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Old 08-19-10, 02:28 PM   #1
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Used U-Lock. Sketchy?

I lost the key to my Trek u-lock the other day. Somehow, the key loop on my belt loop janitor style thing came loose and fell off. Not too bummed because the lock was only $20 and I've had it for nearly 2 years.

Now, I am borrowing my friend's u-lock and I can for another month or so since she's leaving to travel but am wondering if I might as well go grab an evolution mini while I have the cash for it.

Its $65 at my LBS but was thinking about getting one used on CL.
Is buying a used lock sketchy? The only thing that I am sketched about (maybe I am being paranoid) is the seller having a second key, finding my bike locked up somewhere (my bike's pretty flashy) and unlocking that **** and taking off with it.
Has this ever happened in the history of used u-lock transactions?

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Old 08-19-10, 02:34 PM   #2
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Yeah, many people try to avoid any used u-locks on cl/ebay because of the reason you stated. Highly unlikely, but it does happen. I'd just go with the LBS one to be on the safe side.
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Is buying a used lock sketchy? The only thing that I am sketched about (maybe I am being paranoid) is the seller having a second key, finding my bike locked up somewhere (my bike's pretty flashy) and unlocking that **** and taking off with it.
Has this ever happened in the history of used u-lock transactions?
Statistically, the probability of this happening (the thief knowing which lock is his, where you even lock your bike, etc.) is so low, that if a thief were really trying this just to steal a bike, it'd kind of be like entering a bike-stealing lottery. You might win, but it's virtually impossible.

Personally, I buy new locks since it's an important piece of gear, and I don't mind paying a little extra to get it brand new.
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I would personally have no problem buying a used U-Lock. If you just buy the lock, and the alleged thief hasn't seen your bike or know the locations you frequent and would lock up your bike, then they have nearly no chance of ever stealing your bike.

If the lock itself isn't somehow modified, i.e. painted, to make it easily identifiable, then I don't see a problem with it. Also, you live in Portland, there have got to be dozens or hundreds evo minis around, if you were in some tiny town, with only a few bikes you'd be at a higher risk, but still....

And like JB said, this would be a pretty wacky bike theft scheme. Maybe it is a thief who has gotten bored with using bolt cutters or swiping poorly locked bikes, and now they are looking for a real thrill. Riding all over the city, trying their key on all evo minis 'til they hit pay dirt!
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As long as the locking mechanism isn't all rusty or seized, I'd use a used lock.

Seems like a lot of planning and preparation for a bicycle theft scheme. And I'm paranoid as the come. Thieves usually go for the easy kill...not some roundabout time killer.
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Old 08-20-10, 12:07 AM   #6
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Just get a U-Lock off Amazon. It's cheap as heck. $38 for Onguard's flagship http://www.amazon.com/OnGuard-Brute-.../dp/B000FL4Y3S. Kryptonite's flagship is only $64 http://www.amazon.com/Kryptonite-Sta.../dp/B000BS0D4Y. Both of these are within your budget as they come with free shipping. LBS usually overcharge for stuff when compared to buying it online. That $65 U-Lock at your LBS is only worth $43.75 from Amazon.
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