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    bike lock reco?

    Need some bike locks and didnít have luck with a search here. I know thereís some bike ballers in here that must have the scoop. Appreciate help with your recommendations!

    Looking for security when in town/restaurant parking situations and then on vehicle bike rack when stopping off shortly somewhere. Open to multiple types and combos, to be solid.

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    On vehicle: buy a length of hardened chain. Cut an old inner tube and slide the chain through it so it doesn't scratch up your bikes. Use the meaty padlock of your choice.

    Around town: I just use a cheap combo cable lock and I make sure my townie isn't anything that's attractive to thieves.

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    This is my go to, pretty solid and more versatile than a u lock. Pair it with a cable to secure both tires.

    https://mobil.abus.com/ca_en/Product...ip-BORDO-5700K
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    Onguard Brute is the best combination of quality and price I've found.

    https://www.amazon.com/ONGUARD-Brute...s%2C119&sr=8-1

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    I do the U-lock and cable route; not fancy but it works. Kinda a pain to keep on the bike so my wife or I typically will use a pannier if going into town. I leave a U-lock on the rack at work so I don't have to carry it daily.

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    We went big and got the Kryptonite NY or EVO or whatever the biggest, most ludicrous chain and U-Lock set is called. It is very confidence inspiring and so heavy that I'm afraid it will break my road bike frame.

    However, it's too short for going through 2 bikes on the rack! If I did it again I'd get a 6-foot 8mm ABUS chain and the badass mini U-lock.

    We add a cable through the wheels to slow them down even more, but really just don't park anywhere even a little sketchy for longer than a few minutes.
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    I've posted this several times here - it used to be a lot less, like $35. Still cheaper than Kryptonite.

    https://www.cyclegear.com/accessorie...sku_id=1124058

    This is what I bring if I need to lock nice bikes at a campsite or hitch rack for a little longer. And I'll use cables too, separately locked.
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    Abus Bordo is pretty sweet for a portable lock thatís fairly secure.

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    A $9.99 Harbor Freight bolt cutters will slice through a cable lock in 5 seconds. Don't use them unless your bike is within eyesight. Ulocks are much better but the compressed aircan and hammer trick has made them more vulnerable to thieves. A heavy gauge chain is likely your best bet but is terribly inconvenient.

    Assuming it's just for riding in town and locking up while you grab dinner or drinks, a strong U-Lock is about as good as you can do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by climberevan View Post
    We went big and got the Kryptonite NY or EVO or whatever the biggest, most ludicrous chain and U-Lock set is called. It is very confidence inspiring and so heavy that I'm afraid it will break my road bike frame.

    However, it's too short for going through 2 bikes on the rack! If I did it again I'd get a 6-foot 8mm ABUS chain and the badass mini U-lock.

    We add a cable through the wheels to slow them down even more, but really just don't park anywhere even a little sketchy for longer than a few minutes.
    If you need more length, you can buy Grade 100 or 120 chain by the foot from various places online. That stuff is comparable to the nice Kyryptonite and Abus chains. Thieves are gonna need some power tools and a fair amount of time to get through a 1/2" 120 grade chain.

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    Sadly $35 battery powered angle grinders are out there.

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    exactly ^^ and the decerning bike thief will steal one so he can steal your bike
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    Quote Originally Posted by climberevan View Post
    We went big and got the Kryptonite NY or EVO or whatever the biggest, most ludicrous chain and U-Lock set is called. It is very confidence inspiring and so heavy that I'm afraid it will break my road bike frame.

    However, it's too short for going through 2 bikes on the rack! If I did it again I'd get a 6-foot 8mm ABUS chain and the badass mini U-lock.

    We add a cable through the wheels to slow them down even more, but really just don't park anywhere even a little sketchy for longer than a few minutes.
    Gotta get the chain with the loop on the end so you can loop it around one bike, it essentially almost doubles the useful length of the chain.

    But yeah, the NYC Fugetaboutit chain/lock is the best I've found. Lock it around our rack. I use it for locking dirt bikes too.

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    After a couple of bikes were stolen last summer, I’ve hidden AirTags on all our bikes now. Like a low profile LoJack if they don’t discover it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Chupacabra View Post
    I've posted this several times here - it used to be a lot less, like $35. Still cheaper than Kryptonite.

    https://www.cyclegear.com/accessorie...sku_id=1124058

    This is what I bring if I need to lock nice bikes at a campsite or hitch rack for a little longer. And I'll use cables too, separately locked.
    I bought one of these years ago (probably due to your recommendation). Totally bomber. A battery powered angle grinder would definitely get through it but a thief would have to spend some time and make a ton of noise to take your bike.


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    Youíre not looking for an absolutely inflatable locking system, because anything can be defeated. Hell, a well locked bike is still vulnerable to parts mining.
    What you want is:
    1) Homeowners policy that has confirmed it will cover multiple $8,000 bikes.
    2) An understanding of how bike theft is different in your town than it is for that guy online.
    3) Something that discourages the casual thief.
    4) Something better than whatís locking the next bike.

    Big ass chain always wins. If itís cut, theyíre gonna be noisy and theyíre not gonna be quick.
    Iíve seen a cable lock cut with a Park CN-10 Cable Cutter in under 10 seconds by a shop guy with a beer in his other hand.


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    Kryptonite 1016. Fatty chain with integrated lock.


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    Lifted truck with bikes on top. Tweakers will have a hard time getting to the bikes. When I eat in Vancouver I have my phone ready to film.

    Battery angle grinders will cut any u-lock or chain in less than a minute.

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    Dang. This is a depressing thread.
    About 15 years ago, I had four bikes stolen from my garage. Yeah basically my fault. Anyway i fixed the garage so itís super difficult and locked my bikes at night with those big chains and master locks. I think the solution is to get a fixie made out of plumbers pipe, and no quick releases.
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    Pinhead has good ways to lock parts to the bike. I filled the stem and saddle screws with epoxy putty. My bike was often the nicest on the commuter rack and I never lost parts or the bike, but that was before battery angle grinders were everywhere.

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    Thanks for all the contributions gang! Iím taking it all in. 🤙🏼

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    As I said, the important thing is confirming your homeowners policy covers it. Everything else is to eliminate the hassle and be able to tell your insurance company you tried.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jm2e View Post
    As I said, the important thing is confirming your homeowners policy covers it. Everything else is to eliminate the hassle and be able to tell your insurance company you tried.
    Found out my policy as it stands, doesnít. I could add an endorsement for $200 annual capped at 10k (about 2/3 our value). Chewing on that option.. other methods of coverage ideas?

    We bought AirTags already. Deciding on locks.

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    I hate keys, so my dream has always been to have a fleet of multiple keyed-alike locks. Unfortunately that usually requires buying all new locks since last I checked nobody would let you order locks that match an existing key (or maybe Abus would, but you had to go through euro dealers).

    But they do make some beefy padlocks that take residential-style lock cores. Get one of these: https://www.amazon.com/ABUS-83CS-55-.../dp/B009S5Y69E plus some security chain.

    Key it to match my house key. Bam--single key bliss.

    They make smaller versions which could be paired with lighter chain for on-bike use: https://www.abus.com/eng/Guide/83-Padlock-Series

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    I am distrustful of padlocks.

    In my other job (Wildfire Structure Protection Specialist), I have to gain entry to various places for various activities.

    I have yet to find a padlock that isn't susceptible to this method:

    https://youtu.be/C_wNgp_L1Uw

    We have other options as well - just this one is simple and fast.

    It works so well, I am tempted to get a series of padlocks and see if any can't be opened this way.

    Sort of like the lock picking lawyer guy - but lock smashing lawyer guy.

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