Love your bike. Lock it right.
An excellent article. Everyone should read it, if just to be reminded about this stuff.
this came across the couchsurfing board. don’t know how many bike locks are picked, rather than cut, but might be interesting for some, and/or educational (do you need a new, less pickable lock?):
“lock-picking class tomorrow night (9/18) at Remedy in Lawrenceville. 8 PM. Bring a padlock/combo lock and learn how easy it is to open. There will be a short discussion on the ethics of your new skill.”
I can bust open most pad locks in ten seconds with two combination wrenches… kinda sad, actually.
buffalo buffalo wrote:“lock-picking class tomorrow night (9/18) at Remedy in Lawrenceville. 8 PM
And Message Sep 17 2013 at 8:33am
Is it today (Wed Sep 18th, 2013) or tomorrow (Th Sep 19th, 2013)?
Mikhail wrote:Is it today (Wed Sep 18th, 2013) or tomorrow (Th Sep 19th, 2013)?
Message was sent this morning, headlined “Thursday night”. I’ll ask which he meant.
Benzo wrote:Good article on locking I just read:
Good article. I use a small NYC lock and a big chain. Locked independently. Some would say that is way over the top for our region and to be honest, I have never seen anyone lock a bike like I do in any city, but I still have my bike. I can’t say that for some others that park all day or sometimes much of the night where I park it in East Liberty.
Bicycle thefts prompt ‘extra patrols’ at Point Park College.
ErinK wrote:Okay, no idea why the photo didn’t show up, try this:
It didn’t show up because it’s on flikr; they don’t like to share photos. There’s probably a “get url” link someone on your page, you need a url that ends in one of the image formats: jpg, gif, png.
Yeah, but I actually grabbed the code from the “share” link before. Oh well. The picture is a bike locked to the building at D’s while 3 bike racks sit empty.
@ErinK, I think this might work:
I went to the picture on Flickr, clicked on the pic itself to get the various sizes menu, clicked Medium 800 (at random), then right-clicked on the pic that came up, and from the context menu, selected Copy URL to clipboard.
Then, back in the thread typed [img src=””] (using angle brackets instead of square ones), arrowed back to between the quotes, and pasted the URL from the clipboard.
StuInMcCandless wrote:then right-clicked on the pic that came up, and from the context menu, selected Copy URL to clipboard.
Depending on the browser this may or may not work… in my version of chrome on a mac, I have to look at the source code in order to get to the actual image url (doable, but a few extra steps).
Some Flickr photos are set up for easy sharing, but this one isn’t.
On a Flickr photo with easy sharing, when you click the Share icon (3rd of 5) the last option is “Grab the HTML/BBCode”, and it gives you some code to copy and paste to this board to show the photo in-line.
But ErinK’s photo doesn’t have that option, just a “Grab the link” option for linking to Flickr’s page. That won’t make the photo display in-line.
Flickr’s help page suggests this happens “1) If the photo is restricted. 2) If that person has turned off “Share this” or access to original files.” So perhaps you (ErinK) could change that setting to make “Grab the HTML/BBCode” appear.
So I’m assuming after going through this thread that a 7 foot, 1/2 in Krypto cable with a padlock is insufficient. I wind the cable around everything (wheels, seat, etc). I’m on a fairly tight budget, so I don’t want to buy a pricey U-lock if I don’t have to. On the other hand, coming back to no bike would be pretty tough on the budget too…
I despise Amazon for a variety of reasons, but they do show a handful of Ulocks for $15-25. (REI’s are a little more expensive, but you can ship them to the store rather than your house for free.)
And, since every little bit helps, note also that most of the local shops, including Thick, Iron City, and Performance, offer 10% off accessories for BikePGH members.
kaaden wrote:So I’m assuming after going through this thread that a 7 foot, 1/2 in Krypto cable with a padlock is insufficient. I wind the cable around everything (wheels, seat, etc). I’m on a fairly tight budget, so I don’t want to buy a pricey U-lock if I don’t have to. On the other hand, coming back to no bike would be pretty tough on the budget too…
Check Ross Stores, I’ve seen them carry Onguard mini-u locks for around $7, if you’re on a tight budget.
Mal*Wart’s selection is also getting better, although I’d still rather have a bike-shop level u-lock.
The bell u-locks have a cylinder style key, but it’s a larger diameter than the older style that was susceptible to the “bic-pen” lock-picking technique. Maybe a sharpy-pen lock picking technique vulnerability…
Any u-lock is better than a cable, it doesn’t take much to cut through most cable locks. They should be used to secure all the various parts to the bike (seat, front tire, etc.) but not to secure the bike itself.
Have there been reports of people poaching components around here? I usually lock my front wheel with an extra cable but not always. The only thing I always take off is my headlight.
i’ve seen plenty of bikes with stolen wheels, I’ve had lights stolen, and someone ripped off the duck that was strapped to my rear rack last weekend, but that’s about it. I usually take my computer as well as my headlight, but that’s in part just because it’s old enough i think it’d be a pain in the ass to replace the unit.
Someone stole my husband’s tire levers and multitool out of his seatbag, but left the spare tube behind. I think it’s a crapshoot – you might lose stuff, you might not. I decide based on how long I will be gone and where I’m parked.
I’ve had a saddlebag stolen, so now I keep that inside my pannier.
A friend of mine in San Francisco had his one month old Salsa Vaya stolen within an hour. He was using TWO u-locks.
If I had money to throw around, I’d be tempted to buy a proper U-lock, cut the cables, lock the bike properly, and leave a note saying how to access the key. Not charge for the lock, I’d give that away, but I would give him/her a brief lecture on proper bike locking technique and not being a dick.
A neighbor cable-locks to a street sign overnight. I mentioned U-locks.
“Dude, it’s a $50 bike.”
He has a point.
I don’t know, I think I could get my bike locked onto that rack with the chain ring resting on his top tube… :D
jonawebb wrote:Not only has he blocked anyone else from using the rack,
You can still lock to the rack, you just have to do it like he did, sideways.
Speaking of locked bikes, what’s up with the gold colored roadbike with the purple brake levers that’s locked up in a weird place? Been there for around 2 weeks now. Anyone missing this ride?
@jz, I’ve been wondering that too. I haven’t given it a close look, but it looks like a decent bike.
@marko82, huh, still there. I guess someone could be doing the multi-modal thing and taking it back and forth using the bus, but it seems like it’s been out in the elements for a while, now.
Sue & I looked at it on Sunday. It has new brake levers and cables on it, otherwise in good original shape and it’s locked with a U-lock to the bench. If it’s a multi-modal there are other locking options closer to the bus stop or parking lot so I don’t think that’s the plan. Maybe it belongs to a drunk college kid who forgot where he left it, but then why did he/she leave it there?
Here’s a great blog post about proper locking from our friends in baltimore. They have had some serious bike theft issues after their bike party rides. It’s not as bad as chicago / NYC / San Fransisco, simply crimes of opportunity and snipping cable locks.
I do like that they have these for saddles bolts, seatpost bolts, stem caps. Nice multi-purpose solution. A lot easier than glue and ball bearings for high security.
ericf wrote:Given the recent uptick in bicycle thefts, I upgraded to a NY Long Shackle, and a 5 foot heavy @ss chain, for the full on belt and suspenders approach.
You are about the same as me now. 2 years behind, but you caught up. I remember a long time ago mentioning on this forum that bike theft was on the rise and people need to beef up on the locks . I got pounded into the ground on here for saying that, but I digress. Glad to see people slowly catching up. Enjoy.
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