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Some years ago, Bicycling magazine did a shootout on available locks and the Kryptonite "New York Chain" came out on top. Unfortunately, it weighs more than many bikes and is not easy to carry either. Fine if you can leave it where you lock your bike. I'm with the police department at a major university, and we have a program through Kryptonite where we ...


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get the kryptonite fahgettaboutit - as small as possible. http://www.amazon.com/Kryptonite-Fahgettaboutit-Bicycle-U-Lock-6-Inch/dp/B000OZ9VLU best lock out there, I don't think you could cut it with bolt cutters, you would need a hydraulic jack (the main reason to go for a smaller lock, so there is no room for the jack), or a disc grinder to get thru it.


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Lock related Have a better lock than the bike next to yours. At the very least get a lock such as this one: http://www.bicycleworkshop.co.uk/products.php?plid=m2b1s93p186 they are relatively difficult to break and are easy to operate meaning you'll lock your bike as a matter of course. Don't use a cable lock. Bolt cutters snip them in like 5 seconds. ...


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Try a floor or Wall anchor system, then lock the bike to that. http://lockitt.com/lockdown.htm


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To avoid bike seat being nicked Take it with you (not always practical) Use a cable or chain to attach it to the bike frame. These are made commercially, but even a fairly token bit of wire rope works - the people who will cut that will generally also cut your lock. Get allen key skewers as opposed to quick release. This reduces the chances of theft, but ...


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It is all subjective, but I would say that a public place is better (as I have previously answered to a similar question). Most bike thefts are opportunistic; unless you've got an especially desirable bike the theft is not about your bike, it's about stealing any bike. So the key is to reducing the opportunity to steal your bike: as you point out, ...


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Is it a cable lock like in the image? If so, bolt cutters. You'll be surprised and dismayed to see how easily you can cut a cable lock with a set of bolt cutters (maybe enough to invest in a better quality lock?) They're cheap, easy to find, and will get through most wire cable and some chain (depending on hardness.) They're also the go-to for most bike ...


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In the end it might matter more WHO is around the rack (policemen, guards, janitors, public workers, parking lot workers, hot-dog stand owners, etc.) than HOW MANY people. I'd rather, when available, leave my bike under one lonely ever-present alert pair of eyes than in a crowd of anonymous passers-by.


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A trick that couriers use around my area is to carry the key on a rubber band around their wrist - no more fumbling around in the pockets for a key. I find that a lock that you can wear across your chest like a bandolier is most convenient for carrying around. There are a number of chain locks around in this length that have a plastic tube over the chain to ...


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For frequent use, I think it is hard to beat a lock that is built into the bike, e.g. the Axa Defender that is fixed to the fame of the bike and then locks the wheel; it also has a cable that you can use to lock the bike to the bake stand. It’s great for a lock on a “everyday” bike, as you can’t forget to take it with you.


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You can follow the advice in this thread to get your lock off, although my guess is that the lock was either damaged from washing it or water has frozen inside the lock. Once you get it off, if the lock is damaged, Kryptonite has a lifetime warrantee on their locks. I'd call them up and ask if they'll replace it.


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Perhaps you might swap your current quick-release skewers by one of the many "anti-theft" alternatives (listed in my perceived order of security): Pitlock (www.pitlock.com): these require a special shaped key to open. You carry the keys with you, and no thief could take the wheel. Neither yourself if you lose the damn key; Velo Orange anti-theft skewers: a ...


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Ideas: If you still have any of the original paperwork or packaging, look for a lock code/number, you might be able to order replacement keys. Take it to a bike shop and ask. They might have the right tools. They likely do this every once in a while A machine shop is sure to have tools capable of doing this The local police department will have the tools ...


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The thing to use in locks is TriFlow (Teflon spray lube). Though you can use a bit of WD40 first to clear out any sticky gunk. Washing with soap and water was probably not the best approach.


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For quill stems, you can use a rubber cement to glue a ball-bearing into the socket on the stem bolt, making it so you can't get at it with an allen key. You'd obviously want to use a glue that can be removed with a solvent, so that you'd be able to do regular service.


