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Tracking my bike - How could a company offer a GPS location tracker with no recurrent service fee?

I want to add a tracker to my bicycle. I’ve come across this and am wondering if it’s too good to be true? If not, how does it work, and why is this the only example I can find? What are folks’ ...
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Tile for theft recovery

Has anyone used Tile as a theft recover device for one of their bicycles? I live in a metro area with a relatively high crime rate, and I am looking for some extra piece of mind while I have my bike ...
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What course of action is most prudent to prevent/delay a bike theft?

I've just witnessed a bike theft, and in hindsight I handled it very badly. (What exactly happened: I met a friend on the street, we were talking, then he noticed a pair of *ahem* gentlemen ...
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Removing neodymium magnet ball from socket cap screw

I placed neodymium magnet balls ("buckyballs") in the head of some of the screws on my bike as an anti-theft measure, as I've had components stolen off my bike before. Most of them could ...
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Chain lock vs U lock harder to break?

I watched a video from youtube where lockpicking lawyer recommended a Kryptonite chain lock due to being harder to break into with an angle grinder because it's not stable versus an U-lock. Does this ...
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How expensive of a bike can be safely locked outside [closed]

How much would a bike cost at most that can be reasonably left outside before it's too much risk of theft? Areas like grocery stores parks gyms etc. I think a $500 bike can be safely locked ...
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Anti-theft axle nut covers?

Been looking high and low for a 15mm diameter axle nut cover. Like a rounded-out protective cover that uses hex or torx keys to remove in order to discourage wheel theft. I'm finding plenty of options ...
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What kind of cutting wheels cut hardened U-lock shackles best?

I have a question which might be asked by honest people wanting to protect their bike from thieves, but unfortunately can also be asked by bike thieves. I hope this won't be downvoted, my intentions ...
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Someone else's lock on my bike

Earlier today, I had to leave my bike in the street to run some errands. Just after I was done attaching it to a barrier, a person came to me and asked me about my kryptonite lock as he was locking ...
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Found my stolen bike, what to do? (London, UK) [closed]

About a year ago my old bike was stolen by cutting through the fence that I had locked it too (I didn't realize that the fence was thinner than the lock itself) and now I've come across it once again ...
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Bicycle locks with alarm

I have a new bike, not very expensive... but still doesnt want it to disappear the next day and I was looking at different locks and came across lock that have an alarm which triggers a siren. Not ...
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How do you operate a used bike business without contributing to theft?

Businesses that sell used bikes and/or parts clearly have value for communities and the environment. They are a way of reducing waste and reallocating gear that still has useful life, they are a ...
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Please suggest a Hitch Bike Rack Theft Protection Solution

Recently I purchased hitch bike rack. This is my second bike rack. My first one was stolen when I left it installed on my car, parked on the street. The one which got stolen was a THULE bike rack. The ...
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"Lock" brakes so that they are always active

I have mechanical disc-brakes on my mountain bike. I am wondering whether it is possible to have the brakes activated without me pressing the levers.
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How can I prevent theft of mirrors?

I want to know to permanently fix back view mirrors. Last night, somebody stole them. Please tell me any solution.
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Warranty on lock damaged during attempted theft

Someone attempted to steal my girlfriend's bike tonight and they damaged the lock. Do you guys know if we can use the warranty to get it exchanged? The lock has a 2 year warranty and I'm planning to ...
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Stolen chain/pedals: What might be the motive? [closed]

My pedals disappeared. Several months ago, my chain disappeared in the same location. On both occasions, the bike frame was locked, but the totally unsecured quick release wheels and other ...
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Does Abus print blind bitting codes on their D-Lock bikes (or do thieves go through the trouble to

I've got several YourPlus Abus locks (all keyed the same) so that I can have one key for basically all the family bikes. The other day I noticed that one of my D-Locks had a plastic part missing, ...
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Help identifying frame number

On my new bike I can see two numbers stamped into the frame - one seven digits long and one eight digits long. There's also a serial number on a tag. I'm attempting to register the Bike with the UK ...
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Why would someone steal my rear derailleur and hanger? [closed]

Yesterday while I was at work someone stole the rear derailleur and hanger off my bike. Everything else left alone. Why would someone steal a derailleur? Seriously. Of all the parts.
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Help please - I am suspicious this bike might be stolen

I recently got this Btwin Triban 3 bike from a person I definitely trust. He said they have had it for a couple of years but don't use it anymore and originally got it from a family member a while ago....
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How can I prevent my next bike from being stolen?

I park my bike in my building's bicycle room, in the parking garage in the basement. The garage door can only be opened with a remote fob, and the bicycle room is locked as well. In the garage, I ...
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Safest way to store bike outside (city)

I bike commute and just moved to a tiny third floor walk up. I was willing to give up some of my precious space to store the bike, but it turns out that the narrowness and curvature of the stairs ...
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Why would anyone steal a bike computer off of a bike?

Lights can be re-used easily, but a bike computer... they would need to setup their own rigging for the wires and the magnets, that alone would cost them money and time, and who's going to buy from ...
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Where are stolen bikes sold?

I live in a city on the east coast. I recently had my bike stolen. The frame was locked to a bike rack using a u-lock. They either picked or cut the u-lock. My simple question is: where do thieves ...
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Preventing my trunk-mounted bike rack from being stolen

I am new to all this - got a bike as a retirement present and bought a Saris Bones 2 bike rack. It seems to me as it is just clip on it could be stolen while I am happily off riding my bike - is this ...
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How did my stolen carbon frame bike get from D.C. to Guatamala?

