizik seat are gone if you had just an allen bolt holding it on.

11) If they REALLY want your bike. They will get it sooner or later. Especially if you have a routine.

12) This is life in the big city. If you get caught slipping, you'll have to pay a "stupid tax".

13) Avoid locking your bike in a place were someone can work on your lock without being seen.

14) If you can, take your bike in with you to your job or whatever. Ask nicely.

15) Just because you live in a "nice neighborhood" doesn't mean people won't do dirt just for the hel of it. I know plenty of rich kids that steal for kicks.
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Old 10-09-07, 10:51 AM   #2
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...And what's-her-name (sorry!) got her wheelset stolen because she didn't lock her wheels that day. If you don't have two u-locks then buy a cable or a chain.
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Old 10-09-07, 10:54 AM   #3
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Very good PSA.

It seems bike theft has been an epidemic this year. I personally know 3 people who's bikes were stolen this year, and have heard of dozens more on various forums.
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Old 10-09-07, 11:16 AM   #4
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wow, I am trying to forget how much America sucks. Too bad I'll be back battling the streets of New haven in less than a year ;_;
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Old 10-09-07, 11:38 AM   #5
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Carleton McGruff is always looking out for the BF gang...

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Seven feet of braided Kryptonite cable and a Master Lock No. 40.

By the way, if anyone has a 15' Kryptoflex cable they'd be willing to sell, I'm interested since I can't seem to find anything between the seven and thirty foot lengths.
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Old 10-09-07, 12:44 PM   #7
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i always lock both wheels...i figure i can ride home without a seat if i have to but i try to weave thru that too
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Seven feet of braided Kryptonite cable and a Master Lock No. 40.

By the way, if anyone has a 15' Kryptoflex cable they'd be willing to sell, I'm interested since I can't seem to find anything between the seven and thirty foot lengths.
30'??? Holy crap.
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Yeah, some folks use them for locking up construction equipment or somesuch, I just want the 15' to lock up my bike and trailer and still have enough to be able to tie it fast to something.
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Well since we're on topic, lemme throw a question out there. If I was to buy a 5.5' krypto chain lock, can I use one end to lock it down to a water pipe and the other end to attach to a krypto new york u-lock and call it a day?

Do thieves cut through running water pipes? And by running water pipes I mean like the pipes that lead from the ground and into the water meter.

What about non-steel pipes that have electrical cables running inside of them?
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Old 10-09-07, 03:03 PM   #11
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Do thieves cut through running water pipes? And by running water pipes I mean like the pipes that lead from the ground and into the water meter.
Pee Wee Herman or Woody Itson would say it depends on how nice the bike is.
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As long as it's solid and everything locks up ok, there's no reason not to any any configuration that works for you.
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how do you all lock down your seats, i know a lot of kids who have had their brooks stolen
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Old 10-09-07, 03:30 PM   #14
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how do you all lock down your seats, i know a lot of kids who have had their brooks stolen
A bike chain going from your seat rails to your rear triangle is a cheap option.
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Old 10-09-07, 03:34 PM   #15
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And lose the quick-release seatpost clamp.
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Old 10-09-07, 04:52 PM   #16
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a u lock and a cable can lock 2 wheels, frame and seat. Use the u lock on the front wheel and frame. Then take your cable and run it through your seat rails. Put one end of the cable through the loop on the other end and pull it all the way through. Then pass the end through your back wheel and slip the u lock shackle through the loop on the end of the cable that just came through the back wheel and lock it up. These defenses can all be undermined provided the tools and know how is present but it helps a lot with the crime of opportunity part.
-lock your bike in a busy area where people will notice the thief.
-parking next to a nicer, flashier bike doesn't hurt. A thief might just pass over yours for the snazzy one.
-on that note you can also make your bike look as much like a pile of dump as possible(it doesn't have to function like dump, just look like it)
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i use my cloking device
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A bike chain going from your seat rails to your rear triangle is a cheap option.
Yep, this is the best. Take some old rusted chain, wrap it in a used tube, and you're done. It's far from 100% theft proof, but it'll get you through the day.
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i use my cloking device
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The title of the thread scared me. I was all "WTF? It was parked in my cubicle 2 feet from me just a second ago! Who in this office would steal my bike?"

Then I read the post and had a little laugh.
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Old 10-09-07, 05:20 PM   #21
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just thought I'd add even if they can;t gett he bike cycle computers get stolen off bikes even if they're totally useless without the other components attached to the bike but mr. crackhead see's it and goes "oh electronics I can steal"
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15) Just because you live in a "nice neighborhood" doesn't mean people won't do dirt just for the hel of it. I know plenty of rich kids that steal for kicks.
+1,000,000

I was once asked if I had seen her daughter's bike around the neighborhood and ended up finding it near some bushes along the golf course. Stupid kids don't seem to give a **** about anything but cheap thrills. That and stealing some little girls cheap purple NEXT mtb.
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+1,000,000

I was once asked if I had seen her daughter's bike around the neighborhood and ended up finding it near some bushes along the golf course. Stupid kids don't seem to give a **** about anything but cheap thrills. That and stealing some little girls cheap purple NEXT mtb.
Stealing a bike is faster than walking. Does anyone remember that dope that admitted to doing just that right here on the forums? I think it was in BMX or something, what a twit.
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Stealing a bike is faster than walking. Does anyone remember that dope that admitted to doing just that right here on the forums? I think it was in BMX or something, what a twit.
Fireteam_Charlie or something like that.
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There are actually towns in Ontario where you can leave your bikes propped up against a store for hours and not have anyone even look at them. Unlocked. Main street.
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