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Solo rides and convenience stores(16 posts)

Solo rides and convenience storesronniedee
Jul 22, 2003 4:32 PM
I usually do my Sunday ride solo and when I do I am afraid to leave the bike outside for a visit inside the store (for food or toilet).

What does everybody else do in this situation?
re: Solo rides and convenience storesTREKY
Jul 22, 2003 6:19 PM
I bring it in the store and politely ask the clerk if I can leave it in the store.I've never had anybody say no.If youre polite and going to purchase something they won't mind.
Same here...coonass
Jul 23, 2003 7:04 PM
I've never had anyone tell me 'NO'....
re: Solo rides and convenience storesmickey-mac
Jul 22, 2003 8:17 PM
If I'm going to be far enough away from my bike that someone can grab it, I put it in the biggest gear and strap my helmet between the downtube and front wheel. If someone manages to get the helmet off the bike before I can get to him, he'll have to try to accelerate in a 53x11. Of course this isn't going to stop someone from pulling up in a truck and throwing the bike in the back, but that seems less likely than someone just trying to ride off with it.
Call me naivejtolleson
Jul 22, 2003 8:39 PM
but I lean it against the door and go in. It has worked for over a decade.

I wouldn't do it in the heart of the city, but that isn't where I ride. Small towns, and I'm often not the only cyclist at the store.
dittoSteve_0
Jul 23, 2003 3:39 AM
in the city, I might pay the local homeless guy a buck to watch it.

Except for keeping it in view, I just dont worry about it.
Mr. Naive here.KG 361
Jul 23, 2003 7:57 PM
I leave it in plain view so that I can see it. I also live in a mostly rural area; most convienience stores aren't that crowded or busy and the ones that are are full of fellow cyclists, so I feel pretty safe about it.
re: Solo rides and convenience storesCallMeClyde
Jul 22, 2003 10:22 PM
If I don't have a lock with me then I won't turn my back on the bike. I have brought the bike into the bathroom more than once. I have also never been refused when I ask to bring the bike into a store. I wouldn't drag it into a store if it is wet or muddy tho, just wouldn't be polite.
As long as my insurance it current...OwenMeany
Jul 23, 2003 5:26 AM
I just lean it and go in....
in front of window where it can be seen from inside nmDougSloan
Jul 23, 2003 6:39 AM
I carry a lightweight cable lock ...Humma Hah
Jul 23, 2003 7:06 AM
Won't slow down bolt cutters more than 5 seconds, but will stop casual ride-aways. I wouldn't leave one of my prize vintage bikes locked up in prominent place all day with this lock, but it should be good enough for a minute in the store, where I'll be gone before the crook has time to fish out the bolt cutters.

Like Doug, I try to put it where I can see it.
re: Solo rides and convenience storesfarmerfrank
Jul 23, 2003 7:32 AM
In the rural areas I don't worry much. Most people don't have a clue what my bike is worth. But in the cities I will keep an eye on it while buying something to eat and drink. I do take my shoes off when I go into a nicer convenience store though. It just seems more respectful than clanking around foraging for something to eat. I have always gotten good responses from clerks/owners.
re: Having had 2 stolen, I never get off (nm)Trux
Jul 23, 2003 10:19 AM
You call walking around in socks and shoes respectful?KG 361
Jul 23, 2003 7:59 PM
After a few miles, people would probably PAY me to keep my shoes on! =)
Undo your brakesshamelessgearwhore
Jul 23, 2003 11:13 AM
We used to do this as kids. If you have to duck in somewhere quickly, at least the bastard might break his neck.
Mini cable lock?SpoiledBikeDaddy
Jul 23, 2003 7:29 PM
I saw a write-up somewhere for a lightweight lock on a spool (almost like a measuring tape) that fit in a jersey pocket. Real thin cable that wouldn't stand up to a pair of wire cutters, but strong enough to keep an opportunistic jerk from taking off with your ride during that crucial minute or so in the store or the restroom.

Seems to me it was about 10 - 15 dollars. Sorry I can't remember the manufacturer or where I saw the blurb...