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Do you keep your bikes in the house? Do you walk them through Nordstrom and Safeway?

What sorts of crazy stuff do you do to protect your bikes? I do all the above.

When not in use, my bikes live in my sunroom. Thankfully I have a big enough house it doesn't cause issues.

I tell my wifes friends they are art.

When we lived in a tiny condo, all 5 bikes lived in my dining nook.
 

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My bikes stay indoors. I drive a truck and don't lock the bikes up, so they are never left unattended. It's annoying if I want to stop to get food on the way back from a ride. Bikes stolen so far: 0.
 

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Stored indoors, out of site, and locked.
Transported in Tribeca, locked to interior floor and covered.
Transported in Pick-up and locked with major cable. Bikes never left out of sight. EVER.
Team bikes are locked together with one member responsible for watching at all times, in shifts.
Bikes are never loaned out of sight.
Bikes are never locked and left outside for "just a minute."

"...just a minute." Famous last words.
 

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When I used to use my bike for commuting, I locked it up outside the grocery store, next to those outdoor produce stands they sometimes have. The only reason I trusted it there is because it was twenty feet from the LBS and there was a camera pointed right at the bike.

When I'm not riding, the bikes are hung up in the garage. My bedroom is next to the garage, which is locked with a deadbolt. The garage door creaks so much when it's opening that I consider it a sort of alarm. :thumbsup:
 

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Berkeley Mike said:
Stored indoors, out of site, and locked.
Transported in Tribeca, locked to interior floor and covered.
Transported in Pick-up and locked with major cable. Bikes never left out of sight. EVER.
Team bikes are locked together with one member responsible for watching at all times, in shifts.
Bikes are never loaned out of sight.
Bikes are never locked and left outside for "just a minute."

"...just a minute." Famous last words.
I came home from work once to find the gargage door open with my bikes just sitting there.

Turns out the in laws were painting floor boards and left the door open.:madman:

Henceforth: All bikes in the house at all times!:thumbsup:
 

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Not owning a lock is a great way to keep them safe. I've never been bothered about bringing my bike into a store. If I have to leave it at the front I shift it into a big gear without rotating the cranks.

Bikes stolen so far: 0
 

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Fast Eddy said:
Not owning a lock is a great way to keep them safe. I've never been bothered about bringing my bike into a store. If I have to leave it at the front I shift it into a big gear without rotating the cranks.

Bikes stolen so far: 0
Yup. I haven't owned a bike lock in decades.
 

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I have had two bikes stolen in SF. One I really cared about, one I didn't care about too much. Both from private garages.

I now have four bikes that live in the living room of my SF apartment with my wife and I. I have them circling the outside of my dining room table. She obviously doesn't love them but respects how much I love them and after the most recent bike theft she realizes bikes in garage = stolen in San Francisco.......its just a matter of time.

Someday I am going to have somewhere to keep my bikes and she is going to have some outdoor space. Probably no time soon though.
 

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Fast Eddy said:
Not owning a lock is a great way to keep them safe. I've never been bothered about bringing my bike into a store. If I have to leave it at the front I shift it into a big gear without rotating the cranks.

Bikes stolen so far: 0
I do something similar, except that I also shift the chain into the large rear cog, and then, without pedaling, dump the rear derailleur into the small cog. If anyone tries to ride off, they will make a loud crunching sound, possibly jam the chain between the small cog and dropout, and be in a very bad accelerating gear.
 

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Locked up indoors (not garage) at home. Locked up in bed of truck or to trailer hitch when on the road..

My beer getting bike though- fits right in with the rusting kmart bike that's been sitting out side your local grocery store for the last 6 months. It's a single speed so I even let the sides of the chain get rusty. no one has ever messed with it.
 

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I don't rely on locks except to slow things down while we watch the bikes.

I advise my graduating racers to use $100 sleepers at college.
 

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Fast Eddy said:
Fine taste in weaponry you have, but I'll bet you wouldn't shoot a guy in the back for snatching your bike, no matter how much you'd want to.
I'd rather win the "home insurance lottery" and upgrade!:thumbsup:
 

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BitterDave said:
I do something similar, except that I also shift the chain into the large rear cog, and then, without pedaling, dump the rear derailleur into the small cog. If anyone tries to ride off, they will make a loud crunching sound, possibly jam the chain between the small cog and dropout, and be in a very bad accelerating gear.
on bikes with cable actuated brakes, I'll dial the barrel adjusters all the way out, locking the brakes.
 

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City-commute riding

Where i go the bike goes. The bikes stay in the locked garage or locked up on the rack or inside the truck.
 

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Mine stay in the house, with my laundry room dedicated to them and all my gear. I never lock or leave them outside except on friends' racks and then I double lock them. Luckily, they are small enough to fit inside the backseat of my car which has an alarm.

Great idea about the brakes...
 
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