My name is Gerry and I live in L.A.
I just got a 2006 Trek 7100 (but it hasn't been ridden much so it looks new and I love it my first 'real' (entry level) bike. Whoo-hoo!
I need your help on determining a security strategy for this bike.
All I have is a cable lock at the moment, so I'm not leaving it anywhere at all.
I have a Kryptonite (Series 4 Evolution LS U-Lock 4"x11.5") coming in the mail- with my initial idea being, to, when I have to park and lock the bike, remove the front wheel, and shackle the frame, the back wheel, and the front wheel (which is now removed) all together with the long shackle u-lock. But I just read Sheldon Brown's post and he said that removing the front wheel every time you lock up is "bogus."
So anyway, that strategy (locking the 2 wheels and the frame with a long shackle Evolution) was the first idea that I had. PS I am re-posting this question from another thread in the wrong section of this site. Thanks for the patience.
Then I started reading about pit-lock security skewers. With almost only one exception on this site, people have good things to say about them.
Two last pieces of info before you make your decision: I don't have a car-bike rack yet, so when I need to transport my bike in my car, I have to take off the front wheel and throw the bike into my back seat. Also, I bring the bike into my apartment at night where it takes up some room in my kitchen (I would like to come up with a better solution for this too, later)
Now, here is my question:
Which of the 4 is the better solution?
1) Using the Kryptonite Series 4 Evolution LS U-Lock 4"x11.5" as I described above (removing the front wheel's quick-release and locking the front wheel, frame, and back wheel all together with the long-shackle Evolution.
2) getting a smaller u-lock (like an evolution mini u-lock) for the back wheel/frame and using pit-lock security skewers for the seat (possibly the fork) and the front wheel. (this would be cool, because then I wouldn't have to remove the front wheel every time I lock up the bike.)
3) Forgetting pit-locks, and using a U-lock for the back/frame and a cable lock (or some other kind of lock) for the front wheel and the frame (if so, what is the best cable lock or security leash? And which is better a lock or a leash?)
4) Using Pit locks for the wheels (fork) and seat, AND a cable lock/leash for the front, AND a U-lock for back?
If I go with choice number 2 or 4 (u-lock for the back and pitlock for the front/and seat), removing the wheel will be just a little more cumbersome if I want to transport the bike in my car, so I may want to get a bike rack. (I drive a Toyota Camry 04.)
Now, if you do use an auto-bike-rack, how do you you try to hedge your bets against someone coming along and taking your bike off of your auto-bike rack? Would any of you recommend an auto-bike rack above other ones? (Specifically for quality, easy of use/installation and theft-prevention)
I know that I am asking a lot, but you are helping me to create a security strategy that I want to do the right way, the right time, the first time. The places I go are not terribly unsafe, but I just don't want my bike to get stolen (it is a major city and I want to be able to take my bike anywhere.) Therefore, I don't mind spending whatever it takes(within under 200)/is necessary to do it right.
Thanks for you help,
PS I live in Los Angeles, am a new rider, and am open to any helpful suggestions.
PS Check out this cool video about grading bike-locking http://greenlagirl.com/2009/05/12/gr...e-locking-job/