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Old 05-26-11, 05:53 PM   #1
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Lock Recommendation for NYC

It would only be for errands where I am away from the bike for an hour or so.

Was looking at the Kryptonite Fahgettaboutit U-Lock, but is the 3.25" x 6" big enough? and is this overkill?
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Old 05-26-11, 06:03 PM   #2
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Personal armed guard.

Yes it would be; also get an accessory cable if you do not want to walk home carrying your bike.
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Old 05-26-11, 06:06 PM   #3
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Personal armed guard.

Yes it would be; also get an accessory cable if you do not want to walk home carrying your bike.
wouldn't the cable be pretty easily cut? does anyone use 2 u-locks?
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wouldn't the cable be pretty easily cut? does anyone use 2 u-locks?
I was going on the notion that you wanted light because you chose the mini version.

I use a mini evo and a mini evo LS. The mini is for the back and the mini LS is for the front. I use the sheldon method for the rear and the mini is through the front wheel and the bikes main triangle. Both locks are secured to a stationary object.

Locks only buy you time; nothing can stop a determined thief.

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It would only be for errands where I am away from the bike for an hour or so.

Was looking at the Kryptonite Fahgettaboutit U-Lock, but is the 3.25" x 6" big enough? and is this overkill?
NYC = No Lock = Fahgettaboutit Don't Even Bother.

If you aren't holding it in your hands no lock in the world will prevent it from being stolen, and if they can't steal it, they'll just destroy it instead.

The only lock that works in NYC is a Ruger Mini-14 that's used to selectively pick off the scumballs one by one from down the block. If only.

If that were true... then it might be safe to park a bike in NYC.
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I use a Kryptonite 3 foot chain plus an onguard mini u for the front. I also pay for monthly parking at a midtown garage. If I have to park anywhere not near the garage I try and make sure im not away for too long.
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i use a kryptonite mini evo. i usually don't leave it for longer than an hour. if i do, i just take it inside wherever i'm going. most people don't mind, and in fact understand. and if you take decent care of your bike, most people appreciate that since biking has become so popular in the city now. i bring it into the bank, 90% of people's houses, pretty much anywhere that's not a bar. and when i do go to the bar, i try to lock it on a main street. but my bike is mainly an indo' kinda ride
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I have yet to lock my bike out of sight.
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i do a mini evo and a cable around the wheels, often i'll get the front or rear wheel with part of the frame in the u-lock, i also glue ball bearings in the bolt heads, started with my seatpost but figured what the hey, i had one seat stolen last november(first in 5 years) and a seatless ride home from lincoln center to brooklyn on a saturday night was not something i want to experience again
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Was looking at the Kryptonite Fahgettaboutit U-Lock, but is the 3.25" x 6" big enough? and is this overkill?
I've read that smaller U-locks are (slightly) safer than bigger ones because it's more difficult to get leverage with a bolt cutter.
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I've read that smaller U-locks are (slightly) safer than bigger ones because it's more difficult to get leverage with a bolt cutter.
Or an attack with a jack.
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