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Old 06-28-2009, 06:39 PM
 
Location: Wicker Park, Chicago
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OMG... Look at how bad bike thefts are in Chicago!

Chicago Stolen Bike Registry

I even lock up my $9000 CF Cervelo Soloist Team with Zipp 404's! - But on Michigan Ave / Water Tower only! - Did it by Macy's Downtown and Holy Name Cathedral too!

Stolen at busy Navy Pier but he used a combination cable lock [these are usually weak].

Mongoose MOZO Vibe Mountain Men's Bike Duel Suspension 24 Speed | Chicago Stolen Bike Registry

I'm gonna be locking with 2 U Locks now most of the time!

This Wicker Park theft is surprising too! http://chicago.stolenbike.org/node/183755

If you have Allstate Home Insurance you can insure your bike under "Sporting Goods."

Last edited by Jesse69; 06-28-2009 at 06:53 PM..
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Old 06-28-2009, 06:45 PM
 
Location: Chicago- Lawrence and Kedzie/Maywood
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Hahaaha, serves them right.
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Old 06-28-2009, 07:46 PM
 
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Hahaaha, serves them right.
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Old 06-28-2009, 09:57 PM
 
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I'm gonna be locking with 2 U Locks now most of the time!
U-Locks are useless.


YouTube - U-Lock Bic Pen Trick
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Old 06-28-2009, 10:08 PM
 
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U-Locks are useless.


YouTube - U-Lock Bic Pen Trick
Thats why it is recommended you do not use the circle shaped keys.
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Old 06-28-2009, 10:23 PM
 
Location: Wicker Park, Chicago
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That Bic pen trick workjed for the old Kryptonite Round Keyed U Locks. Then Krytonite did a major recall but they didn't honor every recall... like my 2 U locks.... So now I'll never endorse a Kryptonite U Lock.

Well, people should invest in a good U Lock because cable locks stink and are easily cut!
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Old 06-29-2009, 08:39 AM
 
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So you have thousands upon thousands of dollars to spend on new bicycles but you're salty over having to buy two new U locks? Makes sense.
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Old 06-29-2009, 08:55 AM
 
Location: Metro Detroit Area, Michigan
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That's odd, when I was there in December, I saw a bike unlocked just sitting there on the sidewalk with a police sticker posted on it from a week ago and almost been two weeks since the bike was sitting there. It was usable bike too.
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Old 06-29-2009, 09:03 AM
 
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U-Locks are useless.
They don't make locks with that type of key anymore for precisely that reason. That was a crappy u-lock in the video anyway.

Bike theft is bad in New York, if you live there you don't leave your bike locked up outside for any length of the time if you can help it. They have guys walking around with power tools 24/7 looking for bikes. Here in Chicago it's not that bad. I use an OnGuard mini u-lock, locked like this (http://www.sheldonbrown.com/images/locktechnique1.jpg) to something solid and I haven't had any problems. Of course, any lock can be defeated, but if you buy a high end u-lock and lock your bike up properly you are ahead of about 90% of the bikes out there. Cheap u-locks (bell, masterlock) get busted through pretty quick with a jack or just some large bolt cutters. I see them on the ground all over. To get through my lock you'd need a battery powered angle grinder and like a half hour to loudly grind away at it. Thieves in Chicago don't usually bother with that because there are so many poorly secured, easy to steal, bikes around.

I could be wrong about this, but I think that it's still pretty rare for a high quality u-lock to be defeated in Chicago. Maybe that's changing, but I would still bet that 99% of bike thefts occur because the owner used a low quality u-lock (or any kind of cable lock) or locked their bike up to something unstable (like a chain link fence).

Still, I wouldn't leave a 9k bike outside in front of the Water Tower or anywhere else.
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Old 06-29-2009, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Wicker Park, Chicago
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So you have thousands upon thousands of dollars to spend on new bicycles but you're salty over having to buy two new U locks? Makes sense.
You're such an idiot... I deserved to get replacement U Locks from their recall and I didn't. This has nothing to do with how many bikes I have.
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