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Old 06-14-12, 03:38 PM
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U-Lock and 'Beater Bike' Question

First of all, I do have a Specialized Hardrock 2010 (w/o disk) bike.

I am looking to get a U-Lock for this bike, as well as two other beater bikes I am planning to get (for my friend and myself).
What are your opinions on these U-Locks?

http://www.amazon.com/Kryptonite-Kee...9687563&sr=8-2
http://www.amazon.com/Avenir-Standar...9687563&sr=8-3

I am also planning to get these locking skewers for the Hardrock:
http://www.bikeregistry.com/estore/p...ea4615c70bac68 - any thoughts on these?

As for a beater bike; I am a student, and here in Oklahoma it is fairly flat. I need something that will get me from A to B without any fuzz. I do not want to worry about people trying to steal it (as I might would have w/ the Hardrock...), and I will also use a U-lock on it when it is parked (even better).

What kind of 'beater' do you guys suggest? I want to find one (two actually...) preferably without any front- or mid shocks (as I have heard 'cheaper' bicycles with shocks have crappy shocks). I am thinking about spending about $50-60 or less per bike. When I say beater, I mean a bike in a decent mechanical condition but not very flashy (to not attract potential dishonest people). Are there any good ones on Craigslist at the moment around Norman/OKC, or any other place?

Thank you all for your input,
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Doesn't matter if you have a cheap bike. The guy who jack your bike will see a shiny mtb. Btw, thieves love flat bar bikes.

Get the best lock you can afford.
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On the U-Lock perspective; which one do you guys recommend between the two listed in the first post, or this one:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...n=&s=&v=glance

Or are there any other U-Locks you guys would recommend instead?
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Originally Posted by SpotOn View Post
On the U-Lock perspective; which one do you guys recommend between the two listed in the first post, or this one:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...n=&s=&v=glance

Or are there any other U-Locks you guys would recommend instead?
You want a lock that's at least as good as the other bikes around. Look at what they've got, and do at least as well.
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Get a better lock. They are not cheap, but they are worth it. I would not carry either of the ones you have posted. I use this one: http://www.amazon.com/Kryptonite-Min...9733510&sr=8-3

Locking skewers are a good idea. I don't know anything about the ones you posted. I have heard good things about the onguard ones (http://www.amazon.com/OnGuard-2-Piec...9733574&sr=1-1), and I have the ones from Velo Orange, which are a little nicer looking (http://store.velo-orange.com/index.p...t-skewers.html).
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Opinions on these bikes?
Will the pink ladies-one (or the silver one...) manage/able to have a 200 lbs on it for instance or/and more weight? How much will these bikes be able to handle? Are these decent brands? They both are $30 each.



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