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    Kryptonite FAHGETTABOUDIT Cut in 10 seconds...

    Very interesting documentary on bike theft. A good portion was on testing the very best bike locks. The FAHGETTABOUDIT chain lasted ten frickin' seconds:



    I was thinking of getting the FAHGETTABOUDIT chain + NY lock to secure my $5,500 bike on my roof rack while at work... Not so sure anymore. I'm open to suggestions!

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    No lock can stop someone with the proper tools, they are merely deterrents.

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    ^^ Maybe there is a storage option at work, in the building, like your workspace?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc View Post
    ^^ Maybe there is a storage option at work, in the building, like your workspace?

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    Nope.

    I've opted to go with the 15mm NY Legend chain. I'll be connecting my frame directing to the Thule Aeroblade rails. I reckon they'll have to tear my roof rack apart in order to get to my bike, which I seriously doubt anyone will do in an open parking lot.
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    *** Since the tires insulate the car from the ground, I wonder what an electric fence shock system would do. Most people don't wear electrically insulating footwear. You would need a remote shut off. Being unpredictable about when to expect the bike will be at work would help. Parking near any video camera coverage or a maximum foot traffic area would too. They would jostle the car, so a sensitive car alarm should help if anyone was around to hear it.

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    Kryptonite FAHGETTABOUDIT Cut in 10 seconds...

    You have a hatchback. Drop the backseat and put it inside. That's what I do when I need a little better "out of sight out of mind" security.

    Currently have a Honda Fit I do this with and can fit two bikes. Picking up a new Subaru XV Crosstrek on Wed and hope to be able to do the same.

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    ^^ I hope you cover them up.

    Mountain bike stolen from locked car rack; other unrelated vehicle thefts and damages | Lethbridge News

    Three bikes stolen from vehicles (below). I bet they weren't covered up. I suggest a cover with old newspapers, magazines, McD and BoogerKing containers fastened to it to look as disgusting and as deep as possible and no sign of the bike showing. You may have to loosen the bars and rotate them.

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    Kryptonite FAHGETTABOUDIT Cut in 10 seconds...

    Guess it depends where you are. I haven't had trouble.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thimk View Post
    I was thinking of getting the FAHGETTABOUDIT chain + NY lock to secure my $5,500 bike on my roof rack while at work... Not so sure anymore. I'm open to suggestions!
    Bring your bike inside the building when you get to work.

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    Ive seen thieves rip roof racks apart just to remove the bike. Now thieves are using portable battery powered grinders so if they want it theyll get it. For petes' sake dismantle it and stuff it in your car with a blanket over it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc View Post
    *** Since the tires insulate the car from the ground, I wonder what an electric fence shock system would do. Most people don't wear electrically insulating footwear. You would need a remote shut off.
    While it would be effective, it'd also be against the law. Had a buddy in high school get 30 days for doing that to his car (fully restored '54 Chevy w/ blown 454).
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    LOL, A blanket over something in the back of a car says to a thief ''there is something good under here thats worth covering up'' might as well put a sign on the car that says ''i have something of great value under the blanket in my car, thats why i bothered to cover it'' .....
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    I concur with everyone... locks are just a small speed-bump. I follow the belief that whatever I put the public eye, I should be comfortable with it being stolen. So most bar rides, I run an ugly bike. And my main ride is pretty plain.

    I have never had a problem when using roof racks with fork mounts + locking cores.

    At work, our bike rack has a camera pointed at it. ???
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thimk View Post
    Very interesting documentary on bike theft. A good portion was on testing the very best bike locks. The FAHGETTABOUDIT chain lasted ten frickin' seconds:



    I was thinking of getting the FAHGETTABOUDIT chain + NY lock to secure my $5,500 bike on my roof rack while at work... Not so sure anymore. I'm open to suggestions!

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    Why'd you bring your two bikes to work anyway? Show and tell day?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tone's View Post
    LOL, A blanket over something in the back of a car says to a thief ''there is something good under here thats worth covering up'' might as well put a sign on the car that says ''i have something of great value under the blanket in my car, thats why i bothered to cover it'' .....
    Incorrect.. thieves have favorites depending on who they know and how fast they can off load an item. It's also a big reason why certain bikes are targeted and others left alone. For all they know it's your Time Life: Golden age of country collection under that blanket.

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    Years ago my sister's Chevette's window was busted in. A blanket and a quart of oil were stolen.

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    If I worked in a high crime area, had no safe bike parking there, and wanted to ride anyway, I`d leave my $5000 bike (assuming I had such a critter) at home and commute on my garage sale Murray cruiser.

