General Cycling Discussion - Best bike locks
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08-21-12, 08:52 PM
At the moment I have a kryptonite lock but it's old and beat up so I'm looking for a replacement.
I'd like to hear what others have to say on what a good lock is. I've got my eye on a knog strongman. Anyone use one?
Looking forward to hearing what everyone has to say.
08-21-12, 09:18 PM
The best bike lock is two. I have both the Kryptonite NY Fahgeddaboudit U Lock, and their heavy chain with mini ulock. If used together a thief would have to have the tools to cut both.
The only problem is that the two of them together weigh more than my bike.:p
08-21-12, 11:02 PM
Here's some thoughts on locks and lockup: http://www.mechbgon.com/lock You should start by thinking about:
1. how attractive is your bike to a thief
2. is it parked in a predictable location on a predictable timetable
3. how prevalent is bike theft in the area you'll be locking in
If one or more of these are raising a red flag, then go heavier on the security with at least one really good lock, and possibly back it up with a secondary lock. If you're parking at the grocery store on a random timetable with a utilitarian commuting bike, a lower-security lock and a cable to secure your front wheel and seat/post is probably sufficient.
Anyway, if I had to throw out a blanket suggestion, the Kryptonite standard New York U-lock or the Evolution Series 4 would be a couple safe bets, the New York being stronger and the Evolution 4 being lighter. Both of them have a double-deadbolt crossbar so cutting the shackle in just one spot doesn't easily free the bike.
08-22-12, 06:47 AM
2 out of the 3 are pretty big concerns. I'm not sure how bad the thieves are in this area but better safe than sorry.
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