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    Ridin & Livin Wherebob's Avatar
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    Best way to secure your bike?

    Whats the best way to secure my bike to something while I go into the store. I need something with a little reach, I have a U bar that locks across the wheels and frame and I have a thick cable with a padlock that I use. Is there a better way that I'm not aware of?

    I don't know why but I'm paranoid with my newest bike, seems like its eye candy to a lot of people when they walk by it. I'm not liking the attention its getting.

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    cab horn
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    Get a krypto chain/padlock. Cables lose.
    Mini u it as well.

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    Cable locks are next to worthless. ALL of them. Okay for securing an inexpensive front wheel only.

    If you want your bike to not be stolen, you need a top quality u-lock from Kryptonite or OnGuard (not the $20 models...the good ones start at around $35 or $45 and go up, up, up). That u-lock needs to go around your rear wheel just behind the seat tube and be attached to a beefy steel pole that is set in concrete. Use the cable lock to secure your front wheel.

    From time to time, I'll see a $2,000 bike parked outside Krogers. There is no lock made that will guarantee total protection. I'm comfortable locking a $400 bike on the street. No thief is going to spend ten minutes with power tools fighting to get his hands on a $400 bike. However, folks with a $2,000 bike need to buy a "beater" bike for trips to the store...no lock is totally theft-proof.

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    Uzi sub machine ***.
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    Two wheels good. Four wheels bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nachoman
    Uzi sub machine ***.
    Hand or backside on the saddle works just aswell, in fact better. Blood from the Uzi gets everywhere and is a bugger to clean off.
    How long was I in the army? Five foot seven.


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    tie an angry pit bull or mastiff up to it

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    I use a 4' Kryptonite chain with a mini-U through the frame and rear wheel, and then a big Krypto U through the frame and front wheel. Both setups locked to something big and heavy and immovable like a bike rack, natural gas lines, iron fence, etc. It's worked fine so far.

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    I certainly wouldn't use any regular sort of lock, as I can break them open rather easily simply by spraying deodourant in them to freeze the lock and then I simply break it open. If anyone else is as smart as me then your bike is at risk! Personally I use a heavy duty chain which is extremely hard to break, even with a pair of bolt cutters. Also locks are good fun for locking people in their houses, I did this to somebody who lives near me the other week and they had to call the fire brigade to let them out
    I like racing bikes, racing racing bikes, I love my racing bike, Do you like racing bikes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by liamgreen
    If anyone else is as smart as me then your bike is at risk!
    I think I speak for many in saying that we're glad more people aren't as smart as you.

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    Weld it to something is about the safest.
    Originally posted by Bones_McBones: Wow Digger, wow! You've earned my respect.... I know ashoposo got werked up. You are the gutter pig of Trollheim.

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