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Old 07-03-07, 07:54 PM   #1
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Do you lock your bike at home?

Hello All:

Was wondering if you lock your bike up inside the
house or garage. If so how do you lock it?
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Old 07-03-07, 08:29 PM   #2
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I dont really lock them at home. They are locked in my living room, but not "locked" with a bike lock or anything.
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Old 07-03-07, 08:36 PM   #3
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At my dad's place I stored my bike in his garage, hanging from the roof. Most of the time I didn't lock but if he was going to have the door open I did. Because of how big his truck was the only way to see the bike was to actually come into the garage, which we would have noticed. In B'more I keep the bikes in the house after having one stolen out of my truck (under a camper shell).

My older brother did have an unlocked bike stolen out of our garage, but it was an old wooden door garage, the kind that just swings up (one solid board) which are easy to block partway open and sneak into later.
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Old 07-03-07, 08:37 PM   #4
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I was bringing mine in at night, but then started leaving it on the porch. I locked it religiously every evening. But I sometimes forget to lock it now. My wife locks not only the front door, but also the screen because she "doesn't want anyone coming in the house." But she says, "why do you even lock your bike? No one is going to come up on the porch and take it." A bit of a disconnect there.
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Old 07-03-07, 09:42 PM   #5
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In the garage and locked. I'm sure if someone wanted them they'd be gone, but at least it will slow down a casual grab and run thief.
It was really my wife's doing. She got a nice Trek and getting a lock was part of the moving-it-from-the-living-room deal.
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Old 07-03-07, 09:57 PM   #6
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My family of 4 keeps our 9 bikes in the attached garage. The garage gets locked but not the bikes.
We live in a very low crime nieghborhood, and there is only one road in or out.

If someone wanted them they'd figure out a way to get them, after that I rely on the homeowners insurance.
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Old 07-03-07, 10:01 PM   #7
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In the home I don't lock as anyone wanting to take it will get caught. In the garage I lock it at the frame and it's more for convience theft but the garage is often closed and guarded when it's open.

A dog helps. If not then get a cheap USB video camera which I've seen as low as $10 CDN (~8 USD I think) and run an extention cable to the computer so you can remote check on the bike.
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Old 07-03-07, 10:10 PM   #8
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I bring it in the house. I think the house was previously owned by a drug dealer at some point, and/or somebody was growing weed in the basement, it has a massive overkill alarm system, and its in a low crime neighborhood. So even if I am going to be away from home for awhile and the bike stays behind, I'm not too worried about it
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Old 07-04-07, 12:12 AM   #9
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No. I don't lock my bike, my laptop, my TV, my stereo, my camera, my guitar, my keys, my wallet and a whole bunch of other valuable things. I live in an apartment, so if a thief gets in, he'll be able to have anything he wants, and he'll probably choose more portable items than bikes.
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No, and our garage door is kind of broken so it neither closes nor opens all the way, the tires (esp. reflectives sidewalls) are visible from the sidewalk if someone is looking.

And I have had a bike taken from my parents' back yard, so you'd think I'd not be so uh I guess lazy is the word, but there it is.
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My bikes are stored in a detatched garage which someone could easily get into without me noticing. Some kids set a fire by it once and I didn't know anything about it until a neighbor came by and told me. So my bikes get locked together and to my 15 foot ladder and gas grill. If they can take all of that at once they are welcome to it.
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Old 07-04-07, 07:52 AM   #12
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I always lock mine in the garage with a cable, with the exception of a fixed gear bike. I figure if anyone steals it they'll crash soon enough. My Colnago lives in the house.
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Old 07-04-07, 08:29 AM   #13
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No lock on the 5 bikes in the garage, but it says closed unless one of my kids is out there playing. And they're all hanging up on the wall, so less accessable.
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I keep mine within the bounds of my main external front door, so if they're inside that - my bikes aren't the only thing I'd be worrying about.
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Old 07-04-07, 09:00 AM   #15
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Even tho We live in a low crime area. I lock my bikes to a large ceramic sewer bike. Just habit I guess.
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Most of mine are in the shed in the back yard, with a honking great cable lock run through all the back wheels and around a support beam. Anyone who wants the bikes has to get through that and thread their way around three old desk chairs, the hole in the shed floor, and the lawnmower to get at anything. Plus the dog. I was going for the "not worth the effort" factor - plus all those bikes are at least 10 years old and don't look like much.

My commuter lives in the dining room, but that's for convenience more than security.
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... I lock my bikes to a large ceramic sewer bike...
Is that you?

Would you please stop locking your bike to my ceramic sewer bike. I know it doesn't look like much, but it's all that I can afford.
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right in the garage which is closed except for when people are going in or out. I feel most vulnerable when I come home after a ride and leave the bike on the drive way against a tree while I go inside and open the garage (no remote outdoor connection).
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Is that you?

Would you please stop locking your bike to my ceramic sewer bike. I know it doesn't look like much, but it's all that I can afford.
bike. Sorry, I mean pipe. If I had but one option to keep my Klein safe, I'd secure it to whatever it took.
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My bikes are stored at one end of my living room, and the door to the apartment is generally locked.
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My commuter lives in the dining room, but that's for convenience more than security.
Mine is in the dining room when I'm eating....and the living room while I watch TV, and then into my bedroom when my day is over.

Maybe I sound like a control freak, but I don't do this because I am worried about somebody stealing her from me. I just want to be close to her even when I am not riding her. She's a bit on the heavy side compared to other models, but she fits me like a glove, and is the most beautiful thing in the world to me, and I love her.

(Is it obvious yet that I haven't been laid in awhile?)
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No, I don't lock them while they are in my home/garage.

But I've had two stolen out of the garage. One stolen by one of my roommates. One by strangers.
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I don't generally lock my bikes. The Surly lives in the office next to two computers and the Mongoose stays on a 2nd story patio where it is invisble from the ground. The other bikes live in an alarmed storage unit down the road.
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I use the dog.
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