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Locks are used to secure bikes. Common varieties are cable/chain locks and U-locks (D-locks).

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Could you please recommend bike lock for long rides and quick stops? [closed]

I have a high-end carbon bike. I do ride long on it, like 100 miles per day. I am looking a bike lock for quick stops (grab water, food, visit a restroom) therefore requirements are simple: ...
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Bicycle locks with alarm

I have a new bike, not very expensive... but still doesnt want it to disappear the next day and I was looking at different locks and came across lock that have an alarm which triggers a siren. Not ...
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How to remove this skewer? A security feature?

I have this skewer but it seems to have, what looks like some sort of security feature and I can't figure out how to remove. Can anyone identify this or have any suggestions on how to remove it?
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Better Padlock for outdoor bike shed

I have a padlock for my outdoor bike shed. In two years I've got through 2 of them. It is of the type pictured. They have both jammed in different ways, but ultimately I need something that survives ...
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Is my bike safer when parked in crowded places?

Is it safer to leave a bike somewhere where there are a lot of people like Walmart parking lot or somewhere with less people like at a park? Locked in both cases but which case is more likely to get ...
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If you can only secure one wheel when locking bike which wheel is better

When I lock my bike I always lock the front wheel with my bike to the rack since front wheel is easier to remove. Is this the right choice? I have only one U-lock so can only secure one wheel, not ...
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Recommendation for easily breakable bike lock

I want to purchase a bike lock which I can break easily if it gets jammed, preferably without any tool(or a very small/light tool which I can carry in my bag-pack). I have tried two locks and both of ...
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Securing a Penny Farthing- HOW?

Penny-Farthings aren't cheap as anybody who owns one will attest to at £1,300+ for a UDC Penny-Farthing. So I'm keen to secure it from theft, especially since I'd need to be able to evidence that I ...
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Modern bike security, a lock with GPS and SIM card?

These days many things are getting GPS and these things often also have a SIM card, so they can connect to the internet. (I think some call this internet of things) Is there any bike lock out there ...
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Zip ties to hold smart-lock on frame

I've recently bought a smart lock for my bike that can be mounted directly on the frame. Problem is that my frame has no hole for screwing it on the frame. So I improvised with with 3 zip ties on each ...
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How can I prevent bicycle theft while bikepacking?

I’m planning a multi-day gravel ride with a few friends. We would have to sleep in public campgrounds, which are also full of people because of the camping season. What is the best way to secure our ...
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lock box to hold phone/wallet that attaches to my bicycle [duplicate]

I want to bike to the beach, lock my bike up and swim. I am looking for a high security box that either threads through my U-lock, bolts to my bike frame... so I can keep my wallet and phone in it ...
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How should I lock my bike in a public front wheel bike stand

In front of my gym there is front wheel bike stand that means a regular D lock will not be able to reach from the stand to the frame. Around the corner is some Sheffield style locks but they are out ...
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How does the Pog Security Washer work when using it with the Pinhead wheel locks?

I noticed when I got some Pinhead Wheel Locks that they came with an extra funky looking washer that looks like this: They didn't describe much about it, but I did find some information about them: ...
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Attach Kryptonite Messenger Mini+

I got a Kryptonite Messenger Mini+ with a rear wheel extender. Really great design except for one thing: there's no way to clip it to the frame. The clip that I have depends on fitting on the straight ...
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How to register a custom built for Kryptonite's ATPO Program?

When registering for Kryptonite's ATPO Program here, you are asked for a bicycle make and model. With a custom-built, I have no idea what to provide there. I contacted customer service, with no reply ...
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When carrying a lock on body, which statistical data and experiences to consider re: safety concerns

With a custom-built bike in somewhat higher price regions, I now ended up with a high-security u-lock, which is also very heavy-weight. I also own a heavy-weight chain lock. For several reasons and ...
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Fluid combination lock resetting, forgot to turn the resetting knob back

Out of the box, tried to reset the combination, forgot the step after setting the new number, where we turn the knob back, I forgot to turn the knob back, locked it. now it wont open with neither the ...
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How do I obtain a duplicate bike key for my kryptonite U lock?

I want a duplicate key for my Kryptonite U-lock. I have the key number. Where can I order an additional key that will work?
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Warranty on lock damaged during attempted theft

Someone attempted to steal my girlfriend's bike tonight and they damaged the lock. Do you guys know if we can use the warranty to get it exchanged? The lock has a 2 year warranty and I'm planning to ...
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Does Abus print blind bitting codes on their D-Lock bikes (or do thieves go through the trouble to

I've got several YourPlus Abus locks (all keyed the same) so that I can have one key for basically all the family bikes. The other day I noticed that one of my D-Locks had a plastic part missing, ...
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Heavy bike lock mount on a carbon frame

I have a foldable Abus Bordo 6500 which weights around 1.7kg. It came with a sturdy, rubber based case that can be mounted using bottle cage mounts. Is this OK to do so on a carbon frame, or does it ...
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Stiff, hard to use poplock, rockshox recon silver

My bike is equipped with front suspension Rockshox Recon Silver with PopLock remote lock. The use of that control is VERY stiff and HARD to lock (very easy to unlock though). Every time I need to ...
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Kryptonite lock falling apart?

Just a quick question but should the Kryptonite lock fall apart like this when it's open without they key in? To me it feels too loose but I'm not sure. Guess it locks anyways?
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Why am I breaking Pitlock spring washers so frequently?

I'm hoping some pitlock users out there can help me out. I've installed these on a pair of new bikes to add some protection for some expensive wheels. They seem to be a decent deterrent. My problem is ...
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Where are stolen bikes sold?

