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stopping my bike getting stolen!

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by Alfa GT, 9 Feb 2018.

  1. Alfa GT

    Alfa GT Active Member

    I'm about to get my hands on a very nice looking fixie which is going to be my town bike.... problem with it being very nice is that it will inevitably catch the eye of the pilfering brigade that stole my last bike! What's the best option to make it ugly but not ruin the frame. Should I just get some reflective tape and go at it to hide the beauty within?
     
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  2. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    A couple of big locks and park it near nicer bikes with crappier locks
    I don't get this ruining something nice. Insure it so it can be replaced if the worst happens
    You can use Pitlock type fixings for wheels, seatpost etc
     
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  3. confusedcyclist

    confusedcyclist Über Member

    Making it ugly won't stop it being stolen, we've had a couple of ugly ducklings stolen from our bike shed, not because the thief was blind, but because they only needed cheap cable cutters to get through the locks, they left the £1700 carbon road bikes alone. If some ne'er do well takes a shinning to your bike, it doesn't matter what you lock it with, they can bring the big guns, so store it in a secure location where no one has easy access, or insure it as @vickster says. As a rule of thumb, I never buy a bike I can't afford to replace out of pocket, so the insurance companies don't get my hard earned money. Instead, the savings on insurance premiums make a healthy contribution to my future N+1
     
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    Alfa GT

    Alfa GT Active Member

    Yeah I get what you're saying but the last bike I had wasn't even that nice but they still had it... they nicked my helmet as well so at least they were safe on the road!
    I'd rather ugly it up and have a nice bike underneath than have a piece of c*** that's ugly all over. It will be a shame though
     
  5. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    As you say they nicked your last ugly bike too so not sure on your logic

    Get 2 locks of different types, say a fahg and a hiplock chain and make it seriously hard to steal.

    Assume you’re not leaving in a rough area or at a station overnight?

    You could always take the front wheel with you. That’s a good deterrent
     
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    Alfa GT

    Alfa GT Active Member

    My other bike wasnt ugly, just a bit rubbish. Had disc brakes so looked good
     
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    Alfa GT

    Alfa GT Active Member

    Yeah I think I'll go for the biggest d-lock I can get my hands on with some cables for extra deterrent
     
  8. Relocate to Liverpool.
     
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  9. woodenspoons

    woodenspoons Senior Member

    Location:
    North Yorkshire
    Lockable skewers, quick release pedals, two locks. Don’t ulglify. Leave it nice but unstealable and they’ll move on to a weaker victim. Good info here. http://thebestbikelock.com/
     
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  10. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Fahg or Abu’s granit. Cables aren’t a massive deterrent. Chains or thick reinforced cable. Abus Bordo decent secondary

    Don’t forget to insure and use whatever locks they demand
     
  11. That is never the correct answer to any proper question.
     
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  12. hoopdriver

    hoopdriver Über Member

    Location:
    East Sussex
    I just had my shed broken into where my bikes are stored, three custom steel bicycles including a very nice Pegoretti. They were all secured with heavy duty Pragmasis locks and an anchor bolt secured to the floor. None of the bikes were stolen. The shed door will need replacing, but all three bikes are there safe and sound. Very glad I spent the money on the heavy duty chain, locks and anchor bolts.
     
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  13. Southern bully. I genuinely try to help someone on t'internet, then have to suffer this?
    You have made me stroke Hugo my emotional support bison so much he's got a bald patch now.
    That's down to you.
     
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    Alfa GT

    Alfa GT Active Member

    I live in Cambridge, the Mecca for bike thieves... Liverpool is looking like the only real option available. you need a support animal with a thicker coat or perhaps already bald.
     
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  15. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Legendary Member

    Thanks to cheap cordless angle grinders, d-locks aren't as effective as they used to be.
     
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