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Old 08-24-10, 09:20 AM   #1
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Damaged u-lock: What to do?

I lock my bike with two old-ish standard Kryptonite u-locks. One goes around the rear rim, around the frame and around the pole. The other locks the front rim to the frame. It's been a great system.

Overnight last night, some knucklehead attempted to steal at least my front tire (or possibly the bike) by trying to drill out the lock. In so doing, this dope damaged the lock such that my key doesn't turn.

I am still able to unlock the bike from the pole. But the front tire is solidly locked to the frame.

My question: What the hell should I do?

p.s. - Hi, I am new here. I've been a loooongtime lurker, but this is my first post. The bike in question is my daily commuter, a 2002-ish Raleigh hybrid. Luckily, I have a backup: my wife's vintage English 3-speed.
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Old 08-24-10, 09:33 AM   #2
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Hacksaw, meet U-lock.

A new blade and a few minutes will do it. We've had people lock up outside the library and proceed to lose their key. So I've seen it done. (I knew both the patron and his bike. Nice bike, but he's not wrapped too tight.)

A dremel or handheld grinder will work too.

PS: Since you already have the bike removed from the rack, it may be easier to work with the bike upside down. More clearance for saw frame.
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Thanks for the ideas. It definitely helps that I can flip the bike over.

I am worried it's gonna take an hour of sawing (or 17 Dremel cutoff wheels), but I'll definitely give those ideas a shot.
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Amazingly, with the help of some graphite, I was able to get the key to work. It looks to me like the potential thief actually tried to brute-force it with one of those big flathead screwdrivers, because the damage to the lock barrel is noticeably rectangular.



Anyway, thanks for the help, tsl. I am happy that it wasn't a major project. I will be replacing the lock, but am impressed that this one -- it has to be at 15 years old -- held its own.
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Looks like an old Bic-pen U-lock that coulda been replaced in the Great Kryptonite U-Lock Recall years ago.

Good job on getting it loose.
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