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    locking skewers?

    As my "commuter bike" goes increasingly over budget, I'm getting more and more worried about locking it up. Do any of you have any experience with locking skewers? I've been looking at these two:

    http://www.thebikebiz.com/Pinhead_Lo.../com-pin01.htm

    http://www.thebikebiz.com/ProductDet...%2DTRK%2DPIT01

    the pitlock skewers look really nice and easy to use, but they're pretty pricey. the pinhead ones look like they'd be a pain, and they're still kinda expensive (I'd want the seatpost lock too)

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    If you have an allen bolt for your seat post I have read that people will glue ball bearings in them to deter theft. Then they can remove the bearing with solvent or something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mkeller234 View Post
    If you have an allen bolt for your seat post I have read that people will glue ball bearings in them to deter theft. Then they can remove the bearing with solvent or something.
    This just blew my mind for some reason...wow.

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    I think the locking skewers will keep an opportunist from striking although a 6' cable lock will have the same effect for less cash.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NYC_zx10 View Post
    This just blew my mind for some reason...wow.
    Im only reporting what I read.
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    Velo-Orange has a pseudo-locking skewer on sale for $12. It takes a special allen wrench with a hole in the tip. I put a pair on my beater bike today (replacing the quick-releases and hose clamps I've been using.) If your wheels aren't all that valuable and you take the time to lock up with a u-lock + cable every time, that might work for you. Otherwise, spring for Pitlocks or OnGuards.

    Edit: V-O only has skewers with 135mm rear spacing. More sizes will come later.
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    I just received my set off BikeRegistry.com today along with their ABUS thick security chain. Both items $45 shipped to my door.

    Skewers were 7.99.

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    I can't find this but I saw a set that had to be upside( the bike ) down to take them off. any body ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by arborohs View Post
    I can't find this but I saw a set that had to be upside( the bike ) down to take them off. any body ?
    those are made by Zefal
    lookes like the best system out there, IMO.

    http://www.roadcycling.com/reviews/Z...w_002704.shtml

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    Quote Originally Posted by arborohs View Post
    I can't find this but I saw a set that had to be upside( the bike ) down to take them off. any body ?
    http://www.roadcycling.com/reviews/Z...w_002704.shtml
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    Quote Originally Posted by mkeller234 View Post
    If you have an allen bolt for your seat post I have read that people will glue ball bearings in them to deter theft. Then they can remove the bearing with solvent or something.
    Good idea.

    I've used wax before when I used to be forced to leave my bike out. Hot wax into the allen bolt and it acts as a small deterrent for those trying to get a quick steal on your seat post.

    As for wheels... I rather just take the wheel off and lock everything in the rear or take the wheel with me.
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    Wow, the ball-bearing/wax idea sounds pretty good. I should try that sometime.

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    Ball bearing plus crazy glue. Acetone to remove the glue later.

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    Wow, those zefal skewers seem really cool! And only 15 bucks for skewers and seatpost bolt? I think I'm gonna give those a shot, my only worry is a thief will assume they're regular QR and resort to a crowbar and wreck something...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rix View Post
    Velo-Orange has a pseudo-locking skewer on sale for $12. It takes a special allen wrench with a hole in the tip. .
    I use them, like them better than QR's. You can cut off the end to make it fit 130 or 126 rears.

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    got those Zefal skewers in the mail yesterday, spent about 10 minutes playing with them, they're so cool! One direction you can close it, but it won't budge if you try to open it, but turn it over and it opens and closes no problem.

    too bad they only come in black, a chrome one would be slick

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    KtotheF where did you get your Zefal's? I saw some for 24.99 on ebikestop but shipping was 10. Any cheaper somewhere else?

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    http://www.xxcycle.com/php/boutique/...5&FROM=froogle

    $18, shipping was about $10 as well

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