Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Side of a mountain in New Hampshire
I don't know if I'm buying that kids You tube primer on theft deterrence but he was right on a couple things. Making it hard is as good as it gets. Most thieves are bottomfeeders, opportunists. Those are the kind that will give up if the going gets hard.
First, neck locks are about useless. Keeps honest men honest. Most snap without tools, just muscle.
Next, most disk locks are only a little better than a neck lock. Amazing what a can of hair spray and a Bic lighter will do to a disk lock. Not to say there aren't good ones, I'm saying that one the kid had in his hand wasn't even a good doorstop.
Then he went on about using two of them, one front, one rear. Problem there is if the bad guy knows how to beat the one on the front then he can repeat that trick on the other one. If you are going to try to beat the thief at least use two different types of locks so he has to carry more tools around.
Then the kid says park it right out on the street or in his case the parking lot. Right. Park your bike where a van with 4 boneheads all tuned up on crank can just pull up, swing the doors open and throw your baby in. Gone in 10 seconds and... oh yeah, your neighbors are all running for the phone to report that brazen daylight theft. Sure they are, in the movies maybe.
I have had two bikes stolen. One was chained to a locking post set in concrete and they moved a brand new Harley out of the way to get that 50 year old bike. The other was in a locked and secured trailer in a secure storage facility with closed circuit cams and 24 hr guards. I never had an unlocked bike touched and Pops bikes have been in some sketchy places unlocked.
Chain 'em, lock 'em, tie a rabid wolf to 'em, carry a nine in your jumper, LoJack, DGD, whatever. No matter. Might stop Zippy the Pinhead but a pro won't miss a beat.
One and only one surefire way to beat the thief. Insurance and a lot of it.
Cross Country Tour.
We can't help it
We just keep moving
It's been that way since long ago
Since the stone age chasing the great herds
We mostly go where we have to go
That was written by James McMurtry