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Old 07-12-12, 12:37 PM   #1
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Locking strategy for belt drive with fancy hubs

I wanted to ask about an optimal locking strategy for a rather particular case. I just bought a Novara Gotham commuter bike.

It has a front hub dynamo, and a Nuvinci N360 rear hub. It has a belt drive, which means that the rear triangle "breaks." I will be riding it in Los Angeles.

What locking strategy would you recommend? What security locks, cables, etc. should I get?

Thanks for your advice.
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Old 07-12-12, 01:47 PM   #2
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Good purchase. That's likely to be the nicest bike in the rack. After watching the Kryptonite Fuhgettaboutit chain get cut in 10 seconds on YouTube, my advice would be not to lock it outside.

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I wanted to ask about an optimal locking strategy for a rather particular case. I just bought a Novara Gotham commuter bike.

It has a front hub dynamo, and a Nuvinci N360 rear hub. It has a belt drive, which means that the rear triangle "breaks." I will be riding it in Los Angeles.

What locking strategy would you recommend? What security locks, cables, etc. should I get?

Thanks for your advice.
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Old 07-13-12, 07:28 AM   #3
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Two locks for sure. If I am going to a high risk area, I bring two Kryptonite U locks and I have my seat chained to the seat stay. It is heavy but worth it. Less risky areas I just bring one Kryptonite and one Krypto cable. At work, even with a locked bike compound and video surveillance, I still use three Kryptonite U locks and one cable but I leave the locks there so I don't carry the weight. Again I work in a high risk bike theft area.

In total I have 7 Kryptonite U locks and four Krypto cables to lock my bikes. Even in my apartment building I use 2 U locks per bike plus a cable. I did try the New York Chain lock by Kryptonite but I found it heavy and scratches the frame because the sleeve around the chain is not long enough so I sold it. When I buy a new lock that I don't have to carry I will get the Kryptonite New York Series U lock.

Like you my bike is probably the best bike to steal at work but I am hoping when they see the number of locks they have to cut, they will move on to the next easier target. One thing I don't do is I never leave my bike outside overnight.

If I am just running into a store I use a mini Kyrptonite U lock and one small Krypto cable.
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