I live in a city on the east coast. I recently had my bike stolen. The frame was locked to a bike rack using a u-lock. They either picked or cut the u-lock. My simple question is: where do thieves ...
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How to lock up a bike with a rear wheel lock?

Really did try searching for this but couldn't find an answer. I'm getting a bike with a rear wheel lock like this: Since the rear wheel is locked to the frame then would securing the front wheel and ...
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Protect chipping frame from metal bike lock with Sugru

What's the best method to stop a Kryptonite Mini d-lock scratching/chipping an aluminium frame? Stickers have already been applied as a first layer of protection. Is there something similar to the ...
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Lock jammed - key will go in and out but cannot turn

I know that similar questions have been asked here, but I can't find a question with the exact same problem encountered here. My bike was left locked during a week or two of sub-zero temperature, and ...
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Jammed lock (shackle stuck in crossbar)

Yesterday evening, my Kryptonite U-Lock was pretty stiff when I unlocked it after work. The key turned fine, but removing the shackle from the crossbar took a few minutes of pulling and jiggling. I ...
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Does carrying a chain lock around on the frame reduce a bicycle's performance?

I have a Montra rock 650B MTB. I use 2 lock systems - 1 cable and 1 chain lock for added security. Both are attached to the frame while I cycle. The chain-lock is pretty heavy (around 700 grams). I ...
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How can I avoid tearing the valve loose from an inner tube with a wheel lock?

The problem It sounds foolish, but I have too often torn the valve loose from the inner tube by rotating the wheel so that the valve is pressed against a closed wheel lock. Wheel locks are common in ...
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Securing belongings when entering a store that forbids outside bags

Where should a cyclist secure his valuables before entering a store that forbids carrying bags into the building? Normally, when cycling, I carry my wallet and phone in the small compartment of a ...
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Can I buy a Locking Thru Axle for extra security?

I've seen security skewers for quick release wheels such as pitlock or pinhead which provide some level of additional security for wheels without carrying bulky locks for wheels (Still wise to use a ...
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Which bike lock should I choose? [closed]

For a long time I was a happy owner of an Abus Catena chain lock. However, last night someone tried to steal my bike. Luckily, they either didn't have enough time, or the lock was too tough for them ...
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Lock jammed on bike

My cable lock is jammed. The key fits in but won't turn. What can I do? My bike is locked up outside on the street so I guess the first thing would be to put a second lock on it in case the first ...
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Are modern frame locks "safe"?

In the older days I remember that frame locks were soldered onto the frame, but today they seem to be just screwed onto it (example film of installation can be found here). Doesn't this open for the ...
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How secure are Security Wheel Skewers like Zéfal Lock'n'Roll?

I'm looking for a reliable locking system for my wheels to prevent being stolen, specifically for the front wheel as I always attach the rear one together with the frame with the U-lock. I look for ...
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Fox Talas FIT RLC 32 - broken lock and problem with the right leg

I just finished my first Marathon race today, it was super cool, the best MTB experience in my life -- but there was a super frustrating part. Something broke in my fork right leg, and now that one ...
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Frame lock that can lock without key inserted

Does a frame/wheel lock that can be locked without the key being inserted exist? And if so, how secure is the lock itself (I heard that this style of locks that can be locked without the key inside ...
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Are U-lock "wheel extenders" sold separately?

I quite like the Kryptonite U-lock "wheel extender" idea - but I'm less attached to Kryptonite as a company - and even less so to the Messenger series of their locks, which is the only one that has ...
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Non-rusting D-Locks

I use a D-Lock to secure my bike (along with other locks.) But every lock I've had has developed rust in the prongs and lock mechanism, that is messy and eventually seizes up. The problem can be ...
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How comfortable is it to wear a u-lock holder this way? [closed]

I have never used a bike lock holder or holster but this handmade one looks practical and cool: https://www.vespoe.com/contourandco/shop/u-lock-holder. I would like to know if it's practical to use on ...
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How do you lock up your bike trailer?

Many of us pull bike trailers - whether one-wheeled or two-wheeled -- cargo or kids. What is the best way to lock up trailers - especially when you're commuting? Most trailers come with a quick-...
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Commuting daily with an Expensive Bike, tips?

I have been commuting to work daily for years now. Sadly I just switched jobs and there is no bike parking, so I have to leave it in the street. My main problem is that I'm riding a Colnago Single ...
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Parking a bike with wide tyres in a narrow bike rack

I park my bike at work in a rack like this: At the moment I have 26 x 1.9" knobbly tyres and the wheel just squeaks into the rack. However I'd like to replace these with 26 x 2" Schwalbe Marathons ...
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What is a good bike-to-lock ratio in price?

What is a good ratio, in prices, between your bike and your lock so that it would be reasonable. Say if your bike is 200 GBP, a lock of 20 GBP might be too cheap (or just right!). So where do people ...
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Abus Folding Lock: Adding Damping to Joints

I want to add damping to the joints on an Abus Folding Lock, such that it maintains its shape if I stick it through a hole or something. I received some brief feedback that I could use rubber bands ...
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Is frame number the same thing as serial number?

I'm registering my bike with Kryptonite anti-theft scheme and it asks for the serial number. My local dealer wrote down the frame number for me, saying I might need this for insurance purposes. Are ...
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How to keep bikes safe while camping with a car

I'm planning to make a trip through Europe this year with my girlfriend. Bikes are going to travel on a roof rack. We are going to sleep on campgrounds in tents most of the time. So my biggest concern ...
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