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Will my bike be there in the morning?

Old 01-29-09, 06:47 PM
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Will my bike be there in the morning?

Bummed a ride home from work, and left my bike unlocked at the bike rack at work. It's jammed in about ten inches of snow/ice, just outside the front door. It's within site of a heavily traveled road, though far enough away to be tough to spot. In a well-lit area. 2nd and 3rd shift workers will be coming/going. It's a 10-year old Specialized Hardrock with fenders, rear rack, power-grips. I've left it unlocked during the day for years with no issues.

Will it be there in the morning?
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Old 01-29-09, 06:57 PM
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I voted yes, just because I'm hoping that there's still honest people in this world.

What city are you in?
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Old 01-29-09, 06:58 PM
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Originally Posted by JAG410 View Post
I voted yes, just because I'm hoping that there's still honest people in this world.

What city are you in?
There are lots and lots of honest people out there.

I'll tell you tomorrow
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Old 01-29-09, 06:58 PM
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Why not just lock it anyway?
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Originally Posted by 2manybikes View Post
Why not just lock it anyway?
Forgot to put my pannier on, so no lock. I could go get it right now - only 10 minutes away. It's an experiment I can't lose - if it's still there, no problem; if it's gone, new commuter!
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What is the exact location?
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Old 01-29-09, 07:06 PM
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What is the exact location?
Ten feet NNE of the front door
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Old 01-29-09, 07:15 PM
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Originally Posted by downtube42 View Post
Forgot to put my pannier on, so no lock. I could go get it right now - only 10 minutes away. It's an experiment I can't lose - if it's still there, no problem; if it's gone, new commuter!


Any security camers aimed at it? What about a web cam?
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Old 01-29-09, 07:30 PM
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I keep my lock where I lock up when I leave at 5.. I have a cheaper lock I can use on the weekends and such.. but my kryptonite stays at the job locked up to something.. sometimes my bike.. sometimes the pole I lock up at.

Carrying a 3lb lock everyday back and forth isnt ideal.. unless you make stops.. which i dont on the way home.
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Old 01-29-09, 07:38 PM
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Originally Posted by 2manybikes View Post
Any security camers aimed at it? What about a web cam?
Security camera nearby but not pointing at it
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Old 01-29-09, 07:39 PM
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Originally Posted by downtube42 View Post
Forgot to put my pannier on, so no lock. I could go get it right now - only 10 minutes away. It's an experiment I can't lose - if it's still there, no problem; if it's gone, new commuter!
I voted no. I trust no one.
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Old 01-29-09, 07:48 PM
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I voted no - I hope I'm wrong, but I've had too many bikes stolen (4) to have any faith.

Good luck.
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Old 01-29-09, 07:54 PM
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I would say "maybe".
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Old 01-29-09, 08:12 PM
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There are a few people at my work that leave very nice CX bikes unlocked, so I voted yes.
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Old 01-29-09, 08:52 PM
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I think it'll be there, but I think it's a shame that you'd have such disregard for your vehicle. It seems childish to me. An old Hardrock is a nice bike and they're getting hard to find.

Do me a favor. These are hard times for a lot of people who are less fortunate than you. When you get your bike tomorrow, give it away to somebody who needs it and will take care of it. Then start driving a car.
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Originally Posted by Roody View Post
I think it'll be there, but I think it's a shame that you'd have such disregard for your vehicle. It seems childish to me. An old Hardrock is a nice bike and they're getting hard to find.

Do me a favor. These are hard times for a lot of people who are less fortunate than you. When you get your bike tomorrow, give it away to somebody who needs it and will take care of it. Then start driving a car.
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Old 01-29-09, 09:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Roody View Post
I think it'll be there, but I think it's a shame that you'd have such disregard for your vehicle. It seems childish to me. An old Hardrock is a nice bike and they're getting hard to find.

Do me a favor. These are hard times for a lot of people who are less fortunate than you. When you get your bike tomorrow, give it away to somebody who needs it and will take care of it. Then start driving a car.
Dang, Roody. So feisty tonight!
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Old 01-29-09, 09:48 PM
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If it's not between your legs, it should be locked.
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Originally Posted by GodsBassist View Post
Dang, Roody. So feisty tonight!
Sorry. It did read a little too snarky. I know a thief might need the bike, but he doesn't deserve it, and he probably won't take good care of it either. If the bike isn't wanted, the owner should take the responsibility to find a good home for it. Goodwill or even the pawn shop would be better.
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Originally Posted by Roody View Post
Sorry. It did read a little too snarky. I know a thief might need the bike, but he doesn't deserve it, and he probably won't take good care of it either. If the bike isn't wanted, the owner should take the responsibility to find a good home for it. Goodwill or even the pawn shop would be better.
Amen. And I've seen far too many people throw their $1000+ bikes around like it's nothing, which really bugs me. People need to appreciate what they have, and take care of it.
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Old 01-29-09, 10:14 PM
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Many good people around, only takes one bad one to steal a bike.

I voted no, but would partly depend on what part of town it is located. Sometimes the bad guys cross the invisible barrier and go into the "good" part of town. I don't trust anyone unless I know them, then sometimes I not sure.
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There are lots and lots of honest people out there.

I'll tell you tomorrow
Yup, sure there are, but you need just one dishonest guy.

All the best.
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Old 01-29-09, 10:23 PM
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Originally Posted by PlatyPius View Post
What is the exact location?

Sounds like somebody is trying to get a free bike...
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Originally Posted by Lizzylou View Post
Sounds like somebody is trying to get a free bike...
He said he wanted a new one anyway.
Here's the deal, if it's still there, buy yourself a new one anyway and then donate (or keep if you're so inclined) this one. If it's not there, buy yourself a new one and no worries. Either way, start ****ing locking your bikes.
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I think it'll be there. Mainly because of the snow. I lock my bike up almost always, and would never leave it unlocked in a high traffic area overnight, but when the weather is such that most people think I'm crazy to be riding in it, I get a little braver about leaving the bike unlocked somewhere while I run a quick errand. And I'll often let my bike dry out on the front porch when I've had a wet ride. In both situations I figure the odds are good that no one will want to ride away on my bike in that weather even if they do happen by.
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