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Best bike locks for daily use $500-600 commuter bikes?

Old 08-20-14, 02:07 PM
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Best bike locks for daily use $500-600 commuter bikes?

Which would be the best bike locks, brands and models, for safeguarding daily commuter bikes in the $500-600range?

Features that would be nice:
-If U lock, size that's not too big to allow too much play so easier for thieves, and not too small so difficult to lock to many objects
-Comes with multiple keys
-Comes with a quality frame mount (not a junky one that will break or fall apart in just a few months)

Any other security measures you would recommend, like skewers that require special keys to open, and medium-thickness cables to run through wheels/seat? I know the medium thick cables with PVC sheath can still be cut very easily by hand without power tools.

Sincerely appreciate your thoughts. These bikes may be far from high end more expensive models, but they still cost hundreds of dollars and time and effort to replace.
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Old 08-20-14, 02:27 PM
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Yup. I was thinking that $500-$600 price point is a challenge. Too expensive to leave unprotected but lots of folks feel funny about paying more for the lock than they did for the bike.

I'll be interested in seeing what responses you get.
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One thing you didn't mention is where you keep the bike. I use a good combination cable lock for commuting and my bike is on a rack near the sidewalk. Lots of people walk by for coffee in the am and especially around noon so someone with bolt cutters would stand out. There's also a guard inside that looks out periodically
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Old 08-20-14, 02:34 PM
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Its been a while since I shopped for a lock. However, I used an Ongaurd Brute. It is just about as strong as those new york locks at almost half the price.

If you get the right size you can lock the rear wheel normally. Then run a cable to whatever else like front wheel or seat if you have a fancy one.
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Kryptonite or Abus locks.

If you always commute to the same place, get the heaviest, most highly rated lock you can afford and simply leave it locked to the bike rack or whatever it is you lock the bike to. Then you don't have to worry about its weight, of attaching it to the bike frame every day.
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Old 08-20-14, 02:41 PM
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I've decided my son's high school bike (which will only have cost me $200 actual cash out of pocket but, including the many contributions from my stash of parts, would represent $700 for me to replace) will be protected with a Kryptonite New York Fuggetaboutit U-lock ($100) around the seat stays and rear wheel, and a single Pitlock locking skewer ($65-ish) on the front wheel. If I start seeing/hearing of too many thefts from the school's bike racks, I'll give him a good chain/lock ($70-ish) to leave on the rack as a second layer of protection.
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Old 08-20-14, 02:47 PM
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Just bring a roll of duct tape with you.

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Even if its only a $600 bike the walk home will be annoying, get the same serious locks as you would have for a $6000 bike.

you then choose to replace the bike, rather than have to, because the lock was inadequate.


here .. I have an Axa Defender Ring lock on the frame and a 1.4M chain that has a Pin connection in the lock ..
wheel is secured,rear by the ring lock , front by the chain which passes around the pole or bike rack between the 2.

Location, location, location .. (It's not Portland)

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Old 08-20-14, 04:35 PM
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It matters a lot where you live and where you will be leaving the bike. In some cities, bike theft is endemic and you need a really strong lock to prevent it from being cut. In other cities, bikes are mostly stolen by homeless people and any lock is good enough.

Here's an interesting article on bike lock strategies: The Best Bike Lock | The Sweethome

FWIW, the author ends up recommending the Kryptonite Series 2, on the theory that it's good enough to prevent easy attacks, and if they are going to use an angle grinder, a better lock won't help.
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Abus chain lock. Heavy, but damned hard to cut. I wrap mine around my waist when I ride.
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Kryptonite Mini Evolution - 5 or 7 inch. I got the 7 inch one - with fenders, I wasn't sure the 5 inch one would work. Costs $54, and I think that is reasonable to spend for a $450 bike (my Sirrus cost $450).

Edited to add link: http://www.amazon.com/Kryptonite-Evo.../dp/B005YPK9VQ

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Old 08-20-14, 05:16 PM
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Originally Posted by StanSeven View Post
One thing you didn't mention is where you keep the bike. I use a good combination cable lock for commuting and my bike is on a rack near the sidewalk. Lots of people walk by for coffee in the am and especially around noon so someone with bolt cutters would stand out. There's also a guard inside that looks out periodically
And you're in the DC area?

