Time for a change.
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: 6 miles inland from the coast of Sussex, in the South East of England
Bikes: Dale MT2000. Bianchi FS920 Kona Explosif. Giant TCR C. Boreas Ignis. Pinarello Fp Uno.
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I must admit that When I am out cycling, I am either on the bike riding it, or it is extremelely close to me. Unless I have it in sight, I never leave it unless it is locked with a Very Expensive "D"lock, and a "Kryptonite cable through the wheels and frame and then to a solid object. I even lock the 5 or 6 bikes in the garage with the D Lock and cable through the frames locking them altogether.
On the odd occasion when I do leave the bike, like when I am in a restaurant and I do not have a lock with me, I do 3 things. First of all I disconnect the brakes. Secondly I completely remove the Quick release on the front wheel, and thirdly, I turn the bike upside down. Iwill also point out that The bike will always be in my sight while I am in the restaurant, so if any one were foolish enough to attempt to steal it, I would have plenty of time to show them how heavy a helmet can be.
On the lock front, there are some very expensive "D"locks that are almost unbreakable. The one I have has been tested against Bolt croppers, hacksaws and levers, and athough a mess was made of it, it took 30 minutes before it was broken. The weak link is the cable, and that takes 10 minutes to cut with a hacksaw. If it takes that long to damage the lock or cable, then the thief will give up. The garage is also alarmed, and although this is not much good, it does deter the scumbags.
Last edited by stapfam; 01-31-04 at 03:24 PM.