    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    Years ago my sister's Chevette's window was busted in. A blanket and a quart of oil were stolen.
    She had the oil hidden under the blanket and the thief thought he might have hit it big with a Time Life record collection under there. Was probably very disappointed, but took the oil and the blanket just to spite her.
    Recalculating....

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    any chance of a shady area and my bike goes with me. I dont care what the rules are, my bike stays within my sight. When I lived in San Jose I would commute around with my bike, it would go in every store that I went into. People would look at me funny when I would walk it around. I think out of the two years I lived there, only once did I have a negative comment about it being inside a store. My reply was "well if you care to have my business, then i will have my bike in here with me" It was not like it was in the way of other people, once people realize that you care about your property then they will usually let it go. Obviously do not take in a totally thrashed out muddy bike into a store or business.

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    Well, I pulled the trigger on a NY Noose by Kryptonite and plan on using it in combination with my 2 other locks, one a Kryptonite u lock and the other a long thick cable lock. The Noose will be for the frame & the fixed object. The u lock for the front wheel to frame. The long cable for the rear wheel/frame and maybe the fixed object(was how I was locking my bikes prior before when I could see them). Well, even if locks can all be defeated, at least it will take some time and effort. Maybe the guy's bike next to mine will seem more interesting?

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    If you park it in one place with regularity, a determined thief will eventually find the right tools if the potential reward (a $5,000 bike) gets him motivated. But if it's a one time thing that you have to leave your bike for a while then there is a small chance a bike thief will come across your precious with the right tools with him.

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    Assuming you have time to replace it later, I'd remove the crank or at least one of the arms. It might be a $5000 bike, but nobody steals an obviously broken bike.
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    I've concluded with this solution using the Kryptonite NY Legend chain and lock. I reckon they'll have to tear my roof apart in order to get to my bike:

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    My car is parked in an open, suburban parking lot during work. There's no space in the office to leave my bike in, so this as good as it will get... Which I think is pretty damn good. The rails, bike carriers and front wheel are key locked as well.
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    The blanket idea I had was to make the under hatchback area look like a biohazard/dump. Outside needs to look a bit unloved, too. Still could be broken into and explored, but they must be desperate to risk long-term illness. Unfortunately, there are some who might see it as 'homey'. If the bike is locked well to the car, the schmuck who would brave such a mess will not likely have the needed tools.

    It might be worth the fuel and time to go home to get the bike before heading out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc View Post
    The blanket idea I had was to make the under hatchback area look like a biohazard/dump. Outside needs to look a bit unloved, too. Still could be broken into and explored, but they must be desperate to risk long-term illness. Unfortunately, there are some who might see it as 'homey'. If the bike is locked well to the car, the schmuck who would brave such a mess will not likely have the needed tools.

    It might be worth the fuel and time to go home to get the bike before heading out.

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    While I agree that no lock and chain combination is 100% secure, I think I'm 99% safe here. No fool would dare hack away at my roof for a half hour using power tools. I should also add that my co-workers have good line of sight to my car and bike.

    The links on that chain are 15mm, and 16mm on the shackle. I believe chains 14mm and below are prone to bolt cropper attacks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by junior1210 View Post
    Assuming you have time to replace it later, I'd remove the crank or at least one of the arms. It might be a $5000 bike, but nobody steals an obviously broken bike.
    One missing crank arm does not make a broken bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gundam168 View Post
    One missing crank arm does not make a broken bike.
    You're right, it doesn't, however few thieves would bother to steal a bike that would require parts/fixing before selling. It might be worth $20-30 a month for a storage locker for the bike/s if you have to take them with you on a regular basis.
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    this might come across wrong, i certainly don't mean any offense, but i would park my $2000 bike right next to your $5500 bike and lock it up with the exact same lock. you don't have to be faster than the bear, you just have to be faster than your friend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thimk View Post
    I've concluded with this solution using the Kryptonite NY Legend chain and lock. I reckon they'll have to tear my roof apart in order to get to my bike:

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    My car is parked in an open, suburban parking lot during work. There's no space in the office to leave my bike in, so this as good as it will get... Which I think is pretty damn good. The rails, bike carriers and front wheel are key locked as well.
    That looks like a pretty safe spot and lockup, but if you're leaving it on the car you really only need a lock a little stronger than the Thule crossbars, because those could be sawed through quite easily, allowing a thief to grab the bike and work on the locks at home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phirebug View Post
    this might come across wrong, i certainly don't mean any offense, but i would park my $2000 bike right next to your $5500 bike and lock it up with the exact same lock. you don't have to be faster than the bear, you just have to be faster than your friend.
    I have no idea what you're trying to say.
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    2 bikes next to eachother same locking system. which one is the thief gonna take? the 2k or 5k bike. I think thats what he means anyway.

