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Old 10-29-14, 11:00 AM
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Originally Posted by chaadster View Post
Yeah, but that's silly. I mean, I'd be happy to have a sweet bike that just needed a rear wheel; I'd either just buy a new wheel or steal it from another bike. Speaking Devil's advocate, here.
Thieves don't like work, or projects. They want a fast turnaround. So they aren't likely to cut a wheel to steal a bike which needs more parts before they can sell it. (they want cash, not bikes).

In fact, one of the best ways to keep a bike from being stolen is to render it unrideable either by taking the front wheel with you, or by some other means.

This is why locking by the seat stay is better than by a main tube is better. Stays are weaker and easily damaged in obvious ways by many brute force methods to break locks. Thieves know, that while they'll get the bike, it's less saleable if at all, so move on to a better target. The key to bike security isn't to stop a thief, it's simply to move him to a better target. In this way it's similar to the logic of outrunning your buddy rather than the lion.
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