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Locking Skewers (like OnGuard skewer and seatpost set)

Old 10-23-06, 06:30 PM
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Locking Skewers (like OnGuard skewer and seatpost set)

Hello,

I am interested in getting a locking skewer set and wanted to hear any opinion of them. I have a dynohub front wheel, and a decent wheelset (more than I've spent on wheels before), so I want to get some skewers to replace the QR skewers that came with my hub. Can these lockable skewers (like the OnGuard ones), be removed (by me, the owner) fairly easily when need be? Or must I install the skewer and pretty much never remove them? If the bike is occasionally used on a trainer, should these lockable skewers not be used?

I'd be interested in hearing any comments. Thank you

Edit: How about Pitlock skewers? How do they compare to the OnGuard ones?

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Old 10-23-06, 08:22 PM
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I've been told the Pitlocks don't rust while the Onguard ones do. I decided on the Pitlock skewers as they give you two keys. That way I can keep one in the seat bag and one at home. If you can put a socket over a nut properly you can use the Pitlock set. It's that simple really. I've adjusted my seat post height many times while it has the Pitlock fastener and it's never been more difficult than getting the Pitlock nut, sticking an Allen wrench through it and turning.
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Old 10-23-06, 09:11 PM
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Thanks Lurker

I asked this question elsewhere and got some additional info on OnGuard vs. Pitlock. right now, I'm leaning towards the Pitlock skewers as well:

1. Pitlock skewers come with two keys right off the bat. If you lose one, you can order a second one and rest assured that you are not stuck (possibly with a flat tire) while you wait for a replacement. On-Guard skewer sets come with one key.

2. On-Guard does not offer a headset lock. Locking your front wheel to your fork is not super useful if thieves can simply undo your stem bolts and top cap and walk away with not only your front wheel, but possibly a very expensive fork. Cyclist with threaded steerers are not quite as vulnerable given the added time needed to remove a threaded fork.

3. Pitlock is made entirely of high-grade stainless steel. They will not rust. I am not sure what type of steel is used in On-Guard skewers. The manufacturer simply states that they are cold-forged steel. This leads me to believe that they may not be stainless as this would certainly be a feature to mention.

4. The Pitlock key fits securely into the lock housing, fully encompassing the coded nut for a zero-slip fit. You will never strip the Pitlock nut's unique shape. The On-Guard key slips down over the exposed pin and sit down into the notches on the clamping portion. Failure to keep pressing in can let the key slip out of the notches stripping them.
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Old 10-24-06, 12:35 AM
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Having used both, I say go with the Pitlock for all the above mentioned reasons.
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Old 10-24-06, 04:45 AM
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First, a list of the locking skewers I've seen, in order of increasing security:

Nashbar's hex head skewers -- they are not "locking", but they keep some would be vandal from flipping the QR open on your seatpost and wheels. On sale at Nashbar for $10 or so + S&H.

Hublox from Delta Cycle (URL -- http://tinyurl.com/yzguhe)
They only protect the front and rear wheels, and all of them use the triangle-headed tool. Cost -- about $30 + S&H. This is so-so protection for most areas, but it appears that everyone who buys one gets the same triangle-shaped key.

Veratomic sells skewers that work like quick releases, but the QR tabs detach, and each set has a differing pattern (so a set owned by person A can't open person B's set)-- www.veratomic.com. Bad thing -- their website doesn't seem to take orders, and I cannot find anyone that stocks these babies, so I think they are history. Their system looks nice though -- the ability to quickly install/remove items, with the security of a keyed bolt system. However, I think they are not around anymore.

Pinhead locking skewers. Sold under the Kryptonite and Onguard names, these cost around $75 + shipping. These offer fork protection as well as seatpost and hub skewers. Each key is different (for the most part), and they provide adequate protection. I've asked about these, and a number of people have issues with rust, so if someone gets these, either use grease or true anti-sieze compount to make sure these can be removed. Pinheads also only come with one key, and to order another, it costs $18 + shipping.

Finally, the best I've found in the market. I've been very happy with the set of Pitlocks I purchased. Make sure to grease them (the instructions in English and German state this very clearly). They are well designed and are quite resistant to a lot of known attacks. Pitlocks cost $74.99 + shipping if you want a set that protects both wheels, seat, and the fork, or $119.99 for a set that protects wheels/seat/fork, and the brake screws. With the Pitlocks, you get two keys, and you can order more if needed.

My opinion here: I'd either go for skewers that come on and off with a hex wrench (which provides nominal security), or I'd go with the Pitlocks (for security worth what you pay.)
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Old 10-24-06, 11:07 AM
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+1 for the PitLocks. I have a set and like them a lot.
They don't always come with 2 sets of "keys" though. The axle skewers do come with 2 "keys", however my headset lock (I have a threadless fork) came with only the single "key". One could order a matching keyed, full set of PitLocks (seatpost, axles and headset), but it takes several months for the set to come in from Europe. Instead of waiting I chose to buy sets without matching keys.
I also had a problem with the seatpost lock. I have a Salsa seatpost, and its rounded shape prevented me from tightening the lock fully without bending the skewer.

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threadless forks can be a LOT harder than that to remove.

My headset has an internal locking sleeve that must be removed before the fork can come out....this needs a very fine screwdriver to do this. Anything that adds a tool needed to steal something is great in my book.
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Pitlock is simply the best.
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