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Sir, the road bike is not allowed in here. Put outside!

Old 08-15-15, 04:01 PM
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Sir, the road bike is not allowed in here. Put outside!

I've found that it's hit-and-miss whether the gas station convenience store clerk makes you keep your expensive bike outside when you run in to grab a quick refill.

What do you do when they won't let you in?

There's no way I'd leave my Supersix unattended outside.
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Old 08-15-15, 04:07 PM
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If I'd anticipate that situation I'd carry a light combination lock cable. It can be cut in 2 seconds, but prevents someone just jumping and riding off.
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Old 08-15-15, 04:10 PM
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Yeah, I have a light cable but may as well just put another bottle in my pocket instead.
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Old 08-15-15, 04:37 PM
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I leave my bike outside for a convenience store stop, but never stop in questionable areas. Grocery stores and my favorite post-ride pub tell me to bring the bike inside.
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Old 08-15-15, 04:38 PM
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Hey OP, that's racist. Carry an extra bottle or ride with one of your Aryan friends.
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Old 08-15-15, 04:41 PM
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Ride a Huffy! No lock needed at all................

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@Silvercivic27 what race do you associate with broken English? Maybe the racist is in you.
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Originally Posted by f4rrest View Post
@Silvercivic27 what race do you associate with broken English? Maybe the racist is in you.
Anyone who is not a native English speaker. Also, I'm not white and your defensiveness and accusatory tone speak volumes.
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I feel sorry for you when I can park my car inside.
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I live near OP and most of the people who live here that are non native / broken English speakers are technically white.
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Old 08-15-15, 05:14 PM
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@Silvercivic27 lots of non-native English speakers in my family. Some speak perfect English, others don't.

Why do you say one must be white to be racist?
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The thread title could have simply stated: asked to leave my bike outside at a convenience store...What would the 41 do...It's only a matter of time before this thread is what is locked down.
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Old 08-15-15, 05:16 PM
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Never did I ever say that one must be white to be racist...I just said I wasn't white and took offense to your thread title. You turned around and called ME racist...
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Old 08-15-15, 05:19 PM
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I had a Roubaix Pro that I always leaned against the wall at my rest or lunch stops. One fine July day in 2013 after almost 4 years and 55,000 miles, I leaned it against the wall at a downtown convenience store. I no sooner got inside and removed my helmet when the clerk said, "Someone just rode off with your bike." My wife had no problem with my replacing it with another Roubaix, IF I locked it up. I got a Secteur, instead.
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Old 08-15-15, 05:29 PM
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Manager at the CVS drug store said, "You can't bring a bike in here," as he pointed to it, leaned against the wall near the pharmacy-- which is all the way at the back of the store. "You'll have to take it outside, it's a safety hazard." My response was simple, "Obviously, I can bring a bike in here, I just did. <points at bike> It's right there. And I don't see how it's a safety hazard, it's not like I'm riding it up and down the aisles. Up till now, I've never seen it attack anyone."

He would not be deterred. "Well, you can't have it in here. Maybe in the future, you shouldn't ride your bike to the store." I just stared at him for a solid five seconds. "Really? Did you really just say that?"

I just didn't know what else to say. So I picked up my prescription, wheeled the bike out of the store, and rode away. And mind you, I take my bike inside wherever I go-- stores, banks, supermarket, fast food, wherever. Before then, had never once been asked to leave it outside. But apparently, that guy thinks riding bikes is in itself a bad idea, so there you go.
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Ghetto lock for the convenience store. Helmet secured through the wheel and frame. chain derailed, QR open, and axle out of the dropouts.

Enough commotion when they try to ride off, they give up, or at least you've got a fighting chance to run them down
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Merlinextraligh that's a good idea. I'd probably forget to close the qr.
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Old 08-15-15, 05:46 PM
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Silvercivic27, "your Aryan friends" implies as much.

I won't be offended if you report the thread and they reword it. I simply quoted what was said in 2 separate gas stations today. I forgot the quotation marks.

Yesterday, I was allowed to wheel the bike in twice without problems. One guy even offered that I should use the ice machine as well.
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No, it does not imply that. Think of this as a lesson on how things you say can be offensive to people. That's all I have to say on the matter.
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@DrIsotope it's illogical. I already had bottle in hand and cash out ready to pay in one place, since the drinks were literally within arms reach, but he kept up with the "bike outside" policy.

But... the bike is on its way outside... can I just pay?

In the end I HTFU and rode home thirsty.
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I carry a light (80g) cable lock. It won't stop someone with a cable cutter, but it will keep honest people... honest.

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That looks interesting. How big is it?
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I carry a light (80g) cable lock. It won't stop someone with a cable cutter, but it will keep honest people... honest.

I have one of those too. The cable is so light, it 'probably' can be cut with a scissors.
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Originally Posted by Nachoman View Post
I have one of those too. The cable is so light, it 'probably' can be cut with a scissors.
Not....

You'd need a pair of dikes

Like I said, it prevents someone from just walking away with it when it's out of sight for a few minutes. If you think you can leave it overnight, then you're fooling yourself.
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Originally Posted by oldnslow2 View Post
Not....

You'd need a pair of dikes

Like I said, it prevents someone from just walking away with it when it's out of sight for a few minutes. If you think you can leave it overnight, then you're fooling yourself.
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