Riding the MB to the store

Nickt919

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I bought the bike 7/21. Took about a month to outfit everything so it’s running about a year now. It seems like an eternity..not just one year.

Other than a brief stop at a connivence store early on a Sunday morning to get a couple cheap cigars …. It’s never out of my sight once I leave home…I’m yet to ride to a store and go in for more than a few seconds and let the bike get out of my sight.

I live outside the edge of a rotten city with crime and drugs so rampant I can’t bring myself to go in to like a grocery store and let the bike out of my sight fearing a low life will steal it.
I was wondering.. the ones who do errands on their bike… do you lock it to a street post or something anchored to the earth that would take more than a few minutes to separate the bike from the fixture?
Or..do you just pull up, put it on the kick stand, and go on in about your business?
 

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I've taken mine out for a handful of small grocery runs. I just use a regular braided cable and keyed lock, and just lock it to a parking lot light or something similar. I avoid bike racks since it doesn't sit nicely in it and don't want another bent wheel.

That being said, I've only taken it to stores in small towns and a nice city nearby. Worst I've had to deal with was some lovely person shoved a drinking straw wrapper into the tank.
 

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I cant remember, but some brand of lock will refund the bike if it gets stolen while there lock is on it..
 

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I am really careful, but I do take mine to the store once in a while. But I would never leave it without locking it up to something really substantial, and make sure the cable goes through both the front wheel, and the loop in the frame. - - And my cable lock is "kryptonite", so not really fun to snip through.
Also, when possible, I lock it in front of the store window, so I can keep an eye on it as much as possible.
The low-lifes that make this rigamarole necessary really piss me off!
 

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Good ulock and a cable. Even if just going into 7/11 the ulock gets used. Cable is to just make it harder to steal.
 

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I bought the bike 7/21. Took about a month to outfit everything so it’s running about a year now. It seems like an eternity..not just one year.

Other than a brief stop at a connivence store early on a Sunday morning to get a couple cheap cigars …. It’s never out of my sight once I leave home…I’m yet to ride to a store and go in for more than a few seconds and let the bike get out of my sight.

I live outside the edge of a rotten city with crime and drugs so rampant I can’t bring myself to go in to like a grocery store and let the bike out of my sight fearing a low life will steal it.
I was wondering.. the ones who do errands on their bike… do you lock it to a street post or something anchored to the earth that would take more than a few minutes to separate the bike from the fixture?
Or..do you just pull up, put it on the kick stand, and go on in about your business?
Get a good Lock and try not to be long in the store and yes, lock it to something else, preferably something that's close to the door and bolted to the ground
 

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On my bike I have both 15mm keyed U and cable locks, My bike weighs close to a 100 lbs so it won't just be carried off by one person. I do secure to a fixed object if I can but I also put the U lock across the chain stays and through the spokes.

On my bike I have 2 very loud alarms, I also use a cellphone notifier and a tracking chip. Even then I don't leave my secured bike unattended any longer than I have to in public.
 

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I'm willing to bet my city beats yours in per capita crime.
I own several bicycles, 1 of them motorized, and also a variety of locks.
At home, the MB is locked to the porch with a Kryptonite motorcycle lock which would be VERY hard to cut without power tools, on trips, I use a thick, heavy chain lock from Harbor Freight.
On my weekly milk run - can't buy raw milk within the city limits but heart disease and diabetes on every corner - I take an old, flimsy combination chain lock, like you would have used on a kids' bike 30 years ago, because it weighs a LOT less than the HF one and I only stop at a thrift shop and a health food store for a few minutes each on Saturday morning, pretty safe.
When I do have to go into sketchy areas or leave a bike outside for longer periods of time or after dark, I take a bike they're not likely to mess with, such as my KHS FF Sport 10-speed from the '70s - which I also never wash for precisely this purpose - or the Raleigh C40 'hybrid cross', which I got for free from a former neighbor.
 

Sidewinder Jerry

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I'm willing to bet my city beats yours in per capita crime.
I own several bicycles, 1 of them motorized, and also a variety of locks.
At home, the MB is locked to the porch with a Kryptonite motorcycle lock which would be VERY hard to cut without power tools, on trips, I use a thick, heavy chain lock from Harbor Freight.
On my weekly milk run - can't buy raw milk within the city limits but heart disease and diabetes on every corner - I take an old, flimsy combination chain lock, like you would have used on a kids' bike 30 years ago, because it weighs a LOT less than the HF one and I only stop at a thrift shop and a health food store for a few minutes each on Saturday morning, pretty safe.
When I do have to go into sketchy areas or leave a bike outside for longer periods of time or after dark, I take a bike they're not likely to mess with, such as my KHS FF Sport 10-speed from the '70s - which I also never wash for precisely this purpose - or the Raleigh C40 'hybrid cross', which I got for free from a former neighbor.
My bike comes into my house when I'm done with it for the day. Thieves watch potential valuables and learn schedules and wait for the opportunity to strike.
 
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