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Old 02-21-16, 03:53 PM
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I stopped using my bike because I hate locking them

Hi,

I love riding my ebike. Seriously. When the weather is decent, it's way more fun than using a car.
However, there are only two places that I go to with the ebike these days, because I know they don't require locking the bike, since I can bring them in with me. For everywhere else, I just don't bother anymore, because locking an ebike is a pain in the butt.

First of all, my bike is a folding one, so the only place to properly lock the frame is this tiny triangle. It doesn't help that I only have U locks and, even though one of them is quite large, it's still not long or wide enough for many places. If it's a modern building, then I know I won't be able to lock the bike because there won't be any fences nearby.

Ebikes are extremely, and I mean extremely popular in my country. Every teenager has one, and more and more grown up start using them too. Most people either use useless cable locks, and some use heavy duty chains. The battery has this key lock, though it can still be easily stolen.

So maybe I should sell my U locks and buy a chain lock, but then I'll be afraid of leaving the bike locked for more than a few minutes, because it probably won't be as safe as the U locks I have (Kryptonite Evolution Mini and an Abus with a double bolted thingy).
But then there's the battery. It's in a bag that's strapped to the bike via 3 velcros, which can be cut with a knife in a matter of seconds. So what I've been doing is taking the battery with me, which is always the safest solution, but it's ridiculous going around with a 2kg thing that looks like a giant C4 bomb, and the act of removing it from the bike and installing it is a pain in itself.

I don't actually expect suggestions, just sharing my frustration with what I think is the biggest drawback of an ebike - that huge battery that you have to carry around.
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Old 02-21-16, 04:54 PM
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Know how you feel.
Although I'm fortunate to live in a part of the world where theft is not quite that bad.
My wife & I stopped at a cafe yesterday after a 20k ride & had to park our Haibikes outside.
Fortunately we had a seat where we could keep them in view.
They are fairly new to this part of the world & get a lot of looks.
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Old 02-22-16, 10:50 AM
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Look at the Abus Bordo locks. Security should be close to or on par with a decent U-lock: Someone will need an axle grinder and a bit of time to remove it.
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Old 02-22-16, 11:12 AM
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On another "brand specific" e-bike forum I am on there have been a number of bikes stolen. Mostly in California. Ebikes havent really caught on here yet, but the threat of losing one is still real.

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Old 02-22-16, 01:54 PM
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I never ever lock up my road bikes, the Ebike is my grocery getter. Max is 15 mins for errands etc. Its just a fact of life anywhere. If it's nice it's gone. I hear you when it's nice out take the bike.

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Old 02-22-16, 03:19 PM
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That sucks, I never thought about that battery looking like a bomb. That's likely and issue in quite a few areas.
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Old 02-22-16, 03:49 PM
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Agree with Roy; not worth carrying around a battery just to get shot. Fortunately, haven't needed to park where it was a concern YET.
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Oh, I didn't mean to say that someone ever mistook is for a bomb. It's just my idea of how some people might see it. Then again, ebikes are very popular around here so people do understand what it is. Also, there are no trigger happy folks around here, thankfully.

The ABUS Bordo looks like a nice option. I'll see if anyone wants to buy my used U locks.
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Old 02-22-16, 07:10 PM
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My 52V battery is a rectangular shape covered in black plastic with a couple of wires emanating from it, and there are plenty of trigger happy individuals around here.
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Originally Posted by YonathanZ View Post
Oh, I didn't mean to say that someone ever mistook is for a bomb. It's just my idea of how some people might see it. Then again, ebikes are very popular around here so people do understand what it is. Also, there are no trigger happy folks around here, thankfully.

The ABUS Bordo looks like a nice option. I'll see if anyone wants to buy my used U locks.
Thanks for clarifying, as that painted a depressing scenario. Nice to see you looking for a better lock than to give up on your ebike. I certainly agree that they are a wonderful vehicle, and its cool that you are in an area where they are popular.
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Thanks for clarifying, as that painted a depressing scenario. Nice to see you looking for a better lock than to give up on your ebike. I certainly agree that they are a wonderful vehicle, and its cool that you are in an area where they are popular.
The battery issue still remains, though. Perhaps there's a way to more permanently attach it?
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Old 02-24-16, 09:12 PM
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I have these on two of my bikes and really like them.
AXA Defender (black) - AXA Bike Security
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Old 02-26-16, 06:18 PM
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FWIIW I get nervous leaving my eMTB locked onto my roof rack. The battery locks onto the bike and the forks lock onto the rack, but I still worry about the Cane Creek Thudbuster and seat ($123 & $60 items) that can be lifted just by openning the seat height adjuster. I recently ordered a 2-bolt seat post clamp that will make a grab and run much harder, but it also makes letting others try my bike a PITA!

I feel for those using their eBikes as their sole transportation...
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FWIIW I get nervous leaving my eMTB locked onto my roof rack. The battery locks onto the bike and the forks lock onto the rack, but I still worry about the Cane Creek Thudbuster and seat ($123 & $60 items) that can be lifted just by openning the seat height adjuster. I recently ordered a 2-bolt seat post clamp that will make a grab and run much harder, but it also makes letting others try my bike a PITA!

I feel for those using their eBikes as their sole transportation...
The seat and seatpost is an easy fix!

Look what I did with mine:
https://s23.postimg.org/dgybno7bv/IMAG0019.jpg

The Kryptonite flex cable goes between the rails of the seatpost, and its other end is in the triangle where I put the U lock. The seat has one bolt that attaches it to the seatpost, and I put epoxy glue inside it so you cannot use it with a screwdriver. You'd have to remove the epoxy first, which takes a good 5 minutes or more if the bike is upside down (impossible to do with the bike being upright).
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