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chances of bike stolen or stripped in Oakland/San Fran?(13 posts)

chances of bike stolen or stripped in Oakland/San Fran?DougSloan
Oct 2, 2003 10:01 AM
I'm going to Oakland (wife has a conference there today and tomorrow, then San Francisco for the day Saturday. I'm taking the Milano with a child carrier on the back so that Luke and I can ride around Oakland Friday (nice lake and park nearby).

The Milano will be on a rear rack, and I'll have a big fat cable lock securing it, through both wheels, to the rack and/or hitch.

What do you suppose the chances are that the bike will be ripped off or parts stripped while in overnight parking at the hotel or during the day while parked on the street in downtown or wharf areas on San Francisco? I'm just a small town guy who normally doesn't have to worry about such things.

Any suggestions, other than maybe putting it inside the car (which would be a pain in the rear)? Thanks.

SF or anywhere else.Steve_0
Oct 2, 2003 10:10 AM
parked ANYWHERE overnight is not a good idea. Spend the 2 minutes to bring it into the hotel for the night.

During the day, simply park in open view. Downtown anywhere is rarely a problem during the day.
re: chances of bike stolen or stripped in Oakland/San Fran?moschika
Oct 2, 2003 10:21 AM
i would hardly call Fresno small town, at least not in population or crime.

your bike might be fine. it really all depends where you parked and what the hotel parking is like. downtown oakland i think is a bit sketchy. would you leave it in downtown Fresno? oakland is similar or worse.

SF may be a bit different if it's in a touristy area but things might disappear there too.
re: chances of bike stolen or stripped in Oakland/San Fran?TWD
Oct 2, 2003 11:31 AM
I don't know about SF, but I don't leave any of my bikes on my rack overnight anywhere.

When I travel, I either pull the wheels off and put the bike in the trunk of my rental car, or bring the bike in the hotel overnight. Sometimes I will leave the bike in the room locked to a piece of furniture.

I've never had any problems with bringing things into a hotel.

Conversely, I know several people who have had their bikes stolin off their cars at night in a hotel parking lot. It's not worth the risk.
don't leave anything in the carking of Norway
Oct 2, 2003 11:40 AM
Unfortunately I do know a little about S.F. 2 friends who just left covered bags and/or suitcases in their cars parked on the street got both cars broken into. I was up at the T-Mobile Int'l 2-3 weeks ago and left a rear ksyruim wheel outside my friends flat in a good neighborhood for 10-15 minutes- Dumb forgetful move yes, and never seen again. SF is a touristy city and I think that enhances the petty theft of items left in cars. Since the city is so small and congested it gives theieves a lot of opportunities. I would not leave anything valuable in your car in SF for any appreciable time.
gone in 60 seconds nmgtx
Oct 2, 2003 12:09 PM
re: chances of bike stolen or stripped in Oakland/San Fran?spankdoggie
Oct 2, 2003 12:31 PM
I have had a couple of bikes stolen in San Francisco with only cable locks on. You can get away with locking it up if you use a cable lock and a U lock. 2 locks, not one.
re: Pretty good..jrm
Oct 2, 2003 1:18 PM
I ride in Oakland and SF. I may be paranoid but i never let the bike outta my site. If i know i cant bring it with me or secure in a place i feel is safe, then i dont take it.

This place really is a mecca for ripping bikes. Also depending on where your at in Oakland theres some great rides in the hills above Oakland. If you have web access check out the East Bay Bicycle Coalition web site. They have on line maps of the Oakland area that are really good.
re: chances of bike stolen or stripped in Oakland/San Fran?lyleseven
Oct 2, 2003 3:47 PM
In certain parts of downtown Oakland they won't bother the bike, they'll take the care with the bike on it! Put it in the hotel and if you ride it around the Lake (which is very congested traffic for the most part) be careful. Inside the park of the Lake, don't leave it unattended or unlocked.
don't let it out of your sightSao
Oct 2, 2003 4:23 PM
and if you do, double/triple lock the thing with at least one U-lock.
There is no shortage of bare frames chained to stationarybicyclerepairman
Oct 2, 2003 4:31 PM
objects around here...
I live in Oakland & never leave my bike unattendeddavidcuttler
Oct 2, 2003 8:18 PM
I take it with me everywhere I go. Into the bank, getting a hair cut, anyplace! It never leaves my side period. By the way riding around Lake Merit is very nice. Also go down to Jack London square on the waterfront, and follow the path along the waterfront. It is also a real trip to catch the Ferry from Jack London Sq. into San Fransisco. You can take the bike with you on the boat.
Chances are good... where are you staying?Starliner
Oct 2, 2003 8:35 PM
Never take that chance unless you want to get rid of the bike for the insurance money - heft it up to the hotel room, or if the place has a storeroom, put in in there.