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    Not a perfect system

    My buddy's bike, or at least most of it, was lifted last night in Portland, OR. Don't let this happen to you:
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    That sucks, but holy hell that pic made me laugh!

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    Oh my God. That would suck so bad, but like jtmartino said, I ror'd at that for sure.

    Very clever thief. I never would have thought to do that.

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    Yikes. Very scary there... It just goes to show that there is no fool proof system given a large chunk of time. What kind was it? Keep an eye out on craigslist maybe?

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    So that is what happens when you don't tighten your headset enough.......

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    sucks for your friend, but that is pretty funny.

    Thief probably put more work into removing the fork than it would have been to force the lock.

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    That's why you can't beat a hitch rack with a 15ft cable intertwined through the bike, two wheels, and the little safety loops on the hitch itself.

    Anything *can* be stolen, but cutting through one of those Kryptonite cables ain't that easy.

    -Tom

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    Quote Originally Posted by trhoppe View Post
    That's why you can't beat a hitch rack with a 15ft cable intertwined through the bike, two wheels, and the little safety loops on the hitch itself.

    Anything *can* be stolen, but cutting through one of those Kryptonite cables ain't that easy.

    -Tom
    Actually, it's incredibly easy with a common pair of bolt cutters. Takes significantly less time than removing the fork from the bike. A cable lock is probably the worst idea you can have if you want to keep your bike secure. I know, because my super burly cable lock was cut and my bike stolen in broad daylight (in a very public place, no less) in a matter of seconds.

    And you're right, anything can be stolen. But at least with a heavy chain or a U-lock, thieves will be forced to use an angle grinder.

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    Wonder if the thief had to climb on top of the car to do that...

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    Classic

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    **** luck. A thief that knows how a headset works. damn.
    Instead of rims, put sundials on your wheels and run for the hills...

    P.O.S. Living Slightly Larger

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    Mental note, but tamperproof torx for my headset. Not the perfect solution, but i doubt most bike thieves carry that tool with them.

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    Wow!

    Quote Originally Posted by Entrenador View Post
    My buddy's bike, or at least most of it, was lifted last night in Portland, OR. Don't let this happen to you:
    That's crazy. I'm surprised they didn't get the fork. Those locks are pretty easy to defeat.

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    Somewhere in town, is the rear wheel and frame of a bike still locked up with the fork and front wheel missing.

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    Why would you leave a bike on a car out of sight for any duration longer than 20 seconds? I rely on the locks on my racks to keep the bike on the car while driving in the freeway. I don't trust them for a second to keep the bike stuck to the car in a parking lot while I dick around in a convenience store.

    The minute I saw a rack I knew that the fastest way to get a bike off of it was to carry around a small multi-tool and remove the stem/headset cap and just slide 90% of the bike right off the car. :/

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    Did they take the front brake too? It's not easy to cut brake hoses unless you have the tool. The guy that took this was ready

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    Quote Originally Posted by AtotheZ View Post
    Did they take the front brake too? It's not easy to cut brake hoses unless you have the tool. The guy that took this was ready
    If he had disc brakes, and I'm sure he did, all he needed was a hex key.

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    Honda Element FTW. But alas, the Element is no longer in production.


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    Never EVER leave a bike on a rack unattended. If I can't see it, I assume it may be stolen. Everyone realizes that bikes on racks are huge levers and you can probably hang off the bike on the roof-rack and RIP the bike/rack off of the car. This would damage car and rack, but thieves do not care about your car.
    "It's only when you stand over it, you know, when you physically stand over the bike, that then you say 'hey, I don't have much stand over height', you know"-T. Ellsworth

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    In the car is the only way to go.

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    Dang! Makes me feel lucky to live where I do, no one locks their house/car/truck while they are away

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    That really sucks....

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    2 Solutions:

    1. Don't EVER leave your bike(s) unattended. PERIOD.

    2. Purchase an E-250 / E-350 Variant. Tint the windows.

    3. Carry a special articles insurance policy on your bikes. I carry mine through State Farm. Costs me a whopping $55 a YEAR, with zero deductible. I have 5 bikes insured, 3 of the bikes are mine. 2 are my brothers. I have $10K in coverage for all 5.

    According to State Farm, all I have to have is photo evidence of my rigs, and a printed & signed form by them from my LBS stating the value of each of my rigs as they are modified.

    So, my $2200 hardtail is covered, as is my $3000 dual-squish, and my brothers $3500 Demo 9 Pro, as well as his $1700 Trek hardtail.

    Bingo, Bango. My LBS filled out the forms for all of the bikes (including my GT ****-Bike).

    If I install or modify something on one, I just take the form with me and have it updated to the new value. No big deal.

    Small inconvenience in my opionion considering I live in crime-ridden Las Vegas, NV.

    I advise you all to do the same.

    -Matt
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    Pinhead make a tamper proof cap for fork headsets.

    My bike ain't that great, If it was stolen I might be nearly half happy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spazzy View Post
    Dang! Makes me feel lucky to live where I do, no one locks their house/car/truck while they are away
    Where exactly is that?

    Street addresses will suffice
    15mm is a second-best solution to a problem that was already solved.

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    This is crazy...

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    At least you still have your suspesion

    But seriously, that sucks.

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    Thats a blower!

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