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Warranty on lock damaged during attempted theft

Warranties exist to protect you, the consumer, against defects in materials or workmanship, not against deliberate damage. The purpose of a bike lock is to help avoid your bike being stolen, so if it ...
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How do you operate a used bike business without contributing to theft?

There's a local bike shop that has exactly this model. They buy bikes from walk-ins. They recently got charged for receiving stolen goods from one guy who turned out to be a convicted burglar, who ...
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Safest way to store bike outside (city)

Not answering your actual question, but this might be useful to you. To get a bike through narrow or awkward spaces, hold the handlebars and pull it up onto its rear wheel so it is pointing straight ...
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Protecting bike attachments such as lights against theft

Take the lights and anything else thats likely to be stolen off your bike. For things that can't be removed easily, you may want to use something like Pitlock security skewers (or security bolts) or ...
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How can I prevent my next bike from being stolen?

That sucks. I'm sorry that your bike was stolen. If thieves are willing to break into a locked garage, break into a locked and fully enclosed mesh bike parking area then cut two bike locks using ...
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My bike got stolen a second time (in Amsterdam) - what should I do?

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 ...
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My bike got stolen a second time (in Amsterdam) - what should I do?

A cheap ring lock like the one pictured below 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 a few ...
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Someone else's lock on my bike

I've heard of this being a tactic to encourage you to accidentally leave your bike unlocked, so they can come back and steal your bike later, but on balance it could just as well be accidental. If you ...
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Safest way to store bike outside (city)

This depends a lot on the city; different cities allow you to lock up to different things, and have different crime rates. For example, I've been to major European cities where a lot of the bikes ...
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How can I prevent theft of mirrors?

Make your bike less accessible. Don't park it near where people walk past. Instead, park it down the row a little. Avoid parking it anywhere that will be in anyone's way—inconvenienced people ...
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Someone else's lock on my bike

Another option if you're planning on cutting the lock, and don't want to leave their bike unlocked: Rent cutting tool and remove your bike Lock the other bike with your lock Find a good hiding place ...
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Protecting bike attachments such as lights against theft

In terms of accessories like lights, GPS, etc. the only way to be safe is to remove them entirely. Remember that if something is quick-releasable for you, it's also quick-releasable for thieves. Bike ...
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My bike got stolen a second time (in Amsterdam) - what should I do?

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 ...
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Warranty on lock damaged during attempted theft

Some locks offer "insurance" where you can get a payout if their lock fails to protect your bike. Of course there are caveats like "lock must be used" and "thief must leave lock behind" (for ...
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Do certain makes/models/types of bikes get stolen more than others?

I'm a lifelong cyclist, including big cities like SF, Oakland, Baltimore, DC, Atlanta, etc... And I've worked in a few bike shops so I've heard several stories. Basically, there are 2 kinds of bike ...
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Found my stolen bike, what to do? (London, UK)

Call the police again. If they say no again, ask at least for a log number, I'm nearly certain they should be able to give you one while you're still on the phone. If you haven't previously reported ...
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How can I prevent theft of mirrors?

There's no permanent fix, nor is there anything truly theftproof. In my experience, if a thief tries to steal something which is not easy to steal, they will just break it in fustration. Which will ...
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Stolen chain/pedals: What might be the motive?

The motive is to steal the whole bike. Since you cannot ride back without pedals or chain, they expect that you will leave the bike locked but unattended at night so they can finish up stealing it ...
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Warranty on lock damaged during attempted theft

It still doesn't hurt to contact the manufacturer, but do not talk to as if they owe you anything. Do an open inquiry and see if there's anything they can do. Companies can actually do things out of ...
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Does the National Bike Registry work?

The point of the National Bike Registry, and similar schemes, isn't so much to prevent theft as it is to make it (sometimes) possible to recover a bike after it's been stolen. Police departments do ...
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Why (and how) would someone steal only my innertube?

Occam's razor says that you should try the simpler/null hypothesis first, in this case that your tube wasn't stolen. There are two alternate hypotheses that you should test: 1) Are you sure that you ...
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What do you do if you find your stolen bike's frame on ebay?

To determine if the bike is indeed yours, you could contact the seller and ask for more information about the bike and for more pictures in the hope that you'll get one with a visible identifying mark....
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How can I prevent my next bike from being stolen?

There's nothing you can do if the storage area is not under constant surveillance. It can take as little as 2 minutes to grind a U-Lock. The only real solution is to keep your bike in your apartment....
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How can I prevent my next bike from being stolen?

I lost a few bikes to theft when I was in university. It stunk. I took to buying used bikes (probably from bike thieves). I wrapped the frame tubes of my (otherwise nice) bike in peelable masking ...
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My bike got stolen a second time (in Amsterdam) - what should I do?

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, ...
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Safest way to store bike outside (city)

I successfully keep a cheap old bike in a theft-prone area. I'm on my second in 4 years because the first deteriorated, not because it was stolen. I use a good D-lock (it cost about as much as the ...
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How can I prevent my next bike from being stolen?

Funny enough, the parking garage may actually be less safe than a well-exposed outside location. When I was commuting between the cities of Hamburg and Berlin I locked my (500/1000$) bikes at the ...
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Protecting bike attachments such as lights against theft

Fortified Bike sells bike lights that are designed to be theft resistant. They're made of heavy aluminum and use security screws so most thieves won't have the proper tool to unscrew it. The also ...
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How do you operate a used bike business without contributing to theft?

You might also talk with your local law enforcement (and pawn shops) to see what they would recommend as a deterrent against people trying to sell stolen equipment. They deal with a much broader ...
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Someone else's lock on my bike

Destroy the offending lock. You are wasting time and energy worrying about his feelings when it was his mistake that cost you time and money.

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