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Most thief-proof bike

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by Yellow Fang, 6 May 2008.

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  1. Cheap hack

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  2. Expensive bike

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  3. Unusual bike

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  4. Gay bike (as in not kewl)

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  5. Built-in countermeasures bike

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  1. Yellow Fang

    Yellow Fang Guru

    Location:
    Reading
    Which is the most thief-proof sort of bike?

    1. Cheap old hack
    Rationale: thief wouldn't want it, would rather nick another, couldn't sell it for much.

    2. Expensive bike
    Rationale: thief would not be able to get rid of it easily, would raise suspicion when trying to sell it.

    3. Unusual bike
    Rationale: easier to track by the police, easier to spot by owner, draws attention to buyer of stolen goods.

    4. Gay bike (as in opposite to kewl)
    Rationale: similar to unusual bike with added bonus that the thieving classes wouldn't be seen dead on it anyway.

    5. Bike with inbuilt security measures
    Example: bikes with lockable forks, Dutch bikes with lockable wheels, bikes with unusual clip-in pedals, bikes with quick release wheels and seatpost, fixies.
     
  2. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    6. One with a number of good locks - they will take anything !
     
  3. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    Location:
    South London
    It could well be something like my recumbent - not only is it unusual and highly visible, it's locked properly, I'm work right near it, and also relatively few people can actually ride such a low bike.
     
  4. 7) one thats still in the box in the wharehouse
     
  5. OP
    OP
    Yellow Fang

    Yellow Fang Guru

    Location:
    Reading
    I'm not sure whether to categorise that as unusual, gay or inbuilt counter-measures.
     
  6. Wolf04

    Wolf04 New Member

    Location:
    Wallsend on Tyne
    Whats that down to then? Physics? Ability? Obviously never been on a bent.
     
  7. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    Location:
    South London
    Time and practice, probably. I'm sure all of you on here could ride a quasi low racer like mine with some time and practice on a higher bike, but most wouldn't be able to just get on and ride off going by all my skater mates that have had a go.
     
  8. magnatom

    magnatom Guest

    Not the bike I saw this morning.

    A nice new shinny bike (cycle to work I suspect) with one of those lovely Kryptonite GOLD locks. All very good. That is until you see how it is locked. Through the back wheel only, which has some convenient quick release levers.

    The lock itself is only locked to the cage of the bike store, which is made from very flimsy metal wire. A pair of garden sheers would probably do the trick.

    Sheesh! ;)
     
  9. OP
    OP
    Yellow Fang

    Yellow Fang Guru

    Location:
    Reading
    Oi, get back on topic. I think one of these in pink, blue or yellow should be fairly thief-proof. If nothing else you might get stopped by the police for only having one brake.

    http://www.gazelle.nl/nl/product.php?idParent=2&idChild=142&idFiets=236&idSegment=35
     
  10. magnatom

    magnatom Guest

  11. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    a decent lock at least rules out certain classes of thief, any locl whatsoever rules out kids or passers by

    where you lock it up is more important than how I'd say
     
  12. magnatom

    magnatom Guest

    Yes but why spend a lot on a decent lock and then use it very poorly?
     
  13. Twenty Inch

    Twenty Inch New Member

    Location:
    Behind a desk
    Put a wicker basket on the front. It'll never be stolen.
     
  14. summerdays

    summerdays Cycling in the sun Staff Member

    Location:
    Bristol
    Isn't it going to depend on the neighbourhood/type of theif - in some areas they would nick anything so just down to locks and visibility, whereas maybe some theives almost go looking for certain characteristics to make the bike more appealing such as disk brakes, full suspension etc.
     
  15. ransos

    ransos Usual suspect

    There's an option missing: any bike with drop handlebars.