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Help - my keys got stolen and I can't free my bike!

Old 06-25-05, 07:05 AM
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Help - my keys got stolen and I can't free my bike!

My courier bag was stolen 2 nights ago and my bike is locked to a street sign on the beach boardwalk! It is an old Kryptonite U lock. I tried to use a bic pen on it last year when the story broke, but was unsuccessful.

I have sent an email to Kryptonite and am waiting on their reply.
Can anyone tell me how the hell do I break this lock?
I have heard of using liquid nitrogen or freon, but I dont think I can obtain either of those. I've heard of using a car jack, but I dont think I can get my hands on one of those either.
Is there a method of using a lever?
Or is it possible to saw through one?

I swear I'm on the level, not some inept would-be thief. I'm totally bummed without my bike. I feel like Pee Wee Herman.

please help.

thanks

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Old 06-25-05, 07:09 AM
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Don't you have spare keys for your lock?
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Old 06-25-05, 07:26 AM
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no. I lost the spare ages ago. I know it was stupid of me to be using a lock that I only had one key to.

I wont make that mistake again.
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Old 06-25-05, 08:38 AM
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can u get your hands on any electric power tools. hand saw? My dad told me about it once and i remeber him cracking a lock open but that was years ago.

hope you get your bike back
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Old 06-25-05, 12:54 PM
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An angle grinder will do the job.
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Old 06-25-05, 01:01 PM
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what part of the bike is locked to the street post?
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Old 06-25-05, 01:02 PM
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It takes about 30 minutes to saw through your average kryptonite with a carbide blade on your hacksaw. Make sure you have proof of ownership of the bike...Someone might call the police.
A Very Large bolt cutter will do it, one in the 36" range.
I have heard tell that nasty boys use car jacks. The screw-type jobs...Insert same in the loop and crank.
Note that all of these activities will attract the attention of the police.
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Old 06-25-05, 01:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Bikewer
It takes about 30 minutes to saw through your average kryptonite with a carbide blade on your hacksaw. Make sure you have proof of ownership of the bike...Someone might call the police.
A Very Large bolt cutter will do it, one in the 36" range.
I have heard tell that nasty boys use car jacks. The screw-type jobs...Insert same in the loop and crank.
Note that all of these activities will attract the attention of the police.
Keep in mind also that the guys who steal bikes probably care less than you do about damage to the bike during the lock removal process. I'd be careful about using levers or car jacks to force the lock. A dremel and a long extension cord might be better.
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Old 06-25-05, 01:25 PM
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cordless dremel/grinder.
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Old 06-25-05, 01:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Bikewer
. . .Note that all of these activities will attract the attention of the police.
If you're lucky. What would really be scarry is if he spent 30 minutes hacking through the lock and took his bike without a cop asking questions.
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Call a locksmith.
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Old 06-25-05, 03:33 PM
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Originally Posted by celticfrost
Call a locksmith.
Or see if the cops can do anything. They cut through locks on other bikes, don't they?
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Old 06-25-05, 05:13 PM
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I would at least find and tell a cop before hand... even if he can't help, it's easier to explain why you are cutting through a lock before you begin and get "caught".

Good luck.
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Old 06-25-05, 06:36 PM
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Originally Posted by celticfrost
Call a locksmith.
Very good idea. The job will get done safely and quickly. It will also keep the cops away from you.
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Old 06-25-05, 10:23 PM
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The BIC pen thing does work, if you have an hour or so of spare time. Buy several BIC pens that have barrels with inner "circles" that exactly match the "open" circle in your lock cylinder. Hammer the empty barrel down firmly into the lock, and twist. Although lots of folks brag they can do it in a couple of minutes, the average "klutz" is gonna need a LOT of time and practice...but it can be done if the barrel is exactly the correct size.

By the way, you can register your key number with Kryptonite, enabling them to make you extra keys when needed.
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Old 06-25-05, 11:49 PM
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Originally Posted by celticfrost
Call a locksmith.
And have him make a couple copies of your new locks key!

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Old 06-26-05, 11:30 AM
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I'll loan you my cordless Sawzall. Might take 5 minutes. If you can't cut the lock, you could always cut the bike in half with it
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Old 06-26-05, 11:34 AM
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thanks everyone.
I had a friend call a locksmith (my Spanish is horrible) and they said they wouldnt do it. I dont understand either, but thats what she said they said.

today, some cops and I tried bolt cutters. That didnt work.

I'm going to try the bic method again and/or try to rent a chordless anglegrinder tomorrow.
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Old 06-26-05, 12:24 PM
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Originally Posted by MattyO
thanks everyone.
I had a friend call a locksmith (my Spanish is horrible) and they said they wouldnt do it. I dont understand either, but thats what she said they said.
Bring proof of ownership of the bike (serial #, reciept, whatever) to a different locksmith.
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I explained that he could never pay me enough cash for the amount of work I had put into that bike and the only way to compensate me for it was to ride the hell out of it.
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Old 06-26-05, 06:09 PM
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jaws of life

for the sake of your bikes life at least...
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how bout fire dept? they have tools to get through any lock iinstantly.
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Old 06-27-05, 12:58 AM
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Can you spell "you" correctly? Three little letters
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Old 06-28-05, 05:32 AM
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Originally Posted by KevinmH9
jaws of life

for the sake of your bikes life at least...
Kryptonite ran a funny ad twenty years ago based on a true story. A village cop used the astoundingly expensive "jaws of life" on a Kryptonite lock. The JOL broke, not the lock. The ad showed a contrite cop standing next to the bike's owner, and a upset looking member of the village town council.

The folks who say "Such and such tool can cut a Kryptonite in seconds" are confusing Kryptonite locks with Wal-Mart cheap commie-made copies. "Cycling Plus" in the April issue said that it took their very skilled and experienced staff over ten minutes to cut the Kryptonite New York 3000 using power tools.

Just because some locks copy the "look" of a Kryptonite lock does not mean they are using the same quality of steel as a Kryptonite lock.
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Didn't you register your lock with Kryptonite? They have records going back to the beginning. You could look at the code on the lock face and order keys. The code is on the center of the lock where you put your key in. I have an original K1 Kryptonite from the 1970's and was able to replace the keys when they wore out last year.
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Old 06-28-05, 09:32 PM
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Cut it up...Hack saw or a regular like something...to chop it. Hell call the cops and ask them!
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