never park ur bike in the garage unless theres a pitbull or dobberman to guard the bike. never park ur bike at the shopping malls even with chains.parts can easily be taken off by hex keys and chain cutter if possible put ur bike inside the house or better hang it inside ur room when biking be aware of ur surroundings. never leave ur bike out of ur sight when biking at the park All of these solutions are based on ur testimonies. i hope these few simple tip will help safe guard ur bikes frm mapagsamantalang tao.
build a commuter rig from old parts then leave the bike to be weather beaten that it becomes inconspicuous amidst the bevy of commuter bikes chained to the railing near your work or destination...
a side note: a a couple of years ago a friend of my GF left his old nokia 2110 inside the MRT during rush hour, when he got home and realized that he had actually left the phone, he called the phone hoping to recover the contacts or the prepaid sim, to his amazement someone actually picked up the call and asked him..."pare paano ko ibabalik sa iyo to?" The phone was so d@mn old that no one wanted to steal it anymore...bwahahaha.
Get an old frame and/or bike you could afford to lose.
"He who hesitates...runs over the cat and makes semplang!"
Until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore you will never know the real terror of being forever lost at sea!
Write poetry, ride a bike, make peace with all except the motor car. - Schwinn Advert circa 1992
"Motivate an idiot and you get a motivated idiot." -Jim Rohn
If you have no choice but to un-mount your ride but can actually have a visual of it from time to time but nothing to lock it on; - Shift on smallest chainring (granny ring?) - Shift on largest cog/sprocket - If possible or applicable, adjust seatpost to disturbing heights
Bike specifics or what I do specifically with mine: - I jam a suitable Allen(L-Type hex) key on the shifters, priority on the front derailluer (I use it on Shimano Dual-Control Rapidfire™ levers). I hope someday a similar locking system can be integrated on shifters. Might not do as much but at least it would help if someone tries to run away with your ride, I think . If I remembered it correctly a brake lever with model MX/RX-5 from way, way back has this feature where you could lock your brake through a button shaft on the actual lever body.
- I bring a heavy-metallic rod with a hidden 8" blade inside. Bought it from some peddler on the piers (where I work). Hopefully I wouldn't be in some situation where I would use it .
Only got to see this in action this one time in Mandaluyong (hope it'll be the last. Hehe!) I recently had this set of digital pictures index-printed and s'yempre the photo shop wouldn't give a rat's a$$ about my valuable bike. Done the mentioned above (all of it) and proceeded to claim my prints. I looked beyond the doors from time to time having a visual on my bike's foreside. Maybe the fourth time I looked, the bike was gone. Half-panicked I ran outside and saw this thin "gusgusin-but-not taong grasa-type" sprinting to hell with my bike.
I would usually say "he" but I lost respect for his humanity so, "it" tried to garner as much speed from a uphill-shifted bike to which "it" cannot mount the saddle, but "it" can't even do 15kph with my bike, not even now that "its" life depended on it . While I was running after them and looking about for accomplices, "it" looked behind a few times and saw a 180cm, 88kg dude clutching a blunt weapon running towards "it" at a faster rate then choose to abandon the botched heist and dropped my bike on the ground and ran like a sissy girl. The bike ended up with heavy scratches on the fork and pedals but I thought, hey much better than a pristine surfaced Trek on a bike-snatcher.
Noteworthy though, if conditions are met: - Won't really work if your bike is lifted onto another vehicle. - They know what you are doing. - You're dealing with more than one perp. - You're against a gun. - If they take you down first (Ouchie!). - You're up against Lance Armstrong. - You're up against Tito Ortiz. - Either you or the perp (or both) are pissed-drunk/drugged.
Godspeed everyone and do use sunscreen. ;D
Last Edit: Apr 30, 2008 12:41:00 GMT 8 by lordpaolo