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Old 05-19-08, 10:03 PM   #1
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Locks?

I currently have a $20 cable lock protecting my road bike that I found and fixed up. I also sometimes use it to protect a $700 mountain bike.

I am probably going to get a new lock soon, a Kryptonite.

Should I get one that fits in my back pocket [evolution mini] or one with a thick chain that I can wear around my waist?
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Old 05-19-08, 10:06 PM   #2
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Is this thread a joke?
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Properly locking your bike is no joke.

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Because it certainly sounds like one.

If it isn't, get a U lock. If the choice is between a small simple lock and a big ugly stupid fashion statement, I'll choose the small simple lock every time.
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I've got this, I have it set on 'FIXIE' - no one would ever guess.



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Old 05-19-08, 10:17 PM   #6
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Because it certainly sounds like one.

If it isn't, get a U lock. If the choice is between a small simple lock and a big ugly stupid fashion statement, I'll choose the small simple lock every time.
What lock is harder to cut?

I do like the U lock because it is easier to take it out.
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What lock is harder to cut?

I do like the U lock because it is easier to take it out.
The smaller U Locks are apparently harder to get through, especially if you fill up the space in the U with plenty of bike.

Bike thieves smile when they see chain, regardless of the size as it affords them plenty of opportunity to maneuver their cutting equipment.
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the U lock isn't chunky and is harder to cut. you can't get a jack in there, and will take too many tools to take apart. the thick krypto 35 pound belt lock is good but too bulky and i'd trust the U lock over it.

it all depends on what you lock your stuff to. if you're where there's easily a handrail or a sign post or something then yea U lock. the chain will lock onto anything you want it to, a lil harder to lock the mini U on wider things.
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Yep! Basically what tx_what_it_do said.
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The smaller U Locks are apparently harder to get through, especially if you fill up the space in the U with plenty of bike.

Bike thieves smile when they see chain, regardless of the size as it affords them plenty of opportunity to maneuver their cutting equipment.
I was cutting a lock that was one on bike that I found [not attached to anything] I found it with the deralier broken. The lock was on the top tube. It was a cable lock similar to the one I have, and when I tried to cut it off with a hacksaw, it was hard. I put a piece of wood under it to steady it and to prevent the hacksaw blade from hitting the frame, and the lock kept going everywhere.
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I was cutting a lock that was one on bike that I found [not attached to anything] I found it with the deralier broken. The lock was on the top tube. It was a cable lock similar to the one I have, and when I tried to cut it off with a hacksaw, it was hard. I put a piece of wood under it to steady it and to prevent the hacksaw blade from hitting the frame, and the lock kept going everywhere.

Bike thieves don't operate with a hack saw and a block of wood, they come armed with stuff like angle grinders and (more commonoly) bolt croppers.

Even the sturdiest U lock with the highest security rating (the rating system differs from brand to brand) is rated by how many minutes they can withstand an attack from a bike thief, and even these modest claims are shown to be a little ambitious by numerous tests that have professionally tooled thieves through the hardest, most expensive locks in under a minute.

You will never protect your bike 100%, you can certainly deter opportunist thieves, but there is nothing you can do to protect against a determined professional thief.

Even I can go through a 10mm cable lock (with the plastic cover) with a Dremel hand held cordless tool in 2 or 3 minutes. Much faster if I bothered to charge up my cordless angle grinder. Your story above tells us nothing other than that cable on the found bike could protect against someone with a hacksaw and not a great deal of history of stealing bikes, I would want more from a lock.

Like I say one of the few things you can do is make it hard for the thief to get a good angle to work on the lock with something like a car jack, this is where those little U locks come in handy.

I normally just leave human **** on the bars and saddle, had the same bike for 20 years ;P

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I'm really not that worried at school about my bike getting stolen. My current lock is better than most at school, and a lot of kids have better mountain bikes than me. When I get a evolution mini, I'll have the best lock at school.

One of my friends who rides BMX has this great bike with a $60 V link chain and a expensive crank. He locks it with a dollar store combo lock that I could break by standing on.

So I'm not that worried. My city is small.
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So your concern was entirely aesthetic then ?

If that is the case, and you are not so worried about bike theft the choose whatever lock you like the look of, or you think looks good on you.

Good luck.
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