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Old 06-29-11, 10:03 PM   #1
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Best Bike Lock?

Hey everyone!

So I just purchased my first road bike to use for my commuter, weekend rides, races, etc. I cannot afford to buy another bike that is only for commuting, so I was wondering what the best lock is on the market. I'm riding to college so which lock would you guys recommend?

Thanks!
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I think a U-lock style would be at the top as well as this krypto those are some seriously mean links
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Kryptonite mini u-locks are always a good bet. I like my Masterlock streetcuffs. They're only slightly heavier than mini u-locks, a little easier to maneuver in certain situations, and the design makes it susceptible to different types of attacks than u-locks, cables, and chains, which I bet that most thieves will be more prepared to deal with. Not too expensive either.
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I'm riding to college so which lock would you guys recommend?
Almost anything. Just pair it with an expendable garage sale or thrift store bike and try to park amongst nicer bikes.
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I commute to school and I leave a heavy chain link paired with an oversized master lock from home depot on the bike rack. I also carry around a dinky cable lock too for short errands. Parking your bike next to nicer bikes is a good idear too
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I think a U-lock style would be at the top as well as this krypto those are some seriously mean links
That's what I use. Bike theft is up in Denver, so I upgraded from my wimpy cable lock.
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Hey everyone!

So I just purchased my first road bike to use for my commuter, weekend rides, races, etc. I cannot afford to buy another bike that is only for commuting, so I was wondering what the best lock is on the market. I'm riding to college so which lock would you guys recommend?

Thanks!
Best course of action to take is buy a decent (read not to expensive) lock that is easy to work. THEN buy yourself FULL all hazard insurance for just your bike!!! These policies are not all that expensive but they will pay for a new bike if your's is stolen or pay for repairs if damaged.

Cyclist seldom think of bicycle insurance but it's cheap and will save you sleepless nights and worry if you have a good bike and not much money. You'll need a decent lock (read common padlock and chain) so that the insurance company can see that you used "due diligence" to protect your bike to speed any claims. No lock and you'll quickly find that you'll get no pay out when something bad happens.
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If you cannot afford to lose a bike, you cannot afford to own it. Theft, or other form of loss, is part of the cost of ownership of anything and must be considered before buying. That said read posts on preventing bike theft. Take the seat post with you. QR axles can also be removed easily. Etching your name and phone number on key parts can also help. Get a cheap set of wheels to use while commuting, you might be able to fish them out of the garbage.

I would suggest working on getting a cheap, used, possibly discarded, bike for the sole purpose of commuting.

As far as theft insurance goes, What is the deductible?
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The ART foundation in the Netherlands independently rates locks for the insurance industry. Any locks rated four star and above are top security. The page is in Dutch, but you'll be able to understand it.

http://www.stichtingart.nl/sloten_resultaat.asp
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Cyclist seldom think of bicycle insurance but it's cheap and will save you sleepless nights and worry if you have a good bike and not much money. You'll need a decent lock (read common padlock and chain) so that the insurance company can see that you used "due diligence" to protect your bike to speed any claims. No lock and you'll quickly find that you'll get no pay out when something bad happens.
So how do you prove this 'due diligence' to the insurance company? The thief may well take the broken lock parts so as not to leave evidence of the theft lying around. And for that matter, if you do show a broken lock to the insurance company, how do they know it was actually locked around the bike?

I find it hard to believe that this type of theft insurance actually makes economic sense for most people. Insurance companies presumably know the risk of theft from experience and would price their premiums at a level where they make a decent profit. The cyclist who takes some reasonable precautions should be able to reduce his risk to well below average and should come out ahead compared to buying insurance. Insurance makes sense for rare but very large losses (like loss of a house or a big liability claim), not for common but smaller losses like bike theft on a college campus.
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Whether you know it or not, you've opened up a can of worms here. Everyone has different opinions, some relevant, some irrelevant, and people love to comment on and/or contradict other people. With that said, I'll give you my opinion...

So, you basically have cables, chains, and u-locks. I would stay away from cable locks entirely, they all can be cut within seconds by small bolt cutters. Chains and u-locks are are good, if they're the right kind. Some chains and u-locks can also be cut with bolt cutters, so I would suggest a Kryptonite, Onguard, or anothe reputable brand. Chains are more versatile in what your bike can be locked to, but they are also very heavy to commute with. U-locks are lighter, but your locking options are restricted. I don't use chains because I find the weight prohibitive, but if I did, I would use something similar to what "catonec" posted above. Instead I use u-locks, and it is rare that I cannot find something to lock it to. So, the trick with u-locks is that you want to fill up as much of the "U" as possible, otherwise that open space can be used for leverage to break the lock. This may be achieved through using a mini-u-lock and locking less of the bike (depending on size of bike as well as fixed object), or a larger u-lock and fitting more of the bike in it. Minis are light, convenient, and secure enough for most areas. I would suggest the Onguard Bulldog Mini or the Kryptonite Evolution Mini, they both weigh around 2lbs. If you want a larger lock and don't mind extra weight, the Kryptonite New York STD u-lock is about 4lbs. It is one of the highest rated u-locks out there, very secure. Kryptonite also makes the New York Fahgettaboudit Mini, which is also about 4 lbs, slightly larger than the other minis, and is often rated as the most secure u-lock on the market. Both Kryptonite and Onguard make a Mini-7 u-lock, which is basically a medium sized u-lock. Still small and light, but locking options are increased by added space.

Before you decide on a lock, you should think about how you're going to be locking your bike, and to what. Be mindful that bikes are just a series of components put together, and can be stolen as such. If possible, both wheels should be secure as well as the frame. Also, keep in mind the rear wheel is more expensive to replace than the front. There are many ways to lock a bike, if I were you I would just search online, or through some threads here and you'll figure it out. No lock is 100% secure, but some are better than others. The same can be said for locking methods. My best advice would be to bring the bike inside with you wherever you can. I put mine against a wall in the back of the classroom and people don't mind. I only leave my bike locked outside when I don't have that option.

However, regardless of what I or anyone else say, do what works for you. If a cable lock works for you, use that, if you want a heavy chain and u-lock, go for it. It's your bike, remember to enjoy yourself. Good luck!

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