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Old 10-28-05, 08:35 AM
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Lock questions

Hey all,
I just got a new bike and would really hate for someone to steal it.
First question is... what lock would you recommend? I will be riding more trails than city. I don't want something that is too heavy and will clang around or weigh me down.
Second question... where do you put it on the bike while you are riding?

Thanks for any help/advice you can give me.

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Old 10-28-05, 08:56 AM
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What sort of lock you need depends on the exact location that you are locking your bike, and the value of your bike. If you are locking a $1,000 bike downtown in a major american city, you must have a "major" lock, such as the Abus Granit 54 u-lock, the Kryptonite New York 3000 u-lock, or the OnGuard Brute U-lock. These are heavy locks, weighing four or five pounds.

If you live in a friendly little village where the only teenager boys are boyscouts, you can use a lighter lock, such as the OnGuard Pitbull mini u-lock, or the Kryptonite Evolution mini U-lock, which weigh about two pounds.

The u-lock needs to connect your rear wheel, just behind the seat tube, to a sturdy steel post set in concrete. Many bike racks are too flimsy to offer any real security. Parking meters and light poles are much harder for a crook to break.

To protect your front wheel, connect the front wheel to the frame with a sturdy cable lock (a cable wider than your thumb). No lock will stop a crook forever. Leaving a bike outdoors overnight gives a crook plenty of time...not a good idea.

Most locks come with a frame mount. They work well with smaller, lighter locks. I don't use frame mounts because I move the locks from one bike to another. Instead, I use handlebar bags on my road bikes, and a rear rack on my mountain bike and commuter bike. A rear rack enables you to strap down even the heaviest lock, and its position over the rear tire does not harm how the bike corners and handles.

Most bikes are stolen because they were not properly locked ("I was just gonna be in the coffee shop for two minutes"). Take the extra minute to locate a sturdy, highly visible lockup location and correctly attach your lock to the rear wheel. Folks who just lock only the frame may find out how poorly a bike performs when it has no wheels.
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Old 10-28-05, 09:16 AM
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Thanks Alan!! I appreciate the advice.
I live in Jacksonville, FL but will mostly be riding trails. I won't get off the bike while riding except if I have to "use it"
I just bought a Trek Navigator 100 so its not like it costs tons of money but it means alot to me.

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Old 10-28-05, 09:52 AM
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Locks vary from thin, light cables, through small shackles, large shackles, armoured cables, hardened steel chain.
The risk is: opportunist thieves, low-life junkies and crack-head scum, professional thieves, professional tooled-up thieves.
You need to match the security to the risk. There is no point carrying a heavy duty lock on a training ride with a cafe stop in a secluded spot. I have a couple of locks, my std shackle lock is for leaving the bike unattended in town and is carried on a rear luggage rack. My lightweight cable is for training rides and also for touring.
Many locks come with a mount that fits to the seatpost or frame.
Smaller cable locks can fit into an underseat bag or can be wrapped around the seatpost.
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Old 10-28-05, 10:58 AM
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A simple anti-theft technique is to use a locking skewer. It's a minor thing, but it does prevent someone from just walking off with your wheel.
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Old 10-28-05, 11:44 AM
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Originally Posted by Sendy
Thanks Alan!! I appreciate the advice.
I live in Jacksonville, FL but will mostly be riding trails. I won't get off the bike while riding except if I have to "use it"
I just bought a Trek Navigator 100 so its not like it costs tons of money but it means alot to me.

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If you ride with a friend you can watch each other's bikes when you have to "use it".

Otherwise, consider getting an OnGuard mini U-Lock. It's fairly small and reasonably lightweight and should do the job fine anywhere but in the highest bike theft areas. Put the shackle around your rear wheel inside the rear frame triangle and lock it to a pole.
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Old 10-28-05, 11:52 AM
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Thank you all for the great advice. I really appreciate it.

"If you ride with a friend you can watch each other's bikes when you have to "use it"."
Unfortunately at this time, I don't have any friends to ride with however I am working on fixing that situation.

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Old 10-28-05, 12:55 PM
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Whatever lock you select, be sure it doesn't use a round key... google for "bike lock Bic" if you don't already know the reason.

[Alan, I'm fully aware that you don't consider this issue to be a real-world problem. I strongly disagree.]
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I think our situations are very similar. I use this lock for trips to the store and so forth. It's just long enough to lock up frame, helmet and both wheels to a telephone/light pole. A lot of times that's my only option.

Could be defeated with a good set of bolt cutters, but I feel it's strong enough to tilt the odds strongly in my favor for short stops (with a fairly inexpensive bike especially). Leaving it for longer in a major urban area would be a different story.

BTW, how is Jax for biking these days? Growing up, I spent a few weeks there each summer, hanging out with the rest of the wannabe surfers at Neptune Beach.... Good times.
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Old 10-28-05, 03:37 PM
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Not a whole lot of places to ride in Jax. But there always is Baldwin trail

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