Best Lock for NYC folding bike
I bought a Dahon Boardwalk 7 speed two weeks ago and I love biking everywhere in NYC. The only issue is that I don't have a lock, and I don't want to fold up the bike and bring it into a small store with me. I want to lock it up and go into the store for 20 minutes without worrying about the bike. What's a good lock to get for this. Also, should I fold up the bike before I lock it up to a post/bike rack? I don't think I need the Kryptonite NYC Fahgettaboudit. I want to spend under $70.00. I was thinking about getting a U-lock. Are U locks worthless? I also want something light that won't add 10 lbs to my ride. Those kryptonite NYC chains seem heavy. Any info?
. . .oh and by "store" I mean bar.
Last edited by fookai; 07-30-05 at 05:46 PM.
Originally Posted by fookai
Screw it. BRING IT INSIDE.
You're buying stuff there. They can accomodate you and put it behind the bar where it's safe.
That's the whole point of a folder. I don't even own a lock and I bring my bike on busses and into "small stores." *winks*
A two pound $35 OnGuard Bulldog Mini U-lock around the rear wheel. A $10 cable around the front wheel. And use a locking pole that is too high to left the bike over the pole. For a total of $45 you have a security system that will work well in any "normal" community. (So, we are not talking about New York City, downtown Chicago, the MIT campus...etc.).
I've got a Dahon Jack (a full-size folder) that I use when I'm in Manhattan. When I lock it, I DO fold it in half. That means that I can put a long-shackle u-lock through the bike rack and front and rear tires at the same time (along with a cable loop that runs through the seat). It's fast, compact, and (knock on wood) no troubles yet!
I have had a few bikes stolen in NYC - but it's always when they are locked up for an extended period - like all day at work or overnight. So I leave my heavy krypto chain at work and carry a simple cable lock for quickies like you describe. I think the risk of it getting stolen in 20 mins is not worth 12 lbs of locking gear. A u-lock and cable should do the trick. I suppose you should always be prepared to see your precious bike vanish. I think folding makes the bike less attractive to a thief - makes it look kinda complicated to steal.
I definitely think 16" and 20" wheel bikes folding and non-folding slip under the radar of bike thieves. They may swipe stuff like taillights if they are on quick release catches. Still the advantages of the folder will be negated if you are lugging 5lbs of security gear. I would use the cheap chain and a cheap u-lock and perform a quick once over every 10 or so minutes. For longer sorties the bike would have to come inside with me. I have only been riding my Giant Halfway since last Friday. I don't have any kind of lock yet. I havent' been hassled when I've brought it into the odd mini-mart unfolded no less. I've even had the cheek to ask store personnel to keep an eye on it. The coolness factor of the design makes this possible.
I do not understand why people would purchase a folder if they want to treat it like a nonfolding, regular bike and leave it outside exposed to vandals, possible theft, and the weather. Personally, I take a cable lock with me. I also always fold it and carry it with me in any store or indoor enviroment I visit. If I feel that the bike is not allowed inside with me-I take my business elsewhere or I leave the bike at home at my discresion. I am very protective of my belongings yet I still aware that others probably don't share my feeling.
When I pop into a store (grocery, office supply, etc) I fold up my folder and place it into the shopping cart. Either that or I bring it inside in its riding form and roll it along.
Originally Posted by folder fanatic
I used to leave my Dahon Piccolo outside with the New York 3000. That lock was tampered with several times as crooks tried to cut it but failed. If this were a Bike Friday, Birdy or Brompton, I would never even think of locking it anywhere. My Piccolo is only $329.00 an fairly expendable.
The reason I moved away from a folder was this very reason. A bicycle you leave outside has to be junker. I stopped riding my folder and actually preferred a 27' inch wheel hybrid. Having to carry a 28 pound bicycle around a shopping mall draws attention and leaves you in a self inflicted bath of sweat! A day later, your arm, neck and shoulder are hurting. There are plenty of stores that don't want a folder inside and you really can't walk very far with it so you have to leave it outside.