tintin wrote:has anyone used the bike lots on campus? there appears to be one near boalt. experiences? i'm also investing in a super high quality u-lock but i'm still afraid of theft, also of people stealing parts off my bike....
I considered signing up for the locked bike-parking area (in the Boalt garage), but in the end, getting a campus license sticker for my bike from the campus police (a prerequisite) was too much of a hassle.
I had a brand new Trek to start the year including a very nice saddle. I got locking skewers for the wheels & seat post (about 50 bucks; get the one requiring a special tool and not a regular hex wrench) and a high strength chain (basically a Kryptonite "New York" lock knock-off; the Kryptonite is about 75 bucks). Never had a single issue at the outside racks (bikes definitely got stolen from out there, but without these reasonable security measures).
If you don't want to buy the locking skewers, and you just want to use a U-lock, check out this page from the Missing Link Bike Shop (Shattuck). --LinkRemoved--
(Not AS expensive as Performance or Mikes, but the people are great (and they even provide loaner tools if you need them)).