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I don't know exactly where you are, but I knew a woman who lived in an area with many canals where unlocked bikes tended to get thrown into the canals. A friend of hers had her bike stolen, and instead of getting a new one, she hauled one out of a canal and cleaned the major dirt off. It rusted into unusability within six months, so she pulled out another ...


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Since others have answered the "what kind of lock to use" aspect quite well, I'll pretend that you're a mark for the bike-thieves now, and that they will not leave you alone no matter what kind of lock you employ. As such, I'll address other strategies here; a lock — no matter what the quality — can only buy you time against a determined thief. If your ...


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Get folding handlebars so you can carry the bike up the steps into your apartment. Make room for it inside (just get rid of something else you don't really need such as an old chair, an old bookcase, an old girlfriend...).


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have you considered foldable bikes that can fit in a backpack? there are many cheap variations which you can take essentially anywhere and consequently, indoors.


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Here's an idea. Let me know if this sounds ridiculous: Lock the bike with 3-4 different non-trivial chain locks (the kind you can get for 15-25 EUR). While chain locks can be broken, each one takes some time, and breaking one of them doesn't help you with the others. It might draw more attention, but for a somewhat shabby-looking bike, it should probably ...


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I think you need to plan on your bike being stolen/damaged a few more times, maybe many more times. The Netherlands have a big bike theft problems, Amsterdam tops that by quite a bit. My mode is always to have a bike that looks less than the ones besides it and lock it with better locks. Two different locks, best one that is not that common in the area. ...


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In addition to all of the other suggestions, I would recommend removing one or both wheels at night. You could easily carry and store these. A thief would more likely steal a bike that was not useless so he would steal another bike instead. This could also backfire by making your bike MORE noticeable which could draw the attention of a thief.


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One data point:- I kept a €20 bike locked on the street in the Amsterdam grachtengordel (not dead-centre) for several months with a two locks:- A ubiquitous lock mounted on the seatpost that passes through the rear wheel. A not-very-expensive chain lock that looks like this:- IE: the key-lock is encased in a metal tube and the chain is secured in the ...


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What part of Amsterdam are you in? I've been told any place that is near students is a bad place to keep your bike. If you really want to be vigilant do a google search for compact GPS units or something like this http://www.spybike.com/ and hide it on your bike. I usually get a used bike of questionable origin when I visit. There are a few good places to ...


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Yes I voted to close as it is multiple questions I think a better question is bicycle security and risk management You want to minimize theft and minimize impact in the event it is stolen Cheapest bike that does the job This not only makes the bike less attractive to thieves but also less costly for you to replace A used bike is going to be less ...


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Amsterdam is a tough place when it comes to keeping bikes safe. Of the people I know who live(d) there, the bikes they keep/kept outside are in such bad shape that I myself am afraid to ride them... so if you can find a bike which is completely covered in rust and has a broken headset, you can buy a "middle-class" bike chain lock and leave it outside. ...


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I know you said 'I'm not going to find my bike', but it is definitely very helpful to figure out the spots where bike thieves try to sell your bike on. I have retrieved more than one stolen bike that way! In Amsterdam there is a service every Wednesday (in different locations) where you can let the number of your bike be registered and they will engrave it ...


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A cheap ring lock can be defeated in less than one minute with a screwdriver. Furthermore, even a good ring lock (one that that isn't easily broken and might take three minutes to defeat) has a fundamental and fatal flaw - the thief can simply pick the bike up and put it in the back of their truck or van. A chain lock (even one that is 20 euro) can be cut ...


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Buy more secure lock(s) for your bike - I have a Kryptonite New York Standard and a Kryptoflex cable that I leave in work for my commute. I also have a New York Fahgettaboudit Mini for using about town on my single speed (no quick release installed on this bike). Utilise new/better lock from above to secure your bike in a more productive fashion. Personally ...



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