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Old 08-04-10, 08:51 AM   #1
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how to lock up (secure) a step-through frame

I'm thinking about getting a nice european city bike with a step-through frame, but I can't imagine how one can lock it up securely with a u-lock.

for example, look at this: http://www.abikestore.com/Merchant2/...de=cb_birtcsl3

how are you supposed to lock this up? there do not appear to be any holes in the frame...what do people usually do?

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Old 08-04-10, 09:07 AM   #2
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Rear triangle, where the back wheel is located.
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As someone who both sold and used Kryptonite U-locks in New York for 30+ years, I can tell you with authority that the most secure way to lock a bike with a U-lock is across the seat stays, inside of the rim and around a post. That secures both the frame and rear wheel, and has the advantage of mostly filling the U, leaving thieves less room to operate. Also the seatstays being more delicate makes hard to use brute force to bend and break the lock withour destroying the frame, rendering their prize less valuable.
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oh, duh. thanks to you both.

i guess i'll also get a long steel cable to secure the front wheel as well, using the same u-lock.

for anyone else, i found the pictures and text on this site most helpful as well: http://www.missinglink.org/Pages/bike_locking.html

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oh, duh. thanks to you both.

i guess i'll also get a long steel cable to secure the front wheel as well, using the same u-lock.

for anyone else, i found the pictures and text on this site most helpful as well: http://www.missinglink.org/Pages/bike_locking.html
Thanks for the link, that was very helpful.
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oh, duh. thanks to you both.

i guess i'll also get a long steel cable to secure the front wheel as well, using the same u-lock.]
Better to lock the cable with a different lock - even a small padlock. More locks = more security.

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