Srsly,I'd get a U lock. I had a friend who recovered some abandoned bikes for a local co-op. He went right up to them with an angle grinder in the middle of the day,and no-one said a word. Do a Google search and you'll see plenty of videos of people doing stuff with bikes around other folks an nobody does anything.
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Kyptonite Series II u-lock and cable combo. Comes with bike mount and 2 keys. Honestly though, I just keep the U-lock at my work lockup and park my bike inside my home, the damn thing is about 4-5 pounds extra weight I'd rather not carry.



https://www.kryptonitelock.com/Pages...PNumber=001072

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Old 08-20-14, 07:54 PM
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
Even if its only a $600 bike the walk home will be annoying, get the same serious locks as you would have for a $6000 bike.

you the choose to replace the bike, rather than have to, because the lock was inadequate.
I would be extremely pissed if my $25 (in 1982 dollars) Raleigh were stolen. I have a very low tolerance for thieves.(probably why I don't like politicians in general )

I use a couple of different locks depending on where the bike is being locked and for how long. Anything to slow them down and make them move to easier picking is a good thing.

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I'd advise using a ring lock (permanently mounted on your frame) that accepts a cable or chain of sufficient length to secure your front wheel to a pole.

http://www.axa-stenman.com/en/bicycl...hains/rld-180/

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The old adage "locks keep honest people honest" still holds for bikes. No lock is going to stop a determined theif.

A while ago on one web site someone videoed people(actors, not real theives) cutting the locks on bikes on NYC streets They were using bolt cutters, hacksaws, and cutting discs ; and only one person, as I recall, did so much as raise an eyebrow. The cutting wheel was shooting sparks and no one reacted or called the cops. So, don't put your faith in locks.

One thing you could do is make your bike less attractive; another is to pick up a less expensive, or even free, used bike.
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
Even if its only a $600 bike the walk home will be annoying, get the same serious locks as you would have for a $6000 bike.

you the choose to replace the bike, rather than have to, because the lock was inadequate.
Yeah, get a good lock if for no other reason than it's still useful in the event that one upgrades to a more valuable bike.
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Information from my local PD about bike theft

* Portland had a total of 2,050 reported incidents of bike theft in 2012. This was 305 fewer reports than 2011 (-13%).

* The top three neighborhoods where bikes were stolen were: Downtown, Northwest and the Pearl District (all in Central Precinct's area).

* The next top neighborhoods included: Sunnyside, Hosford-Abernethy; Sellwood-Moreland, Lents, Concordia, Hazelwood and Richmond.

* Saturday was the most popular day of the week for thefts citywide and Wednesday was for the Downtown area.

* Trek was the most stolen brand; Specialized, Schwinn and Cannondale came in next.

* The value of bikes stolen ranged from $3,000 to $400; the highest number of bikes were in the $500 range.

Portland Police would like to remind bicyclists to take some proactive measures to protect their bike:

* The Portland Police Property Evidence Room has thousands of unclaimed bikes. Write down your serial numbers and keep a proof of ownership if you have it. Only 34% of bike theft victims knew their bike's serial number - making it harder for police to identify the bike recovered.

* Use U-Locks! Most stolen bikes reported having a cable lock that was broken and left at the scene; very few bikes using U-locks were reported stolen.

* Individuals living in secure residential apartments should not leave their bikes outside their rooms in the hallways or unlocked in the basement. Either lock it with a U-lock in the basement or keep it inside your personal apartment. Additionally, do not assume your secured business area is secure either - always lock your bike.

* Consider double locking, especially in areas where bike theft is common.
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There are some great videos o youtube about locking strategies. I plan on cabling my new saddle to the frame and I usually pair the front wheel with the rear when I lock it and I won't be able to see it. I've got two locks a u lock that I just got and a gigantic chain.

It isn't always about what kind of lock but how you lock and where. I do like the idea of having a lock you leave at work.
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Old 08-23-14, 07:04 PM
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I used a Kryptonite U-Lock on my mountain bike. I don't have a bike anymore so I can't use it, but it's pretty sturdy and it looks menacing!
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Disappointed in the expensive Kryptonite lock I bought last year.
For whatever reason, the lock itself recently became stuck and would not unlock, even though the combination was not changed! I frantically tried all the different solutions posted in a few of the other forums, but none of them worked.

I thought, well I will try my new bolt cutters I bought from Lowe's recently. I have to say, "DISAPPOINTED". The Kryptonite cable snapped apart so easily like dry spaghetti! No effort at all.

If you a looking for "reliable" lock for your bike, avoid the Kryptonite!!!
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I've got a pair of $600 Trek 'comfort bikes'...I picked up a couple of Kryptonite Series 2 U-locks (with cables included) for about $39.00 a piece at Amazon. Seem like a good value at that level of protection (which is to say, middling protection).
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Abus Bordo folding locks. These things are my favorites, by far! They can be as strong as a good U-lock, while being far more convenient. They can be pricey, as in over $100, but that's much less than the $500-600 you'd be spending on a new bike.
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