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my bike was stolen this week and it had the pin head components. http://www.pinheadcomponents.com/

 

My question- do you think the thieves can get the wheels and seat off???

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Do you not have room in your home to keep the bike, Molly? In all of my apartments, I have always brought my bicycle inside with me. When it's nasty or wet outside, I would just throw down some newspaper. Honestly, in a big city like this, it's only a matter of time before your bike or parts get stolen piecemeal or whole if you leave your bike outside.

my bike was stolen while it was parked outside of my work.

Even if you don't think listing it on the stolen bike registry will help you I do think there's a value to participating in a process that collects stats/details about recent thefts. I sometimes check the registry to see if there's been any recent thefts in areas where I'd be likely to lock up. It takes <5 minutes to add your listing there.  

 

I have something like pin heads on my (replacement) wheels and thought they were less easily defeated than described on here. Still, seems like anything extra you can do to delay or deter a thief may be worthwhile (or will at least make them move onto easier prey). So you've got to balance the cost of security products against the non-certainty that they will work. Which is a pretty specific mental balancing everyone has to do on their own to decide what is worth it. 

Maybe consider getting an old beater bike that you don't have to worry much about- be less desirable to thieves and less of a loss if it is stolen? 

Bummer. There's no storage closet or anything else to keep it in? I used to keep mine by my desk, but management didn't like that. I moved it into the maintenance shop where the lead mechanic keeps it under his watch by his desk. 


Molly said:

my bike was stolen while it was parked outside of my work.

"Maybe consider getting an old beater bike that you don't have to worry much about- be less desirable to thieves and less of a loss if it is stolen?"

I have a bar/overnight/clark street/loop/street fair bike. It takes a lot of worry away!

Folding bikes can be a solution.  When I visit one of my clients, my Dahon gets stashed either under my desk or behind the racks in a server room, out of the way.  I lock it in a supply closet at another employer's.  If I go to Jewel or Dominick's, the bike rides in the shopping cart with me.  I've carried it into restaurants, bars and clubs (sometimes leaving it with the coat check folks), and overnight it lives inside the apartment, locked to another bike.

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