From the Forum – PSA to Lock Up Your Front Tire and Historic Apts in DC

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Front Bike Wheel Stolen off Locked up Bike:

“I had my bike locked to a bike rack with a U-lock near 17th and I St NW yesterday afternoon for about 3 hours. When I returned to my bike around 4 PM, the front wheel had been stolen. Major Bummer. Given the busy location, I’m surprised at the audacity of the thief to do this in the middle of the afternoon. Just a service announcement to make you secure your wheels in addition to your frame when locking up your bike.”

Historic Apts in DC:

“I’m considering moving to a different apt. this summer and would like to know if anyone has any suggestions for neat loft/historic apartments in the city. I’ve spent some time browsing blog sites that showcase great apartments in old factories, warehouses, schools, etc. in cities like Detroit, Pittsburgh, and Chicago. These cities being former industrial centers have more of these types of buildings, but I’d like to find something similar in DC if possible. Anyone have any suggestions of an older building with character? Thanks for your help!”

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  • Was it quick release? I’m surprised any of those last more than 5 minutes.

    Mine are secured with hex nuts which at least makes it a little harder.

  • Welp, at least it’s much cheaper to replace than the frame or back tire. I usually try to lock up the back wheel and the frame, but some bike racks don’t make that possible. On a related note, I’m going to laugh so hard when the summer interns who lock their bikes with flimsy cable locks in front of their apartment building get their bikes stolen. Amateur hour.

    • Why laugh? I swear, some people are just completely ridiculous in their amusement at the misfortune of others. I’ve lived in a few major metropolitan cities and the levels of theft that is assumed and tolerated in DC is unbelievable to me.

      • Huh? DC is no worse than NYC. Bikes are gone in NYC in less than 10 minutes if not secured. And NYC has entire armies of organized bike thieves.

      • @Anony2:43, This raises serious questions about your definition of a “major metropolitan city”.

  • Buy some locking skewers for your bike, or at least just don’t use lug nuts. Quick release, and you’re just asking for it.

  • Have you tried reaching out to any of the offices near where you parked it? They might have surveillance/CCTV footage of the sidewalk.

  • Re: historic buildings
    My husband and I were looking for places like this and saw that almost all of them seem to be condos, not rentals. If you could convince an owner to rent to you, some places to look at are the Bryan School Lofts, the Lenox School Lofts, and the Pierce School Lofts. There are a number of converted churches, too:

    We didn’t find any rentals like these ourselves, but ended up at the Madison Victorian apartments in Mt. Vernon Triangle. We’re very satisfied with that choice and with UHOP as a landlord.

  • Sorry to hear about your bike. Unfortunately there are some who like to prey on cyclists. A couple of pointers that have served me well with locking my bike: 1. Try to include the wheel and bike rack in the lock. Don’t just lock the frame and most of all, get a lock that can’t be easily broken into. 2. Change the bolt that holds the seat to one more theft-proof. My bike came with a latch that allows the seat to easily be removed. The new bolt requires a bike tool. 3. I also have an extra bike lock which is a kryptonite U shaped lock. I know they’re not the safest, but I use it as an additional lock to make stealing my bike a even more of a deterrent. 4. Don’t leave it parked outside overnight.

    So far it’s worked. I guess most thieves don’t want to go through the trouble of breaking through 2 locks in well trafficked places.

  • I keep a patch kit in my saddle bag. I can’t express how pissed off I am when I have a flat and go for the patch kit only to realize a (probably homeless) person has stolen the glue out of the kit to huff. Nothing is safe on a bike.

  • for apartments. 7th flats has a couple historic apartments in their brand new building in Shaw. This sounds weird, but they kept a few of the original row homes and modified them into their building. They aren’t true loft style, but they are nice and still have some of the original character of the row houses. Plus modern amenities.

  • I feel your pain. Rear tire was stolen two weeks ago in front of the Potomac Ave metro in a similar manner in the middle of the afternoon. In hindsight, it was really stupid of me to not have an additional lock going through the rear wheel.

    Good luck, replacing the tire/cassette deck and retuning is a huge pain.

  • Same. Left my bike overnight outside of my house in NW DC. Safe, quiet street. Hex nut. Realized the front wheel was missing in the morning. Called the cops—very responsive. But, I’m out of $300 (wheel, tube, tire, new lock). Major bummer.

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