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Old 03-04-11, 06:40 AM
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car-free/philly/locks

Hey guys! By my post count you can tell I'm new here. I live near Allentown, Pa now and I will be going to Temple U in Philly next semester for school. I am looking to go car-free. I just wanted to stop in to say hi and let you guys know that I will be lurking quite a bit from now on. I currently own a 2000 F-150 that gets about 12-14 MPG. I can't even fill the tank for $75, so now I'm over the whole owning a truck thing. Plus when I go to Temple, I'm not about to drive a fullsize truck in the city(I did it once and only once). Plus I will be able to save money on gas and insurance. So I don't know if this is the right forum to ask my question, but what locks would you guys recommend for living in Philly? I have narrowed it down to a U-lock, but what shackle size would you guys recommend for all around safety? I dont want it to big so that it can be popped, and not to small so I can still have a range of things to attach it to. Thanks in advance for any help you guys give me, and I look forward to hanging around and learning as much as I can.
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Old 03-04-11, 08:47 AM
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Take a look at this web site https://www.missinglink.org/page/how-lock-bike
it will give you ideas for locking up your bike and as to what size to use.
I always lock my bicycle up this way when I have to and I don't have to very much but it makes sure you lock good and tight.
I hope this will help you out some what.
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Old 03-04-11, 05:59 PM
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Sheldon Brown has another good locking strategy. Lock the rear wheel to the frame with a u-lock. Additionally, secure the front wheel to a secure bike rack or similar object with a cable lock. It takes different tools to break cable locks or U-locks, and most bike thieves don't carry both types of tools.

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Old 03-07-11, 07:11 AM
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Thanks guys. I think I have decided on some type of Kryptonite lock, either the Evo Mini-5 or the Fahgettaboudit u-lock. I think their reputation really set me towards them. My dad told me about the Sheldon Brown way of locking the rear tire. He didn't know what it was called or who devised it, but that seems like a decently adequate way of locking. I picked up a Columbia road bike this weekend for $50 on Craigslist, so that's what I will be taking with me to Philly next semester. So yesterday I took the whole bottom bracket apart and regreased everything, I gave everything a wipe down to take the dust off. I didn't get to ride since it was pouring here all day yesterday, but that's what I will do today. Thanks again guys.
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I have a Fahgettaboudit. It's too small to lock to many things, and too large and heavy to be compact.

While the Sheldon method works, it's not obvious to everyone, so I prefer to get some frame in there. By the time I get the wheel and a some frame in the Fahgettaboudit, there's nothing left to lock to anything.

My everyday lock is the New York Lock standard. I can get wheel, frame and post into it nearly all the time. The Fahgettaboudit stays home locking one of the bikes there. The other thing about the NY Lock is that it's available keyed-alike. I plan to replace all my locks later this year with a bunch of NY Locks all keyed the same. I'll be selling the others, including the Fahgettaboudit.
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Old 03-07-11, 10:17 AM
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I was also looking at the New York Standard and the Mini-7 they came out with, I am probably going to get one of the Fabric Horse holsters for which ever lock I choose. So that makes weight a little less of an issue.
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Originally Posted by Interpol689 View Post
Hey guys! By my post count you can tell I'm new here. I live near Allentown, Pa now and I will be going to Temple U in Philly next semester for school. I am looking to go car-free.
It's rather easy to go car-free in Philly even without a bike.
SEPTA buses, trolleys, & trains are great & Temple is a diverse area.

Don't get me wrong, having a bike in the city is liberating... but don't neglect public transit.
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Old 03-07-11, 11:59 PM
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Wuz, your right. I have taken the SEPTA trains many times. Actually when I go visit friends in Philly I usually drive to the Lansdale SEPTA station and then take a train into center city so I don't have to take my truck into the city. I actually think public transit systems are really neat, so I am excited to learn to use them, but I am quite a night owl and I know that public transit doesn't run 24 hours a day, that's where the bike comes in.
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