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Best way to lock up a road bike?

Old 12-16-08, 02:21 AM
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Best way to lock up a road bike?

Hi! I just bought a new road bike for college, and I'm worried about it possibly being stolen...

So best way to lock up the bike?

I bought a Kryptonite cable as well as the New York lock.

The U-lock is quite large, and I heard stories that that is bad, and allows for people to use it for leverage. I would lock the bike up with the rear wheel and frame, and loop the cable through the frame and front wheel...

Any other precautions + safety I can take?
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Old 12-16-08, 02:34 AM
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The best thing you can do is to lock your bike where there are plenty of people walking around. Avoid locking your bike overnight anywhere outside. Where I go to college, keeping your bike on campus is far safer than off it. We have one street in particular that is notorious for bikes literally getting stripped in broad daylight. If you have streets like that where you are, don't *ever* lock your bike there, even for a few minutes.
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Old 12-16-08, 02:34 AM
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How much is the bike worth?

I work at a university police station and have seen every type of lock broken. I wouldn't leave my good bike outside. If you must, you can consider a few things.

One is what college you go to. If it's large, chances are that it will have a security office linked to cameras across campus. You may be able to register your bike with them and get an electronic tag put in it. This tag is not GPS, but if your bike is recovered by the police you'll get it back. Back to the cameras, look for them. Thieves know where they are. Put your bike where the cameras can see.

A second is the locks you bought. Locks are a deterrent; as I said before, if they want your bike they'll break your locks to get it. It depends on how much it's worth if the deterrent is enough.

If your bike is an expensive racing bike, don't ride it to class. Go buy an old road bike from a garage sale for $20. This is much less likely to be stolen - especially if it looks like crap. Keep your nice bike inside.

One more thing is to compare your bike to what other people have locked up. If yours is the nicest, forget about it. If tons of other people have nice bikes that are easier to steal, don't worry as much.

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Old 12-16-08, 02:39 AM
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I use my bike around campus. Just make sure you lock it up correctly and around areas frequently used. IMO if your bike is really nice I would just buy a cheap one on CL and use that to get around.
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The only time my bike will be outside will be when I'm in class. Otherwise, it'll be locked in my dorm room.

It's a $1000 Fuji that I got for $600...

We do have bike licenses, but those are simply a sticker you could peel/take off.
Thanks for the advice so far! Looks like I'll only be riding it around and not to a majority of my classes.

There are tons of nice bikes around too. A bunch of Bianchi's, expensive fixies, and nice road bikes in general, so I dunno?

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Old 12-16-08, 02:43 AM
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I never ride my good bikes around campus.
I use my beat up mountain bike around campus.

You're much better off buying a beater for riding around.
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Old 12-16-08, 03:37 AM
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personally, i would exchange that large u lock and get a smaller one. It would be easier to carry and reduce the chance of using leverage to pop the lock. When i lock up my bike up at school i use the forgetaboutit u lock from krytonite and a cable.


but the u lock is just small enough for a backwheel and a pole. so put the u lock through the pole and thru your rear wheel. and use the cable to lock up the front wheel to the back wheel.

this is the method described by sheldon brown. It doesn't leave much room for leverage.

like everyone else said if someone wants your bike there going to get it. Just be smart about it.
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Old 12-16-08, 05:19 AM
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For a bit more wheel security, you could also replace your quick release skewers with "bolt on" skewers. some require a non standard tool to unbolt them.
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Originally Posted by kleng View Post
For a bit more wheel security, you could also replace your quick release skewers with "bolt on" skewers. some require a non standard tool to unbolt them.
+1

my 'around campus' (and now 'around town' bike) has no quick releases right now. A mini U-Lock works fine. If they want to steal any components, they better have a wrench and a lot of time on their hands
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Personally I never lock my good bike, because I just don't let it out of my sight. I use my hybrid commuter for those situations. And frankly, I'd even be pretty bummed out if my hybrid was stolen.
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Good call on the skewers, bought em with the lock. My friend got the same thing.

The longest time this bike will be out of my posssession is one hour... so...?
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why not just buy the best lock and chain combo and
fahgettaboudit?

just wondering how many bikes have been stolen that were locked up with a lock similar to that one?
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Agreed. Don't ride nice bikes around any campuses. Theft will be imminent.
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Old 12-16-08, 03:10 PM
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There is no such thing as a lock that will hold a bike if someone really wants it. It is the easiest thing in the world to steal a bike in broad daylight anywhere, anytime.

Don't believe me?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7zb8YXrmIA
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