Not in my back yard?

Discussion in 'General Cycling' started by Wm..., Aug 20, 2011.

  1. Wm...

    Wm... Guest

    I've been mildly surprised not to see anyone reporting bicycle thefts in
    this group.

    I suppose the reasons are:

    a) most of the denizens weren't affected

    b) don't care

    c) it woz blocked

    d) something else

    I'm not talking about people breaking into a bike shop so much as people
    on bicycles getting robbed of their bicycles.
    Wm..., Aug 20, 2011
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    Tosspot Guest

    A decent lock. Oh, and use it.
    Tosspot, Aug 20, 2011
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    Marc Guest

    e) Not heard about any.

    f) Can't see the point.
    Marc, Aug 20, 2011
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    thirty-six Guest

    In which hand do you carry it when a gang sprawls out on the road or
    do you get into a sprinter's position and charge the little one in the
    thirty-six, Aug 20, 2011
  5. A friend had her brand new bike nicked a few days after she completed
    the Dunwich Dynamo on it. The crooks probably used a car jack to break
    the D-lock.

    Two good locks is better, as the late Barry Mason used to preach.
    Bertie Wooster, Aug 20, 2011
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    Tosspot Guest

    In my experience, smacking someone in the face with a 'D' lock makes his
    mates think twice.
    Tosspot, Aug 20, 2011
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    Phil Cook Guest

    I once did that to a young lad coming out of school. :-( I'd just
    unlocked my bike and he ran straight into the lock in my hand as I swung
    round to put it into my pannier. It didn't feel good and he went very
    quiet. Fortunately the lady picking him up from school wasn't his mum
    and knew that he had a habit of running about without looking where he
    was going.
    Phil Cook, Aug 20, 2011
  8. I've had 2 bikes stolen.

    One I left locked to a wooden fence at the station, and found someone
    had kicked the fence down. It was recovered after I came across it a
    year later locked up at the cinema, and left a note with my phone number
    asking for it back. I reported it to the police when it was stolen, but
    they weren't at all interested in intervening to get it back, so it was
    just as well the new "owner" was happy to return it.

    The other was left locked to a sheffield stand outside a row of shops
    near the pub, and was gone when I came out at closing time. The police
    suggested I ask the shops if their CCTV covered it, but apparently not.
    Never recovered.

    Two in twelve years in Cambridge isn't so bad really. I make sure I
    always lock the current one to a solid object, since otherwise it's not
    insured, and I'd rather not have to buy another until I want to.
    Eleanor Blair, Aug 21, 2011
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    Adam Funk Guest

    Do you have it handy when moving? Mine's generally in my pannier (or
    in its straps).
    Adam Funk, Aug 21, 2011
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    Tosspot Guest

    Hang it on the handlebars, useful for locking the bike and anything else
    that might come to mind...

    Actually, these days, mine does sit in a purpose 'D' lock hanger, so not
    so available. However, I am informed that a 'bike in the mush' can calm
    things down.
    Tosspot, Aug 21, 2011
  11. I stopped doing that after it a) bashed off a whole layer of paint and
    b) actually bashed its way through the wires of my cycle computer.
    Eleanor Blair, Aug 21, 2011
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    Tosspot Guest

    It is a bit of a silly place, but I was young and ignorant, and probably
    thought Raleigh Choppers were the height of fashion :-(

    Not that I'm actually happy with the current system it uses the rack
    meaning one side can't be used for panniers. Anyone got a holder they
    think actually works well?
    Tosspot, Aug 22, 2011
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    thirty-six Guest

    I used to wear a denim jacket and would put the lock in the inner
    pocket when the lock wasn't required for riding security. Inside a
    hanndlebar bag or use a few zip ties on the top of a rack and lock the
    device onto the zip ties.
    thirty-six, Aug 22, 2011
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    Adam Funk Guest

    AIUI, hanging things on the handlebars is supposed to be dangerous
    (although it seems fairly common with shopping in Germany and the
    Adam Funk, Aug 26, 2011
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    Simon Mason Guest

    Keep it inside the house and never leave it out of sight in a public
    place, even if it is locked.
    Or if you do, be prepared for the day when it gets nicked.
    Simon Mason, Aug 27, 2011
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    Simon Mason Guest

    The only time I carry a lock is when I get my hair cut when I can see
    the bike all the time.
    I carry the D lock like this.
    Simon Mason, Aug 27, 2011
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    Tosspot Guest

    On the other point, I assume you don't cycle to the cinema!
    Tosspot, Aug 27, 2011
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    Adam Lea Guest

    Going to that extreme would, for me at least, seriously compromise its
    viability as an alternative mode of transport to the car.
    Adam Lea, Aug 27, 2011
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    Simon Mason Guest

    I cycle to work all year round and leave it in a hidden place there
    chained up with two heavy duty locks which cover the frame and wheels.
    It is on private land covered by CCTV and also patrolled by security.
    I would not consider that a "public place". When in transit between
    the two places I do not ever enter any shops etc and leave it outside.
    Simon Mason, Aug 27, 2011
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    Simon Mason Guest

    I have not been to any cinema since 1977.
    Simon Mason, Aug 27, 2011
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