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  • zanelad
    Member

    Thank God that my times are way to slow to post on Strava. 🙁

    Premier Icon jimdubleyou
    Subscriber

    Again I amazed that people would keep thousands of pounds worth of bicycles in a shed or garage

    I have literally thousands of pounds worth of car just parked on the street.

    Premier Icon binners
    Subscriber

    Am I missing something, how hard is it to just start and stop it at the end of your street?

    I’m too forgetful and confused to be remembering to do that at the start and finish of every ride

    DrP
    Member

    I just name all my rides on strava something along the lines of:
    That great ride with expensive bikes starting from Wwaswas’ house, 34 duncton street, Eastbourne. BN26 etc etc

    I kind of puts the thieves off MY scent, if you know what I mean…

    DrP

    xyeti
    Member

    I usually 90% Of the time Start & Stop Mine outside a house where the Bloke “Owner” Reversed out of his drive and knocked me off my Bike last Summer.

    Then had the audacity to swear at me and tell me to watch what i’m doing whilst swearing at me,
    POLICE Involved…………..
    I’m hoping his Garage gets ripped open looking for my goodies, I’ve even taken a picture of it leaning Up against the hedge outside, still theres hope.

    MrSalmon
    Member

    Again I amazed that people would keep thousands of pounds worth of bicycles in a shed or garage.

    Circumstances that aren’t all that amazing mean that in practice many people don’t have much option.

    I usually 90% Of the time Start & Stop Mine outside a house where the Bloke “Owner” Reversed out of his drive and knocked me off my Bike last Summer.

    Then had the audacity to swear at me and tell me to watch what i’m doing whilst swearing at me,
    POLICE Involved…………..
    I’m hoping his Garage gets ripped open looking for my goodies, I’ve even taken a picture of it leaning Up against the hedge outside, still theres hope.

    Bravo sir! 😆

    bikebouy
    Member

    kcal – Member
    Mine have nicknames (sad, but I know what bike is which, defy anyone outwit close circle to identify them).

    Yerbut, but.. calling them “the Wife” and “Sharon from Accounts” means we all see recorded on Strava “Just rode Sharon from Accounts all over the South Downs”

    😆
    😉

    dvatcmark
    Member

    The multiple privicy zone feature is a bit disapointing as it only hides your ride within the privacy zone it was started in.

    I blanked out the entire local area as I thought I’d go invisable miles before home. This wasn’t the case, it was only 500m from home as that was the extent of the zone based on my postcode.

    Premier Icon dday
    Subscriber

    I had my bike nicked from my workshop (not a shed, but a stone built outhouse). Certainly targeted (didn’t touch anything else) – I’m pretty sure it was a delivery driver who had a poke around when we were out. Now use collect plus for pretty much any delivery. Especially bike components. If a driver drops off a nice set of carbon wheels at your house, there certainly a bling bike around somewhere.

    STATO
    Member

    The multiple privicy zone feature is a bit disapointing as it only hides your ride within the privacy zone it was started in.

    I blanked out the entire local area as I thought I’d go invisable miles before home. This wasn’t the case, it was only 500m from home as that was the extent of the zone based on my postcode.
    Privacy zones only apply at the start and end of rides, and one is only applied if you start/stop in it. People have multiple or offset over their house so its not an obvious circle centred directly over their house. Of course it would be easier if strava just allowed you to draw the shape of your preffered zone (just having a 1mile radius means you lose any segments that start or end within that zone).

    Premier Icon Tracey
    Subscriber

    We were once followed by a van from outside a bike shop in Rotherham for over ten miles. We did quite a few detours through housing estates still been followed. Finally parked up on a car park and sat and waited till they had enough and drove off.
    Try and have all parcels delivered to work and don’t usually allow stuff we sell to be collected from home.
    Cant be too careful.

    dvatcmark
    Member

    Privacy zones only apply at the start and end of rides, and one is only applied if you start/stop in it. People have multiple or offset over their house so its not an obvious circle centred directly over their house. Of course it would be easier if strava just allowed you to draw the shape of your preffered zone (just having a 1mile radius means you lose any segments that start or end within that zone

    This is my point, they dont work like you think.

    The overlapping zones has no affect unless you start your ride in a different zone each time. No matter how many zones you have listed if you always start from home you’ll form a circle with your house in the middle of it as only the privacy zone where the ride starts\finished is used , all others do not apply.

