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A friend of mine is super into data gathering, and he's been working with data on bike thefts in Los Angeles and Santa Monica (at least those that have been reported to the police), trying to gather other data in terms of bike rack availability etc:... anyway, this spurred on a discussion:
If you have a road bike or a mountain bike locked up with the same perceived "shinyness" or "used" look to them, which is more likely to get stolen?
If you have two road bikes with the same perceived "shinyness" or "used" look to them, and one has a drop bar w/ shifters the other has a flat bar with shifters, which is less likely to get stolen?
In both instances assume that the bikes are locked equally well and have an equal amount of security bolts/bits/etc:.
On the latter question, from casual observation I've began to think that a flat-bar road bike is less likely to get stolen here in Los Angeles (where thievery is still a bit 'young' compared to other cities where bicycle commuting is more common and long established), and thieves are still generally dumb. So they see 'drop bar' and equate that as being more valuable, meanwhile a flat bar set up is less likely to get stolen because it is perceived as a 'hybrid' or 'less valuable'.
What are your thoughts on this?
ps: I think we should have a forum on Commuting.
BTW, for commuter forum as long as they are sub-6.8
Now I just park my bike in my office, because I'm sick of having to ride a $150.00 piece of shit to work everyday.
Generally a thief doesn't care what kind of bike he/she steals. The bike with the least amount of security gets stolen more often.
There are databases around like this one already that contain a sample of what kind of bikes get stolen
http://stolenbikerecovery.org/local/Cal ... os+Angeles
Unfortunately the crank axle broke (I rode it in salty snow and it spent 6 years parked under the heavens with no protection) on the way to the store one day and I had to get rid of it myself..
The other one is an old Trek mtb with a rusty suspension fork and with a 50% chance a gearshift won't happen unless i click the lever twice.
The cross/road hybrid never gets parked in a place where a lock is needed. I try to bring it inside or lock it away in a shed or similar when i ride it. It's more like my second roadbike but and my commute is 30 k so it reguired suiting up in full cycling gear. The Trek is my beloved "gettingaroundtown" bike and i have no second thoughts locking it away for a weekend in a "shady" place.
I find it interesting what certain people refers to as commuting. If i ride from my apartment to the city center i wouldn't call that a commute as much as a ride into the city. Same goes for riding to my girlfriend or even my mothers house which are located about 4-8 k's away. These rides aren't commutes in my view, but rather a necessary thing because i don't want to pay for the bus or have a car.
Commuting for me is a daily routine which involves getting geared up and sometimes requires a "special" bike. Spare clothes is needed as well because the ride will certainly make you sweat. I don't know how other people define the word commuting but it could be an interesting discussion. Sorry for going off topic by the way, i just can't wait for a dedicated commuting section
I'm sure chances would go down for that commuter/beater although from what I've seen around the area, some of my friends got parts stolen off their bikes as well (on campus in Los Angeles) and the bikes were ranging from Peugeot, Bianchi, Surly and etc within the commuting/beater spectrum of bikes.
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weenie wrote:For me commuting is also a ride, and sucks to do on crappy bikes
Me too. Or at least, a decent bike makes the journey (whether to work, or shopping, visiting friends / family etc) into something that can be enjoyed, rather than just being a chore.
One of my motivations for trying to put together better & lighter bikes is to make me more likely to cycle to any given destination, rather than using motorised transport.
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