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Old 07-24-05, 03:17 PM   #1
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Best secondary lock?

Hello all, I would appreciate any help on this:

I have a NY 3000 U lock and will be using that to lock my frame and rear wheel when parked at my school's parking garage in DC. I would like to get a secondary lock to loop through the front wheel and bike seat.

Is it better to get a kryptoflex cable and attach to the U-lock? Or is it better to get this Kryptonite combination cable lock http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=6700

I'm thinking that the combo lock will allow me to use it for quick errands since my u-lock will be left at school. Also, if the cable is independent of the u-lock, the thief would need 2 tools.

So combo lock is better? Or this is better but too short? Or I could lock the front wheel directly to the rack? http://bicyclesource.us/site/itemdetails.cfm?ID=2731

Thanks
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Old 07-24-05, 03:33 PM   #2
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depends on where you live, how much theft you have.

cable locks are good at preventing someone from walking off with your bike if they had no tools, even the fatty gorgon can be cut through with a set of handled cable snips. a quality chain and a good lock are far more secure, nothing is gauranteed though.

did you search this topic, i couldn't imagine it hasn't been discussed before
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Old 07-24-05, 03:51 PM   #3
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Hey robbie,

Thanks for your reply. I did search this topic extensively, that is how I ended up purchasing the ny3000 initially. I was interested in advice for my particular situation, that is why I asked. The parking garage is not too dangerous I assume, so I was thinking a kryptoflex would be enough to secure the front tire, saddle, and my helmet so that I wouldn't have to take off the front wheel every day.
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Perhaps locking skewers are what you're looking for. They replace the quick release skewers and seat bolt. Kryptonite used to make them, they still might be avalible at your local LBS or online. There is also a company in Germany that makes them called Pitlock, although you have to wire money to Germany to order them.

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Old 07-25-05, 06:44 AM   #5
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I would never allow even one of my $75 bikes out of my sight, locked ONLY with a cable lock. If you want a "light" lock for coffee shop visits, the Kryptonite Evolution Mini u-lock or the OnGuard Bulldog Mini u-lock are good choices. Add a sturdy cable around the front wheel and frame (a cable lock with a cable as thick as your thumb).

Using a bolt on the front wheel instead of a quick release gives an extra margin of security. Crooks are lazy. Make 'em work and they go to the next bike on the rack.
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