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  • nice one :-)

  • u don't need that much leverage to break a bike chain,
    you could use long handle bolt cutters and break the chains just with your arms,
    so whether the chain is done close to the frame and away from the ground isn't going to help.

    From a phsyical point of view, any lock can be cut or broken with relative ease - thats how the lock was made in the first place (metal was cut, melted, mixed, cast and heat toughened).

    The effectiveness of the lock depends on several factors that you control (the type of lock, how and where you lock it up, percieved desirability and resale value of bike), that the thief controls (tools + number of tools, time willing to be spent on theft, percieved likelihood of being caught) and that neither controls (number of bikes around that look more desirable and less hassle).

    Of course a chain lock can be cut with bolt cutters but as ed said, if there is very little space on the otherside of the point where the thief wishes to cut then its difficult to cut the lock quickly without damaging the bike and the price it will sell for.

  • My pub bike is worth less than the lock that I use to secure it- I would, in some ways, prefer a would-be thief to cut through the frame and leave the lock untouched...

  • My pub bike is worth less than the lock that I use to secure it- I would, in some ways, prefer a would-be thief to cut through the frame and leave the lock untouched...

    to be fair it is worth having an expensive lock to stop you going through the trouble of building a beater again, however cheap they may be.

  • A friend of mine has just had his bike stolen. Description below and at the link. Give Tim a call if you happen to see it.

    On the off-chance this gets rustled across the border from Hackney. It's fairly distinctive, any sightings welcomed, including of dumped bags. It's immobilise.com'd.

    Pics: http://timevans.members.gn.apc.org/stole­nbike.htm

    Bags (might get dumped?):
    Handlebar bag, blue Ortlieb with tools, microfile diary, gloves etc
    Pannier, dark green Ortlieb, patched & well scratched, containing box of Clipper herbal tea!

    Thorn Raven Sports Tour, 'stealth' colour scheme, distinctive features:

    Frame matt-silk black, no markings except Thorn and Reynolds badges
    Wheel rims, hubs and seat post also black
    Rohloff 14-speed hub gears, i.e. big fat rear hub
    Dynamo front hub, ie also fatter than normal
    Brown Brooks leather saddle
    Front v-brakes mounted on back of fork
    Pitlock spanner-proof nuts on both wheels (ha!)
    Frame 436L05002

    Stolen in Lower Clapton Road, 5 pm 28 Jan.

  • Oh, thanks, Dylan.

  • shit he must be gutted, thats a lovely bike

  • I've seen it recommended that you should use a D lock and a chain. They require different tools to cut and your average bike thief only has one of these to hand.

    1+ also here's an example, I was cycling past CSM while my girlfriend is in there, decided to stop and check her locking method, turn out to be pretty decent (with the Evo Mini U-Lock locking the front wheel and frame to the stand as well);

  • Nothing much at Brick lane today. Though the place on Scalter street that sells unipacks had a few nice lugged road bikes, Carlton, Olympic? and one which just had Le tour on the tube.

  • Stolen bike!!

    Some thieving c@nt stole my bike from outside my girlfriend's house last night on Colenso Road E5. Details are:

    Dolan pre cursa matt black (56cm), white deep-vs (front msw) with ambrosio hubs, ambrosio crank, Rolls black saddle, very very short flat black handlebars, vitt rubino white front tyre, randonneur on the back, mks sylvan pedals & toe cages and condor black dble straps.

    Will post a photo up soon.

    Had my whip for nearly two years and gutted she is gone. Please keep your eyes peeled. Thanks.

  • bad luck. how was it locked?

  • yes! Really pissed off, was selling it in a couple of weeks and getting a bob jackson. :(

  • again how was it locked?

  • Ah sorry, did not see my typo.......

    It was locked outside my girl's place, to some railings, locked-up with a mini-d. They even took the lock - apparently the police say that is so forensics cannot find any prints. It was insured, so hopefully I will get a pay-out forthcoming.

  • 1+ also here's an example, I was cycling past CSM while my girlfriend is in there, decided to stop and check her locking method, turn out to be pretty decent (with the Evo Mini U-Lock locking the front wheel and frame to the stand as well);

    I guess that impressive fig.8 locking method will scare off the patrolling thieves from stealing that brooks set.What FAKENGERS,oh and following your missus to the shop,What STALKENGER.Hav a nice day.

  • What FAKENGERS,oh and following your missus to the shop,What STALKENGER.Hav a nice day.

    "Fuck the lot of you, I'm back"

  • Ah sorry, did not see my typo.......

    It was locked outside my girl's place, to some railings, locked-up with a mini-d. They even took the lock - apparently the police say that is so forensics cannot find any prints. It was insured, so hopefully I will get a pay-out forthcoming.

    Sorry to hear about your loss, worrying they got the bike with the mini-d too. I know it can be cut with a axle grinder but didnt think it happens too much. did they cut the railings or the mini-d?

  • Sorry to hear about your loss, worrying they got the bike with the mini-d too. I know it can be cut with a axle grinder but didnt think it happens too much. did they cut the railings or the mini-d?

    tenner says it was the railing

  • I guess that impressive fig.8 locking method will scare off the patrolling thieves from stealing that brooks set.What FAKENGERS,oh and following your missus to the shop,What STALKENGER.Hav a nice day.

    The figure of 8 shortens the length of chain available for said thieves to work with - it's much harder working in close quarters than if you have a foot of chain free. Well done Ed's missus I'd say.

    And since Ed's very careful himself with seat security, I'd imagine he'd taken the time to ensure his girlfriend's bike has the same level of care.

    I've always wanted to call someone this so...

    Ass-hat...

  • I guess that impressive fig.8 locking method will scare off the patrolling thieves from stealing that brooks set.What FAKENGERS,oh and following your missus to the shop,What STALKENGER.Hav a nice day.

    hahaha....he's back.
    couldn't stay away could you!

  • He loves us really... its just hard to express emotions sometimes.

  • .. Oh and Mr. Hoops, do you want a copy of the Coach and Horses picture of your intrepid Granddad in the WWI flying googles?

  • Sorry to hear about your loss, worrying they got the bike with the mini-d too. I know it can be cut with a axle grinder but didnt think it happens too much. did they cut the railings or the mini-d?

    Thanks for your words. They must have cut the lock, the railings seemed intact. It appears the monkeys that stole it were well tooled up.

  • Thanks for your words. They must have cut the lock, the railings seemed intact. It appears the monkeys that stole it were well tooled up.

    man that sucks big time, hope you get it back somehow.

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