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    Locking up your bike

    Basic I know but I never rode my bike anywhere and locked it up. My goal is to ride to the grocery store and back. I know the U lock is suppose to be the best but which onw( there are several on amazon) and how do you lock it up and woukdnt someone steal the tires ?

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    Any name brand U lock should suffice as long as you're not in a high theft area like NYC or London. Proper locking technique:
    howtolockbike.gif

    You can also use locking skewers. If your seatpost has a quick release,you should replace it with a bolt or use another cable/chain. More info:
    http://www.jimlangley.net/crank/howtolock.html

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    I have a Bell U lock and a combo cable one. Neither are top shelf but neither is my bike. I generally stick the U lock around a bike rack and rear tire and then loop the cable lock through the frame and wheels and the handy bike rack/fence.

    And park in well lit places near windows or cameras.

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    Thank you !!!!

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    I took mine inside with me...no problems. Takes up less space the the two-kid carts with a basket.
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    I use a Krytonite U-lock (named "Kryptolok) with a cable. For short-time stops (like grocery shopping), I use just the U-lock. When possible, I lock the down tube, front tyre and the bike rack together. Otherwise, I just lock the down tube and the rack.

    FYI this is the lock I have.

    http://www.amazon.com/Kryptonite-Kry...nite+bike+lock
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    Quote Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
    I took mine inside with me...no problems. Takes up less space the the two-kid carts with a basket.
    I do that when I stop by Starbucks for a coffee break. They let me take my bike inside. I haven't tried it with grocery stores. Maybe I should.
    Last edited by daihard; 08-24-13 at 11:04 AM. Reason: Typo
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    This is really a good question, but an even better one would be, where do you lock your bike? or to what do you lock your bike? when out shopping? the little convenience store where I go does not have a bike rack suitble???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fastfingaz View Post
    This is really a good question, but an even better one would be, where do you lock your bike? or to what do you lock your bike? when out shopping? the little convenience store where I go does not have a bike rack suitble???
    If your city has a fair number of bike racks on the sidewalks, you can lock your bike to one of them that are relatively near the convenience store and walk.

    Seattle is like that. They have a pretty good number of public bike racks installed. So if your destination doesn't have their own bike rack, chances are there's one nearby.
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    ... as long as you're not in a high theft area like NYC or London...
    the where you live has a factor in how secure the lock has to Be..

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