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Old 09-09-16, 02:44 PM
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Front Wheel Lock Budget

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Is it worth spending $40 on a front wheel only Pitlock for a wheel that is only worth about $150? What are your thoughts on ratios between the value of the component (or bike) being protected and the cost of the lock? Thanks!

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Old 09-09-16, 02:53 PM
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I guess the investment in the lock makes sense if you plan on upgrading the wheels at a future date.

I guess my question more specifically is: $15-$20 low grade security skewer on $150 wheels, or expensive $60+ skewers on $150 wheels. In Brooklyn.

I think I might just get it.
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How about an (extra) U-lock to lock the front wheel to the frame? $20 won't deter the professional thief -- nothing will -- but it should scare off the casual youf.
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What kind of lock do you lock your bike up with?
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What kind of lock do you lock your bike up with?
I use a New York standard from Kryptonite right now that's it.
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How about an (extra) U-lock to lock the front wheel to the frame? $20 won't deter the professional thief -- nothing will -- but it should scare off the casual youf.
I used to do that some years ago with another bike but the thought of carrying two heavy u-locks does not appeal anymore.
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I guess this is the alternative to the FW Pitlock: www.bicyclebolts.com/collections/wheel-security/products/allen-security-skewers-2-pack
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I use a New York standard from Kryptonite right now that's it.
If you do it right by removing the front wheel and moving alongside the seat tube and rear wheel, will it reach around both wheels and the frame to a pole or whatever you're locking it too?
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Get the locking skewers and enjoy the convenience that comes with never having to touch or lock your wheels again!

Get the Pitlocks or Pinhead skewers or something like that. The Pitlocks are better, but more expensive. There are probably some other alternatives too. I use both, and like them quite a bit.

The reason I recommend these over getting another lock for the front wheel is the convenience. I ride up to a store, pull out one u-lock, put it on the frame, and I'm done. I don't have to run anything through the wheel, and I don't have to touch the gross dirty wheels. It's awesome.
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The convenience and forget about is factor is worth $40 to me! I'd say get the front wheel protection.
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All good points. I think I may go for the FW only Pitlock for $40. Thanks all.
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I use Pitlocks and love them. Highly recommended.
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there are bolt skewers that for example use a triangular tool to unscrew open them , rather than a Hex/allen.

they're cheap.
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Kryptonite does make a locking skewer that doesn't require a special tool/key to unlock it, I wouldn't want a skewer that I needed a special thing to unlock just in case I lost that special thing. With the Kryptonite skewer the wheels are locked when the bike is upright, to unlock it simply turn the bike upside down...pretty cool, unless the mechanism that allows that got gummed up or jammed, but at least there isn't a tool to lose. Gravity WheelBoltz

By the way, these skewers aren't "cheap", they cost about $50 for a pair.
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I love my pinheads. I ended up getting a second set keyed identical for my wife's bike. This eliminated any concern of theft from her not properly locking up. She had marathon tires and luckily she never got any punctures, or else I would have been getting a frustrated phone call.
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