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Would you steal this bike/too nice for a commuter and errands bike?

Old 01-24-13, 11:36 PM
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Would you steal this bike/too nice for a commuter and errands bike?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/2012-Bianchi...item43b5348de8

I love the look of this Bianchi, but I am a little worried it's too nice to use as my errands bike (though certainly not as nice as the CAAD10 I am currently using). Also, in a couple months I will be moving to Portland, OR -- how likely is it that this will be stolen by some hipster?

I've also been considering getting a State Matte Black III fixed gear (almost half the price of the Bianchi) or a Mercier Kilo TT because I love the clean look of fixed gears without brakes (the Bianchi would keep both brakes as a single speed) but fear with the hills I have that a brakeless fixed gear may not be the smartest option. Right now I am kinda thinking of using the Bianchi around town and getting a nicer track bike that I can upgrade and use more competitively in the future (but this isn't a huge priority for me).

Opinions? I have never ridden a fixed gear so I am open to any and all advice and suggestions.
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Old 01-24-13, 11:42 PM
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Lock it up properly and don't leave it out overnight, and you'll be fine.
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Old 01-24-13, 11:59 PM
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those bars!

I share you fears. I currently live in Tahoe, CA and don't have to worry about theft at all really as long as my bike is locked up (also most people are confused by a fixed gear out here). But one day I'll move back to the city and have definitely thought about giving up my godzilla and going for something cheaper and less appealing to theft. that being said a nice bike is a nice bike for a reason, and if you plan on riding a lot the upgrade in steel is noticeable from a kilo to something better and well worth the purchase of a good lock or two.
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Old 01-25-13, 12:23 AM
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Get a bike that can take real fenders, silly.
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Old 01-25-13, 12:39 AM
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Yes I would. But luckily for you I already have one in the household.

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Get a bike that can take real fenders, silly.
It can. Not traditional fenders but modern easy install compact/ full which use friction via rubber bands/ ties instead of hardware to stay put. Ex. planet bike speedez, sks raceblades, crud roadracer (having used all three, I recommend the 1st 2)...
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Originally Posted by Leukybear View Post
It can. Not traditional fenders but modern easy install compact/ full which use friction via rubber bands/ ties instead of hardware to stay put. Ex. planet bike speedez, sks raceblades, crud roadracer (having used all three, I recommend the 1st 2)...
These are all great if you like fenders that rattle, shift around, rub your tires, chew up your bike's finish, look bad, and still provide inadequate coverage.

Portland errand bike? Get something with eyelets and clearance for the real deal. Protip - if you use SKS you can get extra secu-clips for the rear if you have track ends which makes undoing the fender to get the wheel out faster.
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Old 01-25-13, 02:02 AM
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I wouldn't ride a $750 bike as an errand bike. Here in Korea if its over the 'just better than a BSO" mark parking it outside unattended is a foolish idea.
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Old 01-25-13, 12:46 PM
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Originally Posted by marqueemoon View Post
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It can. Not traditional fenders but modern easy install compact/ full which use friction via rubber bands/ ties instead of hardware to stay put. Ex. planet bike speedez, sks raceblades, crud roadracer (having used all three, I recommend the 1st 2)...
These are all great if you like fenders that rattle, shift around, rub your tires, chew up your bike's finish, look bad, and still provide inadequate coverage.

Portland errand bike? Get something with eyelets and clearance for the real deal. Protip - if you use SKS you can get extra secu-clips for the rear if you have track ends which makes undoing the fender to get the wheel out faster.
I have never had those issues with any of them, both full and compact versions. If you're that concerned about the finish of your bike you can always wrap electrical tape on your frame at those contact places. If you take the time to properly adjust them just like traditional hardware fenders (of course not as much considering the simplicity) you won't have any problems whatsoever.
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I don't like the look of fenders that look like I should have got a bike that takes fenders.
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If I was bike-stealing scum and that bike was locked with only one lock, yes, I would steal it... and then swap out the stem/bars/brake levers.
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Would steal.
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Old 01-25-13, 04:11 PM
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Originally Posted by krobinson103 View Post
I wouldn't ride a $750 bike as an errand bike. Here in Korea if its over the 'just better than a BSO" mark parking it outside unattended is a foolish idea.
Funny. I've never had any issues parking my bike outside when I was there.
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He meant North Korea.
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Lol... they have bikes there? Seriously though lately bikes have walked from our local lbs... they had to install cameras on the bike parkibg area to prevent it. My beaters are the lowest on the lbs sold bike ladder... they look ugly but no they are functional and ride well.
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Not with those handlebars/stem.
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Originally Posted by Leukybear View Post
I have never had those issues with any of them, both full and compact versions. If you're that concerned about the finish of your bike you can always wrap electrical tape on your frame at those contact places. If you take the time to properly adjust them just like traditional hardware fenders (of course not as much considering the simplicity) you won't have any problems whatsoever.
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Old 01-26-13, 06:04 PM
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Originally Posted by nightfly View Post
Not with those handlebars/stem.
I was planning to either flip the stem or get a no rise one, but other than that what is wrong with the bars?
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I'm not a thief. I wouldn't steal this bike, any other bike or anything else. It's just the way my dad raised me.

Here in West Georgia, like many other places we have a problem with unemployment.......a lot due to the fact an applicant would have to pass a piss test, oh yeah, and we have more than our share of meth heads, pill poppers and crack heads. Any of these "heads" will steal ANYTHING that stand still, or is slow enough for them to catch.

The value of your bike is of no concern. The druggies don't know, or care, what it's worth. They know that they can swap almost any bike for a dime bag and ten bucks worth of crap is reason enough for them to steal anything you own. Your bike may be worth a grand in cash but to a crack head it's only worth $10 worth of high.
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Originally Posted by gregjones View Post
I'm not a thief. I wouldn't steal this bike, any other bike or anything else. It's just the way my dad raised me.

Here in West Georgia, like many other places we have a problem with unemployment.......a lot due to the fact an applicant would have to pass a piss test, oh yeah, and we have more than our share of meth heads, pill poppers and crack heads. Any of these "heads" will steal ANYTHING that stand still, or is slow enough for them to catch.

The value of your bike is of no concern. The druggies don't know, or care, what it's worth. They know that they can swap almost any bike for a dime bag and ten bucks worth of crap is reason enough for them to steal anything you own. Your bike may be worth a grand in cash but to a crack head it's only worth $10 worth of high.
Good for you but there's always somebody who will. Always. Especially among young adolescents who don't have the patience to save for a decent bike but have easy access to their father's tool shed. Doesn't even have to be a nice bianchi pista, there's people who would steal anything if it's worth anything. There's even people who would steal sewer covers on the street to sell as scrap.
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Originally Posted by kaimat View Post
I was planning to either flip the stem or get a no rise one, but other than that what is wrong with the bars?
Track bars absolutely suck for street riding/commuting. TT brakes on the drops makes it even more jackarse.
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Originally Posted by Leukybear View Post
Good for you but there's always somebody who will. Always. Especially among young adolescents who don't have the patience to save for a decent bike but have easy access to their father's tool shed. Doesn't even have to be a nice bianchi pista, there's people who would steal anything if it's worth anything. There's even people who would steal sewer covers on the street to sell as scrap.
Which is basically what he already said.
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Old 01-27-13, 01:51 PM
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Which is basically what he already said.
Augh should've read it more closely. Oil wells.
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Ten to one that guy rides that thing with the bars up all DUI style. He just dropped them for the pics.

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