stopping my bike getting stolen!

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

  1. rivers

    rivers Senior Member

    Location:
    Bristol
    Don't leave it in town?
     
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  2. byegad

    byegad Guru

    Location:
    NE England
    Simple answer is chop the hands off the next bike thief convicted and the gonads off the next!

    However that's never going to happen. So you can paint your nice new bike in tar, secure with a D lock, a chain lock and 25 000V of electricity or park it somewhere more secure.
     
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  3. overmind

    overmind My other bike is a Pinarello

    Location:
    Reading, Berkshire
  4. Tangoup51

    Tangoup51 Well-Known Member

    There are far more better deterrents than scuffing your nice new bikes frame.

    Alarmed D locks & cable locks are a start. No one wants to Bother with something that looks Thick & Heavy as a lock, and when they try and move the bike or unfasten something the alarm lock screams its head off !
     
  5. OP
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    Alfa GT

    Alfa GT Active Member

    no option but to leave it in town unfortuantely. It won't fit in my pocket and I need it to get to work.
     
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  6. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Get a folder, keep by your desk?

    Is there anywhere in Cambridge that is more secure? Outside a police station or somewhere with a lot of foot traffic? Maybe pay secure parking?
     
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  7. OP
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    Alfa GT

    Alfa GT Active Member

    I do have a coffee shop near where I would plan to leave it so that seems like a great option as well as a beasty lock and perhaps some sort of mercenary with a sword
     
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  8. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    I had a chat with a woman with a pink bike recently. She was told that a pink paint job is a great thief deterrent as most bike thieves are young (late teens) and male...get a pink bike instead ;) All her families' bikes had got stolen,,,her pink roadbike, the most valuable, remained untouched
     
  9. OP
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    Alfa GT

    Alfa GT Active Member

    Yeah did think about that but my work mate has a Brompton that admittedly very nice to ride but I just don't like them... and I might have taken the mick to much to be able to get one myself!
     
  10. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Doesn't have to be a Brompton, there are other folders

    Seriously, just take the front wheel to work with you. Make sure the rest is secured with a beasty lock (a small one that won't fit a bottle jack so easily)
     
  11. SkipdiverJohn

    SkipdiverJohn Über Member

    Location:
    London
    They may well do that, but if they're malicious scum, not before smashing up your nice bike as "punishment" for you depriving them of being able to steal it. Where I live anything nice will either get nicked, or if it can't be nicked it will get vandalised instead. The only way you can be fairly sure that your bike will not get either stolen or smashed up is to use a shabby-looking disposable hack bike for town use that's worth less than the D-lock you use to secure it. It's all very well to say insure it, but having to insure a bike increases the cost of cycling and if you make too many claims for thefts, your premiums are going to get steep. Keep your nice bike for rides where you don't leave it unattended, and have a cheap rat bike for everything else, so that if it does go missing, all you're out of pocket is the cost of a round of drinks, not serious money.
     
  12. confusedcyclist

    confusedcyclist Über Member

    If you are really concerned about such things happening, don't get a really nice bike. Or just get one, and don't worry about every possible eventuality, as most will never come to pass.
     
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  13. OP
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    Alfa GT

    Alfa GT Active Member

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  14. confusedcyclist

    confusedcyclist Über Member

    Even cheap bikes get nicked though, don't be under false pretenses. Most stolen bikes get flipped for a tenner in the back rooms of shady pubs. Rarely bikes are stolen by professional gangland outfits seeking high value race bikes for the chopshops. If you are leaving it in insecure places, just get something you won't be so fussy about. Save the nice bikes for well planned point to point secure locations only. Cheap but functional bikes are perfect for the self-insurance strategy.

    Spend no more than a few hundred quid, then put £10-20 away in a dedicated savings account each month. If your bike gets nicked, buy a new beater, if it doesn't you win and get to keep your savings. Rinse repeat. Insurance is really a scam for skimming savings off the plebeians who don't know how to save, or are buying things they can't afford to replace outright ;). The are of course folk on these here boards who will shriek loudly that they are entitled to buy expensive bikes and insure them, which of course they are. Doesn't make it the cheapest way to get about by bike though. So if you are worried about costs, and theft/vandalism, this strategy should work perfect for you. With a bit of luck, you'll have a nice stash of cash to spend on new bike to boot after a year or two.
     
    Last edited: 9 Feb 2018
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  15. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Ever thought about moving (I’m sure @odav can recommend nice bits of Liverpool ;) which will probably be cheaper than even the least nice part of London where you appear to reside)
     
    Last edited: 9 Feb 2018
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