Think your bike lock will work?

rich c

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Cyklefanatic

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Even the best lock only buys you 2 minutes from a skilled thief. The location where you park and your ability to keep an eye on your bike are critically important. If you develop a habit of parking your bike at the same place and time thieves can take advantage of that and plan a targeted theft. If you can also demobilize your bike by removing a wheel, battery or seat it helps make the bike less desirable.
If you want get really depressed watch the lock picking lawyer on you tube. Most locks picked in under 30 seconds.
 

BigNerd

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Bike locks are really just to prevent low hanging fruit.

If it's a pro thief, your bike has to be expensive... that's why I buy cheap bikes. :)
 

Latitude

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Very sobering information (and I’ve already had a couple of glasses of wine after an excellent ride today). In my small town, I have only locked my bike up twice, briefly, to heavy steel structures. But there have been bikes stolen here in the last couple of days; it’s a resort town. I plan to keep an eye on it!
 

Over50

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I use gas meters (live) or power poles (with live 1200 vac at the top). The lowest I'll go is 2 bars of a cart rack at the grocery. Usually include a cart in the loop.

Hey so I'm not the only one. My local supermarket has a crappy bike rack. So I hook up to the gas meter. One day a store manager was passing and said "you know we have a bike rack over there"?
 

TomD

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Another reason to lock in the rear wheel so they can't roll bike away with the rack. Unless they want to wheelbarrow with the front wheel.
 

Lightning P38

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Even the best lock only buys you 2 minutes from a skilled thief. The location where you park and your ability to keep an eye on your bike are critically important. If you develop a habit of parking your bike at the same place and time thieves can take advantage of that and plan a targeted theft. If you can also demobilize your bike by removing a wheel, battery or seat it helps make the bike less desirable.
If you want get really depressed watch the lock picking lawyer on you tube. Most locks picked in under 30 seconds.

If I have no lock with me, I shift the bike into the big ring and high gear, and I release both brakes. Slows their getaway, and then they crash.....unless they load it into a pickup bed.
 

Baxter's Dad

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This guy right here has rendered locks, cables, and chains obsolete. It slices through hardened steel with ease. It's light and concealable yet very powerful. To cut down on sparks and noise the thieves can throw a jacket or tarp over the area being cut. Usually takes less than 60 seconds to breach even the best locks and chains. Also, it could be used to cut whatever the bike is chained to. I hate thieves.

https://www.dewalt.com/products/pow...-412-115mm--5-125mm-grinder-tool-only/dcg412b
 

draver

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An old saying, "Locks Keep Out Honest People" is still true today.

I use a decent chain and lock, but also have a hidden motion alarm that is fairly sensitive and very loud. At least if someone is trying to use an angle grinder it will be sounding off the whole time. I also wonder if the sleeve on my chain makes it harder for a thief with a cut off wheel to attack a hardened chain?
 

J.R.

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I like to lock up at municipal buildings, preferably with sheriff's department security and under a camera. Probably doesn't help in big cities. When I was commuting everyday to the nearby small city, I would lock up at the county courthouse bike rack. I used a good lock (Abus 6500) and an accessory cable. The bike rack is in front of the building and has a security camera directly over it, which is monitored by a deputy sheriff. When I started doing this I went in the courthouse and talked to the deputies. They gave me some do's and don'ts. Worked for years... or I just got lucky. If nothing else I thought if the bike were stolen, at least it would be easier to file a police report and insurance claim with the security camera footage.
 

Code54

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I do a lot of metal work, cutting 99% of locks is down right easy and not a big deal with the proper tools. I figure buy a decent lock, always lock it, and have insurance just in case.