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Old 08-28-11, 12:53 PM
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Bicycle for riding on University Campus (Norman, OK)

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Hi, this is my first post on this forum.

I recently bought a $300 Specialized bike, but I do not feel comfortable taking it to my Univ. to ride that. Also, I have a $30 Kryptonite cable lock, but I'm looking for a good U-lock (maybe with cable?) as well that is not too expensive, but rated high on security.

I will be using this bike on campus, and light city riding/transport (2 miles from A to B, and 2 miles back) now and then.

What kind of bikes do you suggest? Craigslist bikes for $20-50? In that case, which?
And what kind of U-lock do you suggest?

I'm currently in Norman, OK, and I do not know about the bike-theft statistics here in the city or on the university campus.

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Old 08-28-11, 04:30 PM
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You might go inquire with Campus Police/Security about the theft data.
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I got me my first bike in 11 years, a trek 3500, 3 weeks ago and I have no problems locking it up so far. I got myself an OnGuard Brute LS U lock, and it's enough deterrent to scare off most theives alone, from it's huge size. I'm about 190 lbs, and I carry it around on campus in my backpack, no problems. I also go some anti-theft skewers for the wheels and a seat leash for around 7 bucks total off of BikeRegistry.com . I also got a Kryptonite 7 ft. long Krypto-cable for night time locking up my bike, but I feel peace of mind with just the U-Lock.

As for what bike to choose, I may be biased, but I can't help but recommend a mountain bike. Rugged, reliable, may not be the fastest or lightest bike, but it can tackle any terrain you throw at it. So instead of staying on just pavement or light dirt, you can cut across whatever you'd like, if you have suspension, you won't have to worry about rolling off of curbs or hopping over them.
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Old 08-28-11, 10:04 PM
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Ah, a fellow Normanite! Welcome!

As far as I know the theft rate isn't too bad at OU, but I would check the campus and/or city statistics. I see bikes that are left out there unused for a long period or time. Norman PD does have a bike registration program where they keep the serial number on file in case it is stolen. It is linked up to a national pawn shop database so no one can flip it.

If you reallyare worried about theft, I'd say get a monster lock or buy something worh as much as you are comfortable losing. My winter project is to build a $1000+ commuter to ride around Norman and to Midwest City, which is MUCH rouger territory.

That said, I did have my bike stolen at the public library last year. Didn't have it locked up though. That is the moral of that story.

Happy riding, and BOOMER SOONER!
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If you just want something for riding around campus one of the many possible options is just get a cheap BMX type bike. You can usually pick up something pretty cheap and sometimes even something vintageish thats kinda nice.
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The first thing I did when I got my Specialized bike was to register it in the OUPD database, and put a sticker on it.

As far as locks are considered; what u-locks do the people on this forum recommend? I've heard not to buy u-locks with "rounded keys", because they are really easy to pick open with a standard BIC© pen. I think that a u-lock accompanied with a cable would be smart, but cables (to loop through the u-lock) can be purchased later if necessary. I do not want to spend a ridiculous amount of money on a u-lock, but something that is affordable and rated somewhat high on security. I'll probably buy one from Amazon or something like that, due to that probably it is the easiest, or some other stores if being recommended.

I might also buy a $20-40 bike to use on campus, and use the locks on that one, either way, but it'd be nice to have a decent u-lock I can use for my Specialized as well. If I buy another cheap'ol "campus bike", I am still going to register that one with the OUPD database.

Thank you all for contributing and helping me. Thanks for the nice welcome as well.

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Originally Posted by JahRo225 View Post
I got myself an OnGuard Brute LS U lock, and it's enough deterrent to scare off most theives alone, from it's huge size.
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Old 08-06-12, 04:50 PM
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Opinions on this 20-year old, 20"-frame Schwinn bicycle? - $25






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You should post this up in C&V- they have a section for valuation questions.

Edit: about the 20 yr old Schwinn, that is...
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Just ride that Schwinn!

You could just Google the Mongoose Sinsure...
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Haven't been in Norman since ~1982 when I visited a friend who lived in the area. It was a cool place.
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What are your opinions on this one? $40
19" frame with 26" wheels.





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That ^^ Big Box BSO would make a decent campus cruiser- assuming that the frame is a proper fit. Even if the shifting is off, you'll only need maybe 4 working gears....
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It's taken you almost a year, and you still haven't made a choice? Just try out a bike or two for fit, pay your $25 and get riding already!
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If you're worried about theft, get the Schwinn...you'd have to pay someone to steal that one. The saddle on the other one is also an excellent theft deterrent.
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First recommendation: Get out of Norman, ASAP.

For campus riding, go with something cheap and reliable, like a Schwinn. That's what I used for years, then a (still cheap) Fuji. No index shifting, good tires, but mediocre rims....stay away from flashy.
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Paint it orange and you can leave it anywhere in Norman without a lock.
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