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  1. #1
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    stopping wheel theft?

    I guess the most obvious way to stop wheel theft is to actually loop a cable or chain lock through both tires and locked to the frame and/or the bike rack.

    The other way, but not so easy, is to replace the quick release w/ the screw & nuts.

    I just recently learned that one can use a hose clamp to prevent the quick release from working unless a thief is properly equipped w/ the right tools.

    What other ways can be done to prevent wheel theft?
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    1. 2008 Giant FCR3 [hybrid; main bike]
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    Use security skewers. The best are supposed to be Pitlocks (German and expensive) but others require use of a hex key or a similar 5 sided key. On Guard also makes a set of security skewers that use a proprietary design tool to tighten and loosen.
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    I replace the quick release with a standard bolt. In "safe" neighborhoods where I am sitting near my bike, I have a cable lock attaching the front wheel to the frame and a u-lock around the rear wheel and a locking post. If the bike will be out of my sight, or if I'm going downtown, I have a heavy u-lock around the rear wheel and a ultra-light u-lock attaching the front wheel to the frame.

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