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    Quote Originally Posted by carleton View Post
    Huh?

    That's like saying dogs don't bite.

    Do you think that "uneducated" people get in their cars and drive 2 hours to college campuses to steal and then drive home? Seriously, is that what you think happens?

    "Oh, man. My $100 Calculus book is missing. I think some dude from the inner-city musta took it."

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    Here is today's Bike Snob comment on freelocking.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bike Snob View Post
    "Free locking" a bike means simply locking the wheel to the frame instead of locking the whole bike to something else, and the term is especially fitting since it means the bike is "free" for the taking. Simply locking your bike to itself is like marrying your sibling, in that it's only slightly more convenient but the consequences are far more likely to be disastrous.
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    basically.
    Quote Originally Posted by bonechilling View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by bw286 View Post
    i'm just surprised that a small college a ways from anywhere would be a good candidate for bike theft. there's not a lot of nice stuff around, and it wouldn't really be worth the while. i haven't ever locked it around campus, because i felt that anyone coming to really steal bikes would be able to get it reguardless. cheap cable locks are the only necessary protection here. the bike rack is unprotected from the weather, but the overhang of the building doesn't have anywhere to lock to.
    Or so you thought, I love it when people assume that the area they live/go to school at are not affected by the theft that plagues the rest of us, shows how nieve some people are, you had your bike stolen because you were slack, period, I'll bet you'll be locking up you next bike even if you have to lock it to a ****ing tree!
    You see, their morals, their code...it's a bad joke, dropped at the first sign of trouble. They're only as good as the world allows them to be. I'll show you. When the chips are down, these...These "civilized" people...they'll eat each other. See, I'm not a monster. I'm just ahead of the curve

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    I'd bet a pink Spicer frame that qmsdc's comment was sarcasm. Deep breath, guys.

    Hope you get it back. With any luck, the current 'owner' will end up in the tarck thread.

    /edit Oh look, I missed page 2....
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    That sucks, but you didn't lock it because you didn't pay for it. You gotta lock your sh*t.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carleton View Post
    Do you think that "uneducated" people get in their cars and drive 2 hours to college campuses to steal and then drive home? Seriously, is that what you think happens?
    Uh, that's exactly what happens, though it's probably the better educated thieves, since they have a good system going. I went to a small, middle-of-nowhere college, and every single fall they'd show up and lift all the fancy bikes from the freshmen. They'd make quick work of it so they'd get their fill before the kids figured it out and started locking up. A handful of bikes got stolen by students as well, but mostly for drunk joy rides. So sure, students steal, but the off-campus thieves are a real threat as well.

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    at a school this size, anything stolen is just going to get dumped somewhere else on campus in a few days. you tend to get pools of them at places like the campus center, dining hall, and the academic bldg.
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    What school is it that is so safe? Realize that it only takes one person of questionable morals to make a bike disappear. I go to a school of about 30,000 in central Illinois and I use a krypto fahgettaboutit. Why do I over-lock my bike? Because I love it, and if it got stolen because I didn't use all the lock I could, I would kick myself for a long long time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dougland89 View Post
    way to show sympathy for him dumbass
    lol, it wasnt locked up. he figured it would happen. guess what!? it did...

    it's ok to laugh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by time bandit View Post
    lol, it wasnt locked up. he figured it would happen. guess what!? it did...

    it's ok to laugh.
    It's true, his IPconfirms that his parents purchased the bike. You must pretend (at least) that you purchased the bike yourself. I am sure that once you find a job, that you will save and lock your bike up.

    The rest of the world pays for their own stuff, let this be a lesson in how the "unwashed masses" live.

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    well, certainly wasn't looking for any sympathy from bikeforums. more looking for the decent members of the cycling "community" to help me out by keeping an eye out for an unusual stolen bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bw286 View Post
    well, certainly wasn't looking for any sympathy from bikeforums. more looking for the decent members of the cycling "community" to help me out by keeping an eye out for an unusual stolen bike.
    Dude, when you live by the Tarck sword, you die by the Tarck sword. Ashes to ashes and dust to dust.

