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Bringing your bike inside stores

Old 12-06-23, 09:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Alan K
At my bank’s drive though line, the bank employees didn’t seem to care one way or the other but occasionally a car driver would try to edumacate me that how I’m at the wrong place - I ought to leave my bike on the bike rack and go inside.
Have used both the bank and drug store’s drive throughs. Never an issue other than having to breath exhaust.
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Originally Posted by rsbob
Have used both the bank and drug store’s drive throughs. Never an issue other than having to breath exhaust.
There is that… but fortunately, visits to bank are very infrequent these days.
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Old 12-06-23, 10:44 PM
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Originally Posted by john m flores
If I'm just popping into a shop for some coffee or boba for a couple of minutes I'll do this. The Hiplok is basically a re-usable zip tie with a steel core. It's a simple theft deterrent that fits in my jersey pocket.
Interesting lock, but other than railings, isn’t the length a bit too short to secure the frame, or even the seat, to racks, trees, etc. I would like to be wrong because it is interesting, so please tell me how to lock the bike to other objects.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
Put in high gear before you stop and they'll never get away!
Haha. It's a good trick, but won't prevent the theft. At 7kg, it's easy to carry on your shoulder while running
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Old 12-07-23, 08:25 AM
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Originally Posted by rsbob
Interesting lock, but other than railings, isn’t the length a bit too short to secure the frame, or even the seat, to racks, trees, etc. I would like to be wrong because it is interesting, so please tell me how to lock the bike to other objects.
You're right. It's quite short, so it's a challenge attaching to one of those bike racks where the rack tubing is 3+ inches in diameter. It can be done but the bike's tube needs to be really close to the rack. I don't have any aero bikes with oversized tubes so I don't even know if that'll work.

I try to use it in a way that it is easily seen as a means of visual deterrence.

It's not going to stop anyone that really wants my bike, just the opportunist thief.
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Old 12-07-23, 08:32 AM
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Originally Posted by eduskator
Haha. It's a good trick, but won't prevent the theft. At 7kg, it's easy to carry on your shoulder while running
Still easier to catch someone running with a bike on their shoulder than to catch someone riding a bike

Obviously leaving an unlocked bike leaning against a storefront is flirting with disaster in the first place.
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Originally Posted by john m flores
You're right. It's quite short, so it's a challenge attaching to one of those bike racks where the rack tubing is 3+ inches in diameter. It can be done but the bike's tube needs to be really close to the rack. I don't have any aero bikes with oversized tubes so I don't even know if that'll work.

I try to use it in a way that it is easily seen as a means of visual deterrence.

It's not going to stop anyone that really wants my bike, just the opportunist thief.
Why not carry two (linked together) so that you're prepared for slightly less convenient locations?
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Old 12-07-23, 08:48 AM
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Originally Posted by eduskator
Haha. It's a good trick, but won't prevent the theft. At 7kg, it's easy to carry on your shoulder while running
Movie idea, "Birth of a Cyclocross Racer". Is Pete Davidson available?
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Originally Posted by eduskator
Haha. It's a good trick, but won't prevent the theft. At 7kg, it's easy to carry on your shoulder while running
My bike weighs 50lbs!
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basically I / we never leave a bike unattended

one exception - if I’m riding solo … maybe just to grab bottles of water at a small convenience store where the bike is still in sight
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Originally Posted by PeteHski
I have never ever seen anyone pushing a bike around inside a shop. Supermarkets here have a bike rack outside and I’ve never seen an expensive bike parked there.

One of our local bike shops has a bike rack inside the shop, so I guess that counts.
BITD there was a P3 with Zipp 808s outside the grocery store in Boulder.
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Originally Posted by Mojo31
I always take my car to the store. I have yet to be asked to leave it outside.
But have you tried taking it in?
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My bike weighs 50lbs!
I have a Schwinn Suburban I should setup as my grocery getter.
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug
But have you tried taking it in?
There is a Walgreens near here that has had a car crash into the doors about three times. Maybe these weren’t accidents.
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I'm surprised to read all the comments.

Cars and motorcycles don't go inside stores so why would bicycles? #HatersGonnaHate
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Originally Posted by eduskator
I'm surprised to read all the comments.

Cars and motorcycles don't go inside stores so why would bicycles? #HatersGonnaHate
Boy, you sure got me there! I’m sure it has nothing to do with size, internal combustion engines, size, leaking oil, fumes, size, Inability to get them through the front door/s, or having purposed built spots for them outside the store. What a head-scratcher.
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug
BITD there was a P3 with Zipp 808s outside the grocery store in Boulder.
Bet it wasn’t there for very long
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Originally Posted by LarrySellerz
Once as a kid I undid my front quick release and moved the wheel mostly out of the dropouts to booby trap it, and then ended up getting myself!
Oh, Larry.

Larry, Larry, Larry.
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I use to ride my beater bike to the store when I was only getting a few things (less than a grocery bag full). I didn't mind locking that bike outside. I would also ride it to the gym and lock it up outside. All of these trips were less than 2 miles. So... if it was ever stolen the walk home wasn't going to be that bad. One of the problems in my area is that the homeless seem to congregate near the grocery stores. There's always 1 or 2 shady looking guys who appear to be looking for any opportunity whether it was a cigarette on the ground or a bicycle that could be easily taken. I would never leave one of my bike outside, locked or not.
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If I'm on a nice bike and feel the area is sketchy, I'll roll it inside. I've had odd looks but only once have I been challenged, and that was a super sketchy place where the security guard seemed a potential bike thief.
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Originally Posted by baj32161
Mind you, this is totally based on where I used to live....ni bike racks and poorly lit at night. Police also did not care about bike theft.
I don't think police cares about bike theft anywhere.
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Originally Posted by downtube42
If I'm on a nice bike and feel the area is sketchy, I'll roll it inside. I've had odd looks but only once have I been challenged, and that was a super sketchy place where the security guard seemed a potential bike thief.
the only place that stopped me so far was in the poorest neighborhood that I tried. Bikes are maybe seen more of an “outdoor thing” rather than a fancy leisure device
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I definitively not ride at the same place as some of you, because it never crossed my mind that I needed to bring my bike inside a store.

There's always someone that stays outside to check our bikes on group rides or the places are simply safe to leave them outdoors. When I'm riding solo, I never plan or need to go inside. For emergencies, I will ask someone to stay close to my bike. The cycling community is strong where I live - most people are trustworthy.
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I will generally roll mine into Krogers. It works well because I put my items into the folding baskets. That way I know if everything will fit.

There is another store in town that told me not to bring my bicycle inside. That is easy to deal with, I just don't shop at that store.
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Years ago I went into a Walmart with my bike. Immediately one of the store employees was ready to escort me out of the store. But an old Walmart Greeter then brought over a shopping cart basket and quietly assisted me in removing the front wheel of my UNIVEGA and gently placing the bike in the cart with a smile... All Good.

Note: At least three people asked me what isle those bikes were at... Ha
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