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Old 03-01-17, 07:39 AM   #26
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We spill some electrons here talking about the "best" lock but I really believe thefts of bikes out of decent name-brand u-locks is pretty rare. We do get reports but not a lot of them. Security goes up with thickness - requires bigger tools or longer to cut. It goes with the square of diameter so an 18mm shackle actually has 2.25x more material (and weight!) than 12mm.
I agree. This was why I bought the biggest chain that I don't have to carry. I keep it on the bike rack like many others seem to do around here.
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Old 03-01-17, 09:03 AM   #27
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Wow real thief. There was even a woman who passed by closely at 1:26.
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Old 03-01-17, 09:22 AM   #28
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I have a Onguard Pitbull u-lock with cable which is probably overkill for the places I lock my bike. I'm really fortunate that I don't need to lock up my bike at work.
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Old 03-01-17, 10:10 AM   #29
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Wow real thief. There was even a woman who passed by closely at 1:26.
Most brazen theft I've seen yet....


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....Brompton .... I can count on one hand the number of times I have had to lock that bike up ..... usually just carry the bike inside with me.
+1. Finally eliminated my theft worries, plus added a whole bunch of neat convenience, utility, and multi-modal travel options.

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Old 03-01-17, 10:50 AM   #30
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+1. Finally eliminated my theft worries, plus added a whole bunch of neat convenience, utility, and multi-modal travel options.


It's a fun bike for sure, but I don't ride it every day. I bought it to commute to the office with and a couple of weeks after I bought it they installed bike lockers at the office building I work in. Of course I grabbed one of those before they all got rented out. With the locker I can ride any bike in without worrying about it, but I haven't regretted buying the Brompton. I love just throwing it in the back of the car when we go on a weekend trip somewhere. It is no big deal to take it with us.
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I suggest you get the best lock you can afford AND park next to an easier to steal bicycle. 99/97% of thieves just want to steal they don't care if they get yours or the other person;s bike.
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Watching all these lock test videos it occurred to me a good way to steal a bike in a crowded place is to bring someone to video it and pretend you're making lock test video while you hack away at the lock.
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Watching all these lock test videos it occurred to me a good way to steal a bike in a crowded place is to bring someone to video it and pretend you're making lock test video while you hack away at the lock.

Any crime would seem more palatable to the masses with a video partner involved. Politicians have been taking full advantage of this fact for some time now.

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Old 03-01-17, 11:54 PM   #34
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Most brazen theft I've seen yet....

https://youtu.be/-dz0Za5-wOM
What was the woman with a bike saying to him and afterwards to the other guy?
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Old 03-02-17, 10:32 AM   #35
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Most brazen theft I've seen yet....

https://youtu.be/-dz0Za5-wOM

Ha ha. Wonder if that was in NYC. That trenchcoat guy deserves a big stick in the front wheel...
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Ha ha. Wonder if that was in NYC. That trenchcoat guy deserves a big stick in the front wheel...


I have seen that video before. IIRC, it was San Francisco.
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I have seen that video before. IIRC, it was San Francisco.
Yes, I visited the video on youtube to see the headline and comments. It was San Francisco. Bike theft is rampant there and here (NYC). Thieves are brazen and stupid at the same time.
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Ha ha. Wonder if that was in NYC. That trenchcoat guy deserves a big stick in the front wheel...
And upside the head.
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OP probably got Common link chain.. Round steel cold worked and welded in a chain making machine.

then not heat treated for hardness tempering..

They use a Bolt cutter in the store to cut off the length of it you bought?


[FWIW, that is a lesser model Abus Bordo , not the 15 ratedGranit .

their most secure versions in each category are called the Granit model]





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Old 03-02-17, 01:24 PM   #40
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Easiest steal is to pick up a bike, so try to wrap the security lock/chain around a pole or something.
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Old 03-12-17, 05:12 PM   #41
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I'll be reposting this here since well, It also applies here.

"best deterrent for thieves is taking your bike with you anywhere. at work I put my Miyata Liberty road bike inside our storage, at school I leave it inside class on the side. I also walk inside businesses with it (when it's not raining) you save so much time actually without having to lock it all the time."
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