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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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Old 06-05-14, 04:44 PM   #26
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You must have been using a flimsy chain, I would only use a chain that's 12mm-14mm. If you can't afford a good thick chain and a good padlock. Then just go with a Onguard/Abus/High Level Kryptonite U lock. Then use a cable for the front wheel and frame/Armored cable if you wanna be really secure. Abus makes a braided cable that's wrapped in 5mm steel plates. I have 3 different sized U-Locks and 2 different cable locks depending on where i'm heading to decides what locks I bring with me.
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Old 06-05-14, 06:55 PM   #27
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He did. He said that in the exact line you quoted.
My bad. I only read where he said just around the wheel. I guess i should not read so fast.
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Old 06-06-14, 01:25 AM   #28
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Dang what a terrible waste. Sorry to hear that man.

I would only wish these kinds of things to my worst enemies..
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Old 06-06-14, 01:25 PM   #29
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Thank you all for the support and suggestions, you really have a good community on here. I was given a replacement bike today that will get me around, its nothing special, but it rolls and stops so I can't complain too much. Looking at new locks right now anyone have any experience with the on guard beast series?
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Thank you all for the support and suggestions, you really have a good community on here. I was given a replacement bike today that will get me around, its nothing special, but it rolls and stops so I can't complain too much. Looking at new locks right now anyone have any experience with the on guard beast series?
Yup! It's got my vote! Used it extensively until I sold my Trek FX. I gave the lock to the buyer as an incentive to buy the bike!
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Old 06-06-14, 02:03 PM   #31
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Thank you all for the support and suggestions, you really have a good community on here. I was given a replacement bike today that will get me around, its nothing special, but it rolls and stops so I can't complain too much. Looking at new locks right now anyone have any experience with the on guard beast series?
Yeah it's a nice chain and padlock, it's sold secure gold. Your main lock should be gold, than secondary should be bronze in my opinion or at least a good cable. Chains are nice because they fit around way more stuff than u locks. Also if the padlock breaks you can replace it with a new one for like $20-$30, if your u lock mechanism breaks the whole $90 lock is trash. OnGuard 5047 Beast lock review - BikeRadar

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Old 06-13-14, 03:34 AM   #32
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I got it back! No brakes, levers, cables, tubes, seat post, and seat. But everything else is intact. Got a call at eleven tonight, a hit from my Craigslist ad. Lady was nice enough to drop it off while I was at work. Looks like I gotta hit my spare parts bin/lbs tomorrow to get her back in a rideable shape.
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Old 06-13-14, 04:22 AM   #33
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w00t! You beat the odds, good for you.
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That's pretty awesome. Didn't lose too many parts (or the more expensive ones).

Hope you get it back up and running soon, with a beefier lock.
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+1 on the beefier lock. And probably a more subdued looking build.
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+1 on the beefier lock. And probably a more subdued looking build.
Congrats!

Don't even mess around!

...Get a NY Fahgettaboudit U-Lock!

PS.

I hope you realize how freaking rare it is to have your stolen bike, actually returned...

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I know how rare it is and honestly I had pretty much given up hope. So stoked to get it back. And I would get the ulock but I only have a light pole to lockup to so I need about a three foot minimum reach. Any other suggestions?
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Glad you got the bike back. No more gold, though. Looking at it felt like a stereotyped Middle Eastern rich man bathed in knockoff Drakar Noir.

For locking go with a big thick heavy chain with a good solid lock. Thieves go after the weakest part of the lock so make sure it is all tough. Cutting a chain will generally end in frustration and the bike thief moving on.

For more specific locks I would go with a On Guard Beast or Mastiff Chain, Blackburn Attica Chain, Kryptonite New York Legend or Fahgettaboutit Chain, or an ABUS Granite Chain. Those are your highest security options and in a city with thieves higher security is always better.

This is a decent article from Bicycling.com
Best Ways to Lock Your Bike | Bicycling Magazine

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When I see people buy cable locks or thin U-Locks it makes me want to hit them in the head. "I want something light" to which I respond "ahhh so you are looking at a new bike" (knowing the crime levels and brain activity levels where I live). They act like I am joking or that taking the risk is a better option than spending a little more on security. Lighter locks offer lighter protection and I can assure anyone that having a bike stolen is way most costly in many different ways than not being a cheap ass weight conscious dipwad. Yes a chain is big and heavy but what do you want protecting you, big and heavy or light and cheap? It's like the jail scene from Stir Crazy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLiJAX-MXcM
Richard and Gene are cheap lightweight locks and Cedrick (the big guy they light the match on) is a high security chain or U-Lock.
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Old 06-14-14, 01:55 AM   #40
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Some of the bikies here (outlaw types, not humble motorcyclists) used to carry ugly, nasty dogs on their fuel tanks and chain them to their motorbike while in the pub. Funny, I haven't seen that in years so maybe it was just one small group. I would have thought it was effective though.
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Def gotta use a good kryptonite u-lock and lock up somewhere that's not too secluded. Glad you got your bike back though!
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