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How to thief-proof your bike
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Thanks to a remarkably positive experience with Co-op insurance, my replacement bike for my stolen Dr Dew is on order. I just wondered if people have any experience of ways of thief-proofing bikes.…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Robert May 17.

Stolen Kona Dr Dew - blue
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My Kona Dr Dew has just been stolen from outside Moseley Road Baths in Balsall Heath.A bright almost electric blue colour, with a curved down tube. Bike register sticker. Serial no 1106K0594…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nick Apr 7.

Wanted: bike hod or small narrow trailer

Anyone got a 'bike hod' or other small/narrow trailer they don't need? It's for moving about 10kg of gardening tools on 1-3 mile journeys... my big trailer would mean getting stuck in traffic - I'd…Continue

Started Jun 29, 2016

Found: panniers - on canal

Just found a pair of panniers - the sort that are joined together over the top of the rack - on the canal towpath in Digbeth approx between Adderley Street and the B4128. They were empty - perhaps…Continue

Started Apr 30, 2015

 

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Robert replied to Karen Leach's discussion How to thief-proof your bike
"I have on occasions removed the saddle, leaving the stem in place.   The expression on the faces of people who notice is worth watching for, and gives you an idea of what will be going through the mind of a potential thief."
May 17
Phil Weber replied to Karen Leach's discussion How to thief-proof your bike
"Just an additional 2p'th: I have been slightly paranoid about "very good locks" ever since I had to buy a very good hacksaw blade and cut through my own D-lock on my last day at one workplace, when the lock broke.  I still use…"
May 17
Hugh Willliams replied to Karen Leach's discussion How to thief-proof your bike
"To convert it into a 'shopping bike' I had my Boardman powder coated matt black and I've painted over the logos on the components. A real faff because the bike has to be dismantled and rebuilt. It now looks undistinguished (but maybe…"
May 17
Kim replied to Karen Leach's discussion How to thief-proof your bike
"A D-lock *and* a cable lock, so the thief needs two different kinds of tools. Lock it next to something more expensive looking and/or easier to steal. Lock it somewhere else where theft is less likely. Use a folding bike and take it inside with…"
May 16
Karen Leach replied to Karen Leach's discussion How to thief-proof your bike
"I like the last tip on this: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2009/may/11/tips-to-stop-bike-theft "Or ride a bike that isn't worth stealing. Who are you? Lance Armstrong? You can get a brand new bicycle for £75. The thieves…"
May 16
Steve replied to Karen Leach's discussion How to thief-proof your bike
"Sadly bike theft is never going to be entirely preventable. While it may be possible to make a frame look a mess with duct tape or paint, the presence of nice components remains. If someone really wants to steal a bike they will do so - nothing is…"
May 16
Karen Leach replied to Karen Leach's discussion How to thief-proof your bike
"Thanks LS - that's a good alternative to painting.. although perhaps its reversibility means also the thief can reverse it...."
May 16
LS replied to Karen Leach's discussion How to thief-proof your bike
"I've seen bike frames covered in black duck tape to which presumably deters thieves if it doesn't stand out as a decent make. I assume it is easily reversible, perhaps test on the underside first?"
May 16
Karen Leach posted a discussion

How to thief-proof your bike

Thanks to a remarkably positive experience with Co-op insurance, my replacement bike for my stolen Dr Dew is on order. I just wondered if people have any experience of ways of thief-proofing bikes. I'd always assumed a decent d-lock and a Bike Register sticker was enough for a fairly scruffy mid-range bicycle but I've learned that's not true :-(As well as a good lock, and just leaving it outside buildings much less, I've been considering:a) getting my brand new, beautiful shiny bicycle frame…See More
May 16
Karen Leach replied to Andy Reeve's discussion Stolen Marin Pine Mountain 27.5+ Mountain Bike
"So sorry to hear this, Andy! How very upsetting - specially about the insurance. I'll keep an eye open around Moseley.Am sure I will tell you stuff you already know but keep an eye on ebay and gumtree just in case. In terms of insurance mine…"
May 16
Nick replied to Karen Leach's discussion Stolen Kona Dr Dew - blue
"I hope they get caught and you get your bike back or it's covered on your insurance. Keep an eye on ebay and Gumtree. I've heard of people getting their bike back many months after they were stolen when they appeared on ebay."
Apr 7
Karen Leach replied to Karen Leach's discussion Stolen Kona Dr Dew - blue
"Not quite that old..! I remember that story too. I'd be interested to hear if other people have heard of d-locks being defeated for bikes that aren't titanium or whatever. I must say I've always thought with a d-lock and an…"
Apr 5
Stuart Thompson replied to Karen Leach's discussion Stolen Kona Dr Dew - blue
"How old was the DLock - I know Kryptonite did have a problem with some of their locks being defeated by a biro pen lid. This is going back to 2005 though."
Apr 5
Karen Leach replied to Karen Leach's discussion Stolen Kona Dr Dew - blue
"Thanks Hugh and Nick. It had an old but sound Kryptonite D-lock, not top spec but still a d lock. I have actually never known a not-top-of-range bike be stolen when a D lock has been in place, so I can;t help wondering if I did something stupid but…"
Apr 4
Nick replied to Karen Leach's discussion Stolen Kona Dr Dew - blue
"What type of lock did it have? Is there CCTV?"
Apr 4
Hugh Willliams replied to Karen Leach's discussion Stolen Kona Dr Dew - blue
"Bastards indeed. Good luck in getting it back- I'll watch out for it... Hugh"
Apr 4

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What sort of riding do you do?
Commuting & leisure. Main mode of transport
Where do you live?
Moseley
Tell us about your bike(s)
Dearly beloved old scruffy yellow Gary Fisher Big Sur; use of a Brompton; large cycle trailer
About me
I use my bike as my main mode of transport, commuting daily from Moseley to Digbeth, to the shops, bike and train for longer distances, and moving freight on the bike trailer when needed. I also do country lane and occasional off-road cycling for fun.

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