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Old 02-08-08, 07:34 AM
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Making bike less attractive to thieves

Has anyone got any advice on ways in which to make a new bike look old and battered really quickly. I've recently picked up a cheap but brand new bike for commuting on as I daren't leave my mountain bikes locked in the street, but figured anything that looks shiny is a target. I planned to strip the decals so if anyone knows a quick way of doing that? Also want to generally rough it up a bit without resorting to taping the frame or respraying in a dodgy matt black. Basically how do you make a new bike look like its 10 years old.
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Old 02-08-08, 08:16 AM
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Let me take it for a ride for half an hour.

Or get gastro to hack it up with a bush ax.
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Old 02-08-08, 08:34 AM
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Perhaps a hefty layer of car wax. Don't buff it off, and it might make the paint look hazy or sunfaded.

Beat the hell out of the expendable parts like grips and seat, and work a good bit of dirt and grime into the sidewalls of the tires.

Put some ratty ductape on the seatpost, stem, and handlebars.

Maybe just "fog" the drivetrain with flat black primer, just enough to get the desired effect.

Leave it in the sun or in a sunny window whenever you can.

Just some ideas.

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Old 02-08-08, 08:43 AM
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I find that in the cities local to me, the bikes that seem to never get stolen are the ones locked to a bike rack, sign, tree, etc. that have no wheels, seat, seat post, handlebars, fork, brakes, headset, stem, pedals, cranks, crank arms, etc. So, I'd say, just strip it down to the frame each time you lock it up and nobody will bother it.
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As for removing decals (as long as they aren't clearcoated over), Goo-Gone (or any number of household cleaning products, like windex) and the edge of a credit card are quite effective.
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Old 02-08-08, 08:47 AM
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I find that in the cities local to me, the bikes that seem to never get stolen are the ones locked to a bike rack, sign, tree, etc. that have no wheels, seat, seat post, handlebars, fork, brakes, headset, stem, pedals, cranks, crank arms, etc. So, I'd say, just strip it down to the frame each time you lock it up and nobody will bother it.
An integrated bottom bracket crank could be pulled about as quickly as a wheel.
I think this is a viable option. I'm going to look for a duffel bag...
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Old 02-08-08, 12:35 PM
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You could install S&S couplers into your frame:



Then, lock one half of the bike on one side of town; the other half on the other side of town - - nobody would want to steal half a bike.







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My advice...

Get a couple of good locks.

Park next to much nicer bikes with inferior locks.
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...or buy a "beater" that you don't mind losing.

you can always spray paint the frame. it sucks to take a new bike and "age it."
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Go to a Sign shop and have them make you some "HUFFY" of "PACIFIC" stickers.
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Cover all of the frame surfaces with decal material. Then, go to your local art supply store and by the two-part "Rust-Antiquing Kit." This kit consists of an iron-powder paint and a rusting agent. 'Paint' your frame with the iron powder, let dry, then apply the rust patina to taste.
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If it's a good bike, a bike thief'll know what it is no matter what you do to make it look like crap.

I see a lot of couriers and commuters with taped up cannondales and speshies and wonder why they bother. It just makes it more obvious.

In your case, if it's just a cheap commuter bike then go with a decent D-lock and/or chain and take the post out. I doubt they'd make a real effort for something inexpensive.
Most cheapies get nicked because they're usually locked up using crappy cable locks or cheap skinny chains.
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Old 02-09-08, 09:50 PM
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Step 1: Move away from the city.

Step 2: ...

Step 3: Profit!




Cities suck.
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bribe the building custodian for closet space near your office...
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Actually, with all the bike theft, it surprises me that some enterprising fool hasn't rented a store front for bike parking in city areas.....

PM me for where to send the 10% idea fee....
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Originally Posted by TechTrek View Post
Step 1: Move away from the city.

Step 2: ...

Step 3: Profit!




Cities suck.
I think Ill stick with my ability to get burritos at any hour of the night, the large amount of cool single gals, and weaving in and out thru traffic.

Cities rock.
 
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Paint the frame pink, put a daisy basket on the front and get those tassle handlebar grips and you've got a gay bike that nobody would want to steal. That is unless you have a gay thief in your neighborhood.
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This may sound stupid but i've heard that before you lock the bike shift the bike into a different gear than it really in. So if they try to ride off with it it will grind gears and fall of the chainrings
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Place turds on the saddle and grips. Gross, but effective.
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A big, battered or torn saddle always works. People are attracted to racy, sleek saddles I always find.

No coloured tires either.
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Bring the bike inside with you. Easy.
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I wish the problem with me was getting the bike stolen by locking it up,how they steal in my part of town is kicking you off it and stealing it.
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This may sound stupid but i've heard that before you lock the bike shift the bike into a different gear than it really in. So if they try to ride off with it it will grind gears and fall of the chainrings
I have a better idea,buy those quick release half links and take the chain with you in a bag.
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...or buy a "beater" that you don't mind losing.
+1 Yup. I live near three major colleges. When I flip an old, beat up 10 speed, the students are lining up to buy them because an old Schwinn 10 or 12 speed, especially without QRs, only needs a cheap lock to be there when you return. Park that new bike, get a beater.
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