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Old 07-22-08, 11:33 AM
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Locking to Low (poor design) Bike Rack

How would you lock your bike to a rack like this? My usual grocery store has racks exactly like this one. Obviously the bike in the pic (not mine) is a goner if someone wants it. I have been wary of taking my new bike to the store because i'm not sure how to lock the frame to this thing...no way i'm locking just one outer edge of a wheel.

Note: Not my bike, only pic I could find on the web with the right bike rack, so it's for rack reference only.

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Old 07-22-08, 11:41 AM
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If the end spots are available, you can put your bike on the side of the rack and lock the frame.

Otherwise, the lamp post in the background looks good.
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Old 07-22-08, 12:43 PM
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In this picture everything is wrong: The cable can be cut by a simple electrician’s side cutters – thread by thread, the padlock looks like those Chinese crap imitations – can be broken by two adjustable wrenches or a hammer. One kick by a hoodlum and the front wheel is history – I have bitter experience of this. And like you said - leave the front wheel take the bike.
Do what annc suggested or if possible lift the front wheel over the rack & turn the front wheel sideways, then you can lock the bike frame to the rack with proper chain&lock/U-lock - this is what I do quite often.
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Old 07-22-08, 03:56 PM
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Originally Posted by maranen View Post
In this picture everything is wrong: The cable can be cut by a simple electrician’s side cutters – thread by thread, the padlock looks like those Chinese crap imitations – can be broken by two adjustable wrenches or a hammer. One kick by a hoodlum and the front wheel is history – I have bitter experience of this. And like you said - leave the front wheel take the bike.
Do what annc suggested or if possible lift the front wheel over the rack & turn the front wheel sideways, then you can lock the bike frame to the rack with proper chain&lock/U-lock - this is what I do quite often.
Doesn't make much sense to buy a $70 lock when your bike probably cost $100 at the most.

I would say turn it around and see if a U lock could reach the chainstay/wheel/rack
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Old 07-22-08, 04:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Hachi View Post
Doesn't make much sense to buy a $70 lock when your bike probably cost $100 at the most.

I would say turn it around and see if a U lock could reach the chainstay/wheel/rack

As I mentioned in the original post, that's not my bike, just the only picture I could find on the web with the same kind of rack as my local store. My bike is a 2008 Jamis Aurora

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Old 07-22-08, 05:22 PM
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Originally Posted by bhop View Post
As I mentioned in the original post, that's not my bike, just the only picture I could find on the web with the same kind of rack as my local store. My bike is a 2008 Jamis Aurora
I was responding to the quote.
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Old 07-22-08, 05:26 PM
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Screw the "wheel stands".
Put your bike in between them straddling the box beam--lock to that.
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Old 07-22-08, 06:04 PM
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I take my bike INTO the store, with permission. I have never been turned down, merely because I have asked. One sit down restaurant was even kind enough to let me bring in two bikes and as long as we didn't leave them, set them up against the wall by our table.
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Old 07-22-08, 06:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Hachi View Post
I was responding to the quote.
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i agree, lift the front wheel up and tilt it
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1. Park at one of the ends and lock your frame.
2. Park the bike behind the rack, parallel to the box beam, and lock the frame to that.
3. As suggested earlier, lift the bike above the box beam and lock the frame to it.
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Old 07-23-08, 02:24 AM
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Straddle the box beam with your bike's frame, lock to that seems like the best idea... after you buy yourself a decent U lock or security chain. Use the cable lock for the wheels, if you don't want to go with locking skewers.

If neither seems to work, that lightpost in the background looks decent enough as a parking place. You could remove the front wheel, lock the back wheel, frame, and front wheel to that with a longish U-lock, then put something like toilet paper tubes on the front fork so the dropouts don't get scratched..
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A lot of good suggestions, thanks.
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Old 07-23-08, 11:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Hachi View Post
Doesn't make much sense to buy a $70 lock when your bike probably cost $100 at the most.
I don't see the logic here.
Cheep bikes get stolen too.
Cheep locks are easier to defeat than beefy expensive ones.
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