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Leaving lock on the parking rack - is this rude?

Whether it's rude is a matter of local custom. Whether you're offended by it depends on your flexibility and sensitivity Often, we cyclists can become a little over sensitive, after having to defend ...
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Warranty on lock damaged during attempted theft

Warranties exist to protect you, the consumer, against defects in materials or workmanship, not against deliberate damage. The purpose of a bike lock is to help avoid your bike being stolen, so if it ...
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How can I prevent bicycle theft while bikepacking?

With multiple bikes, locking them together prevents them being picked up or ridden off. The latter is often the biggest risk when camping - simple opportunism. A reasonably long cable lock would lock ...
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Someone else's lock on my bike

I've heard of this being a tactic to encourage you to accidentally leave your bike unlocked, so they can come back and steal your bike later, but on balance it could just as well be accidental. If you ...
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Someone else's lock on my bike

Another option if you're planning on cutting the lock, and don't want to leave their bike unlocked: Rent cutting tool and remove your bike Lock the other bike with your lock Find a good hiding place ...
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Warranty on lock damaged during attempted theft

Some locks offer "insurance" where you can get a payout if their lock fails to protect your bike. Of course there are caveats like "lock must be used" and "thief must leave lock behind" (for ...
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How comfortable is it to wear a u-lock holder this way?

tw: extreme anti-hipster /snark Ahh! The u-lock belt holder. The perfect accessory for hipsters, literally: Advantages: Everyone will know you're a hipster People may think you're into hardcore ...
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How can I avoid tearing the valve loose from an inner tube with a wheel lock?

A bike I sometimes borrow has one of these locks, and I can't say it's ever been a problem. You've given the answer in your question: Do not close the wheel lock between a spoke and the valve. If you'...
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If you can only secure one wheel when locking bike which wheel is better

I would lock the rear wheel. The problem of locking the front wheel with U lock is that there's no way to lock it easily (or at least I can't imagine one). The front wheel is attached to the fork, but ...
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Leaving lock on the parking rack - is this rude?

I'd pick a different spot in the rack if possible. But if I was in a hurry or there wasn't another suitable place I'd use it (e.g. my bike doesn't fit on the bottom of the double stacker at the ...
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Warranty on lock damaged during attempted theft

It still doesn't hurt to contact the manufacturer, but do not talk to as if they owe you anything. Do an open inquiry and see if there's anything they can do. Companies can actually do things out of ...
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If you can only secure one wheel when locking bike which wheel is better

The most important thing is that the frame is securely locked to a solid object. If you can also lock one or both wheels it’s nice but I wouldn’t worry too much. The rear wheel is more expensive but ...
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Chain lock vs U lock harder to break?

U-locks are vulnerable to angle grinders, which are noisy and slower, but also to nail guns, which are extremely fast. Here is a video showing someone destroying a U-lock with a nail-gun that uses .22 ...
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How can I prevent bicycle theft while bikepacking?

I would suggest a Pacsafe Security Web or similar product to cover your gear. It is basically a net made of small gauge steel cables. It is designed to cover a backpack along with a long cable to ...
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If you can only secure one wheel when locking bike which wheel is better

Bottom Line: Nothing is perfect. You need to develop a strategy based on what parts you are willing to replace. I use a U lock and a steel cable similar to the pictures below and I take my quick ...
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Is my bike safer when parked in crowded places?

The question is about crowds of people, but I'll answer from another perspective, dealing with crowds of bikes. I'd say you're better off locking your bike up in a location that has many other bikes ...
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Someone else's lock on my bike

Destroy the offending lock. You are wasting time and energy worrying about his feelings when it was his mistake that cost you time and money.
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How to store my Kryptonite Kryptolock together with two large bottles in my frame?

Consider downgrading your security for out of city rides. Use a reasonable quality coiled cable lock for your stops. Small, light and silent. While most cable locks can be chopped in seconds with a ...
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Lighter bicycle locks not made of steel

There isn't all that much point. We have a lot of knowledge on how to make steel tough. It's also pretty cheap. This basically makes it win-win for manufacturers: use enough tough steel in a good ...
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Commuting daily with an Expensive Bike, tips?

I think that picking up a second bike is definitely a good approach. Not only does it allow you to not risk your more expensive bike getting stolen, but it allows you to have a bike more suitable to ...
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How do I obtain a duplicate bike key for my kryptonite U lock?

You can get another key for your lock by ordering it from Kryptonite at this link.
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New D-lock failed locked up

Just to confirm, I had the same problem with the Abus 410 this morning. Tapping fairly hard on the end of the lock with a hammer where the bolt wasn't retracting whilst my other half wiggled the key ...
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Leaving lock on the parking rack - is this rude?

This will depend on MANY things, including but not limited to: local custom office politics special concerns (I can't think of any, but more in this later) utilization of the rack your feelings on ...
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How do you lock up your bike trailer?

I have a Burley pet/cargo trailer and when I take it to the store, I use a long (~ 3 meter) cable with a loop on the ends. I loop the one end around itself on one wheel, loop it around the hitch bar, ...
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Jammed lock (shackle stuck in crossbar)

Sounds like you have moisture in there somewhere and its frozen. Try pouring warm (not boiling) water on it from a jug. When you get it open, take it inside, dry it, and store in a hot water ...
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Kryptonite lock falling apart?

Yes and no. Yes, that’s how they’re constructed - as two concentric pipes for strength. No, as in they shouldn’t come apart that easily. You may have lost a retaining screw that keeps them ...
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If you can only secure one wheel when locking bike which wheel is better

Interestingly, just locking the back wheel can also secure the frame if you do it in the right position, as shown in this post on pinterest: You can remove neither wheel nor frame because the wheel ...
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How to store my Kryptonite Kryptolock together with two large bottles in my frame?

If there is a solution with the bracket you have, it's likely to be on the seat tube. It's a large bike with low cage mounts on the seat tube, so this will probably work, though it depends on how well ...
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Lock jammed - key will go in and out but cannot turn

I've finally managed to unlock it thanks to the WD-40 penetrating oil, which the bike shop I bought the lock from advised me to use. I suppose it was getting a bit rusty inside the lock mechanism, ...
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How should I lock my bike in a public front wheel bike stand

The same racks were installed "temporarily" at my local station at the beginning of the year. This is somewhere where a bike with only a cable lock is unlikely to last a week of commuting ...
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