Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 13 of 13
  1. #1
    Tam
    Tam is offline
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    12
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    car rack, bike carrier locks?

    I just dropped some cash on a Yakima car rack and a bike carrier. The Sales person at my LBS said that it wasn't worth buying the locks because a theif would most likely steel the entire car rather than just the rack. Also, the bike carrier is very inconvient when it comes to taking it off, so I won't be taking it off everytime I'm done transporting the bike.

    I would like some honest opinions/stories so I may make an educated decision on this purchase (locks aren't cheap!) before me rack walks away.

    Thanks

    Kyle

  2. #2
    You need a new bike supcom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Posts
    5,434
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    My opinion is that bike racks have very little attraction to thieves.

  3. #3
    Senior Member Nermal's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Farmington, NM
    My Bikes
    Giant Cypress SX
    Posts
    1,887
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I recently bought a Master cable lock with an 8' cable. It goes around both wheels, the frame, and finally the rack and the safety chain loops on the receiver. At under $10.00 at Lowes, it was worth the price just for the appearance of being locked. There are better locks - they cost more. Your choice.
    Some people are like a Slinky ... not really good for anything, but you still can't help but smile when you shove them down the stairs.

  4. #4
    Hey guyz? Guyz? Wait up!! Siu Blue Wind's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Posts
    10,547
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Tam, I just bought a Thule rack two days ago. I purchased the $30 hitch lock to save my $360 rack. I did not buy the locks that are designed to lock the bike because they lock the bike's wheels. I figured someone would just undo the QRs and take the bike but leave the wheels. I use my regular lock to lock the bikes to the rack.
    Last edited by Siu Blue Wind; 08-28-06 at 02:21 AM.

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Kentwood michigan.
    My Bikes
    too many
    Posts
    484
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    for years I used a chain and a lock without a key for my bike, just looped the chain through the tire,frame, and around anything I could, then passed the lock back through the chain so it looked like it was locked, used to leave it out in SF overnight all the time and it was never stolen.

    Still use the same process when I just want to make a quick run into a store, it looks locked, so, for most people it is.

    Ken.

  6. #6
    Tam
    Tam is offline
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    12
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind
    Tam, I just bought a Thule rack two days ago. I purchased the $30 hitch lock to save my $360 rack. I did not buy the locks that are designed to lock the bike because they lock the bike's wheels. I figured someone would just undo the QRs and take the bike but leave the wheels. I use my regular lock to lock the bikes to the rack.
    My particular bike carrier would lock the fork to the carrier provided I had a lock. My main concern is theft of the carrier because the thing takes time to remove from the bike rack, and I'm lazy especially after riding. All a theif would need is the right allen wrench.
    K
    Currently riding a Specialized Rockhopper '07

  7. #7
    Sensible shoes. CastIron's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    St. Paul,MN
    My Bikes
    A few.
    Posts
    8,799
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Get the locks. They are cheap, reliable, and simple to use. Not real security, mind you, but piece of mind in the form of a keyed safety that prevents opportunistic tampering. Any good reason NOT to get them?
    Mike
    Quote Originally Posted by cedricbosch View Post
    It looks silly when you have quotes from other forum members in your signature. Nobody on this forum is that funny.
    Quote Originally Posted by cedricbosch View Post
    Why am I in your signature.

  8. #8
    Tam
    Tam is offline
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    12
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by CastIron
    Get the locks. They are cheap, reliable, and simple to use. Not real security, mind you, but piece of mind in the form of a keyed safety that prevents opportunistic tampering. Any good reason NOT to get them?
    Is $40/4 locks in your opinion cheap?
    K
    Currently riding a Specialized Rockhopper '07

  9. #9
    Sensible shoes. CastIron's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    St. Paul,MN
    My Bikes
    A few.
    Posts
    8,799
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Tam
    Is $40/4 locks in your opinion cheap?
    To protect a $400 roof rack and the equipment on it? Yeah. Considering it should last years..more so.

    How much do you spend on insurance a year? What's the deductable? Think about it.
    Mike
    Quote Originally Posted by cedricbosch View Post
    It looks silly when you have quotes from other forum members in your signature. Nobody on this forum is that funny.
    Quote Originally Posted by cedricbosch View Post
    Why am I in your signature.

  10. #10
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Reisterstown, MD
    Posts
    3,181
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by CastIron
    To protect a $400 roof rack and the equipment on it? Yeah. Considering it should last years..more so.

    How much do you spend on insurance a year? What's the deductable? Think about it.

    My original Thule roof rack (with locks) is 18 years old.

    -D

  11. #11
    Senior Member Nermal's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Farmington, NM
    My Bikes
    Giant Cypress SX
    Posts
    1,887
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Eh, my answer was based on a trunk rack. Not sure now just what it is.
    Some people are like a Slinky ... not really good for anything, but you still can't help but smile when you shove them down the stairs.

  12. #12
    Sore saddle cyclist Shifty's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Eugene, OR
    My Bikes
    Road, touring and mountain
    Posts
    3,786
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    My rack locks to the roof of the car, and I have locks for the bike rack, and depending on where I am I also use a cable on the frame to the rack. If they still get the bike, I have good insurance. I just refuse to give up my things without a fight!
    Those voices in your head aren't real, but they have some great ideas

  13. #13
    "Per Ardua ad Surly" nelson249's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Kitchener, Ontario
    My Bikes
    Bianchi Specialissima, Mongoose Hilltopper ATB, Surly Cross-Check, Norco City Glide
    Posts
    1,414
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Don't bother with a rack on the "Red Menace" just remove the wheels and chuck the bike in the back seat covered with an old quilt. Works great and no stone chips on the paint.
    1997 Mongoose Hilltopper, 1988 Bianchi Specialissima, 2006 Surly Cross-Check, 2010 Norco City Glide, 1947 CCM Single-speed.

    "Take him to the forge and show him the instruments"
    Bernardo Gui, Inquisitor The Name of the Rose

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •