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Old 09-17-08, 09:15 AM   #1
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Fahgettaboudit mini u & bolt cutters

The shackle on the fahg mini u is 18mm. I read somewhere that boltcutters can only handle a maximum of 16mm. True or BS?
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Old 09-17-08, 09:21 AM   #2
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Depends on the bolt cutters. There are mechanical ones that can but they're [greater than] 4' long. There are much smaller hydraulic ones that might but the cutting head's are usually quite large, i.e., fill the lock space.

There are videos of various "unbreakable" chains/locks/shackles being cut on youtube.

If you watch some of the stuff on ITV about bike thieves, have a look at the lock ratings websites and also read up on the UK forums it's usually older/cheaper locks (especially cable locks) that get cut, i.e., you get what you pay for.
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Old 09-18-08, 11:31 AM   #3
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There are tools that will open ANY lock. The Fahgettaboudit is the strongest lock that is widely available in the USA. It will totally defeat the small tools used by 99% of crooks. It lasts longer against power tools than any lock.

But, a highly skilled crook with expensive power tools can open any lock. For that reason, if my bike will be out of my sight more than fifteen minutes or so, I ride an old "beater" bike...rides like $1,000 bike, but looks like a $10 bike. I would never lock my "best" bikes on a public street in Houston unless I'm sitting right next to it.
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Old 09-21-08, 12:00 AM   #4
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Lock material plays an important part too. There are different hardnesses, and this can mean the difference between bolt cutters easily snipping it in two, versus the blades bending, or snapping. However, like alanbikehouston states, a professional thief will have some powertool (angle grinder, etc) at the ready and be waiting for the best time, so the beater bike suggestion is a good one.

Of course, I also highly recommend Pitlocks/Pinheads, or some type of locking skewers so parts of the bike remain as well.
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