My bike was stolen from the downtown DC on nov 11 2017. It was locked and was stolen in the middle of the day. I had put a bluetooth device, more specifically Tile in the seat post of the bike. I ...
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What should you do if you find a bike that appears to be stolen?

What should you do if you find a bike that appears to be stolen? Should you turn it in or just leave it alone? Occasionally I'll see a bike that appears to be abandoned, which I assume to be stolen ...
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What do you do if you find your stolen bike's frame on ebay?

I am 85% certain that I see my bike's frame on eBay. It costs almost 2k with all the components and I see the frame on sale for $400 with seat-post and fork only. All my stickers not in the pictures(3)...
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Are black bikes really stolen more than other colors?

Is there any evidence that thieves prefer one color of bike than others? I'm not asking for opinion but for a citable reference.
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Is a name sticker with my name enough to prove a bike is mine if it gets stolen?

Apart from the fact that stickers can be removed (as thats not the point of my question) would if my bike got stolen and i found it, would a sticker with my name on the frame be enough to prove that ...
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Insurance that covers the original price of the bike [closed]

I'm a new cyclist and new to this forum; hi! I forgot to mention I live in the UK. I am going to get a cyclocross bike from Evans for just less than £1000 and accessories. I'm mostly concerned about ...
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Storing a nice bike outside cheaply in the city during winter (weather/security) [duplicate]

I'm no longer able to store bicycles in my flat, as my current place is less than 20m² in size; Is there any way to store a bicycle outside in a way which will significantly minimize weather- and ...
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Conceptual: Bike Lights built into Grips

I am a design student and avid cyclist and am currently working on a design project for school. I had an idea for locking handlebar grips that have LED lights built into them. If you can picture MTB ...
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Is frame number the same thing as serial number?

I'm registering my bike with Kryptonite anti-theft scheme and it asks for the serial number. My local dealer wrote down the frame number for me, saying I might need this for insurance purposes. Are ...
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My bike got stolen a second time (in Amsterdam) - what should I do? [duplicate]

I've moved to Amsterdam a few months ago, and have started using bicycles; I mostly cycle from home to work. I've been using typical old(ish) used bikes, black-color omafiets of some obscure make, ...
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Why (and how) would someone steal only my innertube?

Upon my return from winter holidays, I found that someone had stolen the rear innertube from my locked bike. They took only the innertube: the rear wheel was still there, the chain correctly attached, ...
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Experience with GPS trackers - thieves' reactions?

I'm interested in experiences what happens in reality when a bike with a GPS tracker is targeted / stolen by thieves. There are GPS trackers with a SIM card that will send an alarm to your mobile ...
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Protecting bike attachments such as lights against theft

I was wondering what one could do to keep his bike attachments from being stolen. On Monday two lights were stolen off of my bike. I only had them for a day. It was the kind that has a rubber "strap" ...
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Hybrid bike stolen, trying to weigh factors for how to replace

I had my 2006 Trek 3700 stolen from my apartment today. I reported it to the police and should be getting at least a small amount of money from renter's insurance. It was locked with a Kryptonite ...
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Are any anti-theft GPS trackers dynamo powered?

I am considering an anti-theft GPS tracker for my bicycle, but I am worried about battery life. Are there any that recharge from a hub dynamo?
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Do certain makes/models/types of bikes get stolen more than others?

I was reading this article on the most commonly stolen cars, and having my bike stolen recently, I got to thinking: do certain makes/models/types of bikes get stolen more than others? My bike was a 15 ...
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Convenient bike-security measures for rural, small-town, and remote-touring environments [closed]

I originally titled this question as "I'm looking for a convenient absolutely fail-safe automatic lock that works all the time". But, judging by some rather cold responses, that title seems to be ...
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Bike Rack from Apartment's Underground Carpark Removed - Is building management liable?

My question is somewhat similar to Whole Bicycle Rack Easily Removed! Is the provider liable?, however, in this case, it was from my apartment's bike rack, which is managed. I live in an apartment ...
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Does the National Bike Registry work?

The National Bike Registry is an nationwide registry of bikes with identifying information (serial numbers, make/model, owner information) in the US that is intended to help identify stolen or ...
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Usage experience with anti-theft GPS trackers

Does anybody have any actual experience with anti-theft GPS trackers like BikeSpy? Their website looks terribly unprofessional and there are only very few testimonies online, but the idea is ...
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Would an original Abloy padlock and [toughened] chain make a good bike lock?

Why are bike locks so fancy, so specialised? Would a small padlock, e.g. original Abloy make a good bike lock when connected to a chain? http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abloy (first image) Are ...
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Cut U-Lock....Bicycle Left?

Is this a common thing, and if so, what is the motivation behind it? When I went to unlock my bicycle this morning, when I touched the U-Lock, it basically fell apart. It looks like someone used a ...
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Removing bike interfaces to reduce likelyhood of theft?

Is there a product out there that allows you to remove interfacing components? Like being able to remove your brake lever arm, shifter arms, pedals...etc etc easily and efficiently so it makes the get ...
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Do OnGuard MinPin Locking Skewers provide adequate security?

Do OnGuard MinPin Locking Skewers provide adequate security? I read one review (http://www.rei.com/product/842891/onguard-minpin-keyless-3-piece-locking-skewer-set) saying that the skewers can easily ...
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