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Locking Skewers for a Campus Bike?

Old 04-17-10, 05:58 PM
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Locking Skewers for a Campus Bike?

Hey there C&V. I realize that this post might go in other parts of the forums, but generally a lot of you have commuted on your vintage steel and are pretty crafty.

I am trying to figure out a good way to secure the wheels on a bike I'm building from theft. Apparently PitLocks don't work on horizontal drop outs and I'm definitely not willing to spend $100 on some skewers.

So, are there effective locking skewers that I can get on the cheap? Or should I just switch out the axles for solid ones with a nut?
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seen these?

Check out Velo Orange - $15 https://www.velo-orange.com/voansk.html
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I've had good luck with Pinhead locking skewers on my Le Tour with horizontal drops.
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Awesome! Pretty much exactly what I need!
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those velo orange ones are pretty nice, I bought them for a friend's bike once, I don't think they're common enough that thieves will carry the allen wrench with the hole in the end you need to unlock them (although that worries me a little)

I have these: https://www.ebikestop.com/zefal_lock_...dle-QR1497.php

they're not bad, $25. They're quick releases, but they have this neat trick where you need to flip the bike upside down to unlock them. So when the bike is locked to something, the wheels are secure, but if you're riding and you get a flat, you don't need a special tool to take the wheels off, just flip the bike.

In practice though, they're not perfect, I find they get jammed kinda; I usually have to flip the bike, and then give the quick release a few knocks with the end of my u-lock, then they open fine. I guess that makes them even more secure
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