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Old 04-09-13, 08:35 PM
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Best bikes for locking up on sidewalk overnight

There are various reasons why some people choose to lock their bikes up outdoors overnight on the sidewalk. Reasons include:

1. Convenience
2. Not much room inside apartment
3. Bike is too heavy to comfortably lift up numerous stairs
4. Very narrow stairwells leading into apartment

So the question beckons: If you are going to regularly lock your bike up on the sidewalk overnight, which bike should you buy?

Some qualities that are desirable for an outdoor bike include:

-withstands harsh weather well
-chain case
-not too expensive
-not appealing to thieves
-creative ways of making components theft deterrent

Feel free to add to the list. I'd like to hear from people who have locked their bikes up outdoors regularly and what advice they would give to someone shopping for an outdoor bike. Thanks.
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Old 04-09-13, 08:38 PM
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-a bike you don't care about
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Old 04-09-13, 09:30 PM
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-a bike you don't care about
a huge plus 1!!
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Old 04-09-13, 10:53 PM
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Old 04-09-13, 11:14 PM
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Don't buy a new bike, and lock it outside on a sidewalk..
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Old 04-09-13, 11:44 PM
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I was reading something a while back- This guy in NYC bought a [I think it was a] Denali to use temporarily for commuting. When he was done with it, he decided to leave it unlocked on 34th St. and see how long it would take for it to be stolen. It took 9 days for it to disappear!!!

So my vote is for a Denali.

No chain case...but a little rust on the chain will be the least of your worries with such a bike.
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Old 04-10-13, 03:38 AM
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The bike I left locked to a railing in a druggy area was an old steel roadbike with DT shifters and bolt-on wheels. It had a rattle-can paint job in Vile Green and looked pretty ropey but it rode very well.
Now that old steel roadies are worth something again, I would think about a 3-speed.
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Old 04-10-13, 04:25 AM
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Anything already run over by a car is usually a pretty safe bet.
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Er.. how about a folding bike you can bring inside with you, and NOT , leave outside?.

they don't take up as much room.

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Try this for inside, not a folding bike but it sure is small. Maybe too small for a six-footer.

http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/mercier/nano.htm
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
Er.. how about a folding bike you can bring inside with you, and NOT , leave outside? they don't take up as much room.
I'd second that. If you're going to spend some money/time/effort to get an unappealing bike to ride reasonably well and all the security (locks, cables, etc.) to keep it secure .. you might as well spend a little more to get a folding bike that would probably ride at least as well and allows you to take it inside to a secure location. Other folding bikes don't fold quite as compact as a Brompton, but surely you would enough room for something like this...

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Originally Posted by spectastic View Post
That wouldn't last 5 minutes on the street in DC- some 5 year-old ghetto-dweller with bolt-cutters would pinch it; put chrome wheels on it, and lean to the side as he rode it down the street smoking a blunt.
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If I'm living in a neighborhood with 5 year olds that can do what you just said, I would have more important things to worry about than my bike.
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Old 04-10-13, 03:14 PM
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Originally Posted by spectastic View Post
If I'm living in a neighborhood with 5 year olds that can do what you just said, I would have more important things to worry about than my bike.
Hey, that's nothing- Before I escaped from NYC, I saw a Barbie Jeep stripped and tossed on the rocks by the river! I actually have a picture of it!
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Old 04-10-13, 07:10 PM
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Hey, that's nothing- Before I escaped from NYC, I saw a Barbie Jeep stripped and tossed on the rocks by the river! I actually have a picture of it!
Must be those GhettoDollz again! Barbie comes with a bunch of accessories - GhettoDollz come with .... nothing!
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Originally Posted by MetalPedaler View Post
I was reading something a while back- This guy in NYC bought a [I think it was a] Denali to use temporarily for commuting. When he was done with it, he decided to leave it unlocked on 34th St. and see how long it would take for it to be stolen. It took 9 days for it to disappear!!!

So my vote is for a Denali.

No chain case...but a little rust on the chain will be the least of your worries with such a bike.
Oh yeah? well try that stunt again with a GMC Denali and lets see how long it lasts!
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Originally Posted by rekmeyata View Post
Oh yeah? well try that stunt again with a GMC Denali and lets see how long it lasts!
I'll bet iffin ya parked an Excursion in NYC, the thief would be sliding in the passenger side before you were even out of the driver's seat! "Yo, don't bother turning it off; I like this song!".
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