Author Topic: Bicycle Security  (Read 16741 times)

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Offline pmspirito

Bicycle Security
« Reply #15 on: January 02, 2005, 01:07:16 am »
As a compulsive and chronic locker i was disappointed to find out the Kryptonite locks were so easily "compromised".  If you are not familiar with this and the  recall and exchange program do a search for Kryptonite locks. As for locking; I just cannot immagine coming out of a convience store in the middle of Tim-buk-too or that bum place in Egypt to find my bike and stuff gone because  some punks/red necks thought it would be great fun to make my bike and stuff dissappear.  Like; what do ya do....your stuff is gone and you are in the middle of no where.....I just do not want to have to deal with it.

best wishes from the back of the pack,  Peter & Judy Spirito
best wishes from the back of the pack,  Peter & Judy Spirito

Offline canalligators

Bicycle Security
« Reply #16 on: January 10, 2005, 04:43:07 pm »
Like most, I only use the lock if I'm suspicious of my surroundings.  We will sometimes take turns going into the store so one person can watch them.  I also sleep better if the bike is locked at night.

I liked the idea to leave it in big ring.  Add to it that I ride a SWB recumbent - most thieves who try to ride a loaded recumbent for the first time WILL fall over.

Offline MikeJuvrud

Bicycle Security
« Reply #17 on: January 30, 2005, 03:01:39 am »
At night I take off the wheels (quick release) and put them at my feet inside my tent (REI Solo) and lock the bike with a lightweight cable lock. Otherwise, I rarely even use the lock.

Offline mikeedgar

Re: Bicycle Security
« Reply #18 on: May 07, 2011, 07:10:32 pm »
I like the idea of taking off at least the front wheel, or even the seat, if it is quick-release.  I will be pulling a trailer and plan to lock the bike and trailer side by side. That'll make it impossible to ride away and very difficult to just lift up and carry away. Someone also suggested a bell (low-tech motion detector.)

Offline litespeed

Re: Bicycle Security
« Reply #19 on: May 07, 2011, 07:57:12 pm »
I have a bike lock with self-coiling 6' cable. If I'm going to leave my bike out of sight for more than a few minutes (restaurant, supermarket, museum, dentist, etc.) I lock it to something. I generally don't bother if I'm just zipping into a convenience store. In campgrounds I lock it to the picnic bench seat or a tree and put it where I can see it through the tent opening. As far as I know no one has ever tried to steal the bike or anything on it but it's the most expensive thing I own that isn't real estate so I don't take any chances. If I were to go somewhere where there is a lot of petty thievery such as Central America I would find a way to secure my Ortliebs.

Offline dombrosk

Re: Bicycle Security
« Reply #20 on: May 08, 2011, 11:37:09 am »
We've recently had two active threads on this topic, "bike locks" and "bicycle security".  Folks interested in the topic might want to look through both threads.

Seems like there are three approaches to locking up:

1) completely unlocked.
I'll do this on a charity ride when I'm surrounded by lots of unlocked bikes much nicer than mine.  Aside from that I avoid this approach, partially because a neighbor of mine had a bad experience trusting small towns during his Northern Tier ride.  (He published a journal of his ride, A Crossing by Brian Newhouse) 

I was concerned when one poster to this forum advised going unlocked in major cities... this advice seemed very unwise to me:
 "Re: Bike locks
« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2011, 01:48:36 pm »  My touring has been in Europe and the USA.  I'm not sure I took a lock on any of my tours.  Its been a few years so I may have forgot what I carried.  I recall visiting a museum for a day in Munich and leaving the bike outside in a visible area.  Unlocked.  Bags and bike were still there when I returned.   "

2) lightweight cable lock.
This can be a nice compromise position... I had an eye-opening experience with this, though.  One of my students (I'm a high school teacher) offered to show me a magic trick.  He took my cable lock (as a bicycle commuter I park my bike in my classroom) and in less than a minute had it opened up.
"How did you learn how to do that?" I asked. 
"YouTube."  came the reply.
So I googled "bicycle combination locks" and the first item was an instructional video on how to crack the combinations.  So if you go the combination lock way, be careful to get a more serious combination.

I was relieved when an old thread got reactivated today on the website to see another description of that same day in Munich that had concerned me.. it seems that the bike really wasn't unlocked, after all.
 "    Re:   Bicycle Security
« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2004, 09:55:51 pm » Quote 
Back in 1992 I toured loaded in Europe.  One day I parked my fully loaded bike, with panniers, in front of a museum in Munich, Germany.  I used my cable lock.  I spent several hours inside.  The bike and bags were just fine when I returned. "

3) maximum security.
This can include a Kryptonite style U-Lock and cable or a variety of hardened chain locks.  This is the direction I've headed into over the years.  While no lock will stop a determined thief, it can lead a thief to move on to the less secured bike on the next rack.  My goal is to never be the "least secure/most expensive" bike in any situation.

Those of us who ride in cities are accustomed to these kinds of systems.  If you'd like a humorous and informative look at how to secure a bike here's a short video worth watching.