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    Theft of bikes on racks, or theft of bike racks thread

    Creating this thread as a public service to rack buyers. please share experience of your bike being stolen from your rack, or your rack being stolen.

    I used a Yakima King Cobra with round bar roof rack from 2004-2015. Nothing stolen off it nor was rack or mounts stolen.

    I now use a 1UpUSA hitch rack and so far neither bikes nor rack stolen.

    For the Yakima I used that measly cable lock for bikes and the lock on the mounts. For 1UPUSA I use the bolt tag blocks access to the expansion bolt. I rarely use any lock on the bikes with the 1Up.


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    Not my bike but just shows you how easy it is to take a bike from a locked rack.

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    There's more videos about that particular model of rack... The lock really sucks.

    I would never leave my bike locked to my rack unattended. If I'm on a day trip to ride, I park for lunch or whatever where I can see the bikes. At a hotel, bring them inside, always.

    We have security in our work parking garage but I still don't bring my bike to work.. Honestly not only the threat of theft, but also just that someone would run into the hitch rack. It would stick out pretty far in a garage.

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    as far as i know those locks aren't really there to protect it from thieves, more so to just lock the bike from falling off the rack during transit

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    Quote Originally Posted by PSY_ View Post
    as far as i know those locks aren't really there to protect it from thieves, more so to just lock the bike from falling off the rack during transit
    Not really. The bike clamps on just fine without locking, the locks are anti-theft devices.

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    if they are - I certainly wouldn't trust leaving my bike unattended on them.

    I'd feel much more at peace with a kryptonite chain/ulock combo

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    I wouldn't leave my bike unattended on a rack no matter what kind of lock it had on it, not happening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PSY_ View Post
    if they are - I certainly wouldn't trust leaving my bike unattended on them.

    I'd feel much more at peace with a kryptonite chain/ulock combo
    Those locks will not stop thieves, krypotonite chain/u-lock either. The rack locks are preventative, ie. stop casual thieves not pros or those seriously hankering to take your bike. That said I'm others on this, don't leave your stuff on the rack for too long, or else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thesmokingman View Post
    Those locks will not stop thieves, krypotonite chai wen/u-lock either. The rack locks are preventative, ie. stop casual thieves not pros or those seriously hankering to take your bike. That said I'm others on this, don't leave your stuff on the rack for too long, or else.
    I completely agree. Just saying if I absolutely had to leave it even just for a short period emergency I'd want those locks on it.

    Hell I keep my bike in my big tent locked up beside me when I go camping hahaha

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    locks only keep honest people honest

    ---locks do zero to someone who wants that bike---
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Pig View Post
    I wouldn't leave my bike unattended on a rack no matter what kind of lock it had on it, not happening.
    Yep, my rule as well..no way! My rack stays on. I wouldn't enjoy a meal if my bike was just sitting there out of sight.

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    I use a Thule platform bike rack with a screw bolt and a standard Thule lock.

    I also bought an aftermarket rubber coated galvanized cable 15 feet long with two of the strongest key padlocks (10 rating) and attach one end with the lock to the receiver (things on the side for chains and stuff) wrapped around the wheel frame, and the back wheel too and then the other end to the other side of the tow hitch.

    Good luck on stealing that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by uncaged View Post
    I use a Thule platform bike rack with a screw bolt and a standard Thule lock.

    I also bought an aftermarket rubber coated galvanized cable 15 feet long with two of the strongest key padlocks (10 rating) and attach one end with the lock to the receiver (things on the side for chains and stuff) wrapped around the wheel frame, and the back wheel too and then the other end to the other side of the tow hitch.

    Good luck on stealing that.
    The cable would be the weak point, not the padlocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drag_slick View Post
    The cable would be the weak point, not the padlocks.

    At first I was going to disagree with you but I looked it up and I see your point. It's not going to be that quick of a theft but I see the flaws in it.

    The problems is the chains worth buying will scratch the bike, and if you leave it in the car they can break in.

    In short nothing is perfect.

    It's more of a deterrent than anything else. But good enough if you are driving around and you don't want someone to snag the bike off the rack while you are at a stop light; would require more effort than that.

    Also, before I put my bike rack on I had to remove the step insert out of my tow-hitch but to do that I had to remove the Master Lock and it turned out the key area was so corroded that I couldn't get the key in. So I first tried drilling out the lock but still couldn't get it off. So I use my saw-zaw and chopped it into two pieces and that worked.

    This is being done by someone that works on computers and not a car thief. So yeah no lock is ever 100% secure. Just use some common sense and the best "deterrents". That's all we really can do. Well there is one thing that I could do is get a big huge armed guard to protect the bike when I am not around. So unless they are willing to risk their lives that will work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjsb View Post
    Creating this thread as a public service to rack buyers. please share experience of your bike being stolen from your rack, or your rack being stolen.

    I used a Yakima King Cobra with round bar roof rack from 2004-2015. Nothing stolen off it nor was rack or mounts stolen.

    I now use a 1UpUSA hitch rack and so far neither bikes nor rack stolen.

    For the Yakima I used that measly cable lock for bikes and the lock on the mounts. For 1UPUSA I use the bolt tag blocks access to the expansion bolt. I rarely use any lock on the bikes with the 1Up.


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    So, so far, no one has their bike or rack stolen, just all the things you do to prevent it.

    I have never had my bike or rack stolen. I know no one who has and I've been actively riding for 20 years with people who have bike racks also. I have left my bike on my rack, locked at work for 8+ hours. I live in the suburbs. I have insurance if needed.
    Last edited by Rock; 1 Week Ago at 04:08 AM.
    How can anyone who's been riding as long as I have, be so slow???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rock View Post
    So, so far, no one has their bike or rack stolen, just all the things you do to prevent it.

    I have never had my bike or rack stolen. I know no one how has and I've been actively riding for 20 years with people how have bike racks also. I have left my bike on my rack, locked at work for 8+ hours. I live in the suburbs. I have insurance if needed.
    I was hoping someone would make this observation--thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rock View Post
    So, so far, no one has their bike or rack stolen, just all the things you do to prevent it.

    I have never had my bike or rack stolen. I know no one who has and I've been actively riding for 20 years with people who have bike racks also. I have left my bike on my rack, locked at work for 8+ hours. I live in the suburbs. I have insurance if needed.
    Good for you. You on any cycling groups on Facebook? Seems like someone is posting about a bike getting stolen off a car rack every other day. Guy got his Bronson stolen off his rack right behind his business in cherry hill nj last week. Dude just walked up and calmly cut the cable locks and rode away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 92gli View Post
    Good for you. You on any cycling groups on Facebook? Seems like someone is posting about a bike getting stolen off a car rack every other day. Guy got his Bronson stolen off his rack right behind his business in cherry hill nj last week. Dude just walked up and calmly cut the cable locks and rode away.
    OK, there's one. Some guy in New Jersey that you don't know. Should I retract my statement? I still have never known anybody personally who has had a bike or rack stolen off their car in 20+years of bike and racks on cars. Ever.
    How can anyone who's been riding as long as I have, be so slow???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rock View Post
    OK, there's one. Some guy in New Jersey that you don't know. Should I retract my statement? I still have never known anybody personally who has had a bike or rack stolen off their car in 20+years of bike and racks on cars. Ever.
    Why are you in this thread if it doesn't concern you?

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    Friend of mine had his Recon 5 stolen off the back of his 4Runner a few weeks ago.

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