Every fall I watch as a lot of really nice bikes arrive on campus, and then as the weeks progress notice that some gradually disappear, hearing that they’ve been the victim of theft. I just returned from the RFC and saw a Reward sign posted for two bikes.
In the fall of 1999 I moved to Chicago to do an M.A. in Theological Studies. I’m an avid cyclist. So the day after I moved up there I went for a ride in Hyde Park to explore and find the nearest bike shop. I found the shop, cable locked my bike outside and went in. My introduction to the irasicible owner went like this: “DO YOU NOT LIKE YOUR BIKE OR WHAT?!! Get it in here!” Needless to say I brought it in, and found he totally knew his stuff. He sold me a great U-lock and advised me to use both locks. U-lock the bike to a post, cable thru both tires. It wasn’t full-proof for the area, but was sure a good deterrent to quick thefts. I still have the bike.
Some of the cable locks I see on bikes around campus are so thin I call them spaghetti straps. They are more suitable for underwear (ick) than bike security. Please, invest in a thick long cable, or a good U-lock, or both.
Beth A. Sholly, B.A., M.A.
Class of 80, former employee, neighbor