Winter Cycling - Taking care of the bike....Forgot the...
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12-23-10, 09:36 AM
Lock. I've been riding my bike from the (cheap parking) garage to the station each day. It's only a bit more than a mile, so it's not really "commuting".
This morning, went out to get the bike and found my Kryptonite lock thoroughly frozen.
If I'd have taken the time to get a hair dryer or heat gun hooked up... I'd have been late.
Have to shoot it full of WD-40 when I get home.
Sounds like you fixed the problem.
12-24-10, 01:28 PM
I often forget to BRING my lock. Hard to believe, but no one has stolen my bike anyway. I tie it with bungies or whatever I have.
12-24-10, 05:15 PM
My old-faithful cable combination lock froze up and I couldnt get it to open, even after pouring hot water on it until it was warm and thawed. I had to break it open with a screwdriver and claw hammer.
I now use simple master lock and separate cable, which doesn't seem to freeze up.
12-25-10, 02:53 AM
As an aside, the active ingredient to lock de-icer is rubbing alcohol. Get a bottle of the pure stuff and slosh it into the lock. I put it in a spray bottle.
The way those things mount on your bike leaves the keyhole facing upward exposed to the elements. This year I have to remind myself to cover up the keyhole so moisture, water, snow, etc. doesn't get in there and freeze. I had those problems last year and about freaked out when I couldn't unlock the lock. I heated the key with a lighter and that worked. On wet days where I thought it would freeze I'd put the lock in my bag. When I locked up I would make sure the lock mechanism was facing in a downward position so the snow and moisture wouldn't build up inside it and freeze. This year I'll use duct tape over the keyhole to see if that helps prevent those problems.
01-04-11, 02:36 PM
The new Kryptonite locks actually have a keyhole cover that just slides over the lock. It is really quite convenient. At least my Series 4 Kyrptonite (orange color) has that.
01-04-11, 05:04 PM
In the past I have used a finger sleeve from an old jersey glove, cut the tip off of it and slide it onto your lock, lock it up and then slide it over the key hole (of course this only works if you have a chain style lock).
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