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    The Best Way of Locking Your Bike ★

    What is the absolute best way of locking up your bike?

    I recently bought myself a U-lock (Kryptonite Kryptolock Series 2) with a 4' cable, and went out testing different locking methods. What do you guys think about the methods I tried? See pictures underneath.







    Please come with suggestions if possible.

    I have another question. Exactly how easy/hard is it to cut a cable like this? I am very curious how strong it really is (-or not). The same for the U-lock. Thanks.
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    3 is best, it secures both wheels and the frame. Though, I would recommend locking the bike to an immovable object as a thief would just boost bike AND lock.

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    You don't need to lock through the rear wheel and the frame. As long as you pass the lock around the rear-wheel's rim inside the rear triangle, that's as good as locking the frame.

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    LancingWes: Isn't #1 the same one as #3? (Except for the immovable object not present in #3, but imagined at the time of the picture...).

    adamrice: Is this true and recommended?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpotOn View Post
    adamrice: Is this true and recommended?
    It's a popular idea, but it's not as secure, because it's simple to cut the rim and tire. I've done it in real life as a demonstration using a hacksaw. Disturbingly simple. Lock your frame and wheel with your U-lock, it's got the room.

    I suggest a modified version of your first shot there. Lasoo your fork crown with the cable, pass the free end of the cable through your front wheel, and put it over the U-lock shackle. That locks your fork, which is otherwise free for the taking by anyone with an allen key. Also consider securing your seat and seatpost, unless you take them with you.

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    Any lock system can eventually be defeated.
    We use an ultra long steel cable with a very miniature titanium combo lock for our tandem and, when available, lock it all to some immovable object liike fence/post/tree. Ususally run cable through back wheel/rear triange, around an object, and then through front wheel/pedal.
    So far so good.

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    my favorite : frame mounted ring lock [Abus & AXA] and their plug in pin chain.
    my AXA defender + chain has a bigger loop on the end of the chain to loop itself
    like in middle/lower picture..

    Lock is always on the bike.. chain wrapped around the seatpost..

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpotOn View Post
    adamrice: Is this true and recommended?
    No and no.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9fLtdZyX-A

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    You have a quick release on your seat? I'd probably steal it after seeing how much thought you put into locking the rest of the bike.

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    3 is not the best because the bike is not locked to an immovable object. The thief can simply pick up the bike and walk away with it.

    2 is not the best because the U-lock is only connected to the frame, so a thief can take both rims & tires if they have a cable cutter, which can be easily found at most hardware stores. It looks like you have quick-release skewers so the rims & tires could be gone bin a second. That leaves 1 as the best of the bunch.

    Check out Hal Ruzal's many YouTube videos on how to lock your bike. He's a career bike mechanic in NYC, and although he has a very happy-go-lucky attitude, he knows what he is talking about. On some of the vids he not only covers proper locking strategies, but options for securing your rims & wheels, and your seat as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zonatandem View Post
    Any lock system can eventually be defeated.
    We use an ultra long steel cable with a very miniature titanium combo lock for our tandem and, when available, lock it all to some immovable object liike fence/post/tree. Ususally run cable through back wheel/rear triange, around an object, and then through front wheel/pedal.
    So far so good.
    Which is why my standard joke is get a big dog, teach him how to ride and leave him chaind to your tandem.

    Baring that kind of solution the one thign many forget is any locking system is only as good as the weakest link. For those who are trying hard that is often whatever the bike is locked to.

    Years ago I saw several bikes at UCSB with high end locks that just were locking the frame to the fense. NOT the posts but to the cyclone fense. A decent pair of wirecutters and it was 2 second to cut and ride off.
    Perish any man who suspects that these men either did or suffered anything unseemly.

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    OnGuard Bulldog Mini DT 5015 + 4 ft cable for front (but i only toss it on in bad areas) ($35 on amazon, ~$30-40@LBS). for a mini, you can do wonders. by locking it like this, you leave no room for leverage attacks like a crowbar. crank, rear wheel, & frame all secured
    you get much more length out of your cable by locking like this instead of like this


    sadly everything we use is a deterrent to a determined individual. these types of cables i hear can be easily cut with bolt cutters. a decent brand ulock takes ~5-10 mins with a powered saw (by decent i mean krypotnite/onguard), top of the line ones might take longer? like 10-20mins? again im just guessing/going off of what i've read on threads. lock as much as you can with the ulock (hence the method i use) because most people arent carrying power tools. hacking through a ulock like that without power tools would take a longgg time (im guessing like 30mins-hr). most people wont spend that long on a bike that's not worth it, even less so in a public area
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    OnGuard Bulldog Mini DT 5015 + 4 ft cable for front (but i only toss it on in bad areas) ($35 on amazon, ~$30-40@LBS). for a mini, you can do wonders. by locking it like this, you leave no room for leverage attacks like a crowbar. crank, rear wheel, & frame all secured
    you get much more length out of your cable by locking like this instead of like this
    On the second pic, the owner didn't even run the cable through the front wheel, it went above the wheel and was only used as a second frame lock. That's outrageous. If they would have placed the U-lock covering the rear wheel and frame, he or she would have definitely had enough length with the cable to cover the front wheel too. Usually, I lock the front wheel & frame with the U-lock, and still have enough length with a properly-strung cable to secure the rear wheel and the seat.

    There used to be a time when I worried about using an expensive U-lock and a thick cable to secure all of the components because the cable by itself can be so easily defeated, but I think it's true about what they say about just being better than the other bikes around you. It seems like there are always more people out there who don't have the first idea about how to lock up a bike well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpotOn View Post
    What is the absolute best way of locking up your bike?
    In here:

    (From http://bikeportland.org/photos/photo...lding-6-5.html )

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    Take off the front wheel, lock that and the rear wheel through the rear triangle to a solid post.

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    It is actually too easy to do a Google or YouTube search for your answer.

    Try:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTA3J...eature=related

    That will get you to Part 1.

    That will give you links to part 2 and 3.

    The playlists on the side will offer dozens of more examples.

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