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Old 12-08-08, 10:25 PM
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Best/most un-stealable lock

Well as some of you may have read, someone tried to steal my bike today and scratched the brand new powder coat on the TT. With this being said, I need to get a better lock. I have a crappy bell 4 section number cable lock now. What is a good lock that will make it almost impossible for your average college bike crook to steal?

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Old 12-08-08, 10:25 PM
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a ulock that goes through the frame and the front wheel. And if are really scared a ulock going through your rear wheel and around the seat tube.

old chain around the seat connecting to the seat stays
old ball bearings + superglue in the bolts on your stem. locktite on the pedals
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Old 12-08-08, 10:27 PM
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Old 12-08-08, 10:31 PM
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Get a gun.
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Old 12-08-08, 10:33 PM
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LMAO thanks guys. Hahah you guys are awesome. Thanks for the awesome, killer advice
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Old 12-08-08, 10:37 PM
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u-lock and a cable lock. and if your really scared you can add a 3rd lock in there.

i see locks more like deterrence rather than outright prevention
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Old 12-08-08, 10:48 PM
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get a laser hallway.
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Old 12-08-08, 10:51 PM
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sell your bike. your bike cant get stolen if you sell it first
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a ulock that goes through the frame and the front wheel. And if are really scared a ulock going through your rear wheel and around the seat tube.

old chain around the seat connecting to the seat stays
old ball bearings + superglue in the bolts on your stem. locktite on the pedals
You don't even need to lock through the seat tube.

Just ask Sheldon Brown.

http://www.sheldonbrown.com/lock-strategy.html
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Old 12-08-08, 10:57 PM
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You don't even need to lock through the seat tube.

Just ask Sheldon Brown.

http://www.sheldonbrown.com/lock-strategy.html
that actually looks pretty cool, Im tired of lugging around my huge trek lock in ym backpack everytime i go somewhere.
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^ there's a discussion about that around here somewhere. i think the consensus was that locking only through your rear wheel is a bad idea.
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Old 12-08-08, 11:34 PM
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I used to think that cutting through the rear wheel was impossible or at least impractical, but then I saw this:

http://jwz.livejournal.com/602548.html

I still do rear wheel inside the rear triangle, but I am not in a very high risk area.
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Yeah I am going to have to get a Kryponite for sure....thanks all. Appreciate the advice.
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It is not much harder to grab the rear tire and seattube with a U lock. I always thought those people just locking the wheel were silly. Now I know.
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If a thief wants your bike primarily for the components on it then no lock will save it, unfortunately. Sawing through wheels and a frame should not take too long. It is only if they want a complete bike in rideable condition that locks will slow them down.
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gotcha well like I said, I am goign to purchase a better lock here shortly.
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what an idiot, he only locked through the front rim to the bike rack.
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Are you sure somebody tired to steal your bike? if you just have a crappy lock on it, it would have been gone. Anyway, if I were trying to steal your bike and only the rear wheel were locked up (through the triangle) I would probably end up tearing the hell out of the bike upon finding I couldn't steal it. Either way you're out a bike. That's just my take on it.
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If Catherine Zeta Jones shows up then the bike is toast.
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this would probably generate more appropriate responses in a more appropriate forum.
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i also recommend a u-lock. preferably kryptonite or onguard (i think kryptonite is a better lock, but i've never heard bad things about onguard.

remember that you get what you pay for, just because it's a u-lock doesn't make it bomber, the more expensive ones are thicker/harder steel, etc (see NYC fahgettaboudit). i use a kryptonite evolution myself and love it. i put it through the frame and rear wheel whenever possible. i also carry a cable for the front wheel (or front and rear when i can get it in the u-lock).

a note about cable/chain locks... you don't want the padlock to be the weakest link. i use one like this

notice how it give you little room to get bolt cutters in there, and even if you get it cut, you can't just twist it off (like a regular padlock). i made the mistake of using a regular padlock when i first moved to baltimore, caught a guy riding off with my bike and some bolt cutters. if i had come back 10 seconds later i would have been out 1 bike.
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How much is your bike worth to you? Spend the $40-80 on a good u-lock that will not fail you. Kryptonite NYC Lock is my friend here in Detroit.
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