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I have been advised not to buy a nice looking bicycle because it will inevitably be stolen at some point - regardless of how many locks and chains I use! How true is this?
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If you have it secured in a vault it might just remain.....only joking.

I have heard the same rumour but there are so many bikes. If you hide it in the middle of hundreds im sure it will be difficult to steal if it is very well chained up....i mean two chains and possible a motorcycle chain because they are so strong...i wonder if anybody has ever used one, I certainly would because they are so much stronger than normal bicycle chains.

Also, I was just thinking. People are always walking around Cambridge, wherever you are, and I know that bicycle thefts do occassionally occur but a person desperately walking around with a huge cutter isn't going to look the most innocent.

Don't worry...you must able to insure bikes somewhere, you could even attach an alarm to it somehow, or maybe that is a bit over the top!!
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I have been advised not to buy a nice looking bicycle because it will inevitably be stolen at some point - regardless of how many locks and chains I use! How true is this?
If its like Oxford, I guess it is true to a point; crime rate is not high by any means, but an expensive bike is more of a risk and you stand to lose more. tbh, no one I know has an exceptionally flashy bike; bikes are not of any status value, but just a means of getting from A to B.
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hey does anyone know whether the areas around oxbridge unis are flat, as i may be using my skateboard as the main source of travel
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Do Not Bring A Nice Looking Bike To Cambridge And Expect It To Survive! I Speak With Great Experience!
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I dunno if it's inevitable it will be stolen, but it is likely. Bear in mind that you will need to take whatever chains/locks with you when you are cycling. My bike has been fine, but I don't ride it much, so it lives mostly on the bike racks behind my accommodation block. I do know some people who have had theirs taken though.
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Mine ended up in the Cam!
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hey does anyone know whether the areas around oxbridge unis are flat, as i may be using my skateboard as the main source of travel
oxford = many cobbles and other uneven surfaces. you would be in for a bumpy ride
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hey does anyone know whether the areas around oxbridge unis are flat, as i may be using my skateboard as the main source of travel
Very flat, but lots of cobbles. Also lots of students walking around, so you will be hated if you start running into them on your skateboard.
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Do Not Bring A Nice Looking Bike To Cambridge And Expect It To Survive! I Speak With Great Experience!
Well I can see this becoming a problem.

hmmm........I guess the culprits are the so called 'townies' huh? Surely, it would not be one of your contemporaries????

On one's arrival in Cambridge, if one should have one's bicycle stolen and discovered the theif, would one be rusticated or sent down for causing him to be concussed if the little bugger were a student of the University?

Alternatively, if one should discover the theiving party is a member of the general public, and should an altercation ensue between one's self and the townie scum which might lead to direct physical violence where the perpetrator is damaged, should this be cause for one's rusticaton/sending down?
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Very flat, but lots of cobbles. Also lots of students walking around, so you will be hated if you start running into them on your skateboard.
Skateboarders are pests.
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hey does anyone know whether the areas around oxbridge unis are flat, as i may be using my skateboard as the main source of travel
Most of central Oxford is far too busy for you to be able to use a skateboard safely and comfortably, and the bits that aren't would tend to be the areas with uneven surfaces.

With regards bikes, if you use a good-quality lock to attach it to something solid then it should be pretty safe. Make sure you lock it by the frame and not the wheel -- you should see the number of lonely locked-up wheels there are around Oxford where the rest of the bike's been nicked! Also it's probably a good idea not to have too nice a bike, but I don't see why anyone would want a particularly expensive mountain/racing bike just for travelling around a city.
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With regards bikes, if you use a good-quality lock to attach it to something solid then it should be pretty safe. Make sure you lock it by the frame and not the wheel -- you should see the number of lonely locked-up wheels there are around Oxford where the rest of the bike's been nicked!
I'd advocate locking through both if possible - there is a particularly nice mountain bike frame at the entrance to Free School Lane in Cambridge, with no wheels on it!

Mentally Ill, I'd advise against beating up anyone nicking your bike. If you catch them at it, get your bike back; there's little point doing anything else. I don't really know whether it would be a student or a townie doing the nicking, although most students who want bikes have them to be honest.
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I'd advocate locking through both if possible - there is a particularly nice mountain bike frame at the entrance to Free School Lane in Cambridge, with no wheels on it!

Mentally Ill, I'd advise against beating up anyone nicking your bike. If you catch them at it, get your bike back; there's little point doing anything else. I don't really know whether it would be a student or a townie doing the nicking, although most students who want bikes have them to be honest.
Helenia, you are so level headed, sensible and diplomatic.
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I don't really know whether it would be a student or a townie doing the nicking, although most students who want bikes have them to be honest.
In Oxford I believe there are some organised criminals who sell them on in other parts of the country, as opposed to locals who just want a bike for themselves. There is actually a special police bicycle unit, a couple of policemen who spend their time cycling around Oxford and looking for bikes which have been reported stolen.
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When I reported mine stolen, the Police told me to look in the river as this is where stolen bikes ended up!
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When I reported mine stolen, the Police told me to look in the river as this is where stolen bikes ended up!
I have heard stories that the Cambridge locals are somewhat more belligerent and confrontational than Oxford locals. I heard that bricks are thrown at boaties on the river and students are thrust off their bicycles in mid pedal-stroke, while gowns are tugged upon while students are about town during examination time. I expect this is much to do with the influence of the deprivation of the surrounding areas...........
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Don't think I've ever come across these incidents. Although, after a few drinks, some locals do take a strong disliking to students.
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... while gowns are tugged upon while students are about town during examination time.
This is definitely not true!
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In Oxford I believe there are some organised criminals who sell them on in other parts of the country, as opposed to locals who just want a bike for themselves. There is actually a special police bicycle unit, a couple of policemen who spend their time cycling around Oxford and looking for bikes which have been reported stolen.
There was some organised crime circle that rounded up bikes in Ox, took them over to Cam and sold them to students beofre promptly nicking a load of Cam bikes and bringing them back to Ox to sell!!
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