21 October 2009

What would you steal and how?

I'm having second thoughts about my usual lockup method, but I'm not much of a visual thinker and have been unable to determine what the weakness is. So if there's a grave error here, I wouldn't figure it out until it was too late.

Of course I have four U-locks now, so it's pretty irrelevant anyway.


At 21 October, 2009 16:03, Anonymous Jessica said...

The Bicycle Ambassadors use the U-lock through the front wheel and frame, and a thick cable lock through the back wheel and frame.

That way someone would have to cut through both and not just one.

I usually do it the way you do it, but if someone cut through the u-lock then they'd have it.

At 22 October, 2009 19:18, Blogger Steven Vance said...

I wouldn't steal anything.

But it looks like your helmet is unsecured.
Your bike is super ugly.
Is your bike locked better than the ones next to yours?

I lock my bikes the way you locked yours, except on one bike I use two u-locks (and not because it's worth more, but the bike weighs so much that another 5 pounds doesn't hurt).

At 23 October, 2009 01:05, Blogger Jennifer said...

Are bikes born ugly, or do they have ugliness thrust upon them?

At 23 October, 2009 17:41, Blogger Yokota Fritz said...

I think the bike looks reasonable enough. The locking looks reasonable too.

I use a mini u-lock through the rear wheel and whatever pole I'm locking to (the rear wheel is the second most expensive part on the bike to replace, after the frame), then a cable lock run through the front wheel.

At 26 October, 2009 19:35, Blogger Jennifer said...

The weakness was that anyone who really wanted to could unbolt the saddle from the rails and help himself or herself to the back wheel, as well as the saddle and seatpost. I knew there was a problem here somewhere. I wouldn't mind so much if I hadn't spent near $100 on a new freewheel back in the spring.

I have now switched to two U-locks and a lot of hope that nobody wants to quickly release my quick-release seatpost. However, I'll probably resume bringing that inside the office with me, now that the weather is consistently winterlike. Nothing worse than sitting down a freezing cold saddle.


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