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What is the safest lock?

29 Nov 2017 12:42

Hi, guys! I've got the bicycle, but I'm afraid to go for shopping or at work by it until I have a lock.
I found here https://www.bestadvisor.com/bike-locks 5 types of bike locks! 5!! :surprised: Usual chain lock, folding lock, bow lock, etc...So what is the best? :confused: Or is it possible to steal bicycle in spite of any lock?
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29 Nov 2017 19:01

Kryptonite New York Faggedaboudit U-lock won a test I saw recently. For locking up at work, I use one of those, plus a top-line Kryptonite Chain and integrated lock, plus a 3/4" cable and integrated lock that picks up both wheels and the frame. I do NOT carry these back and forth. Together, they weigh more than my bike.

It is always possible to steal a bike. Battery-powered angle grinders are the latest go-to tool of bike thieves, and they will cut through anything, given enough time. Freeze sprays and hammers, and huge bolt cutters are also options. All you can do is make your bike the least desirable choice. But if they want it, it's gone.
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29 Nov 2017 23:19

This is why I used to commute on a brakeless fixed wheel with a tiny gear and the sharpest bear trap MTB pedals I could find. Never had to go more than 100 metres to get it back. Just look for the guy rolling on the ground holding his shin...
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30 Nov 2017 05:14

42x16ss wrote:This is why I used to commute on a brakeless fixed wheel with a tiny gear and the sharpest bear trap MTB pedals I could find. Never had to go more than 100 metres to get it back. Just look for the guy rolling on the ground holding his shin...

That's pretty funny. Whether it is actually true or not!
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Re: What is the safest lock?

30 Nov 2017 05:54

Back in my messenger days a similar end result. Coworker had his bike swiped durning work and he put out an APB on the radio upon discovering it was gone, 30 sec later he said he found it! I came up on the scene shortly after and the guy was laying on the ground in the fetal position, only made it 1/2 block away around the corner from where the bike was locked up. Nuts meet stem! :surprised: :lol:
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30 Nov 2017 10:13

winkybiker wrote:
42x16ss wrote:This is why I used to commute on a brakeless fixed wheel with a tiny gear and the sharpest bear trap MTB pedals I could find. Never had to go more than 100 metres to get it back. Just look for the guy rolling on the ground holding his shin...

That's pretty funny. Whether it is actually true or not!

Almost certainly is. I have a brake fitted to my fixed wheel as I use it for all my riding but I'd be tempted to go brakeless for a commuter. Plenty of messenger mates do it and say that even if someone grabs the bike they usually jump off as soon as they start going and have no idea what's going on.



In terms of bike locks, I use a hiplok D-lock for ease of carrying. It'll put off anyone but the most determined thief and then nothing is going to stop them. If I lived in a bigger city I'd consider a more robust D-lock. I have a massive Abus one I use to lock up my bike to a car rack if it's ever on one. My wheels are female axles with allen bolts so unlikely someone out chancing it would carry the right key to get them off. I want to get some Hexloks but they don't fit. Need them for my saddle and seatpost too, possibly stem.
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30 Nov 2017 11:51

winkybiker wrote:Kryptonite New York Faggedaboudit U-lock won a test I saw recently. For locking up at work, I use one of those, plus a top-line Kryptonite Chain and integrated lock, plus a 3/4" cable and integrated lock that picks up both wheels and the frame. I do NOT carry these back and forth. Together, they weigh more than my bike.

It is always possible to steal a bike. Battery-powered angle grinders are the latest go-to tool of bike thieves, and they will cut through anything, given enough time. Freeze sprays and hammers, and huge bolt cutters are also options. All you can do is make your bike the least desirable choice. But if they want it, it's gone.



Wow :surprised: Locks weigh more than bike, it is too much for me...I don't want my bike to bestolen, though. I guess, I'll do the same: keep massive locks at work. And still looking for a good light alternative to go for shopping for example.

About to make bike the least desirable choice..Hos is it possible? Just to buy a cheap bike? And then suffer on it? :lol:
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30 Nov 2017 11:54

42x16ss wrote:This is why I used to commute on a brakeless fixed wheel with a tiny gear and the sharpest bear trap MTB pedals I could find. Never had to go more than 100 metres to get it back. Just look for the guy rolling on the ground holding his shin...


