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From personal experience, passers by don't provide any protection. My son (and his friends) went out for the day drinking at various pubs along the river. At the last stop they locked several bikes to the railings with one cable lock that the owner didn't realise he no longer had a key for having dropped it in the river when he rode in to the river earlier ...


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The question is about crowds of people, but I'll answer from another perspective, dealing with crowds of bikes. I'd say you're better off locking your bike up in a location that has many other bikes nearby, rather than locking up in a location where your bike is the only one. First of all, crowded bike stands tend to be where lots of people are, so you get ...


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You give a lot of credit to random people in crowded places to notice unusual things. Often times bike racks (if they're actually provided) are out of the way and won't be noticed by the average Joe coming or going. Your best hope is that that bike rack is in a place covered by the security cameras and you can convince the management to show the video to the ...


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A well locked bike is relatively safer in a crowded place. According to markelinsurance.com in "Bicycle Theft in the U.S." In the section "6 easy ways to help prevent bicycle theft" Lock it in a high-traffic area. Cyclists shouldn’t just look for a well-lit area to secure their bike. Ideally, a bike should be locked in an area with a ...


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I would recommend to take at least one of these three steps: buy a pricier padlock, with some warranty on its being weatherproof; make a little bit of cover from rain (i.e. a make-shift protecion from water dripping directly on the lock); every 6 months, spray it with wd40 (remove water, dust,crust, rust) and then proceed with lightly greasing (6 months ...


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In a remote area, you'll give more opportunity to a thief to make their work unnoticed. In a crowded area, it depends on how you secure your bike. If it's a bad lock, it can be defeated quite quickly and discretely by an experienced thief. If it's a good lock (and you attach the key components of the bike), maybe you'll deter unequipped thieves, but some ...


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