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Knowing how much we $pend on our Turner bikes and accompanying amenities, I was wondering how you go about securing your rig when you're not home.

How do you secure it when it's away with you on the road?

What device do you use to lock up your bike?

At home, where is your bike kept? I'm sure the garage is locked up, but is your bike secured to a post within also? Mine is.

Just curious....
 

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I ride a bike around town all the time, though not my Turner. I have not locked it up in 11 years. Just pull up, lean it against a wall, walk away. Small town. I would not be so easy-going with my Turners, but I leave them on the porch overnight often, and never lock them in the garage, or the garage itself. In fact, most people I know don't lock their houses at all. Again, small town.
 

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Oh to have a small town atmosphere....

Living close to downtown San Diego, I can't take any chances. The $pot will be locked up while locked in the truck. It will be locked up while locked in the garage.

At one point.... San Diego ranked top 10 in the country in bike thefts....bummer....

I take liberties with my AC Air, but when the $pot gets here on Monday... no chances at all.
 

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I never let it out of my sight if I ride over to the liquer store( within 5 steps). After rides it goes in the camper shell with really dark tinted windows (out of sight out of mind) and I still keep the truck within sight and alarmed. If it's on someones car rack I put a cut resistant cable and a beefy lock and it still stays in sight. At home I have a bedroom converted into a bike shop and a 95 pound German Shepherd roming around the house. I'm not here to buy bikes for others but all you can do is hope to slow crooks down.
 

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I have a 93' Toyota Pickup with fiberglass topper that I use to transport bikes. I lay them down flat on the bed covered up with rugs. The wife and I go (dispersed) camping almost every weekend, so I don't like to leave the bikes on a rack for all the world to see. Also my insurance company (State Farm) wouldn't give me a straight answer about covering the bikes if they got backed into or stolen while on a bike rack. If they're locked in the back of the 'truck' then they're covered under house and contents no matter what. So with that in mind, I can sleep easy at night.

The only down side is I don't get to be one of the cool kids and show off my cool bikes on the roof rack. :p
 

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bikin said:
Knowing how much we $pend on our Turner bikes and accompanying amenities, I was wondering how you go about securing your rig when you're not home.

How do you secure it when it's away with you on the road?

What device do you use to lock up your bike?

At home, where is your bike kept? I'm sure the garage is locked up, but is your bike secured to a post within also? Mine is.

Just curious....
I keep them in a locked and alarmed Element when I'm out and in a locked garage when I'm home. I don't bother to lock the bike in the garage or the Element......that's what insurance is for. I reduce the chance of theft to unlikely...the insurance covers the rest.
 

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bikin said:
Oh to have a small town atmosphere....

Living close to downtown San Diego, I can't take any chances. The $pot will be locked up while locked in the truck. It will be locked up while locked in the garage.

At one point.... San Diego ranked top 10 in the country in bike thefts....bummer....

I take liberties with my AC Air, but when the $pot gets here on Monday... no chances at all.
I picked up about 10 ft of 1/2" hardened steel logging chain from a shop that works on chains and cables. It was a just in their scrap pile and the guy seemed amused that I wanted something that heavy for a 'bicycle'--he just gave it to me. They had bigger chain, BTW. The 5/8" looked good to me, but none was in the scape pile. He said the 1/2" would be extremely difficult to cut with a bolt cutter.

Got some flexible rubber discharge hose from the hardware store and threaded the chain through the hose--was a tight fit. So as to not scratch the frame when pulling the chain through the front triangle.

And lifting the chain into the back of the truck is a workout in itself! Some heavy stuff.
Also, got the biggest hardened steel lock i could find. So far, no problems.

I've never trusted those overpriced chains and cables sold in the bike shops.
 

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At home: In my garage. If someone wanted in they could easy, but i have good home owners insurance. I'd make out very good if my shop was robbed. I also live donw a dead end so we dont really get much unknown traffic, and live out in the country. I also have 4 dogs that would make a racket during the day if someone came by. Enough to maybe spook someone.

In use: Never leave alone. Dont let people "test ride" either. Never fall for that... say, um sorry, but we have to get going... were late. Or else take a chance that a crook might ride off on your bike.....ive heard stories of this happening to kids in vancouver and on the east coast.

In truck: I moto style my bikes (upright with straps). I have a U lock threaded through my bed liner and through a hook. I use 2 krypto cable locks and another u lock to keep it attached. Sure, not perfectly safe, but i limit my time away from the truck. Plus if someone did manage to steal one of them, i'd drive straigh home, kick in my shop door, and call the insurance guy,....... my home owners might cover a theft from my truck, but they will for sure cover it if it was stolen from my home.... sure maybe thats fraud, but isnt Insurance just a big fraud anyways? You pay for it, but then when you need to use it they find ways to deny you, raise your rates, or cancel you all together?
 

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At home: In my garage. If someone wanted in they could easy, but i have good home owners insurance. I'd make out very good if my shop was robbed. I also live donw a dead end so we dont really get much unknown traffic, and live out in the country. I also have 4 dogs that would make a racket during the day if someone came by. Enough to maybe spook someone.

In use: Never leave alone. Dont let people "test ride" either. Never fall for that... say, um sorry, but we have to get going... were late. Or else take a chance that a crook might ride off on your bike.....ive heard stories of this happening to kids in vancouver and on the east coast.

In truck: I moto style my bikes (upright with straps). I have a U lock threaded through my bed liner and through a hook. I use 2 krypto cable locks and another u lock to keep it attached. Sure, not perfectly safe, but i limit my time away from the truck. Plus if someone did manage to steal one of them, i'd drive straigh home, kick in my shop door, and call the insurance guy,....... my home owners might cover a theft from my truck, but they will for sure cover it if it was stolen from my home.... sure maybe thats fraud, but isnt Insurance just a big fraud anyways? You pay for it, but then when you need to use it they find ways to deny you, raise your rates, or cancel you all together?
for me just got new full coverage premium for $220 per month my lowest for years see http://www.insurance-quote-free.com i got to see diff. current insurance price
 

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...I leave them on the porch overnight often, and never lock them in the garage, or the garage itself.
That's because only Circus Bears ride bicycles.
 

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Many cables...

bikin said:
Knowing how much we $pend on our Turner bikes and accompanying amenities, I was wondering how you go about securing your rig when you're not home.
I don't use my garage for the car often so I keep it padlocked with a burly padlock on both doors. Inside I've run several really burly (1" thick?) braided steel cables through all my frames then through a U-Lock on the Nomad.

When on the car I have two cable locks I run through the frame.

And yep, thats why we pay homeowners insurance.

IMO, the key to preventing most theft is not presenting an easy target. Sure, there are bike thief rings but even they are looking for the low hanging fruit. If you make it that little bit harder for them then most will move on to the easier hit.
 

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With a thief, one must defeat them psychologically and play into their laziness. I used to chain an old bike for a few minutes to my bike rack in NYC. What I did was conceal the chain and locks because a theif will home in on the bike, go in with a game plan, then see something that differs from it and abort, whereas if they see the chain right away, they're mentally prepared for it.

Once in a while, I go to the local bagel shop and have to leave my bike outside. It's always sketchy for me. I run sram chains and I remove the missing link. When they take a dive, they usually will run away.

A few years ago my house was burglarized and my bike was taken from the garage. Luckily, my bike had a flat on the rear and they apparently aborted the mission and left the bike on my neighbor's lawn and ran. From them on, I decided having flats was a good thing. Oddly enough, my pop was *****ing to me about the flat and asking me to fix it or throw the bike out.
 
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