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    On Guard Pitbull Mini Lock Review and Question

    I just bought a new, improved version of On Guard's Pitbull Mini. My 5 year old NYC Kryptonite was starting to jam. The Pitbull mini seems solid and the key lock portion seems improved. I have a GT Hybrid but I can't lock my frame and rear wheel to the rack. Has anyone heard or read anything new concerning whether or not the "Sheldon Brown" locking method works? I guess I should state that I will be locking up on the mean streets of Chicago which has a very high rate of bike thefts.

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    unless they cut through your rim and tire somehow or cut your frame (or the lock, duh) then it should be fine
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    Quote Originally Posted by americanlt2 View Post
    I just bought a new, improved version of On Guard's Pitbull Mini. My 5 year old NYC Kryptonite was starting to jam. The Pitbull mini seems solid and the key lock portion seems improved. I have a GT Hybrid but I can't lock my frame and rear wheel to the rack. Has anyone heard or read anything new concerning whether or not the "Sheldon Brown" locking method works? I guess I should state that I will be locking up on the mean streets of Chicago which has a very high rate of bike thefts.
    Yup it works. It would take a criminal 2 tools to defeat both kinds of locks, so they are more likely to move on to an easier target. If you are in a high crime area, you should get a strong cable to go with your U-lock, and lock down your seat post as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andyprough View Post
    Yup it works. It would take a criminal 2 tools to defeat both kinds of locks, so they are more likely to move on to an easier target. If you are in a high crime area, you should get a strong cable to go with your U-lock, and lock down your seat post as well.
    Angle grinder works just fine on a U-lock and cable locks. And it'll do a number on a wheel, too. And, yes, depending on where you lock up in Chicago, and when, and for how long, and how nice a bike you have, there are thieves who will cut a wheel to steal a bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dscheidt View Post
    Angle grinder works just fine on a U-lock and cable locks. And it'll do a number on a wheel, too. And, yes, depending on where you lock up in Chicago, and when, and for how long, and how nice a bike you have, there are thieves who will cut a wheel to steal a bike.
    Well, if your thief is carrying an angle grinder and is willing to cut through your wheels on a public street then you have no shot anyway. Most U-locks are defeated with a crow-bar though, while a big cable normally requires a set of bolt cutters. But anyone stupid enough to cut through wheels is just getting a frame anyway, and what's a typical used commuter frame (not carbon) worth on the open market? Fifty bucks? Seems like a helluva risk to go through for that kind of money. One reason not to overspend on your commuter in Chicago I guess.

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