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Old 01-18-15, 02:25 AM
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san Francisco - Lock bicycle on the street overnight

I will be visiting SF (from Asia) for a few weeks. I intend to bring along a very old (not valuable, but functional) bicycle that I am used to riding with. At the end of the holiday, I will just leave it in SF for whoever needs it. Prefer not to rent a bike (cost and familiarity). I will be staying maybe hostels, maybe BnB, (not downtown) ..not sure yet. In case I need to lock the bike out on the streets overnite, what are the chances it gets stolen? Even though its cheap, it will still be a bummer if stolen. Any alternatives?
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Old 01-18-15, 09:31 AM
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After a few weeks the odds are it will be stolen overnight at some point. Maybe if you bring enough cable and extra lock and lock it right you'll be ok but certainly just locking the body and not wheels, seat post, saddle, etc as well and it won't see your whole trip.
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Old 01-18-15, 11:18 PM
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If it doesn't get stolen it will be stripped of any part possible. I see so many stripped frames left to die still locked to a pole. Bike theft is a big problem in SF.
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Old 01-19-15, 04:14 PM
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Agree with the first 2 replies. Bike theft is rife in SF. Check with your hotel/wherever you're staying about storing the bike inside. Any hotel should be happy to keep a bike in their left-luggage. Most Air-BnBs shouldn't have a problem with you keeping your bike indoors, be it in the hallway, on a balcony, etc.
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Old 01-19-15, 08:18 PM
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Old 01-20-15, 03:52 PM
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If not stolen or stripped, some dickhead will just mess with it. Because they are dickheads. Tons of them in SF.
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Old 01-22-15, 03:24 PM
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Depending on what neighborhood you'll be in the chances of theft and/or vandalism will fluctuate. However, since SF is a big bike theft city, as a general rule of thumb: DO NOT LOCK IT UP OUTSIDE. Figure out a way to bring it inside.

Last time I was in Asia (Japan) I noticed most people rode inexpensive bikes and left them outside. It doesn't matter how inexpensive the bike, or by what means you lock it, in SF it will be f****d with if you leave it outside.
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Old 01-23-15, 01:49 AM
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Thats disheartening to hear. Guess the best way is to choose lodging that allows the bike to be stored inside. I just hope that in the day, leaving it locked for a few hours outside should be a bit safer..
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Old 01-23-15, 12:13 PM
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Originally Posted by adrianchan View Post
I just hope that in the day, leaving it locked for a few hours outside should be a bit safer..
Don't bet on it. Then again, it all depends in what part of the city. I have a coworker who lives in Cole Valley (an area with affluent pretensions). She locked her bike to a sign post, in front of her apartment building, took her groceries inside, and came back out to find her bike stripped. This happened in 15 minutes.

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Old 01-23-15, 03:58 PM
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Originally Posted by adrianchan View Post
Thats disheartening to hear. Guess the best way is to choose lodging that allows the bike to be stored inside. I just hope that in the day, leaving it locked for a few hours outside should be a bit safer..
That's completely untrue. Bikes are stolen night, holidays, weekends, broad daylight, etc...it can take a minute. Honestly take it with you inside unless you can't...worst case lock everything well but if you leave it alone assume it will be stripped of anything not well tied down regardless of time/location.
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Old 01-23-15, 04:35 PM
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A friend had his road bike (a good condition Allez) stolen in broad daylight in a crowd at Fisherman's Wharf. The guy walked up with a pair of large bolt cutters, snipped the lock and rode off, with a least a dozen witnesses. A few people yelled something, but he was gone before anyone could react. The police caught him later that day when he came back for another bike. Needless to say, this individual was a known bike thief.

The only way a bike doesn't get stolen in SF is if the bike is cheaper that the lock. You could probably keep an old Wal-Mart special locked up with a good lock...maybe.
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Old 01-23-15, 04:51 PM
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If you're concerned that where you're staying isn't going to be 'cool' with you bringing a bike inside; what about investing in a good bike 'case' or bag? Heck, if it's an old bike you aren't concerned about you could just stuff the parts in a suitcase. Then you can just disassemble, bag it up, and bring it in with you. You're bringing it along; so I assume you have some way to box it up / bag it up anyway?
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Old 01-25-15, 12:23 PM
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Just buy a bike for, like, $30 from some crackhead on 6th St. Use it while you're here, then just leave it on the street when it's time to go home.
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Old 01-26-15, 11:13 AM
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Originally Posted by mrblue View Post
Just buy a bike for, like, $30 from some crackhead on 6th St. Use it while you're here, then just leave it on the street when it's time to go home.
Funnily, my bike should be in a somewhat similar condition to that $30 crackhead's bike! The reason I am bringing it over from home, is that I am very familiar/comfortable with it, and I have made some quick, cheap, custom camera mounts on the bike for this trip (I like photography). And checked baggage is free for the flight. Really hope its cosmetic condition will deter thieves.
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Old 01-26-15, 11:16 AM
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Originally Posted by RomansFiveEight View Post
If you're concerned that where you're staying isn't going to be 'cool' with you bringing a bike inside; what about investing in a good bike 'case' or bag? Heck, if it's an old bike you aren't concerned about you could just stuff the parts in a suitcase. Then you can just disassemble, bag it up, and bring it in with you. You're bringing it along; so I assume you have some way to box it up / bag it up anyway?
Frequent disassembly would be a hassle... guess I just have to choose accomodation that have some kind of indoor bike rack...
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Old 01-26-15, 04:48 PM
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Originally Posted by mrblue View Post
Just buy a bike for, like, $30 from some crackhead on 6th St. Use it while you're here, then just leave it on the street when it's time to go home.
If it's a white Masi CX then that's mine.
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Old 01-26-15, 05:10 PM
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What about a folding bike?
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Originally Posted by adrianchan View Post
Even though its cheap, it will still be a bummer if stolen.
If you like it, keep it inside at night. Not worth the risk.
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