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Theft on trains

Discussion in 'Folding Bikes' started by swansonj, 22 Dec 2017.

  1. swansonj

    swansonj Veteran

    I see Paul Tuohy (CTC boss) had his Brompton stolen while stashed behind his seat on a train. I am an occasional not regular Brompton train user but I have wondered about the security of leaving a Brompton in the door area of commuter stock while seated, or even more so in the luggage areas at the ends of intercity carriages.

    What do you more frequent users do?
  2. YukonBoy

    YukonBoy Veteran

    Cheap lock through the luggage bars
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  3. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah Staff Member

    Barmy in Barming
    Cafe lock everytime
    Trickedem likes this.
  4. jay clock

    jay clock Massive member

    Hampshire UK
    My neighbour had his nicked on the Winchester to Waterloo line. Only stops at Woking. The fast trains only have the option of leaving them in the bike area/door area - no space behind the seats in the main carriages. I keep an avid eye open and usually get up and stand by the bike in any stations. I will think about a light lock though
  5. GrumpyGregry

    GrumpyGregry non-contributing ex-member

    When I did, cable lock to part of train structure.

    BTP tell our local cycling forum such thefts are commonplace on the London - Brighton and London - Arun Valley lines.
  6. Adrian

    Adrian Heed the elf's wisdom

    In clear view at all times.
    Drago likes this.
  7. If I ever have to ‘train’ the bike, I sit somewhere near it, and make sure I’m looking at it, when the train is stopped, at whichever station we’re at. I’ve never had one nicked yet. It would be very easy to stop anyone at most train stations, because of the ticket barriers, at most stations.
  8. TinyMyNewt

    TinyMyNewt An execrable pun

    South coast, UK
    Someone I know used to insist bikes were perfectly safe on trains. His faith in human nature was touching. Then someone stole the skewer from his front wheel during a train journey :sad:.
    raleighnut likes this.
  9. NorthernDave

    NorthernDave Never used Über Member

    Just an occasional train user with the bike, but I always stay with it. Seldom do a journey of more than 40 minutes to an hour and Northern or TPX trains normally make it easy to stand with the bike.
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  10. Stand over it on commuter trains. On long distance put it in the luggage rack, sit near, and check it continually. I was fortunate on the route I used to take it on this was easy to arrange.

    Also when I put it in the rack I extend the seat so you have to lower it again to get it out
    Nigeyy likes this.
  11. I no longer know if we're just talking about folders, but supposing we've moved onto all bikes, then watching them gets harder when you have to store them in things like this, at the end of a carriage
    Bike on train Stockport-Birmingham 20100424.JPG
    In cases like this I try and sit within view of the nearest exit onto the platform, and check at each station that no-one is wheeling my bike away. I would have to react quickly if they were though. Not a perfect system, but I haven't had any losses so far.
    theclaud and NorthernDave like this.
  12. mjr

    mjr Wanting to Keep My EU Citizenship

    Lock it to the train (and fark any train company that says it's against their rules, but don't block any exits) or stand/sit by it.

    No comment on this being a metaphor for CTC leadership, then? ;)
  13. OP

    swansonj Veteran

    I am grudgingly forced to admit that I was moderately impressed that he uses a Brompton.
  14. alicat

    alicat Guru

    Used to use, I think you mean.

    I'll get me coat...
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  15. CopperBrompton

    CopperBrompton Bicycle: a means of transport between cake-stops

    If not next to me, then cafe lock and within sight, being alert at stations.
    raleighnut likes this.