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    Bike thefts and their statistics really have a severe dividing line; those bicycles close to or in your immediate possession and a wide gulf to the goods being out of sight. Add longer amounts of time with the bike sitting alone, and you're begging those results to include you eventually.
    The biggest initiator of the act of thieving is identifying the mark. Supply this link day in & day out, you lend to the exponential increase in risk. And it is a whole different game -and you want to then rely on the thickness of a piece of steel? I'd rather ply the murky stupid waters of bike politics inside the business where you work; the tide which will come to you if everyone is truly sensible (have more important things to think about).

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    Quote Originally Posted by grandsalmon View Post
    Bike thefts and their statistics really have a severe dividing line; those bicycles close to or in your immediate possession and a wide gulf to the goods being out of sight. Add longer amounts of time with the bike sitting alone, and you're begging those results to include you eventually.
    The biggest initiator of the act of thieving is identifying the mark. Supply this link day in & day out, you lend to the exponential increase in risk. And it is a whole different game -and you want to then rely on the thickness of a piece of steel? I'd rather ply the murky stupid waters of bike politics inside the business where you work; the tide which will come to you if everyone is truly sensible (have more important things to think about).
    Shut up. My bike won't get stolen.
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    You could put cinder blocks under your desk and sit on your bike.

    We know you know you love your bike(s).

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    My bike us usually locked in the car and out of view.

    It also saves fuel and prevents problems with garages and other low hanging bridges.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    That looks like a pretty safe spot and lockup, but if you're leaving it on the car you really only need a lock a little stronger than the Thule crossbars, because those could be sawed through quite easily, allowing a thief to grab the bike and work on the locks at home.
    Kind of what I was thinking.

    Hmmm... I`ve asked for advice and gotten good ideas that were a long way from what I`d expected. Also gotten advice that didn`t sound so good, but was given in good faith. In the case of not so trustworthy tips, I always figure a "thank you" and then disregard is polite enough. Even ignoring the advice completely with no reply isn`t particularly rude.
    Just sayin.
    Recalculating....

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    Much as we love our high end bikes, high risk storage sure seems to scream the need for a garage sale bike for commuting. I was gonna say several garage sale bikes but realize that one, even unlocked, would probably be fine.

    With so many bikes stolen in London, who the heck is buying them? Are the commuters basically trading bikes and fueling the thieves? I have always assumed that the low, low price on a stolen bike is a giveaway but perhaps the price isn't so low?

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    Find an old bike for cheap and Camouflage it

    ^^ Thats what i did. I ride a decent late 80's steel MTB i got for cheaper than dirt. Then I:

    1) Removed all the decals because some brands attract thieves more.
    2) Painted a custom acrylic rust patina everywhere rust usually forms on a frame.
    3) kept most components original except adding Kool Stops, Big Apple tires, nashbar "anti-theft" skewers that use an allen key.

    Nothing on the bike really shines/shouts steal me and i always D-Lock it in front of social places like coffee shops. The idea is, hopefully the thief will pass it up for the flashier bike parked nearby.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thimk View Post

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    I like that lock and chain, looks beefy. I wonder how long until the hollow aluminum cross bars are sawed through though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 43st View Post
    Incorrect.. thieves have favorites depending on who they know and how fast they can off load an item. It's also a big reason why certain bikes are targeted and others left alone. For all they know it's your Time Life: Golden age of country collection under that blanket.
    if he got that collection, he'd stop stealing bikes.

    He'd be depressed as he kept hearing about girl cheating on their men from the music.
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    That was insane! I never put alot of thought behind how easy it would be.

    Here there are not many bikes, so likely not going to be much issue but I also will enter a store with the bike if there is no place to lock up at. Most places I'm not expecting much flak since they have carts available.

    At work I had attempted to talk my employer into a $70 wall mount hanging rack but they said they were too poor and to ask again in a year. So I bring it into the building and park it in an empty set of cubicles and have the backing of my sup to keep it there since I cannot lock it up outside. Eventually I will have to lock it up outside, when that happens I will lock it up on the enclosed patio.

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    Those guys killed a lot of locks with those big bolt cutters, but if you noticed, they were using their body weight against one of the handles that was grounded. I wonder if they would be as successful if they couldn't ground one of the handles? I bet the average person can't generate 20% of that body weight force pulling between their outstretched hands.

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    Dead post revival! Sorry folks, but I'm considering this lock as well. I've only got 2 bikes, a mountain bike and a road bike (no room in the apartment for a third cheapo commuter bike). I'll most likely be riding the road bike to work as I only live about 1 miles away.