Haha :lol: So cruel, but fair.
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30 Nov 2017 12:00

In terms of bike locks, I use a hiplok D-lock for ease of carrying. It'll put off anyone but the most determined thief and then nothing is going to stop them. If I lived in a bigger city I'd consider a more robust D-lock. I have a massive Abus one I use to lock up my bike to a car rack if it's ever on one. My wheels are female axles with allen bolts so unlikely someone out chancing it would carry the right key to get them off. I want to get some Hexloks but they don't fit. Need them for my saddle and seatpost too, possibly stem.


It seems to me, nothing will stop the most determined thief :( Anyway thank you for tips, I'll read more about these models
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30 Nov 2017 20:30

AmberLarson wrote:
In terms of bike locks, I use a hiplok D-lock for ease of carrying. It'll put off anyone but the most determined thief and then nothing is going to stop them. If I lived in a bigger city I'd consider a more robust D-lock. I have a massive Abus one I use to lock up my bike to a car rack if it's ever on one. My wheels are female axles with allen bolts so unlikely someone out chancing it would carry the right key to get them off. I want to get some Hexloks but they don't fit. Need them for my saddle and seatpost too, possibly stem.


It seems to me, nothing will stop the most determined thief :( Anyway thank you for tips, I'll read more about these models


Basically yes. If someone wants your bike they will get it. A decent D-Lock will stop anyone else though. Just remember to lock it to something solid and don't buy a massive one unless you need it. If someone can get a car jack inside the D it's easier to break.
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30 Nov 2017 22:18

winkybiker wrote:
42x16ss wrote:This is why I used to commute on a brakeless fixed wheel with a tiny gear and the sharpest bear trap MTB pedals I could find. Never had to go more than 100 metres to get it back. Just look for the guy rolling on the ground holding his shin...

That's pretty funny. Whether it is actually true or not!

It’s true, I was living in a place called Townsville at the time. Anything that isn’t literally bolted down can disappear in minutes. My unit was broken into twice in two years. My fixed wheel was stolen twice, both times the perp freaked out and crashed. I was actually going about making the cheapest commuter bike possible and stumbled upon this recipe.

I almost felt sorry...
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01 Dec 2017 04:31

AmberLarson wrote:

Wow :surprised: Locks weigh more than bike, it is too much for me...I don't want my bike to bestolen, though. I guess, I'll do the same: keep massive locks at work. And still looking for a good light alternative to go for shopping for example.

About to make bike the least desirable choice..Hos is it possible? Just to buy a cheap bike? And then suffer on it? :lol:


Yes, I have a light cable lock that I always carry for short unplanned stops on my commute. I also have a mid-level U-lock I'll carry for a planned stop that might have me away from my bike for a bit. But 99% of the time my bike is locked in "public" it is at work, where a keep the heavy-duty set-up.

My view is that chance of your bike isn't much reduced by it being cheap. Bike thieves aren't that sophisticated. But the consequence is much less. It's all a trade-off, and about risk management.

"All bikes weigh 20kg. If you include the weight of the right lock."
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01 Dec 2017 04:35

42x16ss wrote:
winkybiker wrote:
42x16ss wrote:This is why I used to commute on a brakeless fixed wheel with a tiny gear and the sharpest bear trap MTB pedals I could find. Never had to go more than 100 metres to get it back. Just look for the guy rolling on the ground holding his shin...

That's pretty funny. Whether it is actually true or not!

It’s true, I was living in a place called Townsville at the time. Anything that isn’t literally bolted down can disappear in minutes. My unit was broken into twice in two years. My fixed wheel was stolen twice, both times the perp freaked out and crashed. I was actually going about making the cheapest commuter bike possible and stumbled upon this recipe.

I almost felt sorry...


I know Townsville. I lived in Middlemount (3 hours inland from Rockhampton) for a few years.
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02 Dec 2017 18:53

Attention CN or members of the fourm.. I can't find any information on a pop up ad that used to appear here. It was a small possibly RF iD tag that could track your bike ('or other property) if it was lost or stolen..
Does anyone have experience with these devices?
Thanks
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