Interesting approach to bike theft.

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    Apr 04, 2013 10:46 AM GMT
    The BikeSpike:
    http://reviews.mtbr.com/new-gadget-bikespike-bike-theft-protector#slider-pro-2-0

    All I know about it for now is what I read in the article, but it seems like an awesome idea...especially if you're a bicycle commuter. Worrying about theft is the #1 reason I don't commute by bike as often as I could.
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    Apr 07, 2013 4:47 AM GMT
    Would cops bother to track it down? Gotta be WAY low on their priorities.. and tracking it yourself could lead to a confrontation with a low-life scum bag..
    I say just put a small amount of C-4 at bottom of seat tube and a tight fitting wine cork.. then when you track it moving, remote detonate the C-4 using your "Killer App"- follow the screams to where the guy is laying in the street in a fetal position and take your bike back..icon_twisted.gif
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    Apr 07, 2013 4:50 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidThe BikeSpike:
    http://reviews.mtbr.com/new-gadget-bikespike-bike-theft-protector#slider-pro-2-0

    All I know about it for now is what I read in the article, but it seems like an awesome idea...especially if you're a bicycle commuter. Worrying about theft is the #1 reason I don't commute by bike as often as I could.


    I've had three bikes stolen in the last ten years, and they were right outside of my house locked up with U-locks. I live in Wilton Manors, so it's not a bad area, per se, but you never know, those queens get desperate down here!
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    Apr 07, 2013 8:52 PM GMT
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    paulflexes saidThe BikeSpike:
    http://reviews.mtbr.com/new-gadget-bikespike-bike-theft-protector#slider-pro-2-0

    All I know about it for now is what I read in the article, but it seems like an awesome idea...especially if you're a bicycle commuter. Worrying about theft is the #1 reason I don't commute by bike as often as I could.


    I've had three bikes stolen in the last ten years, and they were right outside of my house locked up with U-locks. I live in Wilton Manors, so it's not a bad area, per se, but you never know, those queens get desperate down here!
    Locks only keep honest people away. icon_wink.gif

    There's no way in hell I'd leave a bike outside, in any neighborhood. If people think they're an eye-sore in my living room, they can pay me the $3000.00 replacement cost and I'll put them outside.
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    Apr 07, 2013 9:25 PM GMT
    USMCjock saidWould cops bother to track it down? Gotta be WAY low on their priorities.. and tracking it yourself could lead to a confrontation with a low-life scum bag..
    I say just put a small amount of C-4 at bottom of seat tube and a tight fitting wine cork.. then when you track it moving, remote detonate the C-4 using your "Killer App"- follow the screams to where the guy is laying in the street in a fetal position and take your bike back..icon_twisted.gif


    I think they would bother, actually. As paul said, locks only keep honest people honest. If you have a U-lock and your bike is stolen, you're dealing with a professional bike thief. Last time the police busted a professional bike thief around here it resulted in a LOT of stolen bikes being found.

    He_Man saidI've had three bikes stolen in the last ten years, and they were right outside of my house locked up with U-locks. I live in Wilton Manors, so it's not a bad area, per se, but you never know, those queens get desperate down here!


    The nice areas are where bikes get stolen. I feel safer locking my bike in West Oakland than in Berkeley. Again, because professional bike thieves go where the nice bikes are.
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    Apr 10, 2013 12:46 PM GMT
    CFL_Oakland said
    USMCjock saidWould cops bother to track it down? Gotta be WAY low on their priorities.. and tracking it yourself could lead to a confrontation with a low-life scum bag..
    I say just put a small amount of C-4 at bottom of seat tube and a tight fitting wine cork.. then when you track it moving, remote detonate the C-4 using your "Killer App"- follow the screams to where the guy is laying in the street in a fetal position and take your bike back..icon_twisted.gif


    I think they would bother, actually. As paul said, locks only keep honest people honest. If you have a U-lock and your bike is stolen, you're dealing with a professional bike thief. Last time the police busted a professional bike thief around here it resulted in a LOT of stolen bikes being found.

    He_Man saidI've had three bikes stolen in the last ten years, and they were right outside of my house locked up with U-locks. I live in Wilton Manors, so it's not a bad area, per se, but you never know, those queens get desperate down here!


    The nice areas are where bikes get stolen. I feel safer locking my bike in West Oakland than in Berkeley. Again, because professional bike thieves go where the nice bikes are.

    This right here, if you must park your bike, lock it is crappy neighborhoods, or do as I do, drag it into buildings. A couple of days ago, I stopped on my ride home and wanted a bottle of wine, so I just walked into the shop with my bike. At some point some prissy little manager type called me over and said something, but I just pretended like my business was more important than his rules. I have not had a bike stolen in years, but I never lock bikes up anymore, I keep them close.
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    Apr 10, 2013 2:32 PM GMT
    He_Man said
    I've had three bikes stolen in the last ten years, and they were right outside of my house locked up with U-locks. I live in Wilton Manors, so it's not a bad area, per se, but you never know, those queens get desperate down here!

    I use a long Kryptonite cable with my own lock. The cable's long enough to go through both wheels & frame, and around some stationary object. It doesn't protect the seat post & saddle, but I don't use a quick-release clamp, so crooks would need the correct Allen wrench, slowing them down. I can also use the cable on my car bike rack, securing both to the car structure.

    In Wilton Manors I always park in open view, and in daylight, indoors by night. Plus the bike has a registration sticker from the WMPD that's difficult to scrape off. It can be removed once the thieves get the bike to a hidden location, along with the frame serial number, but at least there's a chance for IDing the bike if they get apprehended before then.

    I'm not sure if it's the queens who get desperate here (at least not for bicycles). WM was once a very impoverished and run-down city before its gay rebirth. Pockets of poverty still exist, and crooks will also come from surrounding communities. Somehow I can't image your bikes being ridden off by someone in 5" spike heels, glittery evening gown, big hair and a tiara. icon_wink.gif
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    Apr 10, 2013 2:57 PM GMT
    The only time I've ever left my roadie or mtn unattended is on road trips, if I stop at a restaurant and then I loop two separate cables hooked to the hitch. I try to get a window seat overlooking the car but usually feel safe if the place is busy. Sometimes I'll trunk the front wheel.

    For local rides, if I plan to stop and leave the bike, I take the hybrid which is only worth a few hundred.

    I've also walked into stores with bike at my side. Never had a clerk comment.
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    Apr 11, 2013 4:45 AM GMT
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    paulflexes saidThe BikeSpike:
    http://reviews.mtbr.com/new-gadget-bikespike-bike-theft-protector#slider-pro-2-0

    All I know about it for now is what I read in the article, but it seems like an awesome idea...especially if you're a bicycle commuter. Worrying about theft is the #1 reason I don't commute by bike as often as I could.


    I've had three bikes stolen in the last ten years, and they were right outside of my house locked up with U-locks. I live in Wilton Manors, so it's not a bad area, per se, but you never know, those queens get desperate down here!
    My money's on Colonel Mustard with the walking cane.


    That's "Light" Colonel Mustard. He HAS been acting more oddly than usual over the past week.
    This thread is not about your personal grievances. Save it for when your man is recovering from a life-threatening medical emergency. Then see how "normal" you act.
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    Apr 14, 2013 11:55 PM GMT
    I only ride my bike around the neighborhood for fun and never leave it to go into a store or restaurant or anything like that, so my bike has never been stolen (I have had it for 10 years now).