Ways not to lock your bike

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  • I got those too, not as secure as pitlock (all the tools is the same), but a good deterrant when the theft realise he need to pop round to the shop and buy that tool.

  • Smart product. First they sell to people who want some extra security without the hassle, then they sell again to the smarter thief, who'll make his money back the first time he finds some nice wheels with these on.

  • Fucking amateur, your wheels and stabilisers are GONE blud this is Herne Hill, get me blud!

    http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4129/5187­735221_69408b75ff_b.jpg

  • Smart product. First they sell to people who want some extra security without the hassle, then they sell again to the smarter thief, who'll make his money back the first time he finds some nice wheels with these on.

    Yeah, my OTP (Marin) came with one of these on the front wheel. I'm still using it and nobody's nicked the wheel yet. Also, I haven't lost the tool either so it's working so far.

    I don't have much faith in it though...

  • Well you defintely have more faith than a standard allen bolt one.

  • True, but not a lot more. It's security by obscurity - if everyone used them, the thieves would just carry the tool.

  • True, but not a lot more. It's security by obscurity - if everyone used them, the thieves would just carry the tool.

    Sense.

  • Saw a great bit of bad locking the other day but unfortunately no camera...

    Someone had d locked their bike to a railing. Except instead of putting it around the bike/wheels, the d lock was still in it's slot on holder, just turned sideways. It's like they thought, why bother removing the d lock from this convenient slot in holder, I can just leave it in here for absolutely no bike security and 5 seconds of time saved.....

  • Fucking amateur, your wheels and stabilisers are GONE blud this is Herne Hill, get me blud!

    http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4129/5187­735221_69408b75ff_b.jpg

    Nice bell, I'd have me that away too.

  • "the man in the shop told me to always have the D-lock on part of my frame"

  • I saw a great one the other day but was in a hurry or would've photoed it.

    Was someone witha cable lock, attached to a bracket thing on the frame, and wrapped round a rail. Think you could've just slid the lock out of the bracket, if not a bit of a tug would've sorted it.

  • Think you could've just slid the lock out of the bracket, if not a bit of a tug would've sorted it.

    A bit of a tug is preferable to stealing bikes.

  • Just back from sunny Balham high street - the Sainsbury's there recently did a refit during which they took away the several excellent sheffield stands and replaced them with a single shed containing maybe 6 of those idiotic butterfy stands. This evidently didn't do enough to discourage cyclists from locking up at Sainsbury's, so now they've taken the shed / butterfly stands away and replaced them with two tree-shaped structures with grooves in the stems. I gather you are supposed to lift your bike into the stands vertically and use a cable lock to secure your quick-release front wheel to the topmost metal bar of the stand. There doesn't appear to be any method using standard physics by which you can both secure the wheel to the stand and secure the wheel to the bicycle.

    Two enterprising souls had a go anyway, everybody else just locked their bikes to the wooden railings that fence off the flowerbeds. Why do Sainsbury's hate cyclists?

  • Genius

  • Just back from sunny Balham high street - the Sainsbury's there recently did a refit during which they took away the several excellent sheffield stands and replaced them with a single shed containing maybe 6 of those idiotic butterfy stands. This evidently didn't do enough to discourage cyclists from locking up at Sainsbury's, so now they've taken the shed / butterfly stands away and replaced them with two tree-shaped structures with grooves in the stems. I gather you are supposed to lift your bike into the stands vertically and use a cable lock to secure your quick-release front wheel to the topmost metal bar of the stand. There doesn't appear to be any method using standard physics by which you can both secure the wheel to the stand and secure the wheel to the bicycle.

    Two enterprising souls had a go anyway, everybody else just locked their bikes to the wooden railings that fence off the flowerbeds. Why do Sainsbury's hate cyclists?

    I wondered about that myself. Fortunately I live within walking distance. I need to stir myself and contact them about it.

  • Genius

    My favourite of the thread.

  • Has anyone their recommendation for an effective but economical bike chain/ strap and lock as I have bought a new bike and will need one ? I am not a member of which but perhaps someone knows a buyer site that would evaluate bike acessories ? Thanks

  • Has anyone their recommendation for an effective but economical bike chain/ strap and lock as I have bought a new bike and will need one ? I am not a member of which but perhaps someone knows a buyer site that would evaluate bike acessories ? Thanks

    http://www.lfgss.com/thread17938.html

  • Has anyone their recommendation for an effective but economical bike chain/ strap and lock as I have bought a new bike and will need one ? I am not a member of which but perhaps someone knows a buyer site that would evaluate bike acessories ? Thanks

    It's not compulsory to translate your messages into Swahili and back before you post them. People just do that for fun.

  • 'Llow it bruv. Bare yootmans nar ramp wi nar folly.

  • Barry mason on inside-out london, showing how to lock a bike. they snipped through a cable lock like butter. wonder how many viewers will bother to get a decent lock after seeing that?

  • It's not compulsory to translate your messages into Swahili and back before you post them. People just do that for fun.

    jokes!

  • A rather delightful 3Rensho outside my work.

    Whoever you are, I love your bike but you really need to reassess your locking strategy. I can't spend the entire afternoon keeping an eye on it for you and bikes have been nicked from here. Next time you struggle finding a parking space give me a knock, I'll keep it indoors for you, Studio 6.


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  • i've a got a heavy duty D -lock as well as a ridic thick cable lock, which i have now realised is an absolute nightmare to ride around with...can anyone recommend a good cable lock that is thin but secure??? AND somehow miraculously cheap? = .

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