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Old 11-20-15, 11:36 AM
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Am I locking my bike correctly?

I've been trying to lock the rear triangle, with a cable leading to the front wheel, per various online guides and instructions. But it's always seems like an awkward struggle to thread the u-lock past the chain, cables, teeth etc. ...

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Old 11-20-15, 11:39 AM
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This is not rocket science. You're doing what needs to be done by locking the frame to an immovable object and making sure that both wheels are locked in some fashion as well.
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Old 11-20-15, 11:40 AM
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Looks fine. it might be a bit easier to have the locking mechanism on the non-drive side and no need to go around both chainstays, just 1 and the wheel.
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Old 11-20-15, 11:41 AM
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You didn't lock it to a pole with nothing at the top, did you. I've seen those pics, too.
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Old 11-20-15, 11:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Homebrew01 View Post
Looks fine. it might be a bit easier to have the locking mechanism on the non-drive side and no need to go around both chainstays, just 1 and the wheel.
Yeah, I should try that.There are so many mechanical parts sorts of jammed all together in that small space, it really feels like threading a needle sometimes -- a heavy, bulky, uncooperative needle. Well, as long as I don't throw anything out of adjustment down there....
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Old 11-20-15, 11:46 AM
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That's totally incorrect! Try again. Get it right this time. Sheesh, some people.
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Old 11-20-15, 11:48 AM
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dont leave it long cable can be cut & wheel will go.
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Old 11-20-15, 11:49 AM
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Originally Posted by Darth Lefty View Post
That's totally incorrect! Try again. Get it right this time. Sheesh, some people.
How's this?
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Old 11-20-15, 11:59 AM
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
dont leave it long cable can be cut & wheel will go.
Keeping one eye it on it from my computer. I always park it in ridiculously public spots in nice neighborhoods, and only during the day. Which may nor may not matter.

I'm thinking about having the QR swapped out for a bolt-on. But of course any thief with a wrench can grab that one too.... Any thief can grab anything, with the right tools and persistence.
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Old 11-20-15, 12:32 PM
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Another way is to hobble the bike. Might need a longer u lock. Take off the front wheel and place it next to the rear wheel. Put lock through both wheels, frame and secure post.
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Old 11-20-15, 01:12 PM
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You don't need to lock it that low... just run the U lock through the wheel and seat tube, above the chainrings.
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Old 11-20-15, 01:17 PM
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Do you have the u lock going through the crank?
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Originally Posted by jfowler85 View Post
Do you have the u lock going through the crank?
No, it's just lodged really close to the chainrings.
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Originally Posted by corrado33 View Post
You don't need to lock it that low... just run the U lock through the wheel and seat tube, above the chainrings.
Unfortunately, my u-lock is just a teensy bit too narrow to make that possible (and not long enough to let me run it through at an angle and still extend past the pole/signpost, etc.). I suppose that's a good an excuse as any to get a bigger/wider one...
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Old 11-20-15, 03:17 PM
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Well if it hasn't been stolen yet your doing something right.
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Old 11-20-15, 04:00 PM
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Originally Posted by ganchan View Post
No, it's just lodged really close to the chainrings.
Ah. Well you're doing better than me...some of the time I don't even lock my bike to anything.
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Old 11-20-15, 04:32 PM
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I generally find using the U-lock on front wheel and frame is easier than on the rear, with cable going around the rear wheel and frame to the Ulock. Usually I rest the ulock in my down-tube water bottle cage.
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Old 11-20-15, 05:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Sy Reene View Post
I generally find using the U-lock on front wheel and frame is easier than on the rear, with cable going around the rear wheel and frame to the Ulock. Usually I rest the ulock in my down-tube water bottle cage.
That would definitely be simpler. I'm just worried that it makes the rear wheel the easier one to steal....and that's the pricey one to replace....

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