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Old 11-19-08, 01:57 PM   #1
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rear wheel lock

so.. i've looked everywhere but i just don't know what it is called. i've seen pictures of bikes with a mechanism that locks the rear wheel to the frame via the dropout. apparently need a special tool/key to open it? help me figure out what it is called / if it works / where to buy it haha.. buying a new wheelset and don't want it to get stolen... thanks
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Old 11-19-08, 02:09 PM   #2
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are you talking about locking skewers or something else?

http://www.pinheadcomponents.com/ind...d=35&Itemid=56
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Old 11-19-08, 02:12 PM   #3
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tried and true U-lock.
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Old 11-19-08, 02:29 PM   #4
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are you talking about locking skewers or something else?

http://www.pinheadcomponents.com/ind...d=35&Itemid=56
I understand these things will make your bike look unprotected, but does anyone actually use them? They would be pretty handy.
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Old 11-19-08, 02:33 PM   #5
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I understand these things will make your bike look unprotected, but does anyone actually use them? They would be pretty handy.
I use them. I'm running Open Pro's, not 'Spokks or anything, so I might not be a prime target.

Like all locks, they can be defeated, but IMO they provide enough disincentive that a thief will move on to the next, easier target.
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Old 11-19-08, 02:35 PM   #6
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here you go pitlock
http://www.peterwhitecycles.com/pitlock.asp
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Old 11-19-08, 03:29 PM   #7
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from the PWC site

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I don't recommend a Pitlock rear skewer if your frame has horizontal dropouts. Horizontal dropouts require very high clamping force, otherwise the wheel will slip forward in the right dropout. Pitlocks are designed for vertical dropouts, which do not require high clamping force. The Pitlocks can't produce enough clamping force for a horizontal dropout.
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Old 11-19-08, 03:35 PM   #8
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Those things are neat ... but pricey!
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Old 11-19-08, 04:11 PM   #9
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I Know they are a nut and bolt and you can tighten them more then a qr.
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Old 11-19-08, 04:24 PM   #10
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I agree, great integrated concept, but you could buy a decent cable lock for about half as much and accomplish essentially the same level of deterrence. Granted, it won't secure a headset or fork, but for those people who are mainly looking to protect their wheels (which I feel would be most people), cable locks would work well enough.
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Old 11-19-08, 04:27 PM   #11
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except pitlocks weight far less and don't take any time each time you lock up. that's what I like about them. fast and simple.
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lock ulock thru wheel and rear triangle. fits just fine even with my mini ulock.
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Old 11-19-08, 05:29 PM   #13
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Those are not recommended for horizontal dropouts.
Edit: I just noticed that was already pointed out.
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I think he may be talking about the lock that keeps the wheel from falling out of the dropouts in addition to the skewers. I've seen them on a couple of track bikes, but never have heard them talked about.
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yeah , i don't think it was the skewers i saw. i'll look for some pictures and post.

i already lock up the rear or the front, but if these things work i would just have to lock up the front and be worry free. i don't want to have to carry two u locks or a cable either.
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i think those are it? i've seen better pictures of it but that was the first thing i could find..



???? i have no idea what i saw before, something like this but i was reading how they come with a special tool to open them so a common thief can't get to the wheel too easily..

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Old 11-19-08, 09:56 PM   #17
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Those are for tensioning the chain.. they have nothing to do with security

The special tool you're referring to is called a "hex key" or "allen key".. its not that special
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The only thing you could use is a U-lock. Pitlocks are not recommended for use with horizontal dropouts as they do not clamp on one side.
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I Know they are a nut and bolt and you can tighten them more then a qr.
I do not believe this.
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pitlock makes nuts if you are rich...
http://www.urbanbiketech.com/product-p/m10dual.htm

10x1 should fit most things not from europe
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The only thing you could use is a U-lock. Pitlocks are not recommended for use with horizontal dropouts as they do not clamp on one side.
I wish I would have thought to post this.
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ok understood. thanks
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