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Old 12-08-05, 09:21 AM
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why do people bother

Hi Guy's,

I'm new to this forum but I just wanted a rant about people cutting locks and taking your bikes. I've just had one stolen just recently from outside my local swimming baths, it was locked up on one of these bike stand things.... in a fairly busy place as its right next to the entrance of the pool. I recieved my replacement bicycle just last week and decided that maybe some sort of Alarm needed inventing or something... they are on cars and houses why not bicycles. After a quick google I came across this very interesting website http://www.timani-ltd.co.uk

wow how cool... it arrived on my door step within 48 hours of ordering it and well its simple and hopefully will mean less hassel and risk of my bike being stolen...
What do you think guys?
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Old 12-08-05, 09:52 AM
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Alarms for bicycles typically use motion sensors. If you're locking up in a public area, there is a chance that the alarm will be set off by accident by someone else using the bike racks. The usual reponse to alarms being set off is to get annoyed and try and ignore it until the battery runs out.

False alarms and apathy are no security for your bike. A high quality lock that is well rated and costs a bit of money is.
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Old 12-08-05, 09:56 AM
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Not sure I get what it does. It mentions both an alarm and a shock being delivered using motion sensing technology?

More info would be appreciated...the website leaves me with more questions.

And for us folks in the states, what's a PP9 battery? Maybe like a 9-Volt?
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Old 12-08-05, 10:16 AM
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Originally Posted by dstrong
Not sure I get what it does. It mentions both an alarm and a shock being delivered using motion sensing technology?

More info would be appreciated...the website leaves me with more questions.

And for us folks in the states, what's a PP9 battery? Maybe like a 9-Volt?
Yea a shock, great idea when someone can brush up against it when locking their bike to a public rack. Can you say lawsuit (If you are lucky and the guy doesn't either destroy your bike or you).
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Old 12-08-05, 12:03 PM
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Yea a shock, great idea when someone can brush up against it when locking their bike to a public rack. Can you say lawsuit (If you are lucky and the guy doesn't either destroy your bike or you).
He said that his bike was locked up outside of the "local swimming baths." I'm thinking he doesn'e live in the US and might not be subject to lawsuits to the degree that we are.
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Old 12-08-05, 12:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch
He said that his bike was locked up outside of the "local swimming baths." I'm thinking he doesn'e live in the US and might not be subject to lawsuits to the degree that we are.
Likely true, but this kind of action is something that is NOT trivial. In fact it can result in criminal prosecution. If you use this in a public place there will be plenty of people who migth touch your bike who will touch the bike with no evil intent.
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Old 12-08-05, 12:56 PM
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Call me a skeptic, but does it seem fishy that the OP's first and only post is to promote a product? Hmmmm. . .
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Old 12-08-05, 01:04 PM
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IMHO, a quiet wireless pager as an alarm would be best. Gives me a chance to go out there with a bat to check out who set it off...
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Old 12-08-05, 01:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Sprocket Man
Call me a skeptic, but does it seem fishy that the OP's first and only post is to promote a product? Hmmmm. . .
Well spotted, I'm not convinced either....
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Old 12-10-05, 11:44 AM
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it is frustrating. i was in class on a rainy night a few weeks ago, it was frikkin cold, and i walked outside to find something amiss with my bicycle. upon closer inspection, i realized that my seat and bolt were gone. on a busy corner,in baltimore. i walked it most of the way (went on a marathon ride each of the 2 previous days, and did not have the strength to ride standing up the 2 miles i had to go) and was so irked i almost threw the thing into the harbor. i know some kid was hiding behind a car laughing at me. whatever, i got a nicer bike out of the whole deal, so thanks kid!
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Old 12-10-05, 01:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Sprocket Man
Call me a skeptic, but does it seem fishy that the OP's first and only post is to promote a product? Hmmmm. . .
I'm with you on this one.
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Old 12-10-05, 06:38 PM
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There is a special hell for those who steal bicycles
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WoW! I'm buying ten!!11!!!1!!
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Doesn't someone now make a GPS positioner that fits inside a bike frame, so if the bike is stolen it can be tracked? That's be much cooler than some stupid bike alarm that can be defeated by putting a hand over the horn.
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Old 12-11-05, 12:03 PM
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I have something similar only it can be set with a remote like a car alarm. There are a couple of conditions where it is somewhat useful. I bought it new, second hand, for about $35 they are $50 new I think.
It will fit under your seat.

I use it when I am using panniers and leave the bike outside a restaurant or a store where I am nearby.
I hope it may alert me to some one messing with my bike or my panniers. I just keep it in the panniers all the time. I don't take some bikes to touristy places just the ones the panniers go on. Usually on a day trip or something like that. In places where there are lots of people around. The alarm may possibly drive someone away who wants in to my panniers. It has signaled me a couple of time when someone wanted to move my bike, and I wanted to leave my bike where it was. It saved my bike from some scratches at least twice.

It has no bearing on what kind of lock to be used at all. You still lock up the same.

Mainly what I do with it is lock my bike in a pile with my friends bikes at the restaurant, and then they set if off when they touch their own bike and we watch out the window, and laugh at them.

So from now on jiggle all the bikes you see with panniers. Maybe you'll find mine.
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Old 12-11-05, 12:58 PM
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Originally Posted by jim85
Hi Guy's,
wow how cool... it arrived on my door step within 48 hours of ordering it and well its simple and hopefully will mean less hassel and risk of my bike being stolen...
What do you think guys?
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Old 12-12-05, 12:05 AM
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I've also seen little alarms that sound off when a pin is pulled out of it's socket. The pin is connected to a long cable, just like a lock. Cheap and loud but not sure if a good deterrent. By the time it sounds, somebody is already moving your bike. I used to use one camping and I'd hook up my stove to it.
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I love how the site says "lock it to itself". It would be liek the towtruck driving with a car while the alarm goes off. Someone carries your bike away as its going off and nobody will care.
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I'd like to put that on one of my employees. That way I'll know if he's working.
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