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Jun. 24th, 2010

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:June 24th, 2010 06:05 am (UTC)

Jealous!

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Well, that certainly looks like a lovely bike, John. I'm sure the guys at Roberts will show you how to look after it, and it'll probably last you until you retire. But make sure no-one nicks it!

I've been looking hungrily at touring bikes in Cambridge's bike shops, and most of them start at £2k, so £2.5k for one built to your size and shape seems like a good deal.

LJ's locked me out of your private posts, but I'm guessing you can afford it...
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From:johnckirk
Date:June 24th, 2010 07:55 am (UTC)

Re: Jealous!

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Hmm, I'm surprised you've been locked out - probably an OpenID problem. Anyway, I've been saving up for the last few months: the website said that custom bike prices started at £2000, so I wanted to make sure I had that much money before I went to the shop. Now that I've got another 2 months before the bike's ready, that should be fine.

Also, this will give me time to do a bit more tidying around the flat - I'm planning to keep it indoors overnight, to reduce the risk of theft. At work we have a fence around our car park, and CCTV, so that's some deterrent to thieves. I'm getting my name painted on the bike (like Sarah did), so that would help me to recognise it if someone does nick it and I can find it quickly enough.
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:June 24th, 2010 06:34 pm (UTC)

Re: Jealous!

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Yeah, LiveJournal's OpenID is Of Fail. Well done on the saving-up front, and it sounds like you've thought about the security aspect of it, too. Mike
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From:totherme
Date:June 24th, 2010 10:02 am (UTC)

Re: Jealous!

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But make sure no-one nicks it!

Indeed. Do you know much about bike locks? The sold secure people seem to do the best bike-lock testing I'm aware of. The wikipedia page on bike locks says:

Sold Secure certify locks with either a Bronze, Silver or Gold rating, corresponding to an attack resistance of 1, 3 and 5 minutes with various tools.(citation)

The lesson here is that a rubbish lock is utterly pointless, and even the best lock isn't magic. The purpose of a good lock is to force the thief to take over 5 minutes to nick your bike - in which time someone can confront them. This works really well in places like your work carpark, but less well in an alley in the middle of the night.

I've been using a sold-secure gold lock, and taking advantage of my college's secure bike storage. I've had no problems so far :)
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From:johnckirk
Date:June 24th, 2010 11:08 am (UTC)

Re: Jealous!

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I've got a Krytonite lock, with a Gold rating from Sold Secure - I wrote a bit about that in August (about half-way down the page). I don't carry it around with me all the time on the Brompton, only if I'm planning to leave my bike outside somewhere. When I get the new bike, it may be easiest to buy another lock, so that I can keep one at work (e.g. locked around the Sheffield stand when I'm not here) and only carry the other one with me when needed; that would avoid the extra weight.
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From:totherme
Date:June 24th, 2010 12:01 pm (UTC)

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Cool Beans :)

In your august post, you mentioned that you weren't carrying it everywhere because "it's heavy, and I can't easily attach it to my bike". I guess with the new bike, attaching it to your frame will be a lot easier.

I do know people who keep one really heavy duty lock at work, and another at home. Those guys mostly only use their bikes for that one journey. For myself, I like to feel I always have the freedom to ride wherever my legs will take me. So I always carry a lock a helmet, some lights and a hi-vis windproof.
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