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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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Are modern frame locks "safe"?

They are not any less secure than the old style where they are built into the frame. Even if you were to undo the screws, they would still be a solid ring around your wheel, and would prevent the bike ...
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How can I avoid tearing the valve loose from an inner tube with a wheel lock?

In the end, what has worked for me has been, as suggested by David Richerby, to take more care not to close the lock between a spoke and the valve — but since I am absent-minded, that was easier said ...
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How can I remind myself to lock a rental bicycle at the end of the ride?

Counting Method Count the number of steps you must perform at the end of the ride and then refuse to leave the bicycle until you have done all the steps. For example - End Of Ride Steps: Park the ...
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How to lock up a bike with a rear wheel lock?

Living in a country where this is the standard bike lock I have learned to work with it. For a short stop where the bike is at little risk or while getting your second lock out, always lock this lock ...
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How can I avoid tearing the valve loose from an inner tube with a wheel lock?

Place a safety reflector (dutch Kattenoog) between the spokes next to the valve. It may prevent you from locking it there, or at least remind you of the valve.
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How can I avoid tearing the valve loose from an inner tube with a wheel lock?

I haven’t had a wheel lock in my hands for some years, so I’m not sure if this is really possible, but: How about mounting the wheel lock as far downwards as possible and using the shortest valves ...
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How can I avoid tearing the valve loose from an inner tube with a wheel lock?

As an absent-minded person myself, I sympathize. How about spray-painting your valve a bright color, like fluorescent orange? If the valve is much more obvious, then maybe you'll remember to look ...
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Frame lock that can lock without key inserted

You should note that non-key-retaining locks that don't involve a separate lock-actuating lever are susceptible to shimming. Before buying a lock, you should always google or YouTube search to see if ...
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Are modern frame locks "safe"?

Especially on a heavy bike (and bikes that have the mounting holes for such a lock normally are heavy) these provide some deterrent against casual theftr of the entire bike, as they make the bike ...
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Frame lock that can lock without key inserted

Abus has several frame locks: https://www.abus.com/uk/Mobile-Security/Bike-Safety-and-Security/Locks/Frame-Locks They distinguish between 2 variants. For one variant, you can remove the key when the ...
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How does the Pog Security Washer work when using it with the Pinhead wheel locks?

As I was writing the question I realized how they work, so I'll do this Q&A style. The Gator Grip Socket works by forming to the Pinhead lock no matter the lock positions. However, it's larger ...
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How can I remind myself to lock a rental bicycle at the end of the ride?

A coil tether or retractable lanyard could work (provided that you remember to attach it in the first place). Attach one end to your backpack (or belt loop) and the other to the seat post of the bike. ...
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How to lock up a bike with a rear wheel lock?

I can only offer my opinion: a $1500 bike is quite an attraction for thieves when parked in public space late a night: in front of library, station, cinema, pool, gym, or pub. I would not recommend ...
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How to lock up a bike with a rear wheel lock?

Such a lock is enough to stop casual riding off, so fine while you pop into a cafe to order before coming back out to where you can see the bike, or somewhere busy with friendly cyclists. I use a ...
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How can I avoid tearing the valve loose from an inner tube with a wheel lock?

Recently, a new wheel lock has hit the german bike lock market. Its locking mechanism is being surveilled electronically. This features an automatic test whether spokes would interfere or not. In ...
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