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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 12:00 pm 
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I'm about to start commuting on the push-iron to work again, where at my last office I could happily leave my bike unlocked, at the new offices I can't, bugger!

The bike park is underneath a government building and it's a gated check point Charlie before you can get into it, it forms part of the underground car park for the workers in the offices above. Now although it's a government building I don't trust these workers as far as I can spit!

I've been looking at the 'Fahgeddaboudit' bike d-lock and popped to Evans yesterday to have a gander, blow me down, it's one heavy piece of kit. So.....over to you guys....I have QR wheels so does this necessitate a chain lock as well as a D-lock? (I.e. more weight to carry). There are bike stands to lock the bikes to. I will probably be opting for non-QR wheel skewers too shortly.

Can you recommend a good mini-D-lock please? Then it comes to carrying the damned thing, I'm thinking of popping this stuff in the bike's Carradice zipped-roll saddle bag as opposed to bolting something onto the frame (it's a gorgeous paint job you see!).

Any words of wisdom?


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 12:10 pm 
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get a nasty p.o.s bike and a crappy lock ...if it gets knicked not too much grief.i can go throu most locks with a bolster chisel and lump hammer in seconds.if some one wants it bad enough it doesnt matter what lock you have ,they will get it eventually.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 12:20 pm 
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TranzX do these security skewers. They bolt in the place of your QR and need a special allen-type key to open (uses an Allen key with 5 sides as opposed to the usual 6)

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Available in black or polished alu. Also found as generic knockoffs, but those are just as good, if a bit heavier. I believe they are retailing at around £10-15 on Ebay

My bikes are all equipped with these, and I absolutely swear by them. Make sure you keep the key with you though, or fixing a flat will become a nightmare.
It can be attached to a regular keyring, so that's where mine is.

As for the lock, I agree with Gibbleking. A determined thief will get through any lock. So I use a generic beefy cable lock.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 12:43 pm 
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I wouldn't worry about weight, just leave the lock attached to the post each night. It'll still be there in the morning.

I think that's fairly standard practice for regular journeys.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 12:49 pm 
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I found one of the above locks on the floor last week, sniped on the joint looked like a easy clean cut, years ago I had a small oxford D lock and locked my bike up in the back yard and lost my keys (Brother threw em in next doors garden found out 15yrs later) :roll: had hell of a hard time getting it off.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 1:24 pm 
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gibbleking wrote:
get a nasty p.o.s bike and a crappy lock ...


+1 to this


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 1:28 pm 
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poweredbypies wrote:
gibbleking wrote:
get a nasty p.o.s bike and a crappy lock ...


+1 to this


Paint it a gawdy colour, remove everything of value, replace quick releases and put a basket on it, even a carrier bag over the worn holed seat


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 1:30 pm 
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Buy a Dahon or similar, fold it up and hide it under your desk.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 4:52 pm 
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i use lockable QR's


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 4:58 pm 
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Quick-ish release.


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