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Cycling alone and 7-11 Store - Where to Leave the Bike?(14 posts)

Cycling alone and 7-11 Store - Where to Leave the Bike?Fez
Mar 8, 2003 2:44 PM
In the summer when the rides get longer and the temps hotter, I have to stop at convenience stores or fast food joints for some cold beverages. Unfortunately, most vending machines don't carry Gatorade.

What to do with the bike?

Leaving the bike outside unattended makes me nervous. Do you guys just bring the bike inside and look menacing so no employee tells you to leave the bike outside?
re: Cycling alone and 7-11 Store - Where to Leave the Bike?TREKY
Mar 8, 2003 2:58 PM
I ask the sales clerk if I can leave the bike inside the door and explain my situation.I've never had anyone tell me to leave the bike outside.If they did I would probably would tell them that I would find another store.Hopefully this would convince him/her to let me keep it inside.I think if you are friendly enough and ask politely they will let you keep it inside for a few minutes.
re: Cycling alone and 7-11 Store - Where to Leave the Bike?look271
Mar 8, 2003 3:06 PM
I let mine outside, but in full view. Keep in mind, though, that I live in a fairly rural area where though there is crime, it isn't like in a big city!
Temporaily disable it. . .js5280
Mar 8, 2003 3:19 PM
Something like drop the chain and/or flip the bike upside down. That way someone can't just hop on it and go. You probably won't be able to catch a person who grabs it and rides away. Doing one of these things would give you a few extra seconds to stop a thief. You could also get a snowboard lock (pic below) which is very light and compact and fairly inexpensive. It won't stop a determined theif but is an excellent deterent. I've used it on busy charity rides. . .
Snowboard Lock?cipolini2b
Mar 8, 2003 4:30 PM
JS, can you explain how it works?
Snowboard Lock?PhatMatt
Mar 8, 2003 4:56 PM
It has a retractible cable that you would use like a normal bike lock.

Here's another picture with the cable in place and lockedjs5280
Mar 9, 2003 9:18 AM
The cable is retractable as mentioned below. The nice thing is they are pretty light weight and convienent to stuff in a jersey pocket. As you see, they're plastic so someone could smash it or cut the cable, but it takes away at least easy oppontunity type theft. I wouldn't recommend locking your Merlin overnight with it though ;-) Just for quick pitstops where you can keep somewhat of an eye on it...
Trek makes something similarlaffeaux
Mar 10, 2003 5:06 PM
Trek makes a waterbottle cage with a lock like that integrated into the base. Not the most stylish option but it is functional.
re: Cycling alone and 7-11 Store - Where to Leave the Bike?Leroy
Mar 8, 2003 4:02 PM
I always take it inside with me. I've never had a clerk give me any trouble about it. Just act like you know what you're doing.
re: Cycling alone and 7-11 Store - Where to Leave the Bike?Dutchy
Mar 9, 2003 4:53 PM
If you are in a shop where you can't see the bike from inside, just remove the front wheel and carry it with you. It should stop anyone trying to ride off with your bike.


A couple of questionsKerry
Mar 9, 2003 7:10 PM
Where do you ride, and how long do you stay in the store? Unless you live in "snatch & grab central" then the chances seem pretty small of your bike being swiped in the 2 minutes you're buying Gatorade and can't look out the window. Take your front wheel with you when you go inside if you think the prospect of a theft is high. Easy to carry, completely disables the bike, and is no more conspicuous than you already are in your jersy, shorts, and bike shoes.
A couple of questionsFez
Mar 9, 2003 9:44 PM
7-11 stores usually have lots of folks going in and out quickly. I heard at some convenience stores off of bike trails, the bikes get snatched and put in the back of pickups. By the time the owner gets out and realizes the bike is gone, the truck has already left the parking lot.

It all happens very fast. And these kind of thiefs would still take your bike even if you walk in with the front wheel.
Put your helmet strap through the back wheel and seat stays (nm)Psalm 147-10_11
Mar 10, 2003 6:58 AM
cable locktarwheel
Mar 10, 2003 10:55 AM
I have a small Kryptonite cable lock that I carry on bike tours and occassional long rides. Fully extended, the cable is 4' -- just long enough to loop through the back wheel and frame. It has a built in combination lock. Got it at a bike shop for less than $10. I don't use it very often but it's nice to have when the need arrives. With the cable coiled, it easily fits in a seat pack or jersey pocket and weighs very little. The cable is very thin and covered with plastic, so it's not intended for high security but will definitely work as a deterrent. Only problem is remembering the combination.