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Old 10-27-08, 11:11 AM
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WTF were they thinking?

Ok, I'll be the first one to say that bike thieves are about as low as it gets. But Geez, these owners shoulda known better IMHO.

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Old 10-27-08, 11:38 AM
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I wonder how they secured them. ulock, cable lock, nothing...
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Old 10-27-08, 11:46 AM
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I doubt it would matter at a metro station.
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Old 10-27-08, 11:54 AM
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Damn those fools who ride their bikes rather than hanging them on a wall and just admiring them from afar!
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Old 10-27-08, 12:06 PM
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Originally Posted by DataJunkie View Post
I doubt it would matter at a metro station.
I think I've seen someone post on here about their ulock getting hacked, but how common is that. Suck you can't leave a bike secured even with a ulock without worrying it's gonna get stolen.
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Old 10-27-08, 12:45 PM
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Locking those bikes up at a Metro station is ********. Still sucks though.
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Damn those fools who ride their bikes rather than hanging them on a wall and just admiring them from afar!

Doesn't look to me that the riding was the issue - it was the leaving part that did them in
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Old 10-27-08, 01:04 PM
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Doesn't look to me that the riding was the issue - it was the leaving part that did them in
A lot of people ride the bike to the metro station and secure it, and then ride the train to work. Here in Miami the metro station lets you rent to bike lockers (the weather proof ones that fully enclose your bike) for $25 a month, plus a $10 key deposit. The majority of people are not willing to pay that price, and the lockers are mostly unused.
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Old 10-27-08, 01:36 PM
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Our bike lockers are a on time fee of $20 for the padlock and a free lease renewal every 6 months. Consequently, most are full. I hope they never figure out that the bike lockers could provide extra revenue.
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One "T" station has a pilot program where you use a pre paid commuter card to access
a bike cage. A shed roof wrapped in chain link with video surveillance. You can lock your
bike up and hop on the train. I know a few people that have had thier bikes stolen.
It was a real heart breaker for some of them. I think more people would ride in, if they
had a safe dry place to store thier bike.
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Originally Posted by SouthFLpix View Post
A lot of people ride the bike to the metro station and secure it, and then ride the train to work. Here in Miami the metro station lets you rent to bike lockers (the weather proof ones that fully enclose your bike) for $25 a month, plus a $10 key deposit. The majority of people are not willing to pay that price, and the lockers are mostly unused.
How cool would that be, to secure your bike and gear, safe from the elements and the theives? I would rent one in a sceond (if I was riding the train).
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If I lived in a city with public transit like that, I'd rent one of the aforementioned lockers in a heartbeat.
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Originally Posted by Bat22 View Post
One "T" station has a pilot program where you use a pre paid commuter card to access
a bike cage. A shed roof wrapped in chain link with video surveillance. You can lock your
bike up and hop on the train. I know a few people that have had thier bikes stolen.
It was a real heart breaker for some of them. I think more people would ride in, if they
had a safe dry place to store thier bike.
[raises hand] Malden T stop on the Orange line, Spring of 2005. In a way, it was good--I stopped biking 1.5mi to the T and started commuting 7 mi to the Ft. Point area over by S. Boston. Saved me time every commute, and a T pass every month. I shoulda listened to a homeless guy (from another situation--he's not the one who stole my bike) who told me that thieves were using some common tool to cut cable locks "like buttah."
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Old 10-27-08, 02:23 PM
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Anyone ever lost a bike from inside a bike locker? The ones I have seen do not look like they would be high security. Pry bar or bolt cutter would seem to get you into one? However, the ones I have seen do not allow you to see what kind of bike, if any, is inside them. Thus, the thief's efforts might go un-rewarded? Perhaps that is the main deterrent of bike lockers?

I just donated two to my low crime place of employment, waiting for them to ship and be installed.
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Old 10-27-08, 02:26 PM
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How would they get past a u-lock? If the bikes were locked up in a public area, wouldn't it be fairly obvious that someone is trying to rip one off? Guess I'm just naive...
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Originally Posted by SouthFLpix View Post
A lot of people ride the bike to the metro station and secure it, and then ride the train to work. Here in Miami the metro station lets you rent to bike lockers (the weather proof ones that fully enclose your bike) for $25 a month, plus a $10 key deposit. The majority of people are not willing to pay that price, and the lockers are mostly unused.
In DC, the metro stations range from moderate theft potential to very high - as one can observe daily on Craigslist from people who get their bikes stolen there. Obviously it varies with how well the bikes are secured, how well they "blend in", and which station. The station in question isn't one of the worst by any means, which is why the owners probably felt safe...but racy carbon bikes don't blend well at all and people riding such bikes generally don't have 10-pound kryptonite locks.

I don't commute to the metro, but I believe most people around here who do have a beater bike that isn't worth stealing...but they know it will be anyway, eventually.

I saw the ad myself on CL this morning and admit my first reaction was 'wtf were they THINKING?!?!'.
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Old 10-27-08, 05:31 PM
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Originally Posted by jeff^d View Post
How would they get past a u-lock? If the bikes were locked up in a public area, wouldn't it be fairly obvious that someone is trying to rip one off? Guess I'm just naive...
Look at the 4th video here: http://quickrelease.tv/?p=150
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Mconlox, I used to ride to Charlestown. We probably used some of the same roads and bridges.
I still had a place at work to hide my bike. If it got stolen I think it would have been a
deal braker.
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Old 10-27-08, 08:38 PM
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Wow, and to think I am going to leave my bike at the Dunn Loring Metro stop in NoVA tomorrow. Haha, I guess I will just have to try my luck.
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I wonder how they secured them. ulock, cable lock, nothing...
"1 mens, 1 womens"

Bet they were stolen right off of the trunk rack on the back of their SUV.
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Originally Posted by jeff^d View Post
How would they get past a u-lock?



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eoqNC...eature=related




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