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    Best way to lock a bike on to a rack

    So I am looking for a rear rack for my Caravan and since its also my company vehicle, it will be parked away from view with my bike on it. Any great suggestions for a lock? Any bad ideas I should avoid?


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    Quote Originally Posted by cstem View Post
    So I am looking for a rear rack for my Caravan and since its also my company vehicle, it will be parked away from view with my bike on it. Any great suggestions for a lock? Any bad ideas I should avoid?


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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy View Post
    Parking it away from your view (or even it your view) with your bike on it for any length of time is a bad idea no matter how you lock it.
    Yup.
    I think I'm not as good as I thought.

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    Best way to lock a bike on to a rack

    Yeah I know. I was hoping some new great ideas had come around since I last used a trunk mount. Oh we'll- just gonna have to keep room amongst all the tools and parts for my ride and maybe break it down when I put it in there. Ill always be in hispital service parking while I'm inside, so it would be out of sight for quite some time during the day. Thanks!


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    Having had 3 bikes stolen (and two of them were heavily secured) stolen, I am very unomfortable if my bike is not currently being pushed to its limits by me, or in my house. I would have it in the van, covered and locked to something secure in the van. Theives always seem to find a way.

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    Take off the front wheel and pedals and store it inside covered up?

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    Best way to lock a bike on to a rack

    Inside is doable but tough. I carry a lot of crap back there. But on the plus side it does have a cage back there so I will just have to get creative! This new gig has me driving all over the state so ill be getting to ride a lot of other places than the furnace!


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    Get a small enclosed?

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    When I lock mine to the rack I run the cable through the bike (front and rear triangle) and on my hitch I have metal that is welded like a loop and both my cars have this, I think it is for a safety chain when you have a trailer? I just lock it to that. Is it the best, nope but that is my option so it is what I do.

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    A little off topic but I've had problems with the shifter cable housing plastic shrinking exposing the little wires that then dig into the shifter cable making it harder to shift. This happens when I put my bike inside my car and let it sit in the sun.

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    Another thing to think about is that a lot of times, hospitals wind up being in sketchy neighborhoods. A wide cross section of society goes in there, and a lot of times, it's people that you generally want to steer clear of. And they have friends who visit who are also dodgy criminal types with a malfunctioning moral compass.

    Security at a hospital also tends to be a bunch of old men or village idiot youngsters making $9 an hour to walk around and play Words with Friends.

    Just something I noticed about the hospitals I've worked in over the years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cstem View Post
    This new gig has me driving all over the state so ill be getting to ride a lot of other places than the furnace!

    Nice!

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    consider a decoy to make it look like you are still guarding the vehicle...


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    Set out some food and water and chain this guy the the hitch:

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    Not the woman, though she'd be a good guard dog too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 28/29 WIT View Post
    When I lock mine to the rack I run the cable through the bike (front and rear triangle) and on my hitch I have metal that is welded like a loop and both my cars have this, I think it is for a safety chain when you have a trailer? I just lock it to that. Is it the best, nope but that is my option so it is what I do.
    I run the cable through the safety chain loop, both wheels, both triangles and the fork. I then lock it with a Master round padlock with shielded shackle. Same comment is it the best, nope but when people comment on how unsafe I just say I always need to replace >$500 (deductible) worth of stuff

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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy View Post
    Parking it away from your view (or even it your view) with your bike on it for any length of time is a bad idea no matter how you lock it.
    Thieves suck. Saw this on a recent trip to NY.

    Granted, the owner of this bike coulda done a better job securing the frame not just the wheel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quelocotony View Post
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    Thieves suck. Saw this on a recent trip to NY.

    Granted, the owner of this bike coulda done a better job securing the frame not just the wheel.
    A friend told me that he saw this weekend at the Whiskey Off Road a car with a hitch rack that had only four wheels locked it to it. Apparently somebody had removed the frames, etc., and just left the wheels. What a bunch of *****.
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    This weekend at the whiskey used a long cable lock to and went through both wheels frame (both triangles) and to hitch on the frame. Certainly not impenetrable, but it will stop the casual 5 finger discount types. I kept the bike in my hotel room over night.
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    Any "lock" on a hitch rack will only keep the honest people honest.

    I have the same setup at mtnbiketodd and lost my lock key right before the Prescott Monstercross last year. A $5 hacksaw and less than a minute later and our bikes were "free".
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    Quote Originally Posted by quelocotony View Post
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    Thieves suck. Saw this on a recent trip to NY.

    Granted, the owner of this bike coulda done a better job securing the frame not just the wheel.
    They took the tire and tube too. Lulz. Talk about one final F U to the owner.

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    The best way if could use 2 kryptonite Fahgettaboudit U-Locks to lock the frame and front wheel and frame and back wheel directly to some stable, hard to compromise part of the vehicle. Cables can be cut with cutters in seconds. Big heavy chains would be better - but links can be pried or sawed off.

    It would take the thief good amount of time to saw thru one of those big heavy U - LOCKS - I think in Arizona the thieves are not as brazen especially if they have cut through both of these during daylight and not knowing when owner may come back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eazy_E View Post
    They took the tire and tube too. Lulz. Talk about one final F U to the owner.
    no,, that would be this:


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    This is how I locked my commuter bike to my slightly modified rack today when I stopped in at fry's today for some OJ and eggs. It was there 9 mins later when I got back.
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    Can't tell from the picture but is the rack bent? Did you place the bike in that position and lock it or is that how you found it?
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    Best way to lock a bike on to a rack

    Quote Originally Posted by m77ranger View Post
    This is how I locked my commuter bike to my slightly modified rack today when I stopped in at fry's today for some OJ and eggs. It was there 9 mins later when I got back.
    Looks like they tries to steal the trim off the back of your Subi instead! Lol


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