Making a College bike Inconspicuous?
On Wed, 07 Sep 2005 14:11:36 -0600, Dave T
I work on a large college campus. Considering the sheer numbers of
bikes on campus, I don't think it's very hard to make a bike not worth
stealing. Plus a decent lock and the simple precautions of not leaving
it out at night or in poorly lit areas will encourage thieves to move on
to easier targets. Also, make sure quick release wheels and seatposts
are properly secured or removed.
Oh, yeah. Nutted axles, folks. Quick release is *not* for the college
campus. The best defense is never leaving it unlocked, not even for 2
minutes to get a pack of gum, and the way to do that is to make your lock
easy to use, rather than a painful 60-second-plus procedure like a chain
or U-lock. I vote Axa SL7 (or the cheaper regular Axa) -- literally a
2-second locking action that becomes as ingrained as stepping off the
bike. I do carry a light chain wrapped around my seattube, but I almost
never use it on the city-wreck. Only when leaving it in poorly lit areas
at night in the inner city that are particularly vulnerable.