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Locking my baby up...(7 posts)

Locking my baby up...Brian T
Apr 8, 2002 2:27 PM
I going to start riding to my school, and I'm only equipped with a U-Lock. So, I was wondering, what precautions should I take when locking my bike at a university with a high volume of people? Will it be sufficient to lock only the front wheel and frame? It would only take someone a few seconds to screw off my clipless pedals, or just release my rear wheel (Rolf Comp). So, what is necessary, without being paranoid?
re: Locking my baby up...gray8110
Apr 8, 2002 2:43 PM
I always felt like I could do more, but I removed my seatpost saddle still atatchedwhen I got to school.. and I still have the bike today.. If you wanted to be anal about it you could remove the pedals and the QR's too. Seems silly to me. I went to a small school though and never felt uncomfortable. If it were me and I was REALLY worried about losing the bike I'd get used MTB or some beater to bring to work and save my baby for the real riding.

re: Locking my baby up...KEN2
Apr 8, 2002 2:47 PM
Also lock it where there is steady pedestrian traffic--unless the potential thief has been watching you specifically and casing your bike, he won't take the chance that the owner could walk right up to him out of a crowd...
re: Locking my baby up...Andy M-S
Apr 9, 2002 2:22 AM
You're lucky you ride a road bike. Theft is far less likely than if you had an MTB, since most opportunistic bike thefts are probably for parts harvesting. If you have an MTB, the situation is more like it was 20 years ago for people with 10-speeds (I remember having my front wheel taken from in front of my girlfriend's house while I was gone for 10 minutes). Since road stuff is less resellable, hockable, etc., it's far less likely to be taken.

Clipless pedals are unlikely to vanish from the bike, as someone would need to be carrying a wrench. It's the stuff with quick releases you need to watch out for (your wheels, maybe computer, your seatpost/saddle if it uses a QR and, of course, your saddlebag.

I've seen a cable that connects your seatpost to your frame (I think it wraps around a cartridge BB or something) but better insurance is not to use a QR.
Apr 9, 2002 7:40 AM
Best way to prevent theft is ride a bike no one would want. A single speed beater would probably do. Better if it has bolt on wheels, not quick releases. Maybe a really crappy looking Bianchi Pista, spray painted ugly brown.

I would not leave an expensive bike locked up where I'd be away for hours. If you do, however, make sure your homeowner's or renter's insurance is paid up and covers it, and your lock carries some sort of guarantee that covers the deductible. Take several pictures of the bike, including the lock, and keep receipts for everything in the bike, if you have them.

You are not paranoid if they really are out to get you.
Apr 9, 2002 12:25 PM
Remove your front wheel, lock it to your frame with the U-

Lock through the back wheel.
Run a cable lock through the seat rails, main triangle and bike rack.

Use a non QR seatpost collar. Leave your locks on the bike rack so you don't have to lug them.

Vary your schedule. Park different places on different days.

My .02.
do what the messengers do...k mand
Apr 10, 2002 11:33 AM
Buy something else that functions well but looks like shit. That's all I had in college anyway. You should be paranoid, there's more bike thefts on campuses than anywhere else. U locks stop nothing, unless maybe you are watching it 5 feet away from a coffee shop.

If you want to take the chance, Krptonite has a key lock set in the form of a skewer for the wheels and seat post.