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Old 07-21-09, 12:59 PM
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The Biggest Obstacle to Bike Commuting
21 Jul 2009 11:40 am

Well, my fourth bike was stolen this morning, out of our backyard, which has a seven foot stockade fence around it. I have never managed to hold onto a bike more than six months in an urban environment--the previous two times, they left the bike lock, as if to taunt me with its inadequacy. I think I'm done with bike commuting. I'd rather just hand out $100 bills to random people on the street; at least I wouldn't be rewarding theft.

It wasn't an expensive bike, either; it was the cheapest hybrid available in my size. But the fact is, if you own a bike in this city, it will be stolen. I'm willing to brave weather and entitled motorists. But I'm sick of funding donations to the bike theft brigade.
or this

https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...070203937.html

I mean, 8 bikes?!?!?!

"It must have taken them 20 minutes to cut through the locks," Kohler says, flabbergasted. "It's crazy, thinking about it."
No, dude...no.
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Old 07-21-09, 01:17 PM
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I had 2.5 bikes stolen in the DC area

One out of my house's basement (an old, beat-up Raleigh rigid MTB that had been previously stolen and recovered by me in college).

Then I got a new mountain bike: wheels stolen off it about 3 months later, in broad daylight, off of the U of Maryland campus. Then 6 months later I (foolishly) left that bike, into which I sank about $500 of upgrades and hours of effort, in the back of my then-girlfriend's SUV overnight in downtown DC. Bye-bye :'(

Since then, I've been pretty much paranoid. I won't leave my bike out-of-doors overnight, anywhere. I have bolt-on skewers on my commuter bike, and I won't leave it outdoors for more than an hour anywhere except metro stations where there are at least security cameras.

One of the truly infuriating perils of life in a big urban area. Blech. I've also had my car broken into twice (smashed windows), for what it's worth.
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Old 07-21-09, 01:37 PM
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I know there's going to be the standard contingent of "maybe it's not an option" responses, but seriously... after somebody rips your farking garage door off the house to steal your stuff, guess what? Your house has been "made" as the easy target in the neighbourhood and there are two solutions:

A) Move. (best option)
B) Lay in wait with a shotgun and kneecap the next few thieves as a warning. (Not just one. A few.)
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I have what many would consider to be a POS entry-level road bike, and I don't park it ANYWHERE in DC other than outside my office, where there's an armed police officer 15 feet from the bike rack at all times.

When I ride home, it goes inside with me, much to my girlfriend's initial consternation. There's a bike rack in the garage, she says. Well, dang if shortly thereafter, someone's Madone didn't get jacked from the garage. I get no grief now.

I would really like to go undercover and find out just where all of these stolen bikes go. It's a HUGE problem in the DC metro area.
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Old 07-21-09, 02:20 PM
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Yeah, I had a Trek hybrid jacked from my locked garage a few years ago in DC. Thieves managed to break the hinges off an outside door to get in. That was a bike I had spent some money on and really and truly miss. If I had it now, I'd be much happier.

Nowadays, I'm riding a TT bike, and I don't mean time trial; I mean Target tank. Actually not that bad - it's a Schwinn hybrid, but definitely not what my Trek was and has LOTS of room for improvement. Bike selection aside (and trust me, I'd certainly do it differently were I to get a bike now), I'm glad that I can store my bike in my building's basement when at home and inside my office building here downtown in a place where I know it's safe.

Bike thieves rot in hell! Little s#@ts!
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<goes to lock bikes>
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Old 07-21-09, 03:44 PM
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I think I will make fixing my garage door so that it can be locked a major priority.
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I just read Bicycling magazine that Washington DC is the best city for cyclists! WTF?!
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Wonder if there's a way to booby trap the seat. If the theives sit on it, red paint would burst out on to their butts and everywhere. You could follow the red paint drips to whereever the thieves go.
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https://www.stolenbicycleregistry.com...or_the_win.htm

Seems like an interesting concept to me.
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Old 07-21-09, 04:10 PM
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Originally Posted by wunderkind View Post
I just read Bicycling magazine that Washington DC is the best city for cyclists! WTF?!
Guess everyone is riding someone else's bike!

I like the shotgun approach!
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Originally Posted by EKW in DC View Post

Nowadays, I'm riding a TT bike, and I don't mean time trial; I mean Target tank. Actually not that bad - it's a Schwinn hybrid, but definitely not what my Trek was and has LOTS of room for improvement.






Do you mean the Schwinn Tourist Hybrid? For 250 smackers, I think this is a great road bike deal!




