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sanding down components as theft deterant.(6 posts)

sanding down components as theft deterant.Frith
May 12, 2003 10:42 AM
I'm dangerously close to pulling the trigger on a surly crosscheck w/ ultegra to be used as an all in one rain/snow/tourer/commuter/crossf4fun bike. This will mean that there will be times when I may be locking it up for a period of time (Maybe an hour or two max). Quite frankly locking a bike laden with Ultegra frightens me. Do you think it's a good idea to sand down/scuff up the new components on purpose in an effort to disguise the value of them. I'm not so worried about aesthetics as this bike will not be meant to stick out in the crowd and the nature of it's use will mean that it'll recieve a fair bit of abuse anyway. I live in Toronto if that makes a difference.
re: get used?cyclopathic
May 12, 2003 10:52 AM
there're plenty used bikes in 100-200$ range. I wouldn't have heart to scuff up
I don't think it's necessary...TJeanloz
May 12, 2003 10:57 AM
The thing is, anybody who knows it's Ultegra wouldn't be fooled by some scratching. I'd be really surprised if somebody took anything of value off the bike, in a 2-3 hour time period, if you're going to leave it for a couple weeks, maybe. A few years ago I witnessed a parked Litespeed being stripped day-by-day over the course of three months. By the end, all that was left was a frame and headset cups - but it had been in the same place for months before anybody liberated any components. The only precaution I would take is using a binder bolt instead of a QR on the seatpost.
so what did you build w/the components then??? nm 8)stik__boy
May 12, 2003 12:39 PM
use 105Fender
May 12, 2003 12:11 PM
Why not spec the bike with 105 instead? In case it does get stolen or looted, it's cheap to replace.

For you peace of mind, I've left my Miyata commuter locked in public places over night/days and it's yet to be striped. It has an XT r. derailleur and an LX cassette. I live in San Francisco.
funny you should mention (anyone want to buy an ultegra group)Frith
May 12, 2003 1:54 PM
I thought the same thing. I figured the black group would be nice and unflash.
I asked the people at excelsports about downgrading the package to 105 and the guy told me that it would probably end up costing the same or more than the ultegra package! I guess they're just overstocked on ultegra.
I would consider selling the new ultegra bits to someone for less than you could find online but provided it's enough to cover the 105 and save me some $ at the same time.
any takers? or Anyone out there with black 105 triple that wants to upgrade?