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Recommend a damn good bike lock. Experience preferred.

post #1 of 41
Thread Starter 
Want to ride around NYC more often for my health and enjoyment but I hate shady people trying to steal my wheels.

Help me out.
post #2 of 41
Whatever you do, DO NOT get a chain/cable style lock. These can be easily cut in a matter of seconds with the appropriate tools. What you want is a two-piece, U-style lock, like any of these. Ideally, when you lock up your bike, you'd lock through the frame and rear wheel to a solid object, and remove and take the front wheel with you. This is your best chance of reducing theft.

EDIT--
Also, take a notecard and write down your personal information (name, number, address) as well a description and serial number of the bike. Then, take a wooden pencil, break it in half, wrap the notecard around the pencil, wrap the whole thing with a rubber band, take off the seatpost of your bike and drop the pencil + card down the seat stem. In case someone does steal your bike and it happens to turn up in someone else's possession, this will help you in proving that it's really your bike.
post #3 of 41
^ Agree, the "U" locks are best, mine named MAGNUM with a theft guarantee. I'll quick disconnect the front wheel and secure it inline with the rear and through the frame to a bike rack, hopefully!
post #4 of 41
I lived in Jackson Heights for three years and never felt comfortable taking my Cannondale anywhere in NY where I'd have to leave it.

My local bike shop recommends the following lock & other measures. But nothing is foolproof, unfortunately.
post #5 of 41
Thread Starter 
Anyone hear about or use this lock?


http://stores.ebikestop.com/Items/004-lk4060?
post #6 of 41
Onguard Brute U-locks or Beast chain locks... really heavy though.
post #7 of 41
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Originally Posted by bundee1 View Post
Anyone hear about or use this lock?


http://stores.ebikestop.com/Items/004-lk4060?
Yes, thats the manufacturer I bought from 10 years ago at my local bike shop, when the model was the MAGNUM, I'm sure it was a Kryptonite now!!!

I would suggest an 8" though, easier to reach a pipe! I place it around the seat stem and the locking part rests on my rear rack secured with a bungee cord! I have an 18sp tourer ...
post #8 of 41
Get the most expensive lock you can afford. Preferably with the anti theft guarantee.
post #9 of 41
I would suggest getting two different type of locks. It's unlikely that a thief would carry tools to break more than one lock, and the extra effort involved should be enough to make them want to skip your bike; at least that's what I tell myself
post #10 of 41
Kryptonite locks are fairly popular and have been in the business a long time, but seems like a balpoint pen can unlock them.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kryptonite_lock

Hopefully they fix this problem before peoples bikes go missing.
post #11 of 41
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Originally Posted by SysteX View Post
Also, take a notecard and write down your personal information (name, number, address) as well a description and serial number of the bike. Then, take a wooden pencil, break it in half, wrap the notecard around the pencil, wrap the whole thing with a rubber band, take off the seatpost of your bike and drop the pencil + card down the seat stem. In case someone does steal your bike and it happens to turn up in someone else's possession, this will help you in proving that it's really your bike.
Wow, i never thought of that, thats awesome!
post #12 of 41
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Originally Posted by musicmind View Post
Kryptonite locks are fairly popular and have been in the business a long time, but seems like a balpoint pen can unlock them.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kryptonite_lock

Hopefully they fix this problem before peoples bikes go missing.
They fixed that already some time ago.

On an other subject

Here the neat Neistat brother video. An oldies for those who been around internet and bikes but entertaining if you haven't seen it yet.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TNTq3nhuh0


EDIT: Also pay attention to where your bike is lock they can also cut the pole/rack/tree instead of lock to steal the bike. Don't lock it to anything flimsy or easily removable

http://www.bikeforums.net/showpost.p...4&postcount=30
post #13 of 41
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Originally Posted by Nebby View Post
I would suggest getting two different type of locks. It's unlikely that a thief would carry tools to break more than one lock, and the extra effort involved should be enough to make them want to skip your bike; at least that's what I tell myself
Thats my thinking as well....... two reasonably priced quality locks (one U , one chain lock ) that would cost about the same to buy as just one fairly expensive lock (that can always be picked/broken by someone) are going to generally take longer for the thief to deal with. Really not that much extra hassle to carry the two on the bike either as the chain can wrap round the seat post , with the U-lock carried on the frame.
post #14 of 41
99% of your heavy duty locks with performance guarentees, are void in NYC. Read the fine print, they're void in Brooklyn and NYC...everywhere else in New York is fine, but those cities, all bets are off. Even with thier top locks retailing at over $100....

I had a hardened steel chain, infact it was this lock:

http://www.onguardlock.com/lockviewe...ain&model=5017

I had TWO of those locking up TWO bikes in a Marina.....the chains were cut, and the blades used were even laying there. I sent in the chains for a claim and verbatim, what they told me was "If you want to persue this, you'll be talking to our lawyers..."

**** OnGuard...thier product didn't do what it was designed to, it failed, and I was told to **** off because it failed when I tried to get my claim honored for a product GUARENTEE. I try to warn EVERYBODY not to buy thier locks. It's not like I bought a puny lock either, it's their top of the line lock...
post #15 of 41
My son finally gave up after his last one was stolen. Tried the chain, cable and U shaped locks. If the thief wants it bad enough and has more than a minute or so of time, the bike is his. Best to simply have insurance which we did. Still, it's a pain to have to deal with this over and over again. Perhaps your best bet is not to buy nice bikes. Buy something that's reliable but no name. Something that thieves won't get worked up over. Just a thought. Hate that it's gotten to that point, but it has.
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