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October 17th, 2006
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Bike security
I am getting a new, rather worryingly expensive bike.

I am sure I ought to get it chipped or tagged or engraved or whatever it is they do to bikes. Does anyone know what it is they do do to bikes, and what is the best thing to do out of the confusopoly available?

So far, I have discovered that some police stations will do a Something (I know not what) to it for free, at inconvenient times, and that the bike shop next to work will stick a tag chip inside the frame for UKP20.

And why do I think that my LJ is a better place to discuss this than a specific cycling group?

Updated to add: Oh, and insured. Should I stick it on the home contents, or what? Is there any small print I should look for? (like, only insured when locked up with two locks in your own living room...)

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From:geekette8
Date:October 17th, 2006 02:08 pm (UTC)
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The police will stamp a postcode (well, your postcode, specifically) on the frame. This is probably worth doing since it's free, and will put off some types of bike thief, but the thing the bike shop will stick in the frame (presumably a Datatag or similar - that's the brand I have) is a much better protection.
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From:atreic
Date:October 17th, 2006 02:11 pm (UTC)
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I'm moving house in December. Will the postcode be used as a "oh, you used to have this postcode, it must be your bike", or will it just confuse them if I have a Cam postcode on my bike and now live in Coventry?
From:mtbc100
Date:October 17th, 2006 02:11 pm (UTC)
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cam.transport might have useful opinions.
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From:crazyscot
Date:October 17th, 2006 02:16 pm (UTC)
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My bike was marked and registered for free by Cambridge police at Lion Yard car park one Saturday. www.bikeregister.net - seems to be the silver offering.
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From:lnr
Date:October 17th, 2006 02:34 pm (UTC)
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Oooh, DIY with that kit sounds not a bad plan actually... I wonder if I can register a bike which was already stolen too :-)
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From:mair_aw
Date:October 17th, 2006 02:16 pm (UTC)
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just never lock it up. take it with you. everywhere. Except Edinburgh's botanic gardens, because they won't let you.
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From:atreic
Date:October 17th, 2006 02:34 pm (UTC)
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That was my plan, but very very occasionally I have to nip into shops for two minutes, and I'm sick of being shouted at by security guards. Also it's best to prepair for worst case scenarios...
From:ex_robhu
Date:October 17th, 2006 02:19 pm (UTC)
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And why do I think that my LJ is a better place to discuss this than a specific cycling group?
LJ contains the distilled intelligences of about 100 people who know you, most of which are smart, or at least have nothing better to do than to find the answers on the internet and post them here for you :-)

Is your new expensive bike a Brompton? I'm considering getting one myself :-D
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From:mair_aw
Date:October 17th, 2006 02:23 pm (UTC)
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*does the Brompton dance*

you could sell your old one on ebay to make the money ...
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From:miss_next
Date:October 17th, 2006 02:20 pm (UTC)
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I never had my bike stolen, but then I always had a great big thumping unsubtle motorbike padlock.
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From:ex_robhu
Date:October 17th, 2006 03:25 pm (UTC)
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You ought to check what your homes contents covers. It probably covers a bike up to a value of X assuming that it is inside the house.

Bike specific insurance will cover it when it is outside assuming it is suitably locked at the time.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:October 17th, 2006 05:43 pm (UTC)

a brompton

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hey sal

I hear they get a 'double thumbs up' in reviews of foldy bike type things.

I've recently changed emails to the cavernously large gmail, it's my name with separated by a dot. Don't suppose u could drop me an email cos I've mislaid yours in the transition.

ta
cousin chris
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From:atreic
Date:October 18th, 2006 08:56 am (UTC)

Re: a brompton

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I've tried to email you, but I might have guessed the gmail.com bit wrong, so let me know if it gets there. If you get an LJ account, all my LJ friends can see my email address on my profile page (and you get all the exciting locked entries ;-) )
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From:samholloway
Date:October 17th, 2006 08:46 pm (UTC)
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Get specific bike insurance. All the major insurers do it. It'll probably cost you about £20-30 year but it'll cover everything.
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From:randomchris
Date:October 18th, 2006 08:09 am (UTC)
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Home contents will probably have a section including "pedal cycles single article limit" of a few hundred pounds, but there will probably be an excess on that (mine turns out to be £50).
From:(Anonymous)
Date:October 19th, 2006 10:29 pm (UTC)

brompton cornflower blue

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I am thinking of getting a cornflower blue brompton - has yours arrived yet and I could I see a photo of it - I have never seen one built - only a colour swatch and would like to see the colour on a built bike

thanks!
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From:atreic
Date:October 20th, 2006 12:10 pm (UTC)

Re: brompton cornflower blue

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Ooh, a mysterious anonymous comment asking me to post bike pron to the internet! How exciting.

Yes, it's arrived, and it is Very Blue (I got the main frame and the extra bits in blue, which is a Lot of Blue). In principle I'm very happy to stick up some pics of it (I want to show it off ;-) ) but I'm horribly busy at the moment, so it might not happen for a week or so. Nag me if you think I've forgotten.

Oh, and please tell me who you are :-)
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