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I've seen videos showing people stealing bikes amidst a crowd of onlookers while no one intervenes. Locking in a crowded place isn't necessarily going to save your bike. On the other hand, lots of bikes are stolen from locked garages. I'm not aware of any statistics about what storage method is safer. I've never had a bike stolen, but from what I've heard ...


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It seems like you have 2 basic choices: (1) remove the key from the lock and unlock it with a backup copy of the key, (2) defeat the lock. Option #2 is an awful lot like asking how to steal a bike... Also, option #2 really depends a lot on the specifics of your lock. Lubricate the lock If there's anything sticking out, try grasping it with needlenose ...


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I've mounted lights with similar clamps on carbon forks with no ill effect (just have to be very careful not to over-tighten the clamp) but a lock -- which is heavy -- might put a too much torque on such a small clamp. Maybe if you could spread out the area over which the clamp attaches to the frame then it might be ok. What about attaching the U-lock ...


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I've got this one. http://www.abus-bordo.com/html_en/bikelock_bordo_lite.html It's heavy, but very strong. Unlike U-locks, it is easy to carry on the bike. Update : video showing operation http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57zc9kregqs&feature=related Pretty simple : unfold like an accordion, wrap around frame, front wheel, and some "urban furniture", ...


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I think ABUS is one of the most respectable, perhaps THE most respectable bike-lock manufacturer around. They have even some numbered levels of protection, the higher the level the higher the protection, even agains powertools (because of special steel alloys, and such). They have some combination padlocks, which seem very interesting. Take a look at these ...


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As for the Kryptonite, cutting one side an bending is certainly possible, but in reality if you can cut one side, you use the same tools to cut the other. The tools needed to bend the link after cutting one side are almost certainly not portable, and why would you carry two tools when one will do. In comparison to the D-lock - if you can cut though 18mm, ...


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I'd recommend kryptonite. The Evolution Mini is used by a number of my friends (messengers) and they use it many times in a day. Keeps things secure and it's small. If you want a bit more flexibility in what you can attach to then go for a larger sized one. https://www.kryptonitelock.com/products/list.aspx?cid=1001&scid=1000


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I second the advice suggesting a small U-lock. Also, see Sheldon Brown's advice for locking strategy, which has done me well so far.


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Whether a bike has a kickstand is really a personal decision, but what the frame is made of is important. If you're not concerned with scratching the frame, and the frame is reasonable sturdy, then get yourself a kickstand; it'll make the bike more usable, and that's what's important. (I wouldn't attach a kickstand to, say, a carbon frame or a bike with a ...


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I figured out a way to do it which was actually fairly easy. This only worked because it was in my garage, trying to steal someone's bike like this would be crazy... I took a hammer, and pounded on the bar. The first thing that happened was the plastic broke away. I kept pounding on it, until the lock just fell apart. It took about a minute... Note to ...


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Have you tried one of these? http://www.treefortbikes.com/product/333222381361/144/Abus-Bordo-85cm-Granit-X.html?gclid=COPRr6H2prQCFQtxQgodRSYA5g Feed it through the wheel, through the chain, and back over your frame. No self respecting thief would take the time to try and untangle it without being caught.


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You could get some Pitlocks or other secured skewers, and then use a standard U-Lock/Folding lock on your rear stays. I'm not sure if Pitlocks fit a recumbant properly or if you want to trust your entire bike to them (rather than just the wheels) but it would probably be OK. Also, you could use a U-Lock between the seat and the front fork (possibly with ...


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In France, a bike coding system exists. It consists of a unique engraved code and a central database indicating the owner of the coded bike and whether it has been stolen. This both makes the bike less attractive and easier to recover when stolen. Of course all the advices about locks are relevant even with this system.


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I like the Axa Defender that is fixed to the fame of the bike and then locks the wheel; it also has a cable that you can use to lock the bike to the bike stand. It’s great for a lock on a “everyday” bike, as you can’t forget to take it with you. As they are not common in the UK, most people don’t know how to defeat them. As always best to combine ...


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What every you do, make sure you got good ID with you and be nice to the police if they give you a visit while you are trying to remove the lock. If you have other keys, be very carefully not to damage the lock, otherwise a lock smith will find it harder to get out the broken key, otherwise, Sorry, any good lock should not be easy to defeat, if the cost of ...



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