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Old 10-05-07, 08:42 AM   #1
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Heelo, I got an Abus X-Plus 54 and pitlocks for both wheels and seat. The pitlock for seat post is nice, but I donīt like the pitlocks in wheels since I fell they reduce the performance of the bike, Trek 7.3, I am not sure if I am right or being paranoid , but any way . since I can use the abus for rear wheel and frame. Does anyone know another security system for front wheel, I donīt want a second U-Lock, too much weight. Is there any small and secure locks sepecific for this?

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Old 10-05-07, 08:53 AM   #2
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Heelo, I got an Abus X-Plus 54 and pitlocks for both wheels and seat. The pitlock for seat post is nice, but I donīt like the pitlocks in wheels since I fell they reduce the performance of the bike, Trek 7.3, I am not sure if I am right or being paranoid , but any way . since I can use the abus for rear wheel and frame. Does anyone know another security system for front wheel, I donīt want a second U-Lock, too much weight. Is there any small and secure locks sepecific for this?

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How could they reduce the performance of the bike?
The only effect I can see is a slight weight reduction.

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Old 10-15-07, 09:27 PM   #3
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I'm wondering the same thing as David. Hey Maltess, how about it??
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I have a small frame-mounted lock for rear tyre, and an Abus U-lock to lock front tyre to frame. U-lock also locks the bike to something solid. The rear lock is there just to keep the rear wheel attached to the frame.

The lock in the attached picture is an Abus Protectus, it's not my exact rear lock, but the idea is the same. It goes inside the rear triangle, round the rim/tyre and fender. My lock is attached to the frame with zip ties (!).

The lock itself seems flimsy and I'm sure it can be defeated (given enough time, tools and determination) but that is true for all locks ever made.

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I just use a cable. But if you want better security, you can lock the wheel to the frame with a mini-U. Or, if you don't mind the extra hassle, you can remove the front wheel every time you park the bike and lock both wheels and a frame with one U-lock.
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Strong u-lock around the tire through the rear triangle and a cheap cable lock holding the front wheel to the front triangle.
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What don't you like about the Pitlock for the front wheel? Both my wife and I have used them for years without an issue. Please tell.
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thanks for the tips, and for thepitlocks. I donīt know if I am being paranoid about this but, besides the inconvenience of not losing the key or the eventual flats. I feel the quick relase holds the wheel better, more fixed in way, and the performance of the bike is better. But maybe I am being paranoid since I am a big fan of little details, please someone tell me the real truh about this matter

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I have a small frame-mounted lock for rear tyre, and an Abus U-lock to lock front tyre to frame. U-lock also locks the bike to something solid. The rear lock is there just to keep the rear wheel attached to the frame.
thanks very much, I was wondering about this type or the regular frame mounted , abus has a few, do you think those are better? maybe a mini u lock is agoog choice too

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thanks for the tips, and for thepitlocks. I donīt know if I am being paranoid about this but, besides the inconvenience of not losing the key or the eventual flats. I feel the quick relase holds the wheel better, more fixed in way, and the performance of the bike is better. But maybe I am being paranoid since I am a big fan of little details, please someone tell me the real truh about this matter

Thanks very much
We're talking about a bolt/nut system--pressure is applied from both ends. If you don't think the pitlocks are holding your wheel tight enough, you simply need to tighten it up a bit. Both the pitlock and the quick-release are doing the exact same thing in the exact same way.
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Get a cheapo front wheel for commuting, bar hopping. You only need a high performance wheel for racing and touring.

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thanks for the tips, and for thepitlocks. I donīt know if I am being paranoid about this but, besides the inconvenience of not losing the key or the eventual flats. I feel the quick relase holds the wheel better, more fixed in way, and the performance of the bike is better. But maybe I am being paranoid since I am a big fan of little details, please someone tell me the real truh about this matter

Thanks very much
You are being paranoid. I go over very rough cobblestone streets every day using Pitlocks with no problem. As for flats, it only take about 20 seconds to undo a wheel locked with Pitlocks. You can use the 'key' and a 14mm wrench or an allan wrench. You get 2 keys as well.
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I use a shackle lock to fix the frame and front wheel to a post. I generally leave the rear unlocked, it is rare and a bit difficult for a rear wheels to be stolen. If I am leaving the bike unattended for many hours I use a cheap cable lock to fix the rear wheel.
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Don't have to bother on mine as it takes 3 allen keys to take my front wheel off.

I am occasionally out on the bike and I want to go into a cafe- or shop and no lock. I just take the front wheel with me. But not the one in the picture-That takes too long to get off.

The best lock you can have is your Butt or your hand. You never leave an unlocked bike anywhere- and that goes for my bike shed aswell where a Cable and Kryptonite D Lock secure all the bikes to the floor.
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