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Old 06-03-08, 10:00 PM
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Mini U lock

I am between a mini and a normal (9 inch lock). I like the idea of the mini being smaller lighter and a bit less cumbersome but fear I will have trouble finding a place to lock to. Has this been a problem for anyone?
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Old 06-03-08, 10:57 PM
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I am between a mini and a normal (9 inch lock). I like the idea of the mini being smaller lighter and a bit less cumbersome but fear I will have trouble finding a place to lock to. Has this been a problem for anyone?
With a mini you are mostly limited to either bike racks or street signs, and street signs are not secure as they can often be lifted out of the ground. Do you know what there is to lock up to where you live?
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Old 06-04-08, 12:22 AM
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Almost always at a bike rack...

Thinking about it there is always a bike rack to lock my bike up at. My weekend rides tend to take me places without racks but we use 1 or 2 cable locks for a group of bikes and sit outside or by a window so we can see the bikes (almost always a coffee shop). No big deal there.

There is one rack in particular that concerns me. It appears to have been a really nifty idea as opposed to a good one. It is basically a spiral metal tube that is bolted into the concrete periodically. Kind of looks like one of these, http://greatlakeschutes.com/images/rack.jpg

It might even be the same size tubing.

The lock is 4.5 inches long. That tube is up to 3 inches long (probably just under though) and my bike takes up 1.5 inches..... With that math that is one tight fit.
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Old 06-04-08, 01:07 AM
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I have no problem locking to parking meters with a Krypto mini evolution - if you can't lock at the base of the seat tube because your seat hits the meter you can lock to the bottom of the down tube. You might have to push the bottom of the bike into the meter to do this.
I also carry a 5 foot cable to lock my wheels when I'm at work - I occasionally use it to lock the bike to lamp posts if nothing smaller is available.
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Old 06-04-08, 03:45 AM
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I think the answer depends on what you are locking the bike to.

If in doubt, go for the full size, just make sure the bracket fits decently.

As for the wheels, you can always go with locking skewers for those, although so far I have never heard of someone cutting a cable just to filch wheels. Cutting a cable to grab a whole bike, of course, but not just to just nab a front or rear wheel.
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Old 06-04-08, 07:18 AM
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I used mine for the 1st time in town and I had a hard time locking my back wheel and frame together to the street sign. I did manage to lock the bike to the sign but I had to fiddle with it a bit.
 
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I had some problems at first because I would try to lock it Sheldon style everywhere I went, no matter how long I would be away from the bike. I later realized that just slipping it across the top tube was fine for most trips inside, because I'm not gone that long. I'm also not that concerned about theft in my town. But, once I got used to the lock, I have never had a problem finding a place. I've never locked to one of those looped bike racks, but I've read on here that they're perfect for minis.
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Old 06-04-08, 07:49 AM
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I use a 4x9" here in Knoxville where you can never be sure what type of rack there will be (or even if there will be one). I use the Sheldon method of locking through my back wheel/ rear triangle. If there's lots of extra space, I turn my pedal back and put it around the crank, too, to keep it more secure. It works well for me!
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To only lock your frame to a parking meter or bike stand, it doesn't pose a problem. You won't (I think) be able to place the front wheel to the rear and lock frame/rear/front wheels in one fell swoop. I purchased the Kryptonite Mini along with a 4 foot Kryptonite loop cable. I place the cable through the front wheel, the rear wheel and put the loop ends on the u-lock which is on the frame and meter post. Not the best solution for everyone, but it works for me because I have a trunk bag to keep the cable in. Depending on the neighborhood, I sometimes use the a thin 2 foot additional cable to secure my seat to the u-lock as well.

The Kryptonite Mini really does fit in the rear pocket of your blue jeans.

The frame mount is very good, doesn't move around.

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I have the evolution mini in 3.25" x 5.5", evo in 4" x 9" and 4" x 11.5" as well as a NY FU lock in 3.25" x 6"

with the evo mini 3.25" x 5.5" and NYFU in 3.25" x 6" you can put the shackle through the seatstay/rear wheel where the brakes are and lock it to a standard bike rack or a street sign no problem. There's just barely enough room if you put your bike right up against the fixture. but the 0.5" extra space in the NYFU lock is a bit easier to do this with.

I like to carry the mini with my Rossin since it's light and I don't leave my Rossin out of sight for very long. I just have to immobilize it so it can't be ridden away. For a bit more risky places I bust out the NYFU lock and have the double ended cable for the front wheel and saddle. NYFU lock is around 1.8kg while the evo mini is a mere 800g....

evo in 4" x 9" has enough room to do the above method with the front wheel taken off and locked together. For normal errands with my Miyata or Dahon I carry this around.

evo in 4" x 11.5" has enough room to lock my dahon vitesse folded up through both wheels and frame. I keep it at home though.

I seem to be very cautious with my belongings since I've never had anything stolen that was mine.
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