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U-Lock issue: Getting the word out.

Old 09-17-04, 11:10 PM
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U-Lock issue: Getting the word out.

If I were to create a PDF document for bike shops explaining the situation, would you help by printing off the document and handing them out to bike shops?

I worry that 90% of lock owners are not aware of this situation, sadly, I am sure a more then few of those owners will lose there bike over the weekend due to the latest developments on this story. To help get the word out to cyclists, I think bike shops need to really take action.

I would love to brainstorm a few ideas with the rest of you, feel free to comment.
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Old 09-17-04, 11:21 PM
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Yes, I'd do it. And I can think of several other locals who would do so as well. This is a college town, with campus bike racks brimming with Krypto-lok'ed hybrids. I might even get the UW's bike/ped co-ordinator (or whatever the heck they call her) to help get the word out. I was actually considering leaving a few handwritten warnings at a few choice locations, but a nice sharp PDF would be awesome.
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Old 09-17-04, 11:45 PM
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Any ideas on what we should put on the document?

Do we want something that we can present to bike shop owners / employees, or something that they can hang up on the front door?
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Old 09-17-04, 11:48 PM
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I would be hesitant to hanging on the door etc, as any joe blogs who doesn't know about the issue, can then go nick a bike. BTW, what is the issue? i remember seeing the thread somewhere......
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Old 09-17-04, 11:50 PM
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Check the other sticky in this forum, or go to bikeforums.net
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Old 09-18-04, 11:43 AM
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I'll deliver a copy to our school's public safety office. I'm reluctant to just hang them up by the bike racks lest a thief should read it and add used U-locks to his product lineup. No guarantees though that the LBS will stop recommending a popular product without receiving some warning from Kryptonite.

I dare say you're right about 90% of lock owners not knowing about this, because 90% of riders probably bought the kryptolock or the evolution at their LBS's recommendation.
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Old 09-18-04, 11:50 AM
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When there is a matter of public safety or other announcement, the University here in town will send out a mass email to all of the students. I wonder if I could get them to distribute the U-lock info? Joe, let me know if you get that PDF doc and I will see if I can get a hold of someone at the University.
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Old 09-18-04, 12:05 PM
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I saw a piece last night on fox5 news (ny)... they explained the ulock situation and how it could be popped with a pen. I guess someone here reported it to them. They said kriptonite was going to modify the design on future locks and offer an "adaptor" for current users..not sure how that could work. Looks like this little forum is making some major waves. Anybody else see anything on TV?



Sidenote, this has been an issue for a long time now, its not just a kriptonite issue either, its flaw in the design with that type of key. I remember maybe 12 years ago I had locked my bike in front of a store and came out only to relize I lost it. I asked the owner of the store if he could help me out, maybe cutting the lock or something (it was a plumbing shop so i figured he had some tools or torches). Dude came out with a similar type key he had lying around in his shop, he filed something off it and pop, it opened the lock right up! He was even nice enough to let me keep his little contraption when I left. Watch out
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Old 09-18-04, 01:27 PM
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I was thinking of emailing the campus police. about this. There are hundreds of bike using Krypto locks. Plenty of new ones since school started. Do you think that would be a great idea.
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I'd print up a few hundred and give them to bike shops around here (printing's what I do, so I could do a few thousand if neccessary). I think 4up 8.5x11 would be the best size. I wouldn't leave them on bike racks for the same reason as IamLucky13...

I just spread the word to a cop here - I made a quick run to the liquor store, and there was a guy locking up a fairly nice Trek MTB with a u-lock. I started warning him about the flaw with the locking mechanism, then noticed the mustache and the 'Minneapolis Police Department' logo on his T-shirt. He said a lot of people that he works with use the same style lock, and he would let them know. Hopefully they will pay a little bit of attention to it.

That was on my way out - on the way in I mentioned it to another biker locking to the same tree - he already knew, and was planning on getting a new lock...
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Old 09-18-04, 04:24 PM
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I asked on of the LBS's around here (not my personal one) if they were aware of the issue yet and they said yeah but shrugged it off and lied to me about it. They said it was basically news hype and that it really took 10-20 minutes to break into one with a pen....hah.
I didn't even try to correct him, it was obvious he still wanted to sell his stock of U-locks.
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Old 09-19-04, 05:19 PM
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Been in all the newspapers around here, AOL features it, short on TV, etc.

I think the word is out.
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Old 09-20-04, 07:52 PM
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It ran on the national news, second story here in Canada tonight. The caca has hit the fan for Kryptonite, too bad I didnt register my lock and now am screwed out of a refund.
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Old 09-20-04, 11:18 PM
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I'd print off a few of them and cruise around to the local shops and hand them out. I need to look for a new lock anyway =(
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