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Pitlock - worth it or not?

Old 01-23-11, 06:26 AM
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Pitlock - worth it or not?

I just got a new bike with a Rohloff on the back and will put a Schmidt SON on the front. Since there is quite a bit of cash tied up in this bike my natural instinct towards security is saying get pitlocks.

But then on the other hand I will normally use the bike mainly for commuting to work where I lock the bike up with a high security u lock through the rear wheel and frame to a bike stand and also a reasonable cable lock passing through the front wheel and frame so that the quick release wheel cannot be easily stolen. So it seems that a pitlock would not really add much security and just adds annoyance and even more expense (and they are quite expensive- about 80 Euros or so for a set).

The SON comes normally with a six sided key (Allen-type release)

But then again maybe adding a pitlock would make me more inclined to make more use of this bike elsewhere as locking it up would be not so problematic. So the bike would become more useful.

What do you think ?- particularly anyone who has them- do you feel they have been a good purchase? or not really essential?
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how far to go

I have a similar investment in componentry. I have pitlock skewers on both wheels, on the steering tube top cap, and on the v-brakes. I'd like to put a pitlock on the seat tube clamping bolt, but my frame has the clamp integrated with threading in the frame itself, so for now I am just letting go of that. I have a Brooks Champion Flyer Special saddle... how much of a thief magnet that is, I have no idea. One solution I have seen suggest is to use Torx screws. Nothing will stop a determined thief, but just to make the heist more difficult & encourage them to move along to some other opportunity like maybe even an honest job...

What kind of headlight do you have or plan? I have a Schmidt Edelux which is another hefty investment. I don't have pitlocks on that, but I hear they're available for it. Now I am into the game as deep as I am, do I keep going?
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Originally Posted by royalflash View Post
also a reasonable cable lock passing through the front wheel and frame so that the quick release wheel cannot be easily stolen.
If you're parking in the same spot with a nice dynamo hub... I think a cable would not be so good. Can you just leave another U-lock or a chain at the parking spot at work?

I don't commute to work with my bike. I do grocery shopping and visiting friends in town etc. so I am parking in lots of different places, though some of them I visit regularly, like a few times a week. I see bikes around with missing wheels so I figure people will nab a wheel. Mostly I think it's just opportunistic. My guess is that really sleek racing bikes or complicated mountain bikes with crazy suspension, that sort of high fashion statement is going to get the serious attention. My bike looks boring enough... I hope folks just ignore it!

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But then again maybe adding a pitlock would make me more inclined to make more use of this bike elsewhere as locking it up would be not so problematic. So the bike would become more useful.
That right there is the reason I have them on three of my four bikes. I only have to carry the one lock, so parking the bike is easier. When stopped for quick errands, I've even taken to locking up by only the top tube.

I also got a clevis pin at the hardware store so I can keep the "pit" on my keyring.

On the two bikes with threadless headsets, I run the skewer, seatpost, headset cap sets, the third bike has a threaded headset. All three sets use the same "pit". The fourth bike doesn't get parked anywhere, so I feel okay with just regular bolt-on skewers and seatpost clamp.

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Originally Posted by Jim Kukula View Post
What kind of headlight do you have or plan? I have a Schmidt Edelux which is another hefty investment. I don't have pitlocks on that, but I hear they're available for it. Now I am into the game as deep as I am, do I keep going?
I have the Edelux on my primary commuter (using the Shimano Alfine hub). I like it a lot.

I haven't Pitlocked it. I also haven't Pitlocked my disc brake calipers. Here in Upstate, not many bikes are stripped of parts on the street, unless they're left for a couple of weeks. And frankly, most of the thieves around here are kids. I never had any issues with my wheels, saddle or fork when I used only bolt-ons, but I want to stay ahead of the curve. I'm also not parking in high-risk areas, like the University.

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I had a ring lock fitting on my Koga WTR trekking bike , but a prior model,
AXA SL 7.
so I got the current 'defender' model, so I could get their accessory
1.4M lock up chain.
That goes around the front wheel, the thing I'm locking to,
and plugs in the side opposite the key on the ring lock,
securing the bike and wheels with one step.

for bikes with out the front side seatstay fittings for the ring lock,
the defender comes packaged with a clever stainless band clamp,
with a break away screw, so It will be difficult to remove.

Aluminum frame , my 'braze on's' are riv nuts, which can be added without heat , to any tube,
so no paint touch ups needed.
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Originally Posted by Jim Kukula View Post
What kind of headlight do you have or plan? I have a Schmidt Edelux which is another hefty investment. I don't have pitlocks on that, but I hear they're available for it. Now I am into the game as deep as I am, do I keep going?
i was thinking of getting the SON delux with the Edelux headlight as the Edelux is the only one with the German official approval with this hub and it looks like a nice light.
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I rode my Aurora with pitlocks. I felt comfortable just locking the frame only with a U-lock anywhere in Los Angeles.
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Even though I now have garage parking for my bike at work, investing in pitlocks was totally worth it. It is the same way I felt after moving from a less-safe neighborhood to a safer one. I hadn't even been aware of worrying, until I didn't have to worry any more. You will use your bike more and the pitlocks will pay for themselves in peace of mind. Plus, it's one less lock to carry and time saved not threading locks.
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Can you really have to much security for your prized possession? Never assume what someone else is thinking wherever you lock your bike up.

I recently had my saddle stolen and when I locked it up at our local university so I could use the library. The bike was only unattended for two hours and the school was on holiday (not many students) and is pretty isolated. I've parked my bike there many times without incident, then one day, something happens.

Basically learn from my mistake and secure as much as you can with what resources you have.
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