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Another lock thread

i was going to use the old love your bike thread but I can't post in it. Anyway, I've lost my old pitbull mini onguard recently. Since I don't lock very much, I bought a cable lock, but I do miss my old pitbull mini. Seeing that they run for $50+ I was wondering if anyone could suggest some alternative small ulocks. I would also need a mount with it. I suppose I'll end up buying another one but I really don't want to spend that much. Anything else just as good or almost as good?
2016-10-04 17:35:40
I was just at FreeRide last night and noticed that they are selling quite a few new items like cassettes and such that I didn't realize they had.  They have u-locks, but I'm not sure which brand (but I think it was bulldog).  You may want to check there first since brand new Shimono cassettes were only $15-20.    
2016-10-04 18:21:53
That is an investment that I would personally make if I could. I have had mine for 10 years and no issues with the locking mechanism getting stuck, and more importantly, my bikes are always secure.
2016-10-04 20:55:37
I have used kryptonite locks of different levels, cheap durolock u-locks, bulldog mini, and Abus Mini U locks. The abus mini u-locks have been my favorite. They are the only ones I've never had any fiddly issues with keys, it's double deadbolt instead of single sided, and come with several spare keys. Though, some come with a mount and some don't, so just make sure you find one with a mount. They can usually be found for $40 - $50. I'm pretty sure I've seen these at bike shops around town as well, so you can buy local.
2016-10-05 09:50:37
I have a Kryptonite U-lock. Generally no trouble, though they do get sticky. A drop or two of chain oil down the slot every couple of months does wonders, though.
2016-10-05 14:52:39
I rank locks according the the type of tool needed to break them:
  1. Brute force or crude picking: the worst kind of locks, like the combination/cable locks kids use. See
  2. A small hand-held cutting tool: cable locks, or anything not locked to a secure immovable object. See
  3. A larger bolt cutter or prying tool: some U-locks, some TiGr locks. See
  4. A really good bolt-cutter, an angle grinder: the best U-locks.
The point is, any lock can be broken. You want to delay thieves enough that they move on to the next bike. If you leave your bike in a place where thieves have all the time they need, they can take it and will if it's valuable enough. I think you need about a 3 when you park your bike unattended for a short time, and a 4 when you lock your bike outdoors unattended overnight.
2016-10-05 15:41:00