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Old 01-25-12, 02:59 AM
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For locking a nice, newer bike being locked at a college, I'd buy a nicer u lock than you mentioned. From Kryptonite's line, the Evolution Mini and the NYFU locks are worth looking into. The NYFU is more secure but a lot heavier, but this shouldn't be a primary concern at a college. These are expensive locks, but your bike is a lot more expensive. A heavy chain like the Fuggetaboutit would probably make your bike unusually inconvenient for any thieves when paired with a good u lock. It's possible that you could leave a secondary, heavy duty lock of some kind at the bike rack. You might want to ask about that, though. A cable lock is probably not a particularly helpful addition to the security of the frame, but wouldn't hurt, and would be good for security the seat and/or wheels.

Secure wheel skewers are a good idea. I have Pitlocks on a bike and they seem excellent, and while there are ways to defeat them, I'd be surprised if they got defeated in practice. They're probably a lot more secure than a cable. The skewers you linked to are not as secure, but probably a lot better than nothing. In addition to being defeatable with common hand tools, a thief with a hex wrench could also remove the entire fork from the bike. Pitlock has a system to secure this as well. If you're already securing the rear wheel with the frame with your primary lock you also don't really need a secure skewer in the back (which also speeds up flat changes). I'm also considering trying out Zefal skewers for another bike that I don't leave locked up as much. There are ways to attack these skewers on the internet, but could defeat a casual thief and would be a lot cheaper and more convenient.

I honestly just use a relatively insecure kryptonite cable for my seat. There are systems that secure the seatpost collar, but they generally don't secure the seat itself to the clamp. You can secure it more permanently with a cable and some clamping hardware. Another common solution is some bicycle chain and a piece of old inner tube.

By the way, while I genuinely think Pitlock has a more clever system than most, I just happen to know Kryptonite's stuff better than other brands, which also make quality products.

The best thing you can do for security is see if there's more secure parking possible at your school. Some schools offer bike lockers, or maybe you can find somewhere to park it inside.

I probably sound paranoid but I live in an unfortunate den of bicycle thievery (Santa Cruz, CA).
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