Dear SpringfieldCyclist 10-7-2011
Being the fount of knowledge this website is, I occasionally get letters seeking my sage wisdom. One such letter follows:
Last night I found myself in a situation where I didn’t know what to do. I had met my wife downtown at a sandwich shop for supper, but I didn’t have my lock with me. I took my bike inside to keep it safe, but kept getting strange looks from people. Help! How should I have handled that?
Was that you? I wondered about that guy. If it was you, people might not have been staring so much if you had been fondling your wife instead of your bike.
But…I do have an answer for you. It just so happens that I met my lovely bride downtown for a sandwich the other night and didn’t have my lock with me.
First of all, you’re probably safe to just park your bike next to the door where you can keep an eye on it as long as it’s daylight. Downtown Springfield is not a hotbed of crime, although it always pays to be cautious.
Second of all, you want to make it inconvenient for a thief to make off with your bike. You can do that by threading the helmet strap through the rear wheel and clipping it that way. Here’s how I do it:
What you can’t see is that the strap is wrapped around a spoke on the other side and threaded between the rack and the fender stays. If someone tries to roll that bike, it’s gonna make a mess pretty quick. They’ll have to either figure out how to untangle it, or carry the bike and probably won’t be prone to do either if they’re trying to make off with it.
Heck. Thieves are lazy idiots. They won’t be smart enough to untangle it quickly and they sure won’t be able to run more than a few feet carrying a bicycle. Besides, they’ll probably be needing both hands to hold their pants up while they run!
So, there you have it, Newbie. A creative solution to a common problem. Next time, leave the bike outside and enjoy your sandwich!
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