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Old 10-16-06, 03:33 PM   #1
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how do you lock your bike? specially in an urban area...

what is your locking practice: do you use a U lock or a cable lock or both? do you lock it in a more visible or lighted place as oppose to the regular bike stands (if any)....

what is the most secured lock or locking practice in your opinion? what brand of locks do you recommend. Does any one except Kryptonite offers anti-theft protection.

I am asking this because my bike (cinder cone 2005 model) was stolen in May 2006. Since then I have been riding a friends bike (GF Tass 2003). But this weekend I bought another Cinder Cone 2005 (I dont like the 2006 models, I feel like Kona is going mainstream, like specialized did around 2003 with their Rhopper). I dont want to lose my new bike, so this time I atleast want to make sure that I dont lose it becuase I had a cheap lock on my bike (i had a master locks cable lock). So, I need your help and suggestions.

thanks a lot...
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Old 10-16-06, 04:52 PM   #2
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I lock my bike up (U-lock) in front of a coffee shop. People going in and out all day, outdoor tables, bike is visible from the counter, and they know it's my bike. I just lock the frame to the bike rack, but if your paranoid you can catch the frame and the front wheel in the lock, and take the seat. Everything else worth stealing takes time/tools to get off.

The main idea is to keep your bike in an area where there's lots of people, and make it as hard as possible for a theif to walk up and grab your bike/stuff off your bike.

Edit: One more thing, don't make it a public fact that you ride your bike everyday and park it in the same place all the time, you never know who will get that information and use it against you.

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Old 10-16-06, 05:16 PM   #3
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i take the front wheel off and chain the frame/both wheels with a thick cable, another small cable chain the seat and lock both cables to a u-lock.
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Old 10-16-06, 05:21 PM   #4
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Here's my preferences: http://www.mechbgon.com/lock
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Old 10-16-06, 06:58 PM   #5
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I a huge cable and with it I lock the two wheels to the frame, after I take 2 other lock to lock separatly each wheel to the frame, and two more to lock each wheel to the anchor and 2 for the frame, I go away with my seat, seat post and everything that could be taken without tools
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Old 10-16-06, 07:02 PM   #6
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kryptonite u-lock attaches frame to un-moveable object, and kryptonite cable goes through both wheels and attaches to u-lock.
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Old 10-16-06, 07:41 PM   #7
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the only place i lock mine is at the beach, and i just lock the front wheel to the bike rack, and pray for the best.
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Old 10-16-06, 08:00 PM   #8
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Honestly? I just don't ride my trail bike anywhere around town. I have my beater commuter for that kind of thing which i lock with a krypto cable lock.
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Here's my preferences: http://www.mechbgon.com/lock
Those silver discus locks are a joke. (not to be confused with the kryptonite disc lock)

I was a professional locksmith for over 6 years. I was never impressed with any chain, cable, or disc lock except for the Kryptonite New York Lock and New York Chain with Disc Lock.

The chain is better because you can obviously lock up more of your bike and lock it to larger things. The NY3000 is kinda small. Small enough that you can't fit a scissor jack inside it to spread it apart.



Kryptonite Fahgettaboudit Bike Lock (chain with disc)







I don't ride my nice bike to work. I ride a beater, but I still lock it up. I use a Kryptonite U-lock and lean my bike up against a pillar by the rack. I lock the seat tube and my rear wheel to the rack. If I rode my nice bike, I'd definately buy the NYFag't'bout't set up. (that little shortened version looks funny, hehe) I'd lock my front wheel, frame, rear wheel, and saddle to something.

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Old 10-17-06, 07:22 AM   #10
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great information guys. thanks a lot. so, for a U lock I was considering the Kryptonite Evolution or Kryptonite Kryptolock, are they relyable. I know its a subjective issue, but I am just trying to get a general sense. thanks.
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Honestly? I just don't ride my trail bike anywhere around town. I have my beater commuter for that kind of thing which i lock with a krypto cable lock.

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Soldsecure.com tests and rates bike locks. The best locks earn their "gold" rating. Currently, the very best lock that is easy to find in the USA is the Kryptonite Fahgettaboudit u-lock, closely followed by the Kryptonite New York U-lock and the OnGuard Brute u-lock.

But, the "best" locks weigh four pounds to six pounds. In a "friendly" neighborhood (not the downtown of a large American city, or a college campus) a "silver" rated lock weighing two or three pounds provides plenty of protection. The OnGuard Bulldog u-lock is light and tough, as is the OnGuard TC u-lock.

Put the u-lock around the rear wheel (NOT the frame or the seat tube) and a beefy steel pole anchored in concrete. Parking meters are good examples of a "beefy" pole. Then, put a good cable lock around the front wheel and frame (such as the $20 combo cable locks from Kryptonite and OnGuard).

If you are using both a good U-lock around the rear wheel and a sturdy cable around the front wheel, the typical crook will move on to steal your buddy's bike. The buddy who has a $10 cable lock around his frame, and who left both of his wheels totally unprotected.

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Old 10-17-06, 01:18 PM   #13
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Honestly? I just don't ride my trail bike anywhere around town. I have my beater commuter for that kind of thing which i lock with a krypto cable lock.
well yeah, i only have one bike, i suppose i could use my old walmart one for stuff like that, but i just bought my trek 4300. i've yet to lock that anywhere.

EDIT: and i think my town is a pretty friendly place, but you never know. I don't know where to put the lock where i'm riding, otherwise i'd get a big U-lock. now i just throw the chain around the handlebar.

my friend with the cannondale prophet just has a tiny kryptonite lock, like the littlest diameter chain they make
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First thing. Cable locks using steel cables are of dubious security value. They provide an illusion of security, but most will yield fairly quickly to a set of bolt cutters.

To make things short:

1: Buy this: http://tinyurl.com/5o4xj
2: Then these: http://www.urbanbiketech.com/secure_shop.html
3: Install the skewers, keep the U lock with you, and make sure you lock your bike to something solid.
4: Make sure your bike is locked up, and locked up to an object that is immovable. Avoid "sucker poles" which pull out of the ground, stuff that can be cut, or objects where the bike can be lifted off.

After that, select a locking method, MechBGone's, or SB's. If using MechBgone's, buy another decent U-lock or chain. If you use a place for parking often, you might consider leaving a lock there, so you can have two locks, only need to worry about one lock's weight on your bike.

As for your lost Kona, you might check your homeowner's/renters insurance. Most likely it is not covered, but you never know.
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Old 10-17-06, 10:35 PM   #15
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i have a kryptonie cable that I loop through both wheels and around the frame
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why did they call it a "NY fagettaboutit" lock? lol
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