Bicycles at Berkeley?

<p>So I got assigned to Clark Kerr Campus, and to my understanding it is about a 15 minute walk to just get on campus. I also hear that it's not wise to bring a bike because they get stolen/torn apart etc. So is this just a rumor? How many people at Berkeley actually use bikes?</p>

<p>have you considered busing it</p>

<p>Tons of people use bikes. The ride you describe is an easy one, too and would probably take longer on the bus. </p>

<p>Don't buy a super expensive bike and lock the front and back wheels with a u-lock. I do know some people who have had their bikes stolen, but in general it is a fairly safe campus for bikes (as long as you lock it with a u-lock).</p>

<p>Also, Berkeley and the East Bay in general are VERY bicycle friendly. Parking can be hard in some areas and the busses can be flaky at times and often the bus ride (coupled with wait times and walk distances) is longer than simply riding your bike!</p>

<p>Also, AC transit busses do have a bike rake on the front for extended trips and you can bring bikes on most BART trains. You will want a bike.</p>

<p>What borntogrow said.</p>

<p>Get a chain + ulock combo and you're good. Don't leave your bike locked up in some public area overnight, aka on campus, etc.</p>

<p>My bike was $500..but it's not a huge brand name like Trek. Still not good to bring?</p>

<p>^Bikes get stolen regardless of their brand. If you don't want to risk losing your $500, don't bring it.</p>

<p>I'm planning on bringing my $400 trek that I got many years ago when I actually did a lot of biking (weekend 40-50 miles each day, and back and forth to school every day), and I'm planning on bringing it </p>

<p>That is depending on how I feel about taking it to foothill, as I'm not sure if there are paths other than stairs. And wile going down stairs isn't a problem, going up would be unnecessarily annoying.</p>

<p>I had to get over the fear of it getting stolen years ago. I just figure if I didn't have it right now it would not be a major inconvenience (can always walk). And as long as I lock it up right, with a U-lock going through the front and frame, with a chain going through the frame and rear tire, it should be relatively safe. I'm not going to lock it up for a prolonged period of time anywhere, so it shouldn't be too much of a problem.</p>

<p>People steal it even if you lock it up with these top notch locks? Do they just cut it or something? : / I'm not much of a biker and I've only used my expensive bike like 20 times for short distance...so it would be a bummer if someone stole it but i dont see how it can get stolen if it's locked up..?</p>

<p>Also where do you keep it while u sleep? In the dorms or somewhere downstairs? I'll be in unit 3 if that helps</p>

<p>There's a bike garage thing for you to store it.</p>

<p>Okay thanks.</p>

<p>Bike theft is not a problem if you use common sense and lock your bike up properly and well.</p>

<p>I used to go around on my Trek 7200 mountain bike until the rear wheel got stolen because I left it in East Oakland, locking only the front wheel and frame, but not the rear wheel. Others have gotten bikes stolen because they've used an insufficient lock, which resulted in it getting cut, or they've locked only the front wheel but not the frame.</p>

<p>The idea is to use two different type of locks by two different brands, and make sure that as much as possible, both locks are good enough on their own. I usually do U-lock for front wheel + frame, and a good cable lock for rear wheel + rear triangle (also frame) + helmet.</p>

<p>Other than that, Berkeley's very bikable. I've left my bike locked overnight a few times without issue. I've had my current bike for almost a year and I haven't had any incidents yet.</p>

<p>The East Bay is very bikable, and CKC to campus is a nice flat 3min ride.</p>

<p>Definitely don't leave your bike overnight outside (or on campus) and lock at least your frame to the rack. You will risk someone popping your wheels off if you don't lock them also, but at least wheels are cheap. I have been using a quick release seat and it's been fine for almost two years. Having a crappy looking bike always helps.</p>