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Old 07-15-06, 01:30 AM   #1
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New Bike-wot is the best way to keep it safe?

I am hoping for a new bike due to arrive soon. I have not had much to do with new bikes !!!

Can anyone give me their experience please of the best "locking thingy" to use when I leave it outside of a shop or anywhere else for that matter .

Is a chain the best ..... or a hoop. Is a padlock most secure with a key or a combination lock etc etc

Any ideas based on you experience (bitter or otherwise) would be most welcome.

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Old 07-15-06, 07:52 AM   #2
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You have to tune your security strategy to the threat. Are you going for a cafe stop ride or leaving the bike unattended all day next to a crack house?
I take a single U lock for general urban use, a U lock + a cheap cable for all day lockup at the railway station and the cable for leisure rides and touring.
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Old 07-15-06, 09:15 AM   #3
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Could be a bit cumbersome on the seat post tho'
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Put a Soldsecure tested "gold" rated lock around the rear wheel and a beefy steel pole. Use a compact "silver" rated lock to secure the front wheel. Lock your bike, even when it is parked in your bedroom at night.

www.soldsecure.com/Leisure.htm

There are two other lock threads on this same page with more detailed information.
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Old 07-15-06, 01:49 PM   #5
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Put a Soldsecure tested "gold" rated lock around the rear wheel and a beefy steel pole.
I suggest locking the rear wheel and the frame to the pole, not just the rear wheel alone. But if you wish to lock just the rear wheel alone, then make sure you do so in the right section of the wheel, the section that Sheldon Brown illustrates in the photo here: http://www.sheldonbrown.com/lock-strategy.html Locking the wheel outside of the frame's rear triangle leaves the rest of the bike available to be walked off with at will.
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Only way to keep a bike secure is to keep your hand or your butt on it.

There are some top "A" rated locks about and the one I use is a Kryptonite D lock. This coupled with a Kryptonite cable to secure wheels and frame to an immovable object is a good second choice. In fact- this is what I even use in the Bike shed to secure all the bikes together.

Problem is that if a thief wants your bike- it will be gone. At least a top grade lock and cable does slow them down a bit.
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Old 07-16-06, 03:46 AM   #7
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Thanks very much indeed fella's. I appreciate your comments and will heed all of it and buy wisely.
Thanks again.
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