How do you secure your bike?

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  1. Stkrdknmibalz

    Stkrdknmibalz PTM Pacos Ahead! Advanced User Premium Member

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    I'm thinking of getting a mountain bike for commuting to the train station and I was wondering how do you prevent thieves from stealing it?

    I'd be chaining it outside my work place and/or the station


    Thanks

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    I've seen ignition lockouts and tilt alarms if someone gets on. Typically better for heavier bikes. Chains may help but please don't only put it on the front wheel. Place it through the chassis.
     
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    I was thinking mountain bike lol

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    Biohazardous Finding the loopholes Intermediate User Premium Member

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    Step 1 watch youtube videos on "picking" bike locks. Step 2 try "picking" locks before you buy/try on your own locks.
     
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    Make sure your bike doesn't look too nice. Lock it next to a bike that looks really nice.
     
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    depending on how "safe" or how is the are where you'll leave it.

    For cities where thieves will get with an angle grinder to steal your bike (Think NY, etc), i'd only trust a Kryptonite fahgettaboudit u-lock , few will go to the trouble to try and steal a bike with a lock like this. you'll need a steel cable to lock the entire bike (u-lock through frame plus rear wheel, cable through front wheel)

    For cities where thieves exist and go to an extent to steal your bike, but not full on angle grinder mode, you can use a chain, i use a hiplok, it's a chain that you can put around your waist while riding.

    Lastly, if the bike will be out of sight, etc. think about protecting the components, some people glue ball bearings inside each bolt head so that it is not as easy to remove, other, more elegant choices like pitlock are good but expensive.

    In the end, the best theft deterrent is to simply get your bike indoors, i'm lucky to be able to put the bike right next to my desk, so i don't need to worry about this, but for eating out, etc, i rarely leave the bike out of sight..

    Lastly, if you're going to get a bike for commuting, don't spend more than $500, i'd also look into hybrids rather than a full-on MTB (it'll be lighter, faster, and even cheaper with the same level components)

    Hope i helped :)

    links:
    www.kryptonitelock.com: New York Fahgettaboudit Mini
    https://www.hiplok.com/hiplok-lite/
    http://www.pitlock.com/
    https://pinheadlocks.com/store/en/
     
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    ^This. Take your bike indoors if at all possible.

    In addition, this is something that I did, because I didn’t like hauling around my heavy krypto lock around. I kept a couple krypto locks locked at my regular destinations. Keys are weigh less than locks.
     
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    Only good way to secure it is by not leaving it outside ;) If the thief will want to steal your bike while it is chained outside - he/she will do it, only takes about a minute or so to do stuff like pick the lock (even with locks like Kryptonite's New York Fahgettaboutit model - you can find picking videos on YT) or cut it with angle grinder.
     
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    I'm thinking of getting the Oxford HD

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    Well, common sense says "a lock only keeps an honest person out".

    You can pick any lock. (it's one of my side hobbies) But whats even faster is a cordless angle grinder, bolt cutters or a ramset. You'll cut that chain in under 10secs and be gone. If someone wants it, they'll take it.

    Take it inside if you're super concerned.
     
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    Oops, I was thinking dirt bike. Where I am I used 80 grade chain and a heavy duty lock for my bike. But it's really heavy. Bike locks work well. I used the twist style number lock since they are harder to physically pick apart. To break into one of those like I had to when a kid screwed the code up, you need to put alot of tension on it and feel for the clicks. It takes a half hour with it off the bike.
     
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    Yeah but it's better than nothing.

    I bet if someone just saw it sitting without a lock they'd be more likely to take it.

    My dad's bike got stolen because some low life yanked it off since he was using a cheap dollar store lock by believing that because it's "Canada"



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    Some maniac brought in a cable to slide through the gate in our bike garage to hit the push bar exit and stole my Trek mountain bike. In my opinion no premium bikes are safe. Now I ride a $25 bike I picked up from a junk yard and I just leave it laying by my car. It's never been touched. Even the fcks that broke into my car left that POS bike.

    Reducing your standard of living retards theft. On that note I'm contemplating trading my Mustang in on a 95 Chevy Impala... reducing my footprint even further.
     
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    Do what my friend does. Find a beat up bike on craigslist for $25 bucks or something like that. This way, you won't have to worry. He's bought and gotten for free, old bikes, rusted one, pee-wee herman type bikes and doesn't care if stuff goes missing.

    One time he left his bike and came back with no seat. He still rode it every day. The next time, they took his handlebars. (WTF?) then he dumped it and went to another bike.
     
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    I used a beater bike to get to class every day and it never got stolen. If it did, I would've just bought another one on Craigslist for less than a good lock. I also left it outside in all weather conditions and saved my good mountain bike for dry weather.
     
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    I bought a $100 bike, the nicest bike of them all
    :ughh: IMG_20180614_195835.

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