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What is the best way to lock up a very $$$ bike at home?(13 posts)

What is the best way to lock up a very $$$ bike at home?Synchronicity
Jul 31, 2003 11:48 PM
No doubt some of you own your dream bikes which are worth a veritable fortune. The insurance premiums were a nightmare, so I never bothered insuring my bike as I never leave it anywhere (except at home). Which brings me to my next point:

What is the best way to lock up your bike? I've tried drilling a hole in the wall, inserting a large eye-bolt, but can't seem to cement it in place. The bolt simply pulls out too easily. Also very hard to get the cement in there between the bolt threads and the hole in the brick. (I was going to thread a lock through the eye bolt)

Mainly I want to know about how to mount the fixture, not how to lock the bicycle to the fixture. The wall is of double-brick construction, and the floor boards are wooden (carpeted).

[My neighbours recently got robbed, so that's why I'm a bit paranoid.]
re: What is the best way to lock up a very $$$ bike at home?aliensporebomb
Aug 1, 2003 3:00 AM
Mine typically reside in the basement. Find a weight
bearing (non-removable) pillar, get one of these locks (Kryptonite NY Chain and EV Disc lock) then remove the
front wheel and place it adjacent to the rear and lock
the bike and wheels to the pillar.

To make it even harder, remove the seat/post and hide
it somewhere the thieves are likely not going to find
it (icebox? bookshelf?)

The idea is to make it really difficult to remove and
impossible to ride away.

I've been told by one security guy that the only way
thru the EV Disc Lock and NY Chain is with a jaws of
life, a tool most thieves don't have access to.

Bottom line is: if they really want it, they'll likely
get it but this is as big a deterrant as I can think of.

The lock cost me about $90 and weighs at least six pounds.
re: What is the best way to lock up a very $$$ bike at home?Matno
Aug 1, 2003 3:23 AM
Yeah, the weight bearing pillar idea is a good one (if you've got one). You might also consider bolting to the floor. Basically, the only thing you're going to be able to do is slow them down or deter them if they're in a hurry. A determined thief with lots of time (i.e. if you're on vacation) will get through anything you can think of. That's why locks that have "warranty" coverage usually have an exclusion for NYC. I guess we have more determined thieves here?!

Keeping the bike concealed might be your best bet. A dark corner of the basement covered with a blanket or behind heavy furniture would help. Of course, it would also make it a pain in the butt for you to get to your bike. I guess it depends on how paranoid you are.

One more thing, I'm assuming your neighbors actually got burglarized. If they actually got robbed (i.e. by force while they were home), the perpetrator should be dead or in jail by now. The best way to protect your bike while you're home is to have an alarm and keep a loaded gun under your bed. (Or you can just get one of those annoying little yappy
dogs like a poodle. According to one study a few years back, that was the single biggest deterrent to home burglaries! Even more than big dogs. Probably because little dogs make more noise and are much more likely to actually bite.
Yappy dogs only keep away the amateurs....[nm]bent_spoke
Aug 2, 2003 6:12 AM
What insurance premiums?filtersweep
Aug 1, 2003 4:52 AM
Home owners insurance should cover it... not that you want it stolen.
There was a post awhile back about how using home insurancekjr39
Aug 1, 2003 6:31 AM
for your bike stuff is a bad idea...

Extra coverage for your bikes shouldn't cost that much...
My homeowners deduct. is $1000lemmy999
Aug 1, 2003 9:08 AM
Which is a large percentage of my bike cost.

Does homeowners cover your bike even if it is stolen from your car?
no, then it goes on your car insurance...._rt_
Aug 1, 2003 9:19 AM
i think.

Aug 2, 2003 9:14 AM
Homeowners insurance, assuming there is any coverage at all, typically covers loss or damage to personal property no matter where it's located.

get one of these and chain it to your bikecyclinseth
Aug 1, 2003 5:07 AM
threaded anchorterry b
Aug 1, 2003 5:31 AM
go ask for a threaded anchor at Home Depot. I've used a lead version to mount things to brick or block. drill into the face of the brick, pound in the anchor, screw in your eyebolt - about the best you can do when mounting to that material.

make sure you take your bolt cutters (if your have them) on vacation with you though.
Anchors work great...make sure drill the right size hole...[nmbent_spoke
Aug 2, 2003 6:14 AM
Get an alarm systempmf1
Aug 1, 2003 7:21 AM
1. Your homeowners or renters insurance should cover the bike. There is no need to get a rider for bike alone (except yourself, that is).

2. If you're worried about crime and you own the place, get an alarm. Once installed, it costs about $25/month and protects you from fire as well as theft. The little stickers and signs alone are probably enough to persuade a thief to move on. If you rent, ask your landlord if they will pay for some or all of the installation -- worth a try, especially if you're willing to share some of the cost.