I might bike to the Pitt game tomorrow.
I read that I'm not allowed to take a water bottle into the game. do people generally leave their water bottles on their bikes when they park at a game? I would also have to thread my lock through my helmet. Do you think this would be okay?
is there any bike parking at the stadium or do I have to use the racks near the river?
Has there been issues with bike security at these games?
I would strongly advise not leaving any lights, pump, or tools in a saddlebag on the bike, people will swipe those just to be jerks. Locking thru the helmet should be fine, although that implies using a cable lock. Use a u lock on the bike itself, cable locks are easily cut. Water bottle, eh, use a cheap one, not like, your beloved 1983 limited edition team Evian livery.
Wow I have to even remove lights. :( this does not bode well for humanity. In any case, thanks for the reply.
There are racks on either side of the Science Center- less jerks over there, although maybe still a few.
There are racks down near where the gateway clipper drop off is leading up to the entrance https://goo.gl/maps/4AixGrDofHS2
There are usually quite a lot of bikes here and I've not had any issues here in the past. I wouldn't leave expensive lights or other stuff, but I have left cheap lights on in the past without issue. Definitely use a u-lock.
To prevent bicycle light theft, I've superglued my lights to their mounts. Thieves would have to use a screwdriver and a wrench to take them off. And if they are so hell-bent on stealing a $10 - 20 light to use a screwdriver and a wrench , I would let them be.
On the side note, I also make sure that I can replace the batteries easily on my lights. I only use lights that accept AA or AAA batteries for this reason. I would have to drag my bike to a power outlet to charge my lights if I use those with built-in batteries.
Ok you scared me out of it. I didn't realize people would steal bikes with so many people being around. I am disheartened at humanity.
And plus, I lost my u lock a few weeks ago.
I'd just park my bike, lock it, and leave my water bottle and stuff on it.
I've had a light stolen once in the last 10 years. Never had a water bottle messed with, but a homeless dude took a bottle of OJ once.
When I leave something of possible value in my panniers, I put a pair of definitely dingy (although laundered twice since last use) Jockey shorts on top.
I live on the edge.
As far as locking helmets go, I just loop the top of the Y on the straps through my ulock. There is no way to remove the helmet easily without a knife, and then you have an unusable helmet. Never had one stolen this way, but as always YMMV.
I've gone to using cheap tail lights from ebay now, I still take my headlight with me because it's $$$. At less than $2 a light, I just by 10 of them once a year and use them, lose them, give them away, etc. They work great on a helmet too. Only issue is shipping takes a long time, so I re-order before I run out. The ones I buy are like this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Waterproof-LED-Flashing-Lamp-Light-Rear-Cycling-Bicycle-Bike-Tail-Safety-Warning-/351823431993?hash=item51ea4f8939:g:8HwAAOSwT6pV6~Xi