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Old 04-22-08, 07:24 PM   #1
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Too Paranoid about NYC?

so, i live a few hours away from new york, by train, and i always find myself wanting to come in to ride. the problem is that i get worried about locking up to do other stuff.
my bike's not the flashiest, but it's got some choice components. i feel a little sketchy locking up right on the street.
so how safe is it to lock up at places like MoMA and other places in Manhattan? or is it really just a luck thing, as far as not getting ripped off?
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Old 04-22-08, 07:29 PM   #2
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use two locks, if you have a chain make sure it's tight, use an allen bolt for your seat, don't lock it to chain link, scaffolding pipes (anything removable.) Depending on the bike you'll probably be ok. What kind of bike is it?
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Old 04-22-08, 07:31 PM   #3
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use two locks, if you have a chain make sure it's tight, use an allen bolt for your seat, don't lock it to chain link, scaffolding pipes (anything removable.) Depending on the bike you'll probably be ok. What kind of bike is it? :repares bag of tools::
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Old 04-22-08, 09:30 PM   #4
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nothing exciting, iro group buy, but carbon fork, brooks tape and saddle, chris king hs, some other stuff i like.
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you'll be fine. i used to do all-day lockups on 34th street with just one big krypto u-lock. i work all day in lower manhattan with no problems. iro, carbon fork, brooks or flite saddle, some dura ace bits. whatever.

lock both your wheels if you can. quick release front wheel for the win.

if you're paranoid, take your saddle and seatpost with you.

i used to have an old chain to the rails, but got tired of it rattling all the time.
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nothing exciting, iro group buy, but carbon fork, brooks tape and saddle, chris king hs, some other stuff i like.
if you're going to be in midtown, lock the front wheel/downtube and you'll be set. if you're still worried about the seatpost, superglue a ball bearing into the allen. - bike theft is real overrated in manhattan excluding a few shady areas (like UNION SQUARE).
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Like everyone says, don't be afraid. I ride the train to NYC when I can, and it is worth it. I usually use a krypto chain so I can get at least 1 wheel + frame...

if you are with somebody else you can combo up your locks and get both frames and all 4 wheels.
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Old 04-23-08, 10:19 AM   #8
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Two locks and drop some super glue in to your stem and seatpost bolts. I lock up everyday.
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they will cut your phils from the wheel and make you bleed.
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Old 04-23-08, 10:28 AM   #10
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I just carry around a chain. Easy to carry and pretty secure. Lots of times I just lock up the TT (chain isn't long enough to go through a wheel when locking to a lightpost). Never had any issues anywhere in the city (and it's a rather pretty Steamroller), but my bike is almost never locked up overnight outside.
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Take a look at this http://www.bikeoff.org/know_the_enemy.htm
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it would just be far easier to visit NYC without the bicycle and just be a pedestrian for the day!
if visiting museums, shows, lunches/dinners, shopping, and doing other stuff...it's MUCH easier to get around via taxi & subway.
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that's not true at all.
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Old 04-23-08, 12:19 PM   #14
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it would just be far easier to visit NYC without the bicycle and just be a pedestrian for the day!
if visiting museums, shows, lunches/dinners, shopping, and doing other stuff...it's MUCH easier to get around via taxi & subway.
Not really, although the stress of having a nice bike stolen might ruin the fun. Ehhh... first time in the city, I'd say no bike, but you'll see much more and get a better feel on a bike, rather than walking/in a taxi.
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but you'll see much more and get a better feel on a bike, rather than walking/in a taxi.
I gotta disagree here. Maybe you'll visit more parts of the city and be able to take it in on a whole, but on a bike, you're going to miss a TON of little places just because you gotta concentrate on not getting hit. It'd be okay, I guess, on car-lite streets, but I think it's easier in general to take things in on foot.
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but on a bike, you're going to miss a TON of little places just because you gotta concentrate on not getting hit.
Just ride on the sidewalk man.

That can be true, depends on how comfortable you are riding in traffic and what roads you're on.
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I gotta disagree here. Maybe you'll visit more parts of the city and be able to take it in on a whole, but on a bike, you're going to miss a TON of little places just because you gotta concentrate on not getting hit. It'd be okay, I guess, on car-lite streets, but I think it's easier in general to take things in on foot.
idunno, man. going from manhattan to brooklyn on a bike is one thing if you live there, but if you're from out of town and trying to get somewhere you're not familiar with on tuesday at five pm a subway crushes a bike hands down-- and simply put, you're not bringing a bike down there with you at rushour.
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idunno, man. going from manhattan to brooklyn on a bike is one thing if you live there, but if you're from out of town and trying to get somewhere you're not familiar with on tuesday at five pm a subway crushes a bike hands down-- and simply put, you're not bringing a bike down there with you at rushour.
Yeah, that's basically what I was saying, but I was just comparing walking to biking for sight-seeing purposes, ignoring buses/subways/whatever. If you're going to be all over the city, forget the bike. I do the bike-on-the-subway thing occasionally and it suuuuucks.
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If you're just sight-seeing, it really doesn't pay to bring the bike. You can get off in midtown and see a days worth of touristy **** within a decent walking distance.

If you want to meet real people, and do real things, bring the bike.
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if you're going to be in midtown, lock the front wheel/downtube and you'll be set. if you're still worried about the seatpost, superglue a ball bearing into the allen. - bike theft is real overrated in manhattan excluding a few shady areas (like UNION SQUARE).
just thought of this... has anyone swapped out their 5mm hex seatpost bolt with a torx bolt? i don't imagine thieves would be walking around with torx wrenches. you could swap out your stem bolts too if you're really paranoid.
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Not really, although the stress of having a nice bike stolen might ruin the fun. Ehhh... first time in the city, I'd say no bike, but you'll see much more and get a better feel on a bike, rather than walking/in a taxi.
not my first time. i've ridden around a bunch of times and raced a few alleycats, but everytime i never left my bike.
i love riding in traffic, but this time i did want to actually check out a couple of sights.
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i was just about to scoff at ny bike paranoia having never had a problem...then today i got home and saw that the construction crew across the street had a dumpster delivered in front of my house...on my (FTP) bike. it was locked up as always on the sidewalk side on the lamp post but somehow the driver managed to angle it in and crushed my front wheel and fork. thanks ***hole. to add insult to injury someone stole both wheels of my fuji mountain bike as well that was chained and ulocked inside my gate!!! cut the brakes, unbolted the wheels...goodbye disc brakes

ugh...sorry...just a little bummed out with my fuji curse today...had to vent.
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the original poster said he/she wants to visit via train and then go to places like MOMA, and one would assume, someplace for dinner afterwards in the city.
it's all lots easier without the hassle of a bike and finding places to park it for hours while doing various interesting things. one can easily get around on foot as well.
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When I was in NYC alone, I had a lot more fun exploring on foot and train. Less stress and easier to just wander around.
When I was with friends and had places to go, I preferred bikes.
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just thought of this... has anyone swapped out their 5mm hex seatpost bolt with a torx bolt? i don't imagine thieves would be walking around with torx wrenches. you could swap out your stem bolts too if you're really paranoid.
I am wondering this myself.
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