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Old 10-01-2015, 02:40 PM
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Default Worried about my bike getting stolen...THOROUGH research.. my findings

Ok, I live in New Orleans and I'm EXTREMELY worried about my bike getting stolen - only when I'm out riding it and want to lock it somewhere. I keep the bike indoors at home, so no worry there.

First of all, I have a standard kryptonite u-lock.. nothing fancy. but i also have a 3 foot 'onguard' heavy duty chain, that is extremely heavy. I'm NOT going to carry that damn thing. oh, i also have the master lock handcuff 9" locks... very novel and easily carried but I'm not sure how good they are against an attack.

there are all kinds of neat locks on the market - that i found through reasearch. One of the ones I really like is the "Bully" alarm lock - with alarm and pager, but it's very expensive. I also like the ABUS granite U lock - some local bike shops say that it is the best you can get. I like the serfas puck lock and the abus fold up locks, but those are also sorta expensive and I worry about the rivets that hold them together.

Another thing I learned from research is that no one can tell me what is the ULTIMATE lock for a bike !!!

After weeks of research, I think I have come up with a plan.

I have concluded that the best lock is MULTIPLE locks !!!

So, I am going to use my master lock handcuffs, along with my standard u-lock, AND this really cool lock I got off amazon.. CHEAP !!! DO NOT LET THE LOW PRICE FOOL YA ! This thing is awesome and loud as ****.....


Looks like someone came up with this lock design and its been copied and it is for sale by SEVERAL different 'makers'. I got the "QQ-Tech" version and it's awesome. and only $12 shipped !!!

I was VERY skeptical when i ordered it, but i said, "what the ****, its only 12 bucks". definitely worth every penny. AND - it comes with 3 keys and an extra set of batteries !!!
so, I'm ordering more of them to give out to my bike buddies i ride with.

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Old 10-01-2015, 03:05 PM
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I read a thread on one bicycle forum about locks, where a locksmith pitched in. He pretty much said to use two types of locks so that the thief would need to use different kinds of tools for. A kryptonite u-lock and a heavy hardened steel chain with a disc lock that doesn't have much more room than a few chain links. A thief with an angle grinder will always win, but the main thing is deterrence - if he has to use different tools to get through all the locks he might just move on to the next bike.
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Old 10-02-2015, 09:29 PM
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I do not have a criminal heart. I do have a criminal mind, and family. I own a 20lbs sledgehammer, and a number of other tools. No matter what it is or where it you put it, the only thing that keeps me from owning it is my honesty.

No lock is anything more than a temporary inconvenience to a determined thief. Say you ride to work every day. You park and lock your bike, everyday. A junkie meets his dealer down the street, everyday. He WALKS past your sweet ride everyday, he can see exactly what your set up is. With a little bit of talent he can get close enough long enough to get the numbers off your locks, swing by any place that cuts keys. Viola! Billy Chrystal-methanphetamine owns your bike. Its not that hard. I once bluffed a locksmith into unlocking a million dollar home. My friends and I threw a party...

Point being, a thief is a thief. Those master cuffs are pretty good, but they still only have so many key codes, and serial numbers= key codes. For that reason I don't like master locks, although I do use them. I like combo locks, the non key bypass type.

I'm currently working on a crank lock, one that discretely immobilizes the bike itself. I can only imagine the looks on the Billys faces... Jump on the sweet little motorbike...and the pedals won't budge...Priceless.

Still won't stop anyone who really wants it, but if there's easier prey...
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Old 10-03-2015, 07:16 AM
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I was on my way to work, stopped at a donut shop,parked my bike(peddler) by the door stepped inside to get a donut, my back to the door, and the clerk says, hey, someone's taking your bike, so I jam out the door,he's got a 20 yard lead, I'm pickin up rocks and throw em at the guy, got him distracted and he runs into a curb crashes and runs away. So I'm thinking man I just want to dash in get a donut w/o having to undo my 4'chain lock. What I did was drill a 1/8 hole centered on the headtube, and now I slip a 8 penny nail in and can now dash in for donut$ coffee. Steering lock..
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Old 10-03-2015, 11:07 AM
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I use both keyed U and cable locks. I have a hidden tracking chip in my bike. There are alarms you can buy as well. Don't lock you bike up in hidden places. This gives a thief a way to work on locks without being seen. Limit the time to little as possible you must leave your bike unattended. Know your serial number and take pictures of your bike with you.
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Old 10-05-2015, 06:11 PM
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What I did was drill a 1/8 hole centered on the headtube, and now I slip a 8 penny nail in and can now dash in for donut$ coffee. Steering lock..
Wow. Smart!!


I would like to hook up a hidden taser between the handlebar grips. First moment said thief puts hands on bars goes ZAP
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Old 10-20-2015, 06:46 PM
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I pick locks for a hobby, and i would say get the Abus Granit. The Granit is almost impossible to pick, and it is good against physical attack as well. Whatever you do do not use any master lock. You would do better to lock up your bike with a piece of rolled up toilet paper than a master lock. They literally take no more than 30 secs to pick. With locks you get what you pay for, so don't lock up anything with a $10 lock, instead pay the $95 for the Granit and you will not be let down.
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Old 10-21-2015, 08:59 AM
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For me, it's a case of diminishing returns. My time is worth money, as is my peace-of-mind. I NEVER lock my bike. I figure, if someone's gonna be a d-bag thief, I'll just build another. In fact, I made a point of putting aside some emergency-funds for just that purpose. In 3-years, I've not had a problem. It really is freeing. I'm glad I can feel optimistic about the trustworthiness of my fellow man.
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Old 10-21-2015, 09:00 AM
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I pick locks for a hobby
What a coincidence! I safe-crack bank-vaults for a local crew!
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Old 11-16-2015, 06:45 PM
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For me, it's a case of diminishing returns. My time is worth money, as is my peace-of-mind. I NEVER lock my bike. I figure, if someone's gonna be a d-bag thief, I'll just build another. In fact, I made a point of putting aside some emergency-funds for just that purpose. In 3-years, I've not had a problem. It really is freeing. I'm glad I can feel optimistic about the trustworthiness of my fellow man.
Your post doesn't really make sense.

I just use one u-lock to lock it. It takes about 45 seconds. The lock lives on my bike between the crease where the top tube and seatstay tubes meet, and just on the other side of the seat post. The lock itself cost me $5 at the dollar store way back in 2008, and nothing has been stolen with it thus far.

You must be very fast at building bikes. I have over a hundred hours, probably way more in building my first and only bike. If you lock/unlock your bike twice everyday for a year, that's 18 hours of just locking your bike. In 3 yrs it is 56hrs. For me I don't lock it when I get home nor when I go somewhere where I can keep an eye on it (ie coffee shop) so that hours number is even lower. To build a new bike? I'd have to spend at least 100hrs ordering parts, cutting, grinding, going to welders, there really is no comparison, plus spend about $1300 on it.

I get it though, slapping a 2-stroke kit on a cruiser bike probably doesn't take more than a few hours. My bike is very far from that though.
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