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Old 07-01-20, 09:34 PM
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Do you take a lock on your ride?

I usually only stop occasionally for a bathroom break and take the bike in the stall but now Idk if my usual bathroom is even open. Iím starting to take longer rides and was wondering what you guys do.
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Old 07-02-20, 04:47 AM
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usually. i've got the medium-sized ottolock and frequently run that around the frame + the helmet through the spokes of either tire simultaneously
even if i think i'm not going to use the restroom/maintain direct visual contact with the bike 100% of the time parked. you just never know.

had an opportunistic thief try to abscond with my '85 pinarello treviso about 7 months ago while outside a tasting room where i was enjoying a beer. i was on him in 4 seconds
and simply asked "would you like the lock combination? it'll be easier that way." he cursed me out and medium-speed, shuffled away down the street.
didn't seem like a pro...more like a crackhead but when your bike gets stolen, it doesn't matter.

if you can swing it, it's always better to take it, and use it. you never know when you'll be distracted just long enough. attractive/flirty person. payment/tech issues paying the bill,
engrossed in the latest kuwtk drama on your phone, conversation with a nearby patron, mapping out the closest bike store to borrow the shop pump, textarguing with the significant other,
putting in a (potentially winning) bid on a possible n + 1 in the closing seconds of an auction...etc.

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Old 07-02-20, 06:50 AM
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No, I'm never really in a situation where my bike is left alone. My rides are pretty structured and the chance of me not being more than 10 feet away from it let alone out of site.... just really isn't happening with me right now. If there happened to be an emergency where I needed to access a bathroom and my bike wouldn't fit I would remove the quick releases and open the brakes and make it virtually unable to move without some work.
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Old 07-02-20, 07:14 AM
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Never.

2 things to help prevent getting stolen. 1) Remove your helmet and loop the straps thru the front wheel and frame and buckle it together. A thief has to remove the helmet for the bike to roll anywhere. 2) As you are about to stop, shift to big ring and smallest cog. That makes it hard for a thief to get up to speed as they hop on and try to roll away.

I only leave the bike to go into a convenience store for a drink and it’s never out of sight.
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Old 07-02-20, 01:15 PM
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No. The only place I stop to pee, I take my bike in the door.
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Old 07-02-20, 04:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Joe Bikerider View Post
No. The only place I stop to pee, I take my bike in the door.
^^^^^^^^^^^^^

ditto

The CCPlague has made it hard to predict which parks pee stops will be open though.
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Old 07-02-20, 05:26 PM
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Originally Posted by ooga-booga View Post
usually. i've got the medium-sized ottolock and frequently run that around the frame + the helmet through the spokes of either tire simultaneously
even if i think i'm not going to use the restroom/maintain direct visual contact with the bike 100% of the time parked. you just never know.

had an opportunistic thief try to abscond with my '85 pinarello treviso about 7 months ago while outside a tasting room where i was enjoying a beer. i was on him in 4 seconds
and simply asked "would you like the lock combination? it'll be easier that way." he cursed me out and medium-speed, shuffled away down the street.
didn't seem like a pro...more like a crackhead but when your bike gets stolen, it doesn't matter.

if you can swing it, it's always better to take it, and use it. you never know when you'll be distracted just long enough. attractive/flirty person. payment/tech issues paying the bill,
engrossed in the latest kuwtk drama on your phone, conversation with a nearby patron, mapping out the closest bike store to borrow the shop pump, textarguing with the significant other,
putting in a (potentially winning) bid on a possible n + 1 in the closing seconds of an auction...etc.
Lol at the distractions. Glad you stopped him, he was mesmerized by it's beauty.
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Old 07-02-20, 06:00 PM
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Not always, but trying to get better at it. No excuse not too as I can easily and securely loop the cable on the back rack or put it in the back rack luggage box. Bike is really not worth stealing except by unknowledgeable opportunists... meaning most of Atlanta inhabitants....
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