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i've had a bike nicked in the past even though i thought it was well locked. been googling around and found these: http://www.dominicwilcox.com/stickers.html which you stick on your bike to make it look shabby. nice idea - any other tips out there?

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Hammy [97 posts] 7 years ago
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I go one better by simply riding a shabby bike, it's so easy, no effort required. AT ALL B)

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Jon Burrage [998 posts] 7 years ago
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i have heard about people in south africa running and electric current through the bodywork on their cars and shocking the hell out of anyone that touches them. Any chance of retro-fitting some sort of battery powered device to a bike to give the little gits a stinging?

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OldRidgeback [2662 posts] 7 years ago
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I've got an old but functional banger for commuting and a good bike for serious riding. I can leave the banger locked up in town knowing that because it's old and dirty, it's far less likely to attract the attentions of a thief. I deliberately lock it up next to the shiniest new bikes when I leave it to divert attention in fact. Spraying your bike with WD will mean it'll pick up dirt and look very grubby quickly. Thieves seem to prefer shiny new looking bikes as I've learned through experience.

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CrispyDuck [30 posts] 7 years ago
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I lived in Amsterdam for a few years, and they are the kings of Nicking bikes out there.

Had a bike lock like this;

http://www.180aroundtheworld.com/index.php/2008/07/08/bike-thieves-in-am...

For three years I had the same lock until I lost the key!

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Tony Farrelly [2871 posts] 7 years ago
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Some interesting stuff on lock busting and bike locking here.

Got to say, I've always taken lock ratings with a pinch of salt, particularly after talking to one manufacturer who explained when we broke his top rated lock in seconds that it was designed to the pass the rating test. He didn't seem surprised we'd broken it because his lock wasn't designed to pass our test.

http://quickrelease.tv/?p=327

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PzychotropicMac [81 posts] 7 years ago
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carry an axe...just in case you catch someone. Not necessarily for your own bike but look out for other people too...it is the only way people will learn, vigilante justice.