I'm working on getting into school up in NYC. If all goes well, I'll be accepted for Fall 2010 as a transfer student to SVA. I definitely want to take my bike up there, so I'm not always spending all my money on MetroCards (wasn't 'tokens' just easier to say?). Plus, exercise wouldn't hurt.
Not that the dorm I'd most likely be in would be too far away, but other buildings and dorms are scattered down to Ludlow and up to 28th (galleries, admin/counseling offices etc) so I figure "Why not my bike?"
I need the best security I can get. Even as B&T, I hang out in the West Village a lot (4th and 6th Ave, Bleecker etc), and I'm unsure as to how bad bike theft can get there. I am considering the NYFU U-Lock from Kryptonite to lock my back wheel and frame to a rack or pole, and I'm having my quick releases changed to hex bolts, except maybe the front wheel. While I may not make a lot, money is no object to me when it comes to safety and security so I am willing to spend for the best I can buy...
So how do you feel about the NYFU U Lock and the Kryptonite chains? Do the chains need different padlocks than the Kryptonite-supplied ones? Also, has anyone here heard of Pinhead bike security systems and how do you feel about those?