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    Safety First - How to lock up your ride safely?

    Hey all,

    So just a few questions about locking up my bike when I get it in a few days. I'll be commuting to school with it so I need to know how to keep it safe.

    - What's the best kind of lock to buy?

    - Where exactly do you "apply" the lock? I've noticed a U lock can only cover one wheel right? Should I be worried about the back wheel?

    Anything else you could tell me about keeping the bike safe when I'm not around.

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    Personally, I use a cable lock, make sure to lock the frame to a solid object, and if you can, loop the lock through the frame and one wheel. A cable that can be connected with a padlock is probably the best option, as combo locks are weaker, but most of choosing a lock is personal preference. However, if someone really wants your bike bad, they can take it, no matter what kind of protection you use.

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    Back when i was in college I bought a nice mountain bike to ride to my classes and also to hit the dirt trails behind campus.

    I used an extra-long "U" lock and locked the bike this way: I removed the front wheel and set it down next to the back-wheel, I then placed the whole bike next to a bike-rack or a steel pipe or something similar. Then I passed the lock through both rims, the frame, and the stationary object. Since I had a quick-release seat post I just removed it and took it with me to class.

    Technically someone could have still very easily stolen my forks, head-set, brakes, etc so I made sure these parts where not "blingy" enough to be worth the trouble. I kept the blingy stuff in my room and just assembled it all before an epic bike trip etc.

    Over-night I never left the bike out like that so I took it inside my dorm room and locked it to my bed-post. The bike survived 4-years at a large public university and never got stolen.

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    I go to school in the middle of down town atlanta. My first bike was stolen the first week of school. I had it locked with a cable lock...
    Cable locks are garbage, they can be cut through with cheap shears easily. I started using my dads bike and used a u-lock and ive been fine for the past year. The handle bars on my dads bike have a triangular section and i just lock the bars to the bike rack. Its not as secure as locking the frame but its quck and easy, plus it would require disassembly and riding off without handle bars...

    If you are using your bike somewhere were theft is even remotely likely do NOT use a cable lock.
    Now that I have my 2012 Trek i plan on spending the $100+ on a kryptonite chain and using it most likely. Kryptonite has an anti theft warranty type thing where they will reimburse the cost of your bike if it is stolen. My lbs told me that they are very good about honoring that.

    I read that most cable locks can be cut through in 15 seconds with cheap hand tools, some of the manganese reinforced steel kryptonite chains take like 15 minutes to cut through with power tools

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    I would not leave a bike of any value left locked up anywhere, buy a beater to ride to school.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ.MTNS View Post
    I would not leave a bike of any value left locked up anywhere, buy a beater to ride to school.
    This is what I would do.

    If you go the lock route, like others have said, cables are worthless.

    check this out http://www.slate.com/id/2140083/

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    ride a beater to school.

    All pad locks are worthless. Here is a you tube demonstration on how to pick a pad lock with a pop can. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vDV4...eature=related

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    There is no way to lock up your bike safely!!! You could leave it at home locked in the house, but even that may not work, even the bike below wouldn't be safe.. a beater is your only hope. Good Luck
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    Don't take your new bike to school. Sure you want to show off your new ride and get on it as much as possible because it's pretty exciting to have a new bike, but if you want to keep it, don't. Take your old bike to school, or one you bought from walmart for 50 bucks.

    Why?

    Today, it's very easy to steal a bycicle and NO lock is thief proof. Cable locks can EASILY be cut with a pair of wire cutters and cheaper ones, with a pair of scissors. Even u-locks can be defeated easily. Some can be opened with a tube from a pen, others can be picked and even still, if somebody really wants it, just remember that most power tools are now battery operated and can easily fit in somebody's backpack. A battery power drill with a grinder adapter on the end shoved in someones backpack can cut your u-lock in 2 minutes.

    Go to youtube and type in how to steal a bike and you'll see how simple it is.

    If you must, MUST take your bike, use a combination of both U-locks AND cable lock and make sure you weave your cable into every nook and cranny on your bike. 2 different kinds of locks require 2 different kinds of tools. U-locks should be abovre ground so people can't bash it open with a hammer on the concrete and the lock should be facing downward so it's harder to pick. Some cables even have alarms on them, but most people ignore alarms nowadays anyhow. Even with both locks, it will only be a matter of minutes for somebody to steal it.

    It's not safe. Period. Scary, yes. But it's the truth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ.MTNS View Post
    I would not leave a bike of any value left locked up anywhere, buy a beater to ride to school.
    Definitely would do this.

    Go pick up a yard sale road bike to make it a lightweight and easy commute. And probably still lock it up lol.

    People are jokers these days, don't take a good bike to class, it WILL get stolen.

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    Buy a beater bike and use it to lock up. I'd never leave a bike of mine locked up out of sight for more than 5 minutes. I use Kabletek cable locks when I do lock bikes. They're made of a series of braided cables and are said to be more resistant to bolt cutters and hacksaws. Doesn't matter what lock you have on your bike, if a thief has enough time or tools they will break any lock.
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    Get a beater bike. If you must take the bike to school the post with the U lock and removing the front wheel is the cheapest. Make sure you get a good lock with a theft warranty. You can also get locking qr axels and seat post clamps. You can also get those specialty screws that take special tools for the forks and the brakes you just need to keep the tools in you bag when you go riding

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q...og&sa=N&tab=wi

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ.MTNS View Post
    I would not leave a bike of any value left locked up anywhere, buy a beater to ride to school.
    +1000

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    Great advice everyone. I appreciate it all. I don't exactly have the money right now to buy any other bike, even a crappy one for commute, I am a poor college student after all. I will still use everyone's advice, but perhaps I should contact the appropriate office at my university and ask them how often bikes are reported stolen at school. I like to think that I go to a pretty nice school where I wouldn't need to worry as much about anyone cutting or smashing through a lock as opposed to someone just taking it because it wasn't locked at all. I see a decent amount of bikes locked up ranging from beaten up to much nicer than my own. Like I said this is only commuting to school and should I commute anywhere it won't be a long term stay at all (think run in the 7-11 to get a gatorade with it locked, hardly much time for a thief)

    Despite that though, like I said, I'll take everyone's advice and make sure its locked up securely and work on getting a secondary bike.

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    We are really only talking a 50 dollar craigslist bike and a 5 dollar lock. As for that "hardly much time for a thief" it really only takes 30 seconds to cut most locks.

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    As has been said, do NOT take you nice new bike to school.

    Sorry to tell you, but no lock will keep your bike from being taken. I've been asked to remove locks before, and the last one I did was a newer Kryptonite u-lock. It took me no more than 5 seconds to cut through the shackle with a cordless angle grinder (the owner was pretty shocked how easy it was). So, you can see how a lock won't slow down a thief who wants your bike.

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    As others have said, spend a bit of time on the Dallas craigslist and you'll find lots of decent stuff for under $100. I've found a few nice bikes in the $50 range.

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    Try to park next to a nicer bike with a cheaper lock than yours.

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