Commuting - Is my bike secure enough?
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I won't be parking my bike in Manhattan but a queens school campus. I don't know what the crime rate is like in queens. Since I start school soon I did not have time to purchase a New York 3000 or such so I bought a bell u-lock and bell Kevlar chain lock. I also purchased a t-hex chain with a disc u-lock soon to arrive. Planning on securing the bike to a rack outside the campus. I don't know whats safer. Initially I was going to park it by an entrance door but the pole is too large. People do it but are forced to use only a cable, pad or chain lock(s) of some kind. Ok for evening classes? I will be taking night class and I want to be able to use all three locks. I am going to try to include the front wheel if it fits through all the locks. Otherwise skip the ulock on the front wheel and use the two other cables.
09-04-10, 12:18 PM
I have no idea what the crime rate is like, but that's a lot of lock. Perhaps you should consider investing in some locking skewers, seat clamp, and tamper-proof headset bolt and get by with one good u-lock.
09-04-10, 12:58 PM
Bike theft in LA has been awful lately, no such thing as too much lock in these parts! :)
09-04-10, 01:34 PM
It will also depend on the bike. If it's the most valuable bike on the rack it's more of a target than otherwise.
Park it in a well traveled and well lit area. Secure it to something solid. Why can't you secure it to something on campus instead of a rack outside of campus? Without knowing how your campus is situated in that environment its difficult to give you better ideas.
When I was visiting schools I remember NYU had a pretty open area where it seemed anybody can just walk around. However if memory serves me correctly Fordham (Rose Hill) had a large stone wall and only a few entrances and exits with big iron gates.
09-04-10, 02:57 PM
See which spot may have a security camera overhead nearby. The amount of lock you have will buy you time and if there is a camera nearby, this will allow security to have a better chance of takeing notice.
I'm not sure about the crime rate in Queens, or what value your bike is, but in general Bell locks aren't particularly strong. If your bike is worth more than, say, $250, it would be wise to invest in a Kryptonite Evo or Onguard Bulldog level U-lock.
09-04-10, 08:04 PM
This wasn't really a question worth answering - you'd get better results from google. Read
and then use google yourself. And use the forum search here. Not just because it is polite to do so before asking people for help, but because, frankly, you'll probably get better advice via google. The world's best bicycle security expert has almost certainly written for the web but he is unlikely to answerer your post.
And if you then want to ask questions do so by all means - but include details like the type and value of bike.
I think it works perfect for me. I leave the cable (light by the way) wrapped around the frame and thru the chair so I wouldnt need to remove the chair. I also lock my front wheel to the frame with the U-Lock and remove the quick release. I run the thex super chain thru the back wheel and frame and on the unmovable pole. Lights turn on at night where I park it so I am quite confident the bike will not grow legs on me.
Compare to other peoples bikes parked my look the toughest. I see bikes with only cable locks on them. Not as awesome though.
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