Hi, I'm posting to ask the collective knowlege on this board if anybody has a prefered and optimally secure way of locking up a Strida 5 on the street.
Let me preface by saying that, of course, in most situations, the folded Strida is inconspicuous and compact enough to just take with you wherever you are going, but I do find some day-to-day situations to be a little more challenging. For example, while some gyms (24 hour- I use multiple locations around San Fran) have full size lockers in which the Strida fits, several only have half-size lockers which won't work. It's annoying and sometimes impossible to bother staff members with finding a place to leave the bike out of the way, and of course, recant them of responsibility for it's saftey.
Therefore, I was wondering if anyone knew a good way to lock the bike to a bikerack or pole. The manual shows a u-lock through the tires. Is this secure? Can't tires just be removed? I was experimenting with a cuff lock around the 2 poles just below the handlebars, but it seems like the cuff could be slid up and off if one or both of the folded handlebars are pulled out of their housing. Has anyone tried to lock the bike through the large plastic (or whatever its made of) gear wheel? Sure, it could be broken to remove the bike, but the bike would also be ruined in the process. Any thoughts are welcome. Thanks in advance.