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    F500 ripped off!

    My son has been riding my spare bike ('99 F500 in excellent shape).. mostly night rides around campus. He called me today to say that somebody stole it from his underground "secure" garage.. very upsetting. It's a major deal for him to have a bike so, once we hear from the insurance guy tomorrow, we'll probably be looking to replace it without spending a ton of cash. As I get into the research on what to replace it with, does anybody have any advice on what to look for? The one we just lost wasn't the end-all build (original Headshock, Deore-LX, Coda crank, V-brakes) but it rode solid year-round. I also liked it's paint job - matte finish army green. I am wondering if there are things I ought to be looking for (maybe stuff that's come with more recent models) and what version of the F would be somewhat comparable to what was ripped off.

    Thanks.

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    F400.

    Quote Originally Posted by Big K
    My son has been riding my spare bike ('99 F500 in excellent shape).. mostly night rides around campus. He called me today to say that somebody stole it from his underground "secure" garage.. very upsetting. It's a major deal for him to have a bike so, once we hear from the insurance guy tomorrow, we'll probably be looking to replace it without spending a ton of cash. As I get into the research on what to replace it with, does anybody have any advice on what to look for? The one we just lost wasn't the end-all build (original Headshock, Deore-LX, Coda crank, V-brakes) but it rode solid year-round. I also liked it's paint job - matte finish army green. I am wondering if there are things I ought to be looking for (maybe stuff that's come with more recent models) and what version of the F would be somewhat comparable to what was ripped off.

    Thanks.
    The replacement is the F-400. Great bike, with a better headshock, lighter frame with disc tabs, and a better parts pick. It will hover around $750USD.
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    both my bike and my brothers bikes (97 m700 and killer v 700) were stollen out of our garage one day while my mom was in the backyard gardening. our insurance gave us replacement value, which was actually more then we paid for the bikes.

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    IMHO

    Getting anything 'decent' for a campus bike is just asking for problems. It will either get stolen or vandalized if it has to be left unattended.

    Get something used that is OK, but doesn't necessarily look like it is or this is one time where a Huffy (or something similar) or a beach cruiser is actually recommended.

    Don't spend more than $150 on a campus bike. Again, JMHO

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffj
    IMHO

    Getting anything 'decent' for a campus bike is just asking for problems. It will either get stolen or vandalized if it has to be left unattended.

    Get something used that is OK, but doesn't necessarily look like it is or this is one time where a Huffy (or something similar) or a beach cruiser is actually recommended.

    Don't spend more than $150 on a campus bike. Again, JMHO

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    I second this motion - throw an F400 or equivalent in your Son's room, and lock a cruiser for getting places in the garage.

    F400 - MTB rides
    Crusier - Collage Transportation

    I had three bikes while in University, only one of them had a lock, as it was the only one I'd leave any place.

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    Agreed, keep the nice bikes in the room. I live in a dorm and can fit my c-dale cx bike and my xc race bike in here without pissing off my roommate (and it's a 10x15 room. I ride a pink spraypainted singlespeed roadbike that I fished from a garage sale to and from campus. I would never even consider riding a nice bike and leaving it anywhere outside in a college town.

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    Update and question

    I met with my insurance agent yesterday and the decision was to reimburse me for the cost of everything we lost (vs. trying to establish replacement value on the bike and upgrades). I was surprised when I sat down to add up every upgrade and add-on component on the bike.. it came to just over $1500 (I had original receipts for all but $90 of it). So, we'll be getting a check for that amount minus a hefty $500 deductible.

    I appreciate the comments about what kind of bike should realistically be ridden around a college town.. from my experience, those comments are well founded. However, my son is so into riding that he wants to have a better bike and says he will start keeping it in his appartment. I have a couple questions I was hoping you guys could help with:

    1) I am not sure we will replace this bike with another hardtail.. the reason this was my backup bike is that I replaced it after a couple years with a Jeckyll. I had a seatpost shock installed on the F500 and would likely do the same if we got another one. By the time you look at the upgrades on a new F400/600 to get it to a comparable level, there is an argument to be made to go ahead and get a FS bike. If we do that, and the main riding style is mostly a mix of XC/relatively flat trails/bike trails/occasional on-road, would it be smarter to consider the Rush vs. Prophet?

    2) anybody out there have an opinion on the best lock to use?

    thanks!

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    Schlage double cylinder deadbolt.

    My daughter has three bikes at school. It can be done. She is off-campus in a single this year and has a supergo style free standing rack that will hold all three (MTB, road and beach cruiser)

    She was in a dorm last year and kept two bikes in there with no problem. Kept them under her bunk.

    Riding anything but a junker around campus is asking for it. Even if you lock it so well it doesn't get stolen, it will attract vandals with multi-tools or oversized Doc Martins.

    If you ride a bike that looks like it's not worth more than the lock, nobody will want it anyways and that is half the battle with a campus bike.

    Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big K
    2) anybody out there have an opinion on the best lock to use?

    thanks!
    two locks. i'm in northern virginia and ride in dc a fair amount. my experience is that thieves will walk on past my bike when i've locked it up with two different locks.
    ulock at the front, and a flexible cable type lock around the frame and rear triangle.

    sorry to hear of the loss/frustration.

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