Commuter rat bikes
My mate had a station bike. Occasionally it would escape of it’s own accord, or parts would go missing from it, and he would then get another. I wouldn’t spend more on a station bike than I would care to lose. I’d get a beat up secondhand bike and keep the parts on it to minimum.Posted 4 years agotonydMember
Not a station bike but whilst at Uni I had a ladies fold up shopper with 3 sturmy archer gears. I welded everything on, and I mean everything! Just a small spot weld on each item but it was enough to deter any would be thief. It was left all over London, sometimes for days at a time (while I tried to remember where I’d left it!) without issue. If you do that though make sure you fit tough tyres – fortunately I didn’t have any punctures in the three years I was riding it as I’d have had to grind the wheel nuts off to fix it.Posted 4 years agojackthedogMember
I do this. I have a really (really really) nasty, rust covered, 20 year old Raleigh rescued from a neighbour’s skip. Plastic brake levers, the lot. It’s a dreadful thing.
It’s been a revelation. Being able to just lock a bike up *anywhere* and leave it for however long without constantly worrying is the best cycling aid I’ve found in years.
The most expensive items on it are the £20 commuter lights I remove anyway. It’s amazing.Posted 4 years agobenslowMember
I ride from Kings Cross to work everyday and have left my bike there for the past 5 years.
First bike was a £500 Ridgeback Flight and current is a Marin 29er.
I’ve never had any problems and think the risks are overstated.
Wheel, stem and seatpost locking bolts, decent U lock and make sure lights are removed and you’ll be fine.Posted 4 years ago
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