u locks are best for securing the frame of the bike. then use the cable lock to secure youre wheels. all cable locks can be cut easially with a pair of side cutters. at the shop i work at u locks are the hardest to cut/ break open, allthough the lock barells can be drilled uot fairly fast with a sharp bit because they are usually made of brass. we had a shop competition one day to see how fast a 5/8" braided cable lock could be cut with a pair of pliers and the winning time was under 25 seconds.
next to u locks high grade boron chain and a good solid case hardened padlock are the next best thing.
Hey thanks for the info. Yeah I didnt spend almost $1000 to lose my bike in under 25 seconds. The only problem I see with a u-lock is they are so heavy and bulky. How does one ride with an extra 1or 2 lbs of steal? You want to have the lock with you when you park your bike after a ride.
I use a cable and U-lock combo. U-lock through the rear triangle and rear wheel, cable run to the front wheel, saddle, and fron triangle. If I had to leave my bike out of view all day or in a high-theft area, I'd buy a beater and ride it.
Here's a helpful post from MB1 on the roadbikereview.com site that should show you the do's and don'ts for locking up your bike.
Thanks for the great information. I dont plan on leaving my bike unattended for long periods of time anyway. I think I'll more than likely use the U-lock like you guys said and then the cable to secure the front tire, etc. All of your suggestions are greatly appreciated.
I just bought an Onguard PitBull mini LS U-lock for my bike for the days when I feel like riding to work. I'd like to think I can trust no one is going touch my bike at work.. but you just never know.
The one thing I'm worried about is this.. anyone with a set of allen wrenches who knows what they are doing can easily remove components from your bike... =/ I myself could probably strip off everything attached to the stem including the stem... seat post with saddle... probably the brakes and rear deraillure on my bike with a set of allen wrenches and cable cutter(for brake/deraillure cables) in 5-10minutes! and that would be $400-600 worth of components!
The only peace of mind I have is... I think bikers don't steal parts from other bikers... If I see a "nice" bike, I'd appreciate the build/components and feel a sense of community that the owner also share the passion of mountain biking. The thought of ripping off a component to put on my bike or sell it for money would be the furthest from my mind. I think/hope most of us feel the same.
But I'm still fearful of the fact some lowlife with no morals can easily strip my bike faster then I can say "OMG! [email protected]#%*!"
So.. does anyone have other forms of insurance for their expensive dream bikes?
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