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Old 05-01-08, 06:58 AM   #1
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U-Lock camoflage?

Hey guys, I had an idea, its pretty corny. Since some guys dirty their bike or put lots of stickers on it to make stealing it less desireable, why not paint a ulock to look like a tough kryptonite lock? Just paint the fat tube part at the bottom yellow. The thief may see the yellow lock and know that those locks aren't easy to open and skeedadle.

It was just an idea for people who can't afford the expensive 'yellow' kryptonite lock. I'd rather have the real thing, since its supposed to be really good.

But if you had one real krypto on your bike, then another lock that is maybe on your rear tire that has been 'camoflaged' it may be effective, who knows? Again just an idea.
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Old 05-01-08, 08:42 AM   #2
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Why not just get an OnGuard from REI instead which is just as good, if not better?
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Old 05-01-08, 09:11 AM   #3
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i tried it. sort of.




i used my hunting camo paint on my ulock. set he lock down in the grass somewhere. now i can't find the damn thing.
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Old 05-02-08, 05:32 AM   #4
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I second the idea of getting an Onguard Pitbull or Brute. They range in price from $30-60. Also, you can get a Kryptonite Evolution which is 90% the security of the NY lock for the same price range.
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Why not carry a faux Kryptonite. You could probably fashion one out of paper mache.
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Great, now you're going to have pen marks all over your U-lock.
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Old 05-02-08, 06:52 AM   #7
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just put a sticker on your bike that says "this bike is a bomb", no thief in their right mind would touch it. But I also like the paper mache lock idea.
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Maybe a rubber turd on the saddle? Fake vomit on the handlebars?

Neither of those ideas is as good as setting up a scarecrow dressed like a cop nearby. Dress it up like an undercover cop for extra theft deterrence.
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just put a sticker on your bike that says "this bike is a bomb", no thief in their right mind would touch it. But I also like the paper mache lock idea.

...it will be well protected until the bombsquad blows up your bike!
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I'd start worrying about being able to buy food if I couldn't also afford a good lock.
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Hey guys, I had an idea, its pretty corny. Since some guys dirty their bike or put lots of stickers on it to make stealing it less desireable, why not paint a ulock to look like a tough kryptonite lock? Just paint the fat tube part at the bottom yellow. The thief may see the yellow lock and know that those locks aren't easy to open and skeedadle.

It was just an idea for people who can't afford the expensive 'yellow' kryptonite lock. I'd rather have the real thing, since its supposed to be really good.

But if you had one real krypto on your bike, then another lock that is maybe on your rear tire that has been 'camoflaged' it may be effective, who knows? Again just an idea.
Niels, is that you????
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For awhile Master Lock made one with a yellow crossbar, even though their u-locks are crap.
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Wow... I really want a sticker that says "This Bike is a Bomb" now.
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Wow... I really want a sticker that says "This Bike is a Bomb" now.
If I tried that here and locked it up outside, I'd soon see it on CNN and Fox, then I'll watch as a bomb squad robot drives up and blows it to smithereens.
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Correction: This bike is da bomb.
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If I tried that here and locked it up outside, I'd soon see it on CNN and Fox, then I'll watch as a bomb squad robot drives up and blows it to smithereens.
no doubt, I wouldn't chance it, just buy a stronger lock, maybe use construction paper instead of paper mache.
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Maybe a rubber turd on the saddle? Fake vomit on the handlebars?. . .
Yeah and a pair of dirty jockeys with a skid mark in the crotch draped over the top tube. I'm thinking sharing this sorta thing with your squeeze could put the quietus on the 'ol romance thing. That said and if I'm not mistaken, a conversation based on camo-based security hardware, turds, and skid marks pretty much puts us out of the romance arena anyway. Adding farts would make our celibicy complete. (This has been a long day; time to go ride.)
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