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Old 05-31-07, 09:49 AM   #1
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beginning commuter lifestyle-need lock

I am new to this forum and new to commuting. I have recently moved closer to my work and would love to eliminate the "need" for my car. I will be riding to work every day. I am a little concerned with security for my bike as I will be parking it in an underground parking garage that's dimly lighted. I will also be leaving it for more than 12 hours at a time, sometimes throughout the night, giving anyone plenty of time to work on the lock. It's on a college campus where bicycle theft is a problem. I don't think too many people use power tools, if any, to break locks. I have been looking at the Onguard Bulldog u-lock and also the onguard mastiff chain and the Abus Bordo folding lock. For portability, the Abus bordo looks great. Does anyone have any experience with any of these locks? I am most interested in the Bordo, as it's the least common I can't find any tests or reviews online about it. Any help would be appreciated. The portability is only a concern b/c I will be returning to college this fall and will ride my bike everywhere.

P.S. I just searched the forums and found Dragonchik's review on the Bordo. Anyone else have experience with it? Or Dragonchik, still holding up for you?

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Old 05-31-07, 11:18 AM   #2
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Can you park near the entrance of the parking garage, preferably right by the little booth where they collect the money?
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Old 05-31-07, 11:22 AM   #3
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it's a free parking garage, as it's for a hospital, so there is no one manning a booth. however, something in my favor is that the rack is near the elevator.
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You need to make sure that the frame is attached firmly to something as well as the wheels and the seat. Pass the chain or u-lock through the back wheel and the frame, if you have a quick release, you can remove the front wheel and either take it with you or lock with the back wheel and frame, or you can get a second smaller u-bolt to lock the front wheel to the frame. If you have a chain, make sure that it's not resting on the ground which makes it easier to compromise. As for the seat, take a tip from the messengers: get a piece of an old chain and pass it through the rails on the saddle and one or both of the chain stays.

As for the chain vs u-bolt question, it depends on what you have available to lock to, not everything is suitable for a u-bolt.Seriously, you need to make sure that the frame is attached firmly to something as well as the wheels and the seat. Pass the chain or u-lock through the back wheel and the frame, if you have a quick release, you can remove the front wheel and either take it with you or lock with the back wheel and frame, or you can get a second smaller u-bolt to lock the front wheel to the frame. If you have a chain, make sure that it's not resting on the ground which makes it easier to compromise. As for the seat, take a tip from the messengers: get a piece of an old chain and pass it through the rails on the saddle and one or both of the chain stays.

As for the chain vs u-bolt question, it depends on what you have available to lock to, not everything is suitable for a u-bolt.

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Is it possible for you to take your bike with you inside and put it in a storage room or office? Or some other place where the only people who will have access to it are co-workers, who will probably be less inclined to mess with it?
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Just stick a scabbard on the bike. You don't actually have to have a firearm. Any thief will look at that big empty scabbard and think whey you come back, you'll have a rifle with you.

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This may have been mentioned already... I was in a bike store in Philly this weekend, and someone was asking about U-locks. I mentioned the picking-kryptonite-U-Locks-with-a-pen problem (there's a thread about it floating around). The bike store employee mentioned that Kryptonite has corrected this with a new generation of U-locks and there is a recall for the problem locks.

However... I was unable to verify this at the Kryptonite site. Anyone have more definitive information?
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The old circular keyholed D-shackles were pickable with a bic pen. All the new ones now come with flat cylinders.
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Can you park near the entrance of the parking garage, preferably right by the little booth where they collect the money?
I work in a hospital too. When I started commuting, I went to the security office and asked tham for advice on the best place to park my bike. They invited me in and showed me the views on their security monitors. We scouted out a nice spot for me that they would be keeping a sharp eye on. Turns out the best spot was in the physician's parking lot. My old beater bike keeps company with the Porsches and Escalades driven by the doctors. (To be fair--lot's of old Volvo station wagons too.)
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I am new to this forum and new to commuting. I have recently moved closer to my work and would love to eliminate the "need" for my car. I will be riding to work every day. I am a little concerned with security for my bike as I will be parking it in an underground parking garage that's dimly lighted. I will also be leaving it for more than 12 hours at a time, sometimes throughout the night, giving anyone plenty of time to work on the lock. It's on a college campus where bicycle theft is a problem. I don't think too many people use power tools, if any, to break locks. I have been looking at the Onguard Bulldog u-lock and also the onguard mastiff chain and the Abus Bordo folding lock. For portability, the Abus bordo looks great. Does anyone have any experience with any of these locks? I am most interested in the Bordo, as it's the least common I can't find any tests or reviews online about it. Any help would be appreciated. The portability is only a concern b/c I will be returning to college this fall and will ride my bike everywhere.

P.S. I just searched the forums and found Dragonchik's review on the Bordo. Anyone else have experience with it? Or Dragonchik, still holding up for you?
I stopped using locks for the most part when I started using folding bikes. I take the thing with me. If I cannot do so, I would drop it off in the security office. The bike would fit some odd nook or crannie where someone is there at all times to guard it. I do not recommend parking lots-even indoor ones.
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