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Old 07-21-09, 04:23 PM
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you think this guy would learn. wrong. keep your bike inside your crib and either get rental or homeowners insurance. DC is like any other major city. there are people always walking and biking around looking for easy targets. If you keep your bike outside for an extended period of time (15 minutes or more), make sure it’s a beater. I laugh when I see bikes locked up with a cable locks. are you serious?

As for biking in DC, it is a great city to bike. The city is simple to navigate, it’s easy to bike with the flow of traffic and there are plenty of bike lanes.
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I'm going to try one of these from dealextreme in addition to a kryptonite lock https://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.27127

Is it possible to stick a gps locator inside the frame? seems like they can fit one on dogs, why not bikes?
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My locking strategy is to be sure to be locked up next to a better bike that's easier to steal. If I lived in DC, I'd want to live next door to that guy in the article -- safest place in the city to own a bike.
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Originally Posted by u2chin View Post
I'm going to try one of these from dealextreme in addition to a kryptonite lock https://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.27127

Is it possible to stick a gps locator inside the frame? seems like they can fit one on dogs, why not bikes?
funny you mention gps and dogs. a dog was recently stolen from some idiot owners who left their dog tied outside a Whole Foods while they were shopping. Luckily, the dog was just returned. https://dcist.com/2009/07/molly_the_dog_is_home_safe.php

As for the guy who had 8 bikes stolen. I have a feeling his neighbor or someone in his block had a hand in this. they cased him out like there was no tomorrow.
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As for the guy who had 8 bikes stolen. I have a feeling his neighbor or someone in his block had a hand in this. they cased him out like there was no tomorrow.
And they should rot in hell for it too.
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I moved into a rental home in a very nice neighborhood in Downtown St Petersburg, FL. 12 days after I moved in I came home to find my backdoor kicked in. My first thought was "MY BIKE!" I ran inside the house and saw my $4K carbon fiber road bike sitting there, untouched. I breathed a big sigh of relief and then laughed as I saw my PC, hi-def TV, home theatre, Wii, PS2, video games, bedspread and sheets (used as loot sacks) were all gone. The idiots took all my junk and left the crown jewel of all my possessions sitting there, untouched. Now I lock my bike to the bike pole INSIDE my house, and my new hi-def TV is bike locked to my entertainment center.
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Originally Posted by wunderkind View Post
I just read Bicycling magazine that Washington DC is the best city for cyclists! WTF?!
Must be because of all those Madone's you can buy for fifty bucks.
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Originally Posted by outside1 View Post
funny you mention gps and dogs. a dog was recently stolen from some idiot owners who left their dog tied outside a Whole Foods while they were shopping. Luckily, the dog was just returned. https://dcist.com/2009/07/molly_the_dog_is_home_safe.php

As for the guy who had 8 bikes stolen. I have a feeling his neighbor or someone in his block had a hand in this. they cased him out like there was no tomorrow.
I think it's harsh to call the dog owners "idiots." Naïve, maybe. I'm only 27, but I remember leaving our dog tied up outside stores and parks in the various mid-size towns where I grew up.

And yeah, there must've been someone casing that guy who had 8 bikes stolen. Too much of an escalating pattern for it to be luck
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I think it's harsh to call the dog owners "idiots." Naïve, maybe. I'm only 27, but I remember leaving our dog tied up outside stores and parks in the various mid-size towns where I grew up.

And yeah, there must've been someone casing that guy who had 8 bikes stolen. Too much of an escalating pattern for it to be luck
various mid-size towns does not equal the District. When I wrote "idiot" I meant "irresponsible". Would they have done this with their dog at the Safeway in NE near my house? So called “safe” neighborhoods are also hot spots for thieves for a reason. Unbelievable how many decent bikes i see around that are cable wired locked.
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I feel blessed. On the way home, as I have many times before, left the bike leaning against the wall while i grabbed some supper in the Supermarket.
Maybe it's because it's too tall for the average kid? Dunno, it was still there when i came out though.
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reading the piece you wonder why he never took the bike into the house (or at least took off the wheels and took those inside)
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I was actually thinking about this subject the other day after watching a video on bike theft. I wonder why more sting operations arn't set up in these high bike theft areas? Is that entrapment? I think it would make for great videos and maybe help slow it down or at least limit it?
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I was actually thinking about this subject the other day after watching a video on bike theft. I wonder why more sting operations arn't set up in these high bike theft areas? Is that entrapment? I think it would make for great videos and maybe help slow it down or at least limit it?
Yeah, if I'd had two bikes stolen, I would set up my own sting. It would involve bear spray, it would not involve the Police.

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