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    See this is why I don't go to brian forums most of the time
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    Quote Originally Posted by K_phomma View Post
    See this is why I don't go to brian forums most of the time
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    Quote Originally Posted by bw286 View Post
    at a school this size, anything stolen is just going to get dumped somewhere else on campus in a few days. you tend to get pools of them at places like the campus center, dining hall, and the academic bldg.
    Dude, crime is everywhere, be alert every minute of the day and keep your **** secure, what make you think people want to help you look for your bike when you really don't give a **** about it? My daughter used to do the same **** with her stuff, my wife and I bought her everything she needed and she treated her stuff like it could be replaced easily, then we stopped buying her **** and she had to get a job, boy did she start caring and securing her stuff when the money was coming out of her own pocket! Tell you what, I'll keep an eye out for your bike, but I'll tell you this, if you get it back, or get a new bike, and someone "steals" it from you due to your being slack, I'll laugh really hard and ask your parents to send you a Teddy Bear......with a lock and chain on it.
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    You see, their morals, their code...it's a bad joke, dropped at the first sign of trouble. They're only as good as the world allows them to be. I'll show you. When the chips are down, these...These "civilized" people...they'll eat each other. See, I'm not a monster. I'm just ahead of the curve

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    Quote Originally Posted by ilikebikes View Post
    Dude, crime is everywhere, be alert every minute of the day and keep your **** secure, what make you think people want to help you look for your bike when you really don't give a **** about it? My daughter used to do the same **** with her stuff, my wife and I bought her everything she needed and she treated her stuff like it could be replaced easily, then we stopped buying her **** and she had to get a job, boy did she start caring and securing her stuff when the money was coming out of her own pocket! Tell you what, I'll keep an eye out for your bike, but I'll tell you this, if you get it back, or get a new bike, and someone "steals" it from you due to your being slack, I'll laugh really hard and ask your parents to send you a Teddy Bear......with a lock and chain on it.
    Dude, you are so right. Luckily, my 9 year old son knows this.

    One day he (8 at the time) wanted a drum set so I bought him some sticks and a practice pad to try out for a while to see if he really liked drums. He loved it (for a while, anyway). One afternoon we were getting out of the car and walking to a store and he's like, "Wait!" and runs back to the car. Asks me to unlock it. Then he proceeds to hide his drum sticks in the glove box, "I don't want anyone to steal 'em". He was taking care of his prized possessions! I smiled

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    See! Thats a kid thats NOT going to have his bike stolen when he goes to college!
    You see, their morals, their code...it's a bad joke, dropped at the first sign of trouble. They're only as good as the world allows them to be. I'll show you. When the chips are down, these...These "civilized" people...they'll eat each other. See, I'm not a monster. I'm just ahead of the curve

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    I think the OP has learned his lesson, the hard way.

    I had my bike locked to a rack when I was in college. It sat locked in the rack, rain or shine. One day, coming back to my building from the dinning room, I saw someone had stolen the front wheel of my bike. That was annoying.

    I'd only locked the frame and back wheel to the rack, so I was asking for someone to steal that wheel. Until then, it never occurred to me someone would want just a piece of my bike. I learned my lesson. And not counting the lost wheel and upgrades over the years, I'm still riding that bike, about four decades later. (But riding my fg bike is more fun, and I keep it in my dorm room, er, spare bedroom!)
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    i'm actually going to buy a set of pitlock solid axle jawns for my back wheen and lock my frame/front here in a sec. going to order now, actually.
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    hey, not to hijack this thread, but what do y'all think of offbrand U-locks? My U-lock is a Mongoose brand that I got at Target before I really knew a lot about bikes. I live in a moderate crime area (austin...not too bad, but still a chance of getting jacked). Do you think that getting a pitbull or kryptonite lock is really much safer? I only want a U-lock, no chains or anything like that...
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    If it's that bad, consider getting yourself a new lock to lock against the rack with, and keep the old one to lock your other wheel to the frame.

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    Yeah I don't know how bad it is...that's what i was asking about. Are all U-locks the same? Would a mongoose u-lock be substantially easier to crack/break than a Kryptonite or PitBull??
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    Quote Originally Posted by PedallingATX View Post
    Yeah I don't know how bad it is...that's what i was asking about. Are all U-locks the same? Would a mongoose u-lock be substantially easier to crack/break than a Kryptonite or PitBull??
    Most locksmiths will tell you that it's not necessarily the brand or type of lock you use, just how much your lock job conveys a sense of security. If you use two big hulking steel u-locks, a thief is more likely to take a pass even if the steel isn't as hard as a smaller, more compact Kryptonite.

    Generally I would say as long as you don't use any of those round key ones, u-locks generally repel thieves the best. Chains (and certainly not wires) don't seem to deter well at all.

    EDIT: One thing I also thought of ... some lock makers will insure your bike up to a certain amount when you purchase and use their lock. So that is another thing to consider.

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    Quote Originally Posted by devilshaircut View Post
    EDIT: One thing I also thought of ... some lock makers will insure your bike up to a certain amount when you purchase and use their lock. So that is another thing to consider.
    I was thinking of that as well, but I've also yet to hear of someone actually benefitting from one of those warantees, so I didn't mention it.

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