    Unfortunately, the road bike is a carbon Trek Domane 4.5. Kinda flashy matte black and matte orange, white spokes. I haven't started this new job yet, so I'm not sure of my parking situation. Of course I'll try to take it inside if I can.

    OP, how has your locking system been working? Still have your bike?

    I've read poor things about Kryptonite's anti-theft policy. Anyone had luck with it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thimk View Post
    I was thinking of getting the FAHGETTABOUDIT chain + NY lock to secure my $5,500 bike on my roof rack while at work... Not so sure anymore. I'm open to suggestions!
    I suggest making sure that your homeowners/renters insurance covers your bike, if you're going to park out in the open regularly.


    Quote Originally Posted by Thimk View Post
    I reckon they'll have to tear my roof rack apart in order to get to my bike, which I seriously doubt anyone will do in an open parking lot.
    I'm afraid you're wrong...


    Quote Originally Posted by Thimk View Post
    No fool would dare hack away at my roof for a half hour using power tools. I should also add that my co-workers have good line of sight to my car and bike.
    It isn't going to take a half hour to cut through the aluminum crossbars and rails of your roofrack. It's going to take half a minute.

    Don't your co-workers have anything better to do than look out the window at your bike all day?

    My bike was stolen last year, and it was locked to a rack 10ft away from my office window while I was in a meeting elsewhere. Anybody looking out the window would've seen it happen. Nobody did.


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    The links on that chain are 15mm, and 16mm on the shackle. I believe chains 14mm and below are prone to bolt cropper attacks.
    Duh, they won't cut the lock. They'll cut the roof rack.


    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    That looks like a pretty safe spot and lockup, but if you're leaving it on the car you really only need a lock a little stronger than the Thule crossbars, because those could be sawed through quite easily, allowing a thief to grab the bike and work on the locks at home.
    Exactly. Your weakest link isn't the LOCK, it's the roof rack. A big tin snips will go through your roof rack in seconds.

    Since my bike was stolen I park the same model bike (a new one) in the exact same place (lacking any good alternative), but I have a $200 18mm ABUS U-lock instead of a $50 ABUS cable lock. Now I worry they'll cut through the goddamned bike rack...


    Quote Originally Posted by Thimk View Post
    Shut up. My bike won't get stolen.
    Repeat indefinitely, with hands over ears... LOL.

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    You understand this thread was started over a year ago?

    Anyways, zero issues. All is well. Also moved into a new office. My car is parked right at our front door, and my office is 10 feet away from that door. I completely forget about the bike when I'm at work.

    Let's all carry on with our life, yes?
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    I usually take both wheels off and take it into the pub or restaurant, locking the frame up to the thing I'm locking it up on (Good U Lock). I could be wrong but not too often, but as others have said a partial bike is not worthy.

    MOST Thieves arent into selling frames and parts because it TAKES LONGER to do and the market is smaller. A complete bike is always easy to sell. I've taken my bike to the Manhattan, Huntington Beach, etc piers in SoCal and its always (the frame) still there at the bike rack. Looks like crap sitting there, LOL.
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    Bike lock revival part two... Agree with the above poster, use a good D lock high enough off the ground that the bolt cutters can't leverage off the ground. And commute on a 400 dollar bike instead of a 4000 dollar one.

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    Kryptonite FAHGETTABOUDIT Cut in 10 seconds...

    id put your bike in the car, run locks thru the wheels (so they cant ride off with it) and lock it to the inside of your car. id also get a car alarm that can page you if anyone breaks into your car. id look into insurance too that would cover it

    or take a pos to work and save your good bike for the weekend

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    Is it me or has kryptonite's chain quality gone to crap over the last decade or so?

    I would use either ABUS or Pretector chains with ABUS or ABLOY or MulTlock or something like that. Sargent and Greenleaf if you got the green. The bicycle directed companies seem to make junk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lighty View Post
    Is it me or has kryptonite's chain quality gone to crap over the last decade or so?

    I would use either ABUS or Pretector chains with ABUS or ABLOY or MulTlock or something like that. Sargent and Greenleaf if you got the green. The bicycle directed companies seem to make junk.
    same quality it's always been. every time a popular manufacturer introduces something "new" into the lock mix, it works well on thieves for awhile...until the thieves figure out a method to break it. the only thing that really works is keeping your bike where thieves don't know where it is. if they don't know there's a bike, and they don't know where it is, they can't steal it.

    otherwise, anything is fair game with the right tools.

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    I thought their chains use to be made in Italy, but are now made in china.

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