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Anyone use these?(6 posts)

Anyone use these?Ahimsa
Dec 6, 2001 6:58 PM
Kryptonite was coming out with something similar to this, then pulled it off the website recently (possible patent skirmish with Pitlock I wonder?)

http://www.pitlock.com/

For us urban riders, commuters, and those who use their bikes for everything. These sound like an effective (and light weight) addition to conventional security.

I sure would like to just carry my Evo lite w/o a cable. Although I'd still leave my U-locks in all those places I frequently park.

Component theft (aside from wheels of course) is rarely an issue where I live unless you leave the bike locked somewhere stupid for a long time, but why not eliminate the possibility anyway.

Less worry whem I'm out at the bar in the "bad part o' town".

Cheers!

A. (willing to pay for peace of mind)
Another urban locking possibilitycory
Dec 6, 2001 9:30 PM
Tried to look at the Pitlock, but the web's so slow this time of night and this close to Christmas, I got tired of waiting for it. A friend of mine just worked out another thing that looks like it's going to work, though: REI sells a wire mesh net designed to lock around luggage in places where you have to leave it unattended. This guy works in an REI store, and he got two of those pretty cheap. With the wheels off, he can put them almost completely around the bike and lock the whole works to a rack or whatever. Covers the components, rack pack, everything. You could still slip a pump through it, but that's about all.
Calls to mind Spiderman...perhaps we need force fields, eh?Ahimsa
Dec 6, 2001 11:17 PM
I admire your pals ingenuity. It has almost a "Batman utility belt" aspect to it, no?

I certainly would not have come up with such a thing as wire mesh netting. A bit more complex for my taste and circumstance, but brilliant regardless. Let me know how this works. It sounds like a good idea for longer term outdoor lockup such as train station parking.

I'm still hoping those scientists are working feverishly on mini magnetic field generators that will not only deter bicycle thieves and beer can missiles from passing drivers, but also shield my person from rain. Now that would be something I'd consider spending exorbitant sums of money on.

(*Cue Ahimsa wringing his hands in greedy techno lust....then he opens his wallet.......moths fly out.......Visibly saddened by his lack of funds, he blows his last few ducats on stout, and passes out to tipsy dreams of superhero powers and wallets flush with cash...)

Cheers!

A.
Theft.muncher.
Dec 7, 2001 2:12 AM
Easier to take out the front wheel and U lock it to the frame, back and street furniture. As you say, you still have to use the U lock anyway.

Only things I have had stolen from my bike (once) were pedals, derail, cateye brackets, and shifters - non of which that is gonna stop as far as I can see.

May be useful for shopping bikes etc, but that's about it I think.
real solutionDuane Gran
Dec 7, 2001 4:56 AM
I hate to say it, but the real solution to urban theft is to ride a peice of junk around town. I'll confess I don't follow this advice, but my only destinations in town are very safe so I don't worry too much. But, if I had to park my bike somewhere for an extended time there is nothing that would prevent someone from stripping parts as long as they had a decent set of alan wrenches. The best defense is to have a ancient groupo that couldn't garner $5 at street value. Sad, but true.
You're right, butmuncher.
Dec 7, 2001 5:33 AM
on the sad point, the stuff they took from my bike (MTB beater/commuter) would have got about $20, at very best.

Sad's the word.