|I have a bike (trek 4300 disk). On this bike (like on most bike), you can remove the front wheel in about 15 seconds. My friend just had his front weel stolen.|
Since I often lock my bike in a urban area, I was wondering if any of you guys know if there's a way to secure the wheel without having to take it out every time.
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|1: Locking skewers, which many bike shops sell. Instead of a quick release, you need a "key" to open them.|
2: Two locks. I personally lock my back wheel + frame to the bike rack with a u-lock, and then use a cable for the front wheel. Thing is, those cable locks are not hard to cut, so I should use a better lock. Or get a locking skewer.
3: Use a hose clamp around the fork to clamp the quick release lever to the fork. I don't have a photo, but it's not hard to figure out. Not theft proof to anyone with a screwdriver, but it does stop someone from just grabbing your front wheel and taking off. A lot of bike messengers use this trick, as do I.
|When you lock up, just pass the lock through your frame downtube and the front wheel rim. Works with most any lock. |
It seemed like a good idea at the time...
|Posted by kjohnnytarr|
When you lock up, just pass the lock through your frame downtube and the front wheel rim. Works with most any lock.
This functions, but it leaves your back wheel completely unprotected. Tha back wheel is more expensive to replace with the gears and all, so it doesn't make sense to save the cheaper wheel. I use my bike for commuting mostly, so I have the locking spears. When I go off road, mostly in summer, I replace the locked spears with regular ones, and remove the wheel when locking or transporting the bike. With practise you can do it quickly and easily.
|Another thing I've seen is to use hose clamps to lock your quick release lever to your fork. If you use a rachet and a bit of locktite goo, it'll be impossible to get off with just a screwdriver, and any thief would just move on to the next bike, rather than fuck with yours. |
It seemed like a good idea at the time...
|Could just lock the front wheel and frame with the Ulock and lock the back wheel to the frame with one of the mini ULocks, But that's only is you really want to carry around 2 locks... Other way is to either get a long ulock and remove the front wheel and lock it along with the back wheel or just take it with you.. |
Live to Serve, Serve to Live..
|You can loop it with a cheap chain admist your frame then ulock the chain. Yes they can break the chain with some effort, but good luck on ulock. Literally, if you need a tire that bad...then your that desperate. |
|locking skewers, or track hubs with track bolts. |
|So, does anyone get paranoid about people thieving other parts?|
Seat and post, if that's on a QR...
Depending on your setup, a set of cable cutters and an Allen key might be all someone needs to run off with your bar and stem assembly...
|There's not much you can do if they've got Allen wrenches. Best to just not think about it, and don't lock up bikes with parts you care about. |
|I've only ever had entire bikes stolen, so I'm not sure where that paranoid thought came from |
|handcuff the wheel to the frame |
|Ya thieves can get though anything if they want to jack you're ride. Sometimes I'm too stubborn to use locks and take my bike inside, its usually clean anyways.|
And when you finally disappear, We'll just say you were never here.
|Definitely recommend a lighter cable + U-lock. U-lock secures the back wheel + frame, and use the cable to get the front. You can even use the u-lock as the shackle for the cable.|
Also, I wholly endorse the old-chain seat saver. Take an old chain, thread it through an old tube, and run it under the seat stays and through the rails of the seat. Put it together with a chain tool, and your seat is secure. Threading it through the old tube is important to prevent chipping your frame.
|replace quick release skewer with nut and bolt, tack weld nut to bolt |
|Yesterday there was a women who used a cable to wrap around both wheels, frame, and bike rack then use the Ulock as a padlock. FAIL! I've seen and had to cut thrue those things and its like butter with cable cutters.|
Lock the rear wheel(to the frame or inside of the rear triangle) to the bike rack. Delta makes a great locking skewer that the bike has to be flipped upside down for it to open. An old bicycle chain attached to your seat and to your seat stays. Wax in your headset
If there is a bike rack infront of your building try to lock in the Garage or in the middle of the rack to leave the locking spots on the sides open for the bike messengers. Thanks.
If your leaving your $$$$ or carbon bike locked on the street it will probably get stolen. Know where your locking. Make sure the stand that your locking to is bolted down. Or the street sign doesn't just lift up..
If you come out of the building and your bike has someone else's lock on it. Call a friend, have them bring a saw. Hacksaws take a long time. If theres a power outlet that you can run an extension cord. diamond blade circular saw. Cuts ulocks like butter. Cops won't do anything. Have photos of your bike. Know the cereal number. Tell a bike messenger, the'll help spread the word. Except chicago feels like lots of the messengers are the ones who probably stole your bike..
|Posted by Vision|
Wax in your headset
What does that do?
|LOL. Wax in the headset bolt. Would it even work with wax in your headset? |
|Heh. So, what does the wax do, whereerver it goes? |
|If you fill your headset bolts or disc brake bolts with melted candle wax then it will slow down someone who is stripping your bike. Their allen wrench will not fit in the hole to undo the bolt. |
All of these things just slow the thief down. Its up to you to find a safe place to leave your bike.