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Old 06-02-12, 06:50 PM   #1
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Your preferred bike locks

With the convenience of having a folder and not having to worry about leaving it outside when going places, sometimes you just cant keep bringing it everywhere with you; like the beach. I was curious as to what model and brand of locks you all prefer. Lately I've been eyeing up the Kryptonite New York Legend 1590

What do you use and why?
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Old 06-02-12, 07:06 PM   #2
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you just cant keep bringing it everywhere with you
I do, that's why I got a Brompton. If a place has a "no bikes" policy, I just put it in the B-bag and nobody is the wiser. Haven't left it outside or locked it up once.
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Old 06-02-12, 07:09 PM   #3
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they make those bags universally, dont see how brompton applies here. you still have to lug the bag and keep an eye on it when your in the water.
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I occasionally have one of my larger folders with me and need to lock it. I have a U lock and a cable, I am not going to leave the bike out of sight for very long if it is locked up. The lock is a Bulldog Mini, the cable says Krypronite on it, IIRC I bought somewhere like Lowe's.

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Old 06-02-12, 08:18 PM   #5
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I usually lock up my Bike Friday outside; it's not really a take-it-into-the-grocery-store kind of bike. Especially not with the rack and basket on the back. I use a Kryptonite Evo 4 lock - it's the midrange lock below the NY locks and above the "KryptoLoks". I have a pitlock on my front wheel.

This is overkill for my city, but it's good to have for travel.

I'll often take my Brompton in places (even my dentist doesn't mind), but occasionally I'll lock it up outside, too, depending on the location.
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Old 06-03-12, 12:23 AM   #6
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A U lock and a cable would be suggested. I can't imagine just using a cable with my Montague, which I can't really bring in the supermarket or malls. I have an OnGuard U lock and a Kryptonite cable lock. Both are a pain to lug around though cause it adds 6 lbs to the weight.
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Old 06-03-12, 02:56 AM   #7
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I packed an (on-guard) Armored cable lock in my Brompton touring bag..

it also will hang on the handlebars..

the hang it on the bars works even better with one of Abus' chain locks.
that goes on my Bike Friday, augmented by an Abus Bordo Link Lock
fitted to the top of the frame triangle..
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Old 06-03-12, 03:14 AM   #8
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Kryptonite Evolution Mini. (The orange one). Small, light(ish). Perfect for locking up a Brompton for a couple of hours. I'm not sure I'd use it in high bike theft area for long periods of time though...
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Old 06-03-12, 05:45 AM   #9
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I bought non branded bike as a primary theft deterrent...and use 6mm chain with combination lock.
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Old 06-03-12, 08:20 AM   #10
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You can still get the Master Lock Street Cuffs online.
I like my 9 link version.

I have many U-locks but they're just not easy to lock to things compared to the Street Cuffs.
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Old 06-03-12, 03:36 PM   #11
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I haven't used it, but this hiplock looks like it would be easier to carry on a folder than a u-lock (considering a folder's smaller space for a u-lock mount).
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Old 06-04-12, 02:07 PM   #12
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In the last year of riding my folding bike almost daily I've only had to lock my bike up on a handful of occasions. (Outdoor locations like an earlier poster mentioned and a couple situations going through building security) Unfortunately, I still carry my locks around as a "just in case" scenario.

I like OnGuard's bulldog mini and I usually pair it with a midweight cable lock.

The hiplok [sic] looks cool though. However, I think I'm just valuing form over function as it's mostly superficial improvements over a normal chain lock :-P
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Old 06-04-12, 04:18 PM   #13
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I use an OnGuard u-lock (I have two different ones - one an older model) with a cable for the wheels, same as for a full size bike.

The only issue is that you can't lock it up as easily to some racks/objects, meaning that the u-lock won't be usable and I'd have to rely on the cable. I would try to have the bike locked up out of sight only very quickly in these cases, or just change plans.
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Old 06-04-12, 04:32 PM   #14
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The hiplok [sic] looks cool though. However, I think I'm just valuing form over function as it's mostly superficial improvements over a normal chain lock :-P
I'm not an expert on chain locks. But, the page says it's hardened steel, and with a square face it should be hard for bolt cutters to cut get a bite into. (Not a rounded surface which gives a bolt cutter a progressive surface to bite into?).

The page says it's "Sold Secure Accredited." I checked that rating agency which says Hiplok is rated "Bicycle Silver." That's the same as the Kryptonite Evolution Mini 5. That's a fairly strong lock. Much better than an ordinary chain purchased from the hardware store (if that's what you meant).

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Old 06-05-12, 08:58 AM   #15
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I do not lock my Brompton as a rule but for the rare unavoidable times, I use

http://road.cc/content/review/16663-...plus-link-lock

A folding lock for a folding bike.
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Old 06-05-12, 10:33 AM   #16
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The page says it's "Sold Secure Accredited." I checked that rating agency which says Hiplok is rated "Bicycle Silver." That's the same as the Kryptonite Evolution Mini 5. That's a fairly strong lock. Much better than an ordinary chain purchased from the hardware store (if that's what you meant).
I was actually comparing it to Kryptonite's NY chain lock. Which I think is easily obtainable under $100.

One other thing I do if I ever lock up (or if it's just unlocked on the beach/park) is remove my QR pedals. At the very least, if they try to ride off with my bike they'll soon find that it's a bit more difficult without pedals. Obviously if it's not locked they can just as easily carry it away, but at least it mixes things up. (I confess, I kinda do want to see this happen in person :-P)
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Old 06-05-12, 01:47 PM   #17
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I have an ABUS frame lock with a cable on my Dahon Mu XL Sport. I find this configuration easy to use.

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Old 06-05-12, 04:18 PM   #18
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For LOW theft risk situations (e.g., running into the suburban grocery store near where I work) I use a cheap combo cable lock. It's only a few ounces so I ALWAYS carry it on the back of my saddle, no matter what.

For moderate to high risk situations I carry a Kryptonite Evolution Mini and use the Sheldon method to lock it.

My front wheel is now a bolt-on axle, so in moderate risk locations I may not always lock it. In high-risk situations, or when in doubt, I use a cable lock around the front wheel in addition to the Sheldon method protecting the rear wheel and the frame.

As Sheldon also points out, a folding bike presents unique opportunities for disabling the bike when you lock it, so that it can't be ridden away, or requires a bit of mental and/or physical effort to do so. Depending on the bike, partly or fully unfolding it may provide quite a bit of additional deterrent.

[Full disclosure: I have never carried my Swift into a store. Not really something I've thought much of doing, since I have a lock and most stores have racks outside.]

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Old 06-05-12, 05:38 PM   #19
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i use a custom made chain, consisting of a ~3' length of log chain wrapped in an old inner-tube and a master lock.
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