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Old 10-05-11, 12:04 AM   #1
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WARNING!! Back away from the bike!

Just wondering what everybody else is doing for security with their bicycles?? How do you keep it secure? For everyone who frequents public bike racks or anything else attached by cement or gravity, how do you fasten to it?

This is what I'm going with starting tomorrow...


Shlage 7ft. Braided steel cable & Brinks 3" tumbling padlock.

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Old 10-05-11, 12:20 AM   #2
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Your set-up won't last 5 seconds...

Get a New York Fahgettaboudit U-Lock! + Get the On-Guard Beast Chain Lock!

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Old 10-05-11, 12:27 AM   #3
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oooooooooh...NICE!
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U-lock, plus a small rear wheel ring lock. The wheel axles, seat post and stem in my bike also require special tools to open (I use Pitlocks, there are others as well).
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I could cut through that lock in no time.

If your going to use any lock like those get the circular ones that have a very small amount of the bar showing those are a pain to cut with anything.
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Old 10-05-11, 02:20 AM   #6
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Or get one of these


Seriously though, that lock combo seems a bit weak, perhaps check out the U locks by Kryptonite and a cable to lock your bike with.
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I guess it all depends on your area. I've been using that setup (combination, not key lock for me) for about 2 years with no issues. Yea, it's relatively easily defeated, but if I had a U-Lock only, 90% of the time, I couldn't find something to lock it to. I'm usually stuck with big cement pillars in front of buildings.

Granted, I don't have to take any of the accessories off my bike either. I don't live in an area where bicycle *anything* is worth much.
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I guess it all depends on your area. I've been using that setup (combination, not key lock for me) for about 2 years with no issues. Yea, it's relatively easily defeated, but if I had a U-Lock only, 90% of the time, I couldn't find something to lock it to. I'm usually stuck with big cement pillars in front of buildings.

Granted, I don't have to take any of the accessories off my bike either. I don't live in an area where bicycle *anything* is worth much.
Missoula ain't Manhattan...
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Or get one of these


Seriously though, that lock combo seems a bit weak, perhaps check out the U locks by Kryptonite and a cable to lock your bike with.
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It's getting to the point where, we're all going to need one of these, so try not to laugh!

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Missoula ain't Manhattan...
That's the god's honest truth...hehe. I really like that On-Guard Beast, the climbing lock is hilarious!!! Well, I suppose my set up might get me through the winter, then I'll start looking on upgrading locks by then. Anyone else??? Any other odd ideas or clever concoctions? Like, leaving your dog chained to your rig, or letting it get so God-awful ugly that nobody would dream of taking it?
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Old 10-05-11, 08:08 AM   #11
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In the parking garage of the hospital where I work I keep a Kryptonite U-Lock (that was sent to me during the Great Kryptonite Bic Pen Lock Recall/Exchange) and a cable with a moderate-size Master padlock. When I bike commute, I U-Lock the frame to the bike rack and put the cable through the front wheel and frame and around the rack. The cable is secured by both the padlock and the U-Lock.
Moderately secure locking devices for parking in a moderately secure location.

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If I'm out on my bike.. unless it's my le tour I don't bring a lock, my bike doesn't leave my side/hand/ass. And even with my le tour.. I use a skimpy cable lock that should give me just enough time to sprint from a convenience store cash register line to deal with whoevers touching my bike.
Edit: Oh and at work, I have a spot to hang up my bikes that pretty much no one else has access to.
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If I'm out on my bike.. unless it's my le tour I don't bring a lock, my bike doesn't leave my side/hand/ass. And even with my le tour.. I use a skimpy cable lock that should give me just enough time to sprint from a convenience store cash register line to deal with whoevers touching my bike.
Edit: Oh and at work, I have a spot to hang up my bikes that pretty much no one else has access to.
this for my nice bike. u-locks for my others.

cable locks are fine if your bike is in sight, otherwise i would go with a u-lock. you can get onguards for $20.
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at the very least braided cable with no solid metal that can be cut easily. X place may not be "Manhattan" but times are tough and bike thieving is a tempting "occupation" to many. So regardless of area a security setup is never a problem until... well, until it IS.
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I use one of these. I put the U-lock on the rear wheel within the rear triangle (and around a solid post if possible). I lock the cable to it, which loops through the frame and front wheel.
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Since my bike is 110% insured I use this lock to satisfy the insurance company requirement that I lock it up.

http://www.masterlock.com/products/p..._PRODUCT_8144D

I let the insurance company worry about the bike so I don't have to carry many extra pounds of locking iron.
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Since my bike is 110% insured I use this lock to satisfy the insurance company requirement that I lock it up.

http://www.masterlock.com/products/p..._PRODUCT_8144D

I let the insurance company worry about the bike so I don't have to carry many extra pounds of locking iron.
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Since my bike is 110% insured I use this lock to satisfy the insurance company requirement that I lock it up.

http://www.masterlock.com/products/p..._PRODUCT_8144D

I let the insurance company worry about the bike so I don't have to carry many extra pounds of locking iron.
Even if I could replace a stolen bike at no cost it's terribly inconvenient to have a bike stolen.
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Hey there Nightshade, my friend!

That's almost better than a "STEAL ME" sign!

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How do you get bicycle insurance?
Easy, Call your homeowner or renters insurance agent and add the bike as a All Hazard rider . It cost me $50 per year for both my trike and bike extra. $50 buy a lot of sleep for me!!

Besides, If someone steals it I might as well get paid for it!!

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Even if I could replace a stolen bike at no cost it's terribly inconvenient to have a bike stolen.
If it was my only transport maybe but ,nah, no worries.
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If it was my only transport maybe but ,nah, no worries.
I was thinking of my ride this morning. I rode 10 miles for an MRI and had to lock up out front. If my bike would have been stolen, I'd be ten miles from home. I have three other bikes... but they're 10 miles away.
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I was thinking of my ride this morning. I rode 10 miles for an MRI and had to lock up out front. If my bike would have been stolen, I'd be ten miles from home. I have three other bikes... but they're 10 miles away.
I've thought of that too.. fortunately I have the local cab company's number on my phone, and I can always call my wife. Worse case scenario, for 10 miles, I'd have a 3 hour walk.
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I've thought of that too.. fortunately I have the local cab company's number on my phone, and I can always call my wife. Worse case scenario, for 10 miles, I'd have a 3 hour walk.
Sure, but it's inconvenient - therefore I want a decent lock.
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If i'm at home they're locked in the garage, at work they come into the building with me and if i'm out and about I don't really take my eyes off them.
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It's definitely worth dropping some money to get a good U-lock.

Another thing is to watch where you leave the bike. I don't leave my bike overnight in places that are quiet and dark- like a park. I think it's better to leave it in high-traffic areas.
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