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Old 11-22-23, 08:57 PM
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losing key to security skewers

I had been eyeing those security skewers for years but I didn't want to spend the money. Then earlier this year, someone was selling a set at a flea market for $40. I bought them!

It's nice to lock only the frame and not worry about the wheels. I had been using a cable lock to secure one of my wheels. It takes extra time to do that, and it requires my bike be snugged up to the bike rack or sign post. Now it's easy, and I leave the cable lock at home.

I keep my skewer key on my keyring even though it's heavy and bulky.

And I lost my keys! I never lose my keys!

Do these normally come with two keys? I knew I should order a spare before this happened, even though I never lose my keys.

A whole month passed, and I decided I would bring my bike to the shop to have them destroy the skewers. And on that day, my keys showed up. I had put them in the pocket of my shop apron which, of course, I don't wear every day. Problem averted. I immediately ordered a spare.

How do you deal with this possibility? I'll keep the spare at home.
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Can you hide a key somewhere on the bike such that you always have it and the thieves don't know about it?
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Originally Posted by ScottCommutes
Can you hide a key somewhere on the bike such that you always have it and the thieves don't know about it?
Maybe. But it doesn't solve my problem. I think I don't mind having the key on my keyring. I'm just concerned about losing the key or my entire keyring and not being able to remove my wheels, especially when I get a flat on the road.

If carrying the key with my keys proves to be burdensome, then I'll look into hiding it on my bike. Or maybe I'll stash the key in my tool bag. I attach my tool bag to my saddle and move it from bike to bike. I normally take the bag with me when I lock it up, so that should work.
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I've got Pinlock security skewers on the front and rear wheels of my folding bike. I never travel with the key but most of my trips with the bike are local - errands and stuff. If I ever flatted, I don't carry a patch kit and would just catch a Lyft home if it was too far to walk.

If ever I lose the key, I have the code stored in my notes and can order a new key from Pinhead.
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Canada Post just notified me that they delivered my key today (December 9). I ordered it on November 18, and it was mailed/posted on November 20. So it was with one postal system or the other for 20 days. I don't know how close to typical that is, but it seems long to me. I'm not at home today, so I trust I'll find it there when I get there.

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Don't most of them have a code on them you can use to order a replacement? The pitlock nuts I have for my dynamo hub were coded so I can get a backup tool to fit.
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My DW has a duplicate key to every U-Lock and cable lock that I own. The chances of both of us losing our keys simultaneously are remote. I haven't lost a set of keys in 40 years. But I do occasionally misplace them and have to grab her set if there is a time crunch.
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