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  1.  
    Looking at getting a new lock. Any suggestions. Thanks
  2.  
    I've been using a Kryptonite Fahgettaboudit mini u-lock for a few years now. I remember reading an article on Salon.com Slate about breaking modern locks, and that it was the best lock they could find. I don't know if that is true, but no one has messed with it or my bikes since I've had it.

    [edit] I think there have been some other lock discussions on here in the past, you would do well to use the forum search.

    Also, here's the article: http://www.slate.com/id/2140083
  3.  
    How big do you want the lock?
    if you want small you can get a On Guard or a Kryptonite Mini U-lock
    or bigger U-locks you can get the Kryptonite NYC Chain that is pretty much unbreakable

    https://www.kryptonitelock.com/products/ProductDetail.aspx?cid=1001&scid=1000&pid=1100

    https://www.kryptonitelock.com/products/ProductDetail.aspx?cid=1001&scid=1002&pid=1169

    I use the Kryptonite Mini U-lock and it works great
  4.  
    Previous lock threads:
    http://velospace.org/forums/discussion/24/1/what-do-you-lock-your-bike-with/
    http://velospace.org/forums/discussion/325/kryptonite-mini-u-vs-onguard-bulldog-mini-u/

    I also see that they've stopped using the NYC Fugg brand. Probably a good idea. Wait, no they haven't. Shut up.

    I should also mention that I live in Eugene, OR, which, despite being a city of 160,000, is routinely one of the top cities for bike theft in the nation.
  5.  
    I love my OnGuard Bulldog Mini. Some scoff at it but it gets decent reviews and I don't exactly live in a high-crime area. Coupled with a cable looped through both wheels, it does the job (and is most likely overkill for where I live).
    • CommentAuthorMancha150
    • CommentTimeFeb 9th 2010
     
    I was actually going to suggest...

    I have a larger "on guard pitbull" U lock than the one suicide_ mentions, but I am assuming his is nicer because it costs 3 times as much (what can I say, I am an economist, people are rational, and bla bla bla) but I have seen some nice bikes around with only these U locks and I wanted to make a suggestion. Right now in Mexico City there is no chance in hell I lock my bike up outside for more than 5 mins because people walk around with hex keys of every size and chilangos are very thrifty anyway, so I know it would be gone in a minute. I have the benefit be able to lock it up in an indoor parking lot, but that is beside the point. When I lived in DC and went to GWU, the 4 years I was there, there were a shitload of bike robberies in the middle of the day in foggy bottom, and so I bought that U lock and a kryptonite cable lock, and would lock my bike up in such a way that no wheels could be removed (nor the frame, obviously). I see most people just lock the bike by the top tube (is this what top tube protectors are for??? Or for the huevos?), and I remember a post a while back where a bunch or wheelset were stolen outside of a bar in hipsterville USA.

    Anyway, my suggestion is that you get both a U lock AND a cable lock. You put the U lock through the downtube and the front wheel and loop the cable lock through the back wheel, and attach this to the U lock. You will be safer than a Zeta in Michoacan. Booyah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Good luck!
    • CommentAuthorMancha150
    • CommentTimeFeb 9th 2010
     
    Jesus you people type fast. I need to think and do a spell check and everything and by the time im ready to add my comments, there are like 5 posts ahead of mine. I even searched google to make sure I had the right U lock name
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    Kryptonite Mini U-lock.

    Get a cable for your wheels if locked up for any longer period of time.

    This lock can fit in your back pocket, and if needed, you can always wrap a cable around your waste.

    The lock is big enough to lock to a street sign, and get thru my frame and front wheel.
  7.  
    Posted By: terrible_one49Kryptonite Mini U-lock.

    Get a cable for your wheels if locked up for any longer period of time.

    This lock can fit in your back pocket, and if needed, you can always wrap a cable around your waste.

    The lock is big enough to lock to a street sign, and get thru my frame and front wheel.



    with the wheels I have I am limited with locking options with my front wheel with the mini U-lock
    • CommentAuthorScrodzilla
    • CommentTimeFeb 9th 2010 edited
     
    You should be locking through your back wheel anyway.

  8.  
    Posted By: suicide_doorsI've been using a Kryptonite Fahgettaboudit mini u-lock for a few years now. I remember reading an article onSalon.comSlate about breaking modern locks, and that it was the best lock they could find. I don't know if that is true, but no one has messed with it or my bikes since I've had it.

    [edit] I think there have been some other lock discussions on here in the past, you would do well to use the forum search.

    Also, here's the article:http://www.slate.com/id/2140083
    • CommentAuthorMancha150
    • CommentTimeFeb 9th 2010
     
    yes scrodzilla thank you. A long time ago someone told me the back wheel was more difficult to replace, and so you should always lock with U lock from the back. I didnt know why then, but then again I didnt know anything about bikes either.
  9.  
    Not only is the back wheel more expensive to replace but by locking this way (u lock through rear wheel only a la Sheldon Brown), if someone should attempt to use a jack or leverage tools to break your lock, they most likely won't do as much (or any) damage to your frame in the process. I always secure my front wheel with a cable as well.
  10.  
    Yes, I do this as well. Most of the time, anyway.
  11.  
    Does anyone have any experience with the Kryptonite Kriptolock series 2 mini? Is it solid? Could it fit in your back pocket?
  12.  
    Sorry, but nothing is going to stop someone who has a cordless angle-grinder & a gun...
    • CommentAuthorAaron C
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th 2010 edited
     
    Posted By: stinky peteSorry, but nothing is going to stop someone who has a cordless angle-grinder & a gun...


    are the gun and the angle grinder used in combination?

    Bike ThiefAlmost there... almost there... come one trusty angle grinder you can get through this pesky bike loc... GOD DAMMIT! out of juice. i knew i should have brought an extra battery.
    Oh Yeah! i've got this here gun. i can shoot the rest of this lock off.

    BANG! Bang!

    Man, i sure am glad i remembered to bring my grinder And my gun



    maybe it's more of an either/or kind of thing.
    • CommentAuthortypeDvorak
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th 2010 edited
     
    umm. i went to my hardware store and bought two feet the biggest/strongest gauge chain they had and a super duper one inch carbide something or other masterlock. once i got everything home i painstakingly sleeved every link save three. photos manana.

    edit: photos

    a penny for scale

    kinda hurts my eyes, but you get the point.
  13.  
    chains are legit, but i don't feel like carrying one around. i don't even like bringing a bag around with me. just strap my u-lock through my belt loop and jam.
  14.  
    Posted By: bensonisajewHow big do you want the lock?
    if you want small you can get a On Guard or a Kryptonite Mini U-lock
    or bigger U-locks you can get the Kryptonite NYC Chain that is pretty much unbreakable

    https://www.kryptonitelock.com/products/ProductDetail.aspx?cid=1001&scid=1000&pid=1100

    https://www.kryptonitelock.com/products/ProductDetail.aspx?cid=1001&scid=1002&pid=1169

    I use the Kryptonite Mini U-lock and it works great


    I once ordered the krypto ny chain for cheap, when it arrived I was shocked about how large the lock is and how heavy the chai nis. Truly seems unbreakable.
    If you live in a high crime area and/or have to leave your (expensive) bike unattended quite often, this is the right lock.

    I also use the krypto mini, it got some decent reviews and the size fits perfect. You can store it in every bag or your back pocket and it doesn't weight too much.
    Also I have a safe place to store my bike at work and take it in my appartement over night.
 
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