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Old 07-30-08, 06:26 PM
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Thievery, GRRRR!

I can't believe it. I have 3 spd that I use almost exclusivley to go to the store on. The store I go to is in a fairly upscale part of town and I rarely stay inside the store more than 15 minutes.

Well, someone filched the Cateye compact light on my bike. Its one of those lights that has a mount that attaches to the bars by turning a knob that tightens what looks like a plastic radiator hose clamp. So someone sat next to my bike and undid the clamp and then took the clamp and the light!

Whats even worse is that there are a lot of cyclists that park where I park and I can only think that one of them is the culprit. If it was another cyclist, thats really low, stealing a brother cyclists safety equipment. Whats next, my "ring-ring" bell?
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Old 07-30-08, 06:29 PM
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Originally Posted by San Rensho View Post
I can't believe it. I have 3 spd that I use almost exclusivley to go to the store on. The store I go to is in a fairly upscale part of town and I rarely stay inside the store more than 15 minutes.

Well, someone filched the Cateye compact light on my bike. Its one of those lights that has a mount that attaches to the bars by turning a knob that tightens what looks like a plastic radiator hose clamp. So someone sat next to my bike and undid the clamp and then took the clamp and the light!

Whats even worse is that there are a lot of cyclists that park where I park and I can only think that one of them is the culprit. If it was another cyclist, thats really low, stealing a brother cyclists safety equipment. Whats next, my "ring-ring" bell?
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Old 07-30-08, 06:59 PM
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Damn! I hate to hear that. That really sucks.
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Old 07-30-08, 07:02 PM
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Originally Posted by San Rensho View Post
I can't believe it. I have 3 spd that I use almost exclusivley to go to the store on. The store I go to is in a fairly upscale part of town and I rarely stay inside the store more than 15 minutes.

Well, someone filched the Cateye compact light on my bike. Its one of those lights that has a mount that attaches to the bars by turning a knob that tightens what looks like a plastic radiator hose clamp. So someone sat next to my bike and undid the clamp and then took the clamp and the light!

Whats even worse is that there are a lot of cyclists that park where I park and I can only think that one of them is the culprit. If it was another cyclist, thats really low, stealing a brother cyclists safety equipment. Whats next, my "ring-ring" bell?
I hate those clamps. I didn't take yours. You can have them!
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Old 07-30-08, 07:33 PM
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How freaking ****ty is that. Hope that light wasn't too expensive, sorry about your loss. Where are you located btw?
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Old 07-30-08, 07:38 PM
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Weak. I always assume if it isn't bolted to the bike, someone's going to steal it the minute it's out of my sight, so I take it with me. I trust no one. Is that a sad thing? Perhaps.
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Old 07-30-08, 08:12 PM
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Sorry to hear that OP. Do not feed the meth-adicts take your detatchables off your bike.
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Old 07-31-08, 05:53 AM
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If it's not welded on it'll be stolen.
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Old 07-31-08, 07:13 AM
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Originally Posted by vtjim View Post
Weak. I always assume if it isn't bolted to the bike, someone's going to steal it the minute it's out of my sight, so I take it with me. I trust no one. Is that a sad thing? Perhaps.
Its a sad, but likely realistic approach to not having things stolen from your bike as frequently. I take the same approach, though once I left my cycle computer on the bike all day. Went untouched, much to my surprise, despite the bike being locked up outside on campus.
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Old 07-31-08, 11:38 AM
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I was just thinking back how in college (alright that was a while ago) I had an old beat up 3 spd like the one I have now, that I rode around town and campus for three years and I never locked it and it never got stolen.
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That stinks. Sorry to hear you got ripped off.

This is why I'm on the fence about accessories that must be removed when you lock up; the one time you don't follow the drill, some dink will swoop in and take your stuff.
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Old 07-31-08, 01:18 PM
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I had a clip light similar to that for a headlight, but I always took the light off the bike when i locked it up. One day I come out of my apartment, and someone stole the clip. Now I have to find a replacement clip for the light.

Sometimes I wonder about people...
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Originally Posted by starseeka View Post
I had a clip light similar to that for a headlight, but I always took the light off the bike when i locked it up. One day I come out of my apartment, and someone stole the clip. Now I have to find a replacement clip for the light.

Sometimes I wonder about people...
I bought a small cheapie made-in-China LED headlight from Ebay. I like it 'cause it does get driver's attention in flash mode and I use it on my beater bike. The clamp broke so I bought a pack of those rubberized bands that girls use for ponytails. Works great, like a small bungee cord. I wrapped tape around the section of handlebar and secure the light with a couple of ponytail bands.
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Old 07-31-08, 11:01 PM
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That sucks. Just sucks. And that's why I have a whole routine after getting off the bike... unclipping the headlight, tailight, computer, air horn, and put it all in the trunk bag which has to go with me of course. That routine is painful, but slightly less than coming back to an accessory-free bike.
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Old 08-01-08, 12:31 AM
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The rubber band thing is a good idea. However, I was thinking of setting up a 12V xenon light system on my new bike.
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I fitted a Gore sealed gear cable to one bike. It came with a natty crimp cover to go over the cable end crimp. After crimping the cable, thought to myself the cover looked trick, so I put it on. Had second thoughts, maybe it would make my normal commuter bike look nice, which can be a worry. So found it I gave it a really good tug, I could get it back off, over the crimp itself, Then thought, ah blo, why would anyone want to steal a crimp cover? So put some glue in it so it wouldn't come off again, even though it was pretty good at holding itself on, and put it on.

A few days later someone stole it: the crimp cover. Yes someone stole a little rubber crimp cover. And part of it was still attached to the crimp.
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Old 08-01-08, 01:00 AM
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Dam I trash more lights than have them taken!

Personally, I'd rather trash them myself (OK, so I take my commuter mtb over some jumps, steps and curbs in the supreme effort to leave the inner city chaos of drivetime traffic - and I may have left a few lights here and there. Expendable. But I can swallow that - it's when someone takes something. Stoopid people. 90% of the time (other than parking my bike - total commuter here - into the liquor store or bar where my bike is safe - any other time it's locked and then I strip it of all the convenient pull-off lights, etc.

Yes it takes a few minutes, but it's well worth it!
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I think its partially due to the US internal economic collapse, as well as more people doing meth and other drugs -- people are looking to filch anything, even if they don't know what it is, or can use it.

What I've always wanted to put on lights that cost something, although it does add to the complexity, would be a small keypad (even if its just three keys for up/down/enter), and a microcontroller. All the microcontroller would do is store a locked/unlocked state, and if told to lock, would not allow use of the light unless a 3-4 digit code is entered (which the user sets), and if someone tries to guess the code, start adding a 5-15 min delay after 5 tries or so. Then, if someone removes a light, cycle computer, or other electronic accessory from a holster, the number is needed for it to work again, just like some car stereos have.

Another idea, would be a standard way that manufacturers could make a locking holster (even if its just tamper resistant screws) that if someone tries to force off a light or whatnot, it would damage it beyond repair.

Lastly, and this is something I wonder about how feasible... wonder if there would be a way to stick the PacSafe steel mesh over the handle bars, zip it tight and lock that.
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