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Old 07-01-20, 09:34 PM
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Do you take a lock on your ride?

I usually only stop occasionally for a bathroom break and take the bike in the stall but now Idk if my usual bathroom is even open. Im starting to take longer rides and was wondering what you guys do.
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Old 07-02-20, 04:47 AM
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usually. i've got the medium-sized ottolock and frequently run that around the frame + the helmet through the spokes of either tire simultaneously
even if i think i'm not going to use the restroom/maintain direct visual contact with the bike 100% of the time parked. you just never know.

had an opportunistic thief try to abscond with my '85 pinarello treviso about 7 months ago while outside a tasting room where i was enjoying a beer. i was on him in 4 seconds
and simply asked "would you like the lock combination? it'll be easier that way." he cursed me out and medium-speed, shuffled away down the street.
didn't seem like a pro...more like a crackhead but when your bike gets stolen, it doesn't matter.

if you can swing it, it's always better to take it, and use it. you never know when you'll be distracted just long enough. attractive/flirty person. payment/tech issues paying the bill,
engrossed in the latest kuwtk drama on your phone, conversation with a nearby patron, mapping out the closest bike store to borrow the shop pump, textarguing with the significant other,
putting in a (potentially winning) bid on a possible n + 1 in the closing seconds of an auction...etc.

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Old 07-02-20, 06:50 AM
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No, I'm never really in a situation where my bike is left alone. My rides are pretty structured and the chance of me not being more than 10 feet away from it let alone out of site.... just really isn't happening with me right now. If there happened to be an emergency where I needed to access a bathroom and my bike wouldn't fit I would remove the quick releases and open the brakes and make it virtually unable to move without some work.
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Old 07-02-20, 07:14 AM
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Never.

2 things to help prevent getting stolen. 1) Remove your helmet and loop the straps thru the front wheel and frame and buckle it together. A thief has to remove the helmet for the bike to roll anywhere. 2) As you are about to stop, shift to big ring and smallest cog. That makes it hard for a thief to get up to speed as they hop on and try to roll away.

I only leave the bike to go into a convenience store for a drink and it’s never out of sight.
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Old 07-02-20, 01:15 PM
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No. The only place I stop to pee, I take my bike in the door.
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Old 07-02-20, 04:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Joe Bikerider View Post
No. The only place I stop to pee, I take my bike in the door.
^^^^^^^^^^^^^

ditto

The CCPlague has made it hard to predict which parks pee stops will be open though.
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Old 07-02-20, 05:26 PM
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Originally Posted by ooga-booga View Post
usually. i've got the medium-sized ottolock and frequently run that around the frame + the helmet through the spokes of either tire simultaneously
even if i think i'm not going to use the restroom/maintain direct visual contact with the bike 100% of the time parked. you just never know.

had an opportunistic thief try to abscond with my '85 pinarello treviso about 7 months ago while outside a tasting room where i was enjoying a beer. i was on him in 4 seconds
and simply asked "would you like the lock combination? it'll be easier that way." he cursed me out and medium-speed, shuffled away down the street.
didn't seem like a pro...more like a crackhead but when your bike gets stolen, it doesn't matter.

if you can swing it, it's always better to take it, and use it. you never know when you'll be distracted just long enough. attractive/flirty person. payment/tech issues paying the bill,
engrossed in the latest kuwtk drama on your phone, conversation with a nearby patron, mapping out the closest bike store to borrow the shop pump, textarguing with the significant other,
putting in a (potentially winning) bid on a possible n + 1 in the closing seconds of an auction...etc.
Lol at the distractions. Glad you stopped him, he was mesmerized by it's beauty.
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Old 07-02-20, 06:00 PM
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Not always, but trying to get better at it. No excuse not too as I can easily and securely loop the cable on the back rack or put it in the back rack luggage box. Bike is really not worth stealing except by unknowledgeable opportunists... meaning most of Atlanta inhabitants....
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Old 09-12-20, 02:19 AM
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On longer rides, I carry a drawstring backpack for snacks and a little tire pump, and I have a couple of those zip-tie kind of cable locks I bring with me in there. Theyre no match for someone with a pair of bolt cutters, but if I stop at a liquor or convenience store to refill my water bottles, it keeps it from being too easy to walk off with my Tarmac. I also do the big chainring/smallest cog trick like Steve B suggested, to slow down a potential thief a little more. I try to put it where I can see it if I have to wait in line to check out. A friend of mine only stops for fluids at supermarkets, and he just takes his bike in with him, never thought of that. If I need to pee, I look for public parks, construction site porta-potties, or if Im in Ventura County, farmland porta-potties (usually on trailers for use by the farm workers). I rode up to Ventura a couple weeks ago and as it happened, the route I took was devoid of any kind of facilities. I was starting to wonder if Id make it to the nearest park when I looked up as I was riding by the Buenaventura shopping center and saw they were setting up for some kind of event, and there, as if by magic, were two porta-potties theyd just set up. I climbed the dirt embankment up from Main St., stuck my bike between the two units, and found blessed relief. By the time the workers saw me, I was riding away with a smile on my face.

Thankfully, Ive never had a near-theft or actual-theft experience. I hope my luck continues to hold.
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Old 09-12-20, 02:41 AM
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don't be a victim. i know it's a pita to employ a lock, helmet straps through front wheel/downtube and/or shift into impossible gear/loosen wheel skewers
but we live in interesting times. you never know when some bro walks out of a pub and sez to his buddy on a drunken dare that he's gonna throw your
pretty bike into the back of his buddy's truck just because his life sux.
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Old 09-12-20, 02:47 AM
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Lol at the distractions. Glad you stopped him, he was mesmerized by it's beauty.
doubtful. opportunistic thief. that's it. bike coulda been spray-painted a neon matte hodgepodge. dude just needed to score before he could score.
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Old 09-12-20, 02:52 AM
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Decades ago, when I was doing centuries (and ate sugar and lots of carbs then), I'd stop and wheel my bike in to make my purchase. This was in Japan and seven eleven type stores. My favorite was Wagashi (azuki bean confections) and rice balls with sweet mayo tuna in the center - or ume.
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Old 09-12-20, 06:15 AM
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On ride where I know i'll be out of sight of my bike, I bring a Abus cable lock. It's about the size of a deck of cards.

It won't stop a determined thief but it will keep honest people... honest.

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Old 09-12-20, 07:24 AM
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Nope. I rarely stop when I ride with the rare exception of a bathroom break and that's usually behind a cactus in the middle of nowhere lol.
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Old 09-12-20, 07:36 AM
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Yep, always. Its just a simple lock and cable to prevent opportunistic theft, 'keep the honest people honest', doesn't weigh all that much. If a pro thief wants my bicycle he/she is going to get it regardless of the locking mechanism I use.
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No locks for me. Ever since I had my Schwinn Varsity stolen circa 1980, my bikes go in the restroom with me. Otherwise, I do not stop anywhere unless in a group for outdoor dining like the Grizley Cafe in Wrightwood. I plan routes that include verified outdoor water refill sites. I self-support even for longer rides and have no need for stores. Just how I roll. I cannot afford to replace a $2,000 bike.
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