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Old 04-06-05, 03:00 PM   #1
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cheaper bike chainlock?

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http://www.newenglandmarine.com/Prod...ies/Chains.htm


would these be a good replacement instead of buying a Kryptonite nyc chain?
moving to NYC in a few days, and my crappy little ulock i dont think will cut it
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Old 04-07-05, 05:31 PM   #2
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Mate, ANY chain will keep an honest person out or foil an
amature thief so don't buy the most , toughtest, meanest
chain on the market. A pro thief will get your bike....period.
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Old 04-07-05, 05:33 PM   #3
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Mate, ANY chain will keep an honest person out or foil an
amature thief so don't buy the most , toughtest, meanest
chain on the market. A pro thief will get your bike....period.
I think that's the thing...in NYC the theft rate is greater...
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OK. Keep the chain thick. But tell me... is there any combination locks suitable for keeping your bike safe from all but the pro theives? I hate fishing around for keys when locking or unlocking my bike.

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If you use a U and a decent cable, it'll be good. If you want to go insane, use one of them kryptonite chains, u-lock and cables.
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I have six bikes and two locks for each. Naturally, I can't ride all six at once, so I always use three locks whenever I go: one heavy-duty cable, a top of the line (that I could afford anyway) kryptonite U-lock and a heavy chain with a flat-key U-lock. All we can do is discourage and thwart the amateurs and merely slow down the pro's. Parking in well-lit and high traffic/visibility areas should keep it safe even from the pro's...with at least 3 locks, that is.
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Old 04-07-05, 08:20 PM   #7
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OK. Keep the chain thick. But tell me... is there any combination locks suitable for keeping your bike safe from all but the pro theives? I hate fishing around for keys when locking or unlocking my bike.

DanO
Sargent and Greenleaf make some tough combination locks. They are used by the military to lock up ammunitions. They might be tough to get your hands on though. Recently a model was decomishioned due to a discovered flaw, I believe it was the 8088. Your cheaper padlocks are often openable using a pretty simple technique and a few cents worth of "equipment" and no attention is paid to the dial.

A friend recently had his beater bike stolen here in nyc. He used a regular thick chain because he didn't like the kryptonite chain because they were too short. He locked the chain with an american lock I believe. When he came out in the morning he found someone had broken off a key in the lock. He went to find bolt cutters and an hour later his bike was gone. I'm not sure if they cut the chain or lock. Likely they broke the key off so when they came back to cut it they could explain their actions because a key was broken off in the lock...
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If you are riding a $50 bike, it probably doesn't make sense to buy expensive locks. But, if you have a $500 bike that will be "unattended" in a large city or on a college campus, you need TWO serious locks. Get a good chain lock, such as the Kryptonite Fahgettaboudit or the OnGuard Beast 5016 chain, and a good U-lock, such as the Kryptonite New York lock, or the OnGuard Brute 5001 U-lock. The combination of those two sorts of locks will send a crook to the next bike on the rack...the one with the cable lock, or the Wal-Mart U-lock. Of course, two such locks will weigh as much as your bike...but...

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Old 04-07-05, 11:13 PM   #9
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what do you think:

http://www.newenglandmarine.com/Prod...ies/Chains.htm


would these be a good replacement instead of buying a Kryptonite nyc chain?
moving to NYC in a few days, and my crappy little ulock i dont think will cut it
If you go this route, an mtb innertube cut in half will make a nice rubber sheath and stop the paint chips.
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Old 04-08-05, 01:46 PM   #10
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Planet Bike also came out wiht a cheaper chain lock

http://www.planetbike.com/ulocks.html#
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