    Premier Icon Pawsy_Bear
    Subscriber

    Tracy
    Did you report the license plate tothepolice?

    fisherboy
    Member

    The overlapping zones has no affect unless you start your ride in a different zone each time. No matter how many zones you have listed if you always start from home you’ll form a circle with your house in the middle of it as only the privacy zone where the ride starts\finished is used , all others do not apply.

    I get what you mean but what if the start falls witihin say four similar but not the same privacy zone, ie the zones have a large amount of overlap. does strava not hide the start from all the zones. In effect four similar zones which have a large amount of overlap end up creating a more freeform privacy zone.

    Premier Icon cookeaa
    Subscriber

    I have to say flyby does seem to be just about the most perfect tool for bicycle thieves, and Strava was already probably quite handy…

    Just pick an area, take a leisurely trundle around all the nice middleclass areas, you only need keep half an eye out for nice bikes because Strava will trace all the local rider’s routes out for you…

    A bit of light profile stalking and you’ll have the approximate location of a dozen or so nice bikes, it’s not beyond the wit of most tea-leaves to stake out a few roads to get precise locations…

    Then wallop! having planned, for a week or two they could fill a transit inside of a couple of hours and be 200 miles away before the first theft is reported…

    I’m definitely in the wrong business…

    hora
    Member

    MrSalmon you can pack your number one bike down small. Even leaving wheels in the shed- F&F in a bike bag. Mitigate risk.

    When I lived in a tiny studio in West Hampstead I had two bikes behind/under the bed and wheels in the back yard under minging cloth/tarp.

    whitestone
    Member

    Large radius privacy zone around both home and work. Start and stop the Garmin at a location well away from the house for each ride even if that means riding past the house for a Km or so to get back to the starting point.

    Bikes are imaginatively named: “Road”; “Commuter”; “MTB”

    Not a lot you can do if you are being followed other than ride on if you realise it.

    STATO
    Member

    I have to say flyby does seem to be just about the most perfect tool for bicycle thieves, and Strava was already probably quite handy…

    Just pick an area, take a leisurely trundle around all the nice middleclass areas, you only need keep half an eye out for nice bikes because Strava will trace all the local rider’s routes out for you…

    As I said, no need to even leave the house. Just pick a segment in a nice area and it will show you everyone who rode it today, or this week, etc. Look at their rides, pick a few other segments, see if they set a fastest time today, If not you can see their fastest time so you now have 2 of their rides, likely showing you a common location (home). You could now look on segment search for some other nearby segments, soon you will have 4 or 5 rides for that person and a pretty good idea of where their home zone is (or house exactly as so many STILL don’t have privacy zones). This will take 2 min tops, and is really easy.

    Another thing, if you are making your profile private, and your flyby private, I hope you are not in any open groups (like say ‘Singletrackworld.com Forumites’) as everyone can see your rides.

    Junkyard
    Member

    I have literally thousands of pounds worth of car just parked on the street.

    I bet when you park there the key is inside your house.
    IMHO its worth being cautious its not worth being paranoid

    Get good insurance.

    whitestone
    Member

    Apologies if someone upthread has posted the link, but here’s Strava’s description of the privacy settings – https://support.strava.com/hc/en-us/articles/216918777-Privacy-Settings

    This:
    You will not appear on any segment leaderboard that starts/stops within your Privacy Zone and you cannot hold or earn any KOMs/CRs on those segments. Removing a Privacy Zone will reinstate your segment matches and any associated KOMs/CRs.

    Isn’t quite right, I’m in the public top ten of a segment that finishes well within my privacy zone but I finished the ride outside my privacy zone and it logged as a top ten time.

    hora
    Member

    Thousands of pounds of car on the street? That same highly desirable car with carbon panels, hi spec parts, desirable suspension with the key left in the ignition ready to spirit away and easy to sell on? Where people will target you?

    Scary analogy’s abound dude

    project
    Member

    and another thing where technology lets people down programing your address as home into your sat nav, somebody nicks your car, home keys on key ring drives straight home and nicks your stuff.

    use an address nearby for home and 2 sets of keys one for home and one for vehicle, simple but people still get done over by not doing it.

    trail_rat
    Member

    Thousands of pounds of car on the street? That same highly desirable car with carbon panels, hi spec parts, desirable suspension with the key left in the ignition ready to spirit away and easy to sell on? Where people will target you?

    Your analogys shite mate, i keep my shed locked and the bikes locked inside that .,,,ergo its not got its keys in it.

    Also – houses are not secure at all- they have large easy to break highly see through shopping panels. You are not there every hour of every day to play guard dog either.

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