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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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mini (3.5 x 5.5) 24 77.42%
standard (4 x 9) 7 22.58%
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Old 08-17-09, 11:05 AM   #1
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need a lock

im looking to pick up a kryptonite evolution series u lock, but im not sure weather to get the mini or the standard. and where are the cheapest place to get either?
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Old 08-17-09, 11:29 AM   #2
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I already bought the standard, so too little too late for me.

But after I bought it, I read all kinds of stuff on bike protection. The less "slack" you have on the lock, the harder it is to compromise via bolt cutters or a jack. To that end the mini will most likely serve you better. However, if you anticipate locking around thick poles/trees or something, the standard might do you better.
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Old 08-17-09, 11:43 AM   #3
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get two minis trust me there will be a time when you want to lock it good
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Old 08-17-09, 11:48 AM   #4
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The mini's will get you around most bike racks and signposts around a city. I have yet to struggle to find parking.
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Old 08-17-09, 12:04 PM   #5
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evo minis all the way

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Old 08-17-09, 03:07 PM   #6
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I live in NYC and will soon be receiving a kilo tt. Im thinking of getting a kryptonite New York Fahgettaboudit three foot chain & lock to lock the back wheel and frame, and an old but pretty sturdy onguard U lock for the front wheel. Is this a good plan? Overkill or not enough? Should I go for the 2 minis instead?
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should be ok I wouldn't leave your bike out all the time either way
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I live in NYC and will soon be receiving a kilo tt. Im thinking of getting a kryptonite New York Fahgettaboudit three foot chain & lock to lock the back wheel and frame, and an old but pretty sturdy onguard U lock for the front wheel. Is this a good plan? Overkill or not enough? Should I go for the 2 minis instead?
That sounds pretty good. Seems like you can never overkill locking your bike in NYC. The more the better. And I believe smaller locks are more secure b/c thieves don't get as much leverage with the small amount of space between the lock and the bike.
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Old 08-17-09, 09:07 PM   #9
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I would suggest a quadrachain....
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I live in NYC and will soon be receiving a kilo tt. Im thinking of getting a kryptonite New York Fahgettaboudit three foot chain & lock to lock the back wheel and frame, and an old but pretty sturdy onguard U lock for the front wheel. Is this a good plan? Overkill or not enough? Should I go for the 2 minis instead?
I'm in New York as well. I've gotten by seven years with the same kryptonite NY chain + OnGuard mini-U for the wheel. Granted my bike's not very coveted (repainted frame, decent wheels, nothing spectacular) but it's worked this far. And like spcialzdspksman said just make sure the U's small; all else being equal, they're harder to defeat.

As for two minis, it's probably safe enough but not as versatile. I constantly find myself places where the only option to lock is a street light, and no one's locked to it because U-locks won't get around it. You can even chain to fire hydrants if you cinch it tight under the nozzles.

Look up the user CaptainCropper on Youtube, they've got a bunch of videos of them snapping chains with bolt cutters. They use a pair 4' long leveraged against the ground with their full weight for close to a minute to cut some of the chains. Their point was that these chains can be quickly defeated but it gave me more confidence in mine.
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Old 08-18-09, 07:10 AM   #11
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as for two minis, it's probably safe enough but not as versatile. I constantly find myself places where the only option to lock is a street light, and no one's locked to it because u-locks won't get around it..
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Old 08-18-09, 08:28 PM   #13
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Picked up 4 Mini's from Seasonal Outfitters. $40 each, plus ~$5 shipping.
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