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Old 05-18-09, 09:54 AM   #1
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Locking Strategy - what do you think?

....this is based on tons of searching and reading...

as i said in another post, i'm living in NYC. I would not plan on parking the bike for more than a few minutes (coffee/water run) or out of sight (outdoor restaurant seating)

I'm thinking PitLock security skewers (front/rear/seat) + U-Lock around rear tire & frame + cable front tire --> u lock.

the real question is - the Kryptonite New York Fahgettaboudit - is 3.25x6 - is that big enough to lock the rear triangle & tire at the top while still locking to a pole? i can't find a single picture of it done.
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the real question is - the Kryptonite New York Fahgettaboudit - is 3.25x6 - is that big enough to lock the rear triangle & tire at the top while still locking to a pole?
Nope. At least not both seatstays.
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in that case maybe i should go with the standard, as it's a 4x8?
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Check out this BF thread on locking a bike: Some lock advice from a locksmith

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Check out this BF thread on locking a bike: Some lock advice from a locksmith

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I actually did read that thread, along with reading a lot of other things on the net. I don't think it's practical to carry multiple U-Locks and cables, so i was looking for the most efficient solution.
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The Fahgettaboudit will fit around the rear wheel and a beefy steel locking post. From what I've heard about NYC, there is NO lock in the world strong enough to protect a valuable bike there. If you must leave your bike in public out of your sight, look for a really good used bike from the 1980's, spray paint it a really ugly color, and put one Fahgettaboudit around the rear wheel, and a second Fahgettaboudit around the front wheel to connect the front wheel to the frame. Your locks will be worth more than the bike, so a crook will look for a different bike to steal.

On my "city" bikes, I add a rear rack and at least one saddle bag. That provides an easy place to put two or three locks, and a bag of groceries. On level roads, the added ten pounds from racks, bags and locks is not very significant...a 200 pound rider on a 30 pound bike is pushing around 240 pounds instead of 230 pounds...not a big deal.
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