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Why shouldn't I lock frame with rear wheel?

Old 11-14-05, 02:28 AM
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Why shouldn't I lock frame with rear wheel?

I read Sheldon Brown's article about lock strategy. I don't understand why one shouldn't lock the frame together with the rear wheel, other than that it's "unnecessary". It would seem that having less free space inside the U would be a good thing. Why shouldn't one u-lock the frame and wheel to an immovable object?
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Old 11-14-05, 03:42 AM
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He didn't say not to. Locking the bike soley by the wheel in the method he describes would allow you to secure your bike to a larger more secure object or to use a smaller lock.
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Lock rear wheel and frame, cable lock the front.

1) The two most expensive parts of your bike will be secured
2) Not a lot of room for the thief to pry the lock open.
3) Bikes are targets of opportunity, dont give any.
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Originally Posted by Raiyn
He didn't say not to. Locking the bike soley by the wheel in the method he describes would allow you to secure your bike to a larger more secure object or to use a smaller lock.
Also, it reduces the likelihood of frame damage from someone trying to gain leverage on the u-lock.
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Old 11-14-05, 12:17 PM
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Depending on your tire to frame clearance and your U-lock dimensions, it might not be possible to include the frame with the wheel.
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Old 11-14-05, 05:07 PM
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His suggestion is to only lock the wheel so that you can use a compact u-lock. The smaller lock is stronger and has less space for thieves to work in. If you already have a full-size lock, you probably do want to get the frame in there to full the space.
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