How do you prevent you precious bikes from being stolen?
If Im going to pick up some food, i would lock the rear wheel to itself. My battery lock is always on. When its under the apartment, its locked with two locks to the rear. I do not lock the front, maybe its because the front wheel is easier and cheaper to replace.
how do you guys lock yours?
No different than securing any bicycle. It may be inexpensive to replace a front wheel, but you'll be stranded if you come out and find it missing. I carry multiple locks (1 U lock and 2 cable locks) and use them, securing the seat, both wheels, as well as the frame. I have a motion activated alarm that I set. I plan on ordering another lock that's alarmed, too.
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I don't take my ebike anywhere that I can't take it inside. If I use it for a quick run to the grocery store I just walk in with it and walk the isles with it. I get weird looks but no one has ever said anything. Must be my baby face.
Last edited by LesMcLuffAlot; 12-11-09 at 03:56 PM.
thats a very nice ebike. I had thought that it was a ordinary bike with a little larger bottle
...and an unusually large hub.
Originally Posted by stonez
Front wheel is Pitlocked. The rear wheel is "S.Brown locked." Seatpost is pitlocked. Battery case is pitlocked. Controller is bolted down and bolts are secured. Controller is also pitlocked. Rear rack has been secured to the bike.
A single U-lock, but I may try a chain lock. Wire locks are easy to breach. All you need are cable cutters, or a bolt cutter. If you don't have those, you can use nail clippers and a lighter...nah, just a nail clipper will do.
[QUOTE=nwmtnbkr;10134349]No different than securing any bicycle. It may be inexpensive to replace a front wheel, but you'll be stranded if you come out and find it missing. I carry multiple locks (1 U lock and 2 cable locks) and use them, securing the seat, both wheels, as well as the frame. I have a motion activated alarm that I set. I plan on ordering another lock that's alarmed, too.
I use, if required, a U lock , a chain&lock and a cable lock. It depends on where I am and how long I am planning to be gone as to which particular combination of locks I use.
Some places I just freelock the front wheel to the frame. Some places I use all 3 locks, some places I don't even need to use a lock.
My biggest concern is that I ride an electric adult trike and have to leave it outside my apartment, no garage and can't get it inside. Of course I lock
it well but am looking at bike alarms -- I would hear the alarm from inside the apartment but would appreciate some discussion and perhaps a
recommendation on which bike alarm to buy. I cover it with tarps, secure with bungee cords to keep it dry and this works well but I would feel
better with a bike alarm. I have been riding an adult trike for four years but had it converted to electric about six months ago. I am age 80 and don't own a car and the trike with the big basket in the rear allows me to cruise the neighborhood and take care of my shopping needs and such.
Originally Posted by Shining Light
My alarm is loud, but not knowing how far your apartment is from where you park your bike, I'm not sure whether you'd have problems hearing it if you got the same model for your bike. It has 3 sensitivity settings and I leave mine on the highest. If I start my chainsaw up in my shop, it will trigger the bike alarm even though the bike is parked in another room in my shop/garage. This is what my alarm looks like; it runs on 1 9V battery and cost under $10.
Adding an alarm and having good locks may give some additional protection, but if someone really wants to steal your bike, they'll get it. I use redundant security systems--multiple locks and (soon) multiple alarms. It may be overkill for the area where I currently live, but I'm city born and bred and am not as trusting.
My trike sits right outside my front windows -- perhaps 10 feet away. I can see it and I'm sure I could hear the alarm. Ten bucks is worth a try.
I realize a determined thief will find a way, but I live with other apartments a hop, skip and jump away and any noise is likely to be heard by
others as well as me.
Thanks for responding.
The thing that you should focus is not only to find ways to lock your bike, but also to understand your area and the people surrounding it. Also, try not to leave it out of your eyesight whenever possible.