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Securing nice bike in folding bike rack?(4 posts)

Securing nice bike in folding bike rack?Todd
Dec 30, 2001 4:21 PM
I'm about to start commuting by taking my bike on the subway to my night job in Washington DC and riding home in the morning. We have those folding bike racks that secure(?) both wheels, which are in a lit area outside with cameras. As I have a nice bike and this will be in DC overnight, I could use advice on making my bike as theft proof as possible. Thanks in advance for any help.
Dec 30, 2001 7:10 PM
a) Can't you take it inside with you for the midnight shift? You may want to consider striking up a friendship with the Admittance Security Guards or ask your Supervisor if you can have it locked up in an empty office, etc.
b) The best lock I've heard of is the Kryptonite 'New York' Chain or U-lock; but that only presents a challenge to a determined thief.
c) HOW good is Secuity?? If they see anyone tampering with the bike, will they take immediate action or finish their donuts first?
I would expect that any 'interested' soul would either figure out a way to separate you from your nice ride, or vandalize it if he/she can't ride away with it. :(( either way, I wouldn't want to take a chance, ESPECIALLY in DC! Rmember, that the night-time is for the 'young & restless'......
I would also recommend that you take some pics of the bike before beginning this venture...these may be the only memories you may have.....
Tip: "Bike theft" is just below "Sidewalk spitting" on the priority list of crimes in ANY city!!!!
I'm not really a smart@ss, but some people can resist everything but temptation..
Well put, Coonass,guido
Dec 30, 2001 7:54 PM
I'd never leave a nice bike in a public place overnight, in DC especially. If they won't let you park your bike in a safe spot at your workplace, and I can't believe they wouldn't, take the bus.
re: Securing nice bike in folding bike rack?Duane Gran
Dec 31, 2001 5:20 AM
The advice to bring it inside is the best solution. I live in DC and fortunately am able to lock my bike inside the parking garage, where I feel pretty safe. The Kryptonite New York lock is the best solution, but it doesn't stop any petty theif with an allen wrench from taking valuable components.

If you have to leave the bike outside, leave a crumby bike. Buy an old beater bike for commuting and don't stress if someone steals or damages it. Statistically speaking your bike will be messed with if you leave it in DC for any length of time.