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Love your bike. Lock it right.

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StuInMcCandless

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Nov 27 2013 at 7:03am #

Profile about 9 months old, so yeah, he got caught up in the same problem as what caused a lot of profiles to disappear in the website switch in Jan-Feb, maybe 1/4 to 1/3 of the accounts on the message board.


ericf

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Nov 27 2013 at 10:04am #

@drewbacca, @stefb, @gg, @StuInMcCandless,
Does this have to permeate every thread on this board? If it is that important to identify gg as hcurtis, please stop interrupting my conversations and start a thread. Otherwise,respectfully, SHUT UP ABOUT IT!


buffalo buffalo

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Nov 27 2013 at 11:18am #

Except that hcurtis wasn’t “caught up in the same problem”, he was banned for repeated racist and otherwise offensive comments. And that, I think, *is* significant.


ericf

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Nov 27 2013 at 12:27pm #

THIS IS A THREAD ABOUT LOCKING YOUR BIKE. CAN WE TRY TO STAY ON TOPIC? PLEASE START ANOTHER THREAD IF YOU HAVE OTHER ISSUES TO DISCUSS.


jonawebb

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Nov 27 2013 at 1:13pm #

Yeah, but if I can make a small suggestion: maybe hcurtis/gg could change his account again and then we can have fun figuring out who he is?


mr marvelous

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Nov 27 2013 at 5:21pm #

@ericf I think the point everyone is making is hcurtis racism is important. It is easy to say send it to another thread. Many people say that about things that aren’t important to them or doesn’t affect them. For me I can never send it to another thread because it’s in every thread of my life without escape. I am thankful for those of you who don’t except it and protect every thread, and not sending it away so we can pretend it doesn’t exist and go back to being happy and talking about locks again. Maybe if we address it in every thread then it’s the first step in removing it completely because it can no longer be ignored.
Now go back to talking about locks and I’m going back to Facebook where I belong.


stefb

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Nov 27 2013 at 6:59pm #

Really? I think most of the threads here go off topic.


jonawebb

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Nov 27 2013 at 7:18pm #

I’m not going to argue with @mm about r how racist comments hurt–how could I? But I think it’s a, good thing to let things go if you can. It makes you a better person. And hcurtis hasn’t said anything racist in his current incarnation as gg. So that would be one way to deal with it.


angel71529

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Jul 15 2014 at 3:48am #

well question then….how do we know the thief or thieves aren’t from new york city?? and i had a 7500 dollar colnago bike stolen and i had it u locked! ! i believe it was grinded right through. …the lock was left right there where my bike was….sucks. and i had that kryptonite u lock!! and it was wire locked as well. i have named this person or persons the bike bully. seriously. the bike bully.


Drewbacca

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Jul 15 2014 at 1:32pm #

^ we don’t know that the thief isn’t shipping the bike elsewhere. A high end bike being targeted is certainly a concern. It could just be coincidence that it was a more expensive bike…

an angle grinder isn’t a likely tool of some neighborhood kid looking for a ride home… although, they aren’t super expensive either if you go the harbor freight route.

If recent threats are organized, than that is a serious concern.


jonawebb

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Jul 15 2014 at 1:51pm #

My hope is that somebody will track down one or more of the bikes and that will lead to a cache of them. Given the scale of what’s going on, I think it’s quite likely that there’s at least a minimal level of organization behind it. I’ll bet there’s somebody out there with a few or more stolen bikes cached in their basement or someplace like that.
I’ve looked for the bikes on Craigslist and no dice on nearby cities, but all that says is that the thieves aren’t stupid enough to list their bikes on an easily searched site like that, or they haven’t gotten around to posting them there. It would be good to, say, visit flea markets and check them against the stolen bikes page.


angel71529

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Jul 16 2014 at 4:08am #

well supposedly the pitt police spotted a kid arrested for bike theft last year cause some other drs bike was stolen. i sure hope so. my bike was very very expensive. and from what i heard from a few people i know as well that haven’t posted about their bikes that three of them had u locks as well. so im NOT so sure that arent smart. they gotta be


Drewbacca

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Jul 16 2014 at 2:26pm #

Just knowing that someone used a u-lock isn’t sufficient…

What kind of u-lock? Some are easy to pick.
How was the bicycle/frame attached to the lock?
What was the bike attached to?

I’ve heard stories of u-locks being picked with a bic pen. I’ve seen u-locks attached to a wheel but the frame wasn’t secure and thus stolen. I’ve seen signage/meters/etc. removed or fences cut, in order to steal a bike.

Using a u-lock is only the first half of the battle.

There are leverage attacks which can be prevented. There is poor lock placement too. Taking an angle-grinder to a lock is the last and most extreme… if four bikes were stolen that way, it needs to be documented so encourage your friends to get on here and share their story (assuming they are from Pittsburgh, that is).


atown

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Jul 16 2014 at 3:33pm #

The bic pen issue was with older U-Locks (I think like a decade ago) and they have since fixed it. Of course, people might still be using them.

I think this might be a cause of some of the missing bikes that rely on U-Locks. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9fLtdZyX-A

Takes 36 seconds and much quieter than an angle-grinder.

Sheldon Brown recommend this method of locking on his site but I have to say this is maybe the one instance where he wasn’t giving the best advice.


StuInMcCandless

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Jul 16 2014 at 3:45pm #

I have one of the old Bic pen U-locks, but I don’t routinely use it. They are not all that common anymore, and even if you saw it, you might not realize how easy it is to pick, so if you were looking to steal something, you’d pass it up.

More importantly, my daughter was relying on a cheap (sub-$10 new) U-lock for a while, but it seized up on her one day, leaving her lock-less. Guess what: The bike was gone in a week.

Spend the money. Get a *good* lock. Figure on dropping $30 or so.


gg

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Jul 16 2014 at 3:51pm #

Sheldon is a great resource, but just throwing a U-lock around a wheel wasn’t good advice. Gotta be around the frame as well. One advantage of riding a track bike because the geometry is so tight. Even my smaller NYC lock fits around both back wheel and frame. Not so luck with my winter ride. I go around frame and through spokes. Even though I do all that, I also put a chain around the front wheel and frame. That is a lot of cutting, but if someone wants something bad enough, they can get it. Still, most would probably go to a different bike if you are locked up requiring two or more cuts.


Drewbacca

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Jul 16 2014 at 5:38pm #

I don’t think sheldon got it wrong, per se… it’s a potential weak point for sure.

I use the Sheldon method if I’m parked for an hour or less at a business. If I was going to park in a garage while at work, I’d keep a second u-lock on the rack at the garage and lock up with a second u-lock through the frame itself. Likewise, I’d use a couple of u-locks for overnight parking (I’d probably pull the front wheel off and lock it up in the back as well).

Even with the hacksaw through the wheel approach, that’s a lot more dedication than the average thief carrying a pair of wire-cutters and looking for bikes with cable locks.

It can’t be emphasized enough to use more than one lock if you are leaving your bike unattended for several hours (at a regular location). But for the most part, a u-lock will be ignored and the thief will move on to an easier target. Of course, it depends on the thief…

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