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Recommendations: Locks & Chains - March 23, 2008, 11:15 AM

Last month or ealier this month someone posted a video of someone cutting chains (which I can't seem to find now). So, I was looking for suggestions on what type of lock system I should get; any suggestions?
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Lock - March 23, 2008, 06:40 PM

Get the disc lock with the loud ass alarm built in. It works great!!
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I have a krytonite New York Fahgettaboudit Disc Lock and 3'3" chain. Let me know if u need them
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March 24, 2008, 07:19 PM

When I take my bike cross country, it gets:

covered with a bike cover
rear wheel locked to the subframe w/big 5 foot krypto chain & lock
shorter krypto chain/lock for the front....
ONE of the chains locked to something FIXED
OTHER chain has a lots of useless/annoying/heavy/awkward things looped through it
disc lock/alarm (XENA)
Club steering lock
Truck preferably backed up to my window or against the wall

Krypto's top chain is nice, I have to admit. Yes any chain can be defeated, hence why I am a firm believer in making it as hard as possible for your bike to steal. I left out a regular motorcycle alarm/tracking device...good stuff too. Its all in the odds...the more you protect your bike, the less likely it is to get stolen...but the chances are always

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March 25, 2008, 06:29 AM

I use this one... http://www.kryptonitelock.com/Produc...=1003&pid=1151

+1 on cover w/lock

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June 10, 2008, 05:32 PM

I've heard of the following theft deterent:

1- Buy some crime scene tape and use it to mark off a box around your bike.
2- Draw a chalk outline of a human body next to the bike. A hand should be reaching out to the bike as if the bike was to be touched.
3- Open a few small ketchup packets and smear ketchup thoroughly inside the chalk outline.
4- Drop a few spent shell casings inside the crime scene tape perimeter.
5- Refuse to discuss the issue when asked while politely changing the subject.

It's my understanding the some of the better chains impede cutting with tools that are commonly available to the public. Portable plasma cutters not withstanding. It will be one hell of a fireworks display though. The links on these chains are hardened and squared so it's very difficult to place even a large bolt cutter on them and obtain sufficient leverage to cleave the link. The lock should be of similar construction - weakest link and all that. Put the chain through your frame if possible unless you just want to keep a wheel and lose the bike. Also park next to some flashier bikes that aren't as obviously secured because the lowest hanging fruit gets picked first. Disk locks by themselves just keep idiots from rolling your bike around in a circle. It just takes two burly guys to pick your 400-500 pound bike up and toss it onto a pickup truck. A generic non descriptive or obfuscatory bike cover is also a good idea. Don't get one that tells the world the exact make and model of the machine under it.

If I'm traveling on the sport bike I just use an audible alarm disk lock, bike cover and park in smart location. I don't have storage room to carry a 6' heavy chain and hope I can find something to anchor it too. On the cruiser I'll carry the chain since I got lots of storage to spare, additionally the crusier has an audible alarm system.

If I'm staying over night somewhere I'll ask the hotel/motel manager if I can park the bike close to the front door and they will usually be very helpful. On two different occasions they let me park the bike inside their lobby. Otherwise I'll try to get a ground floor room and park the bike right below my window or door.

You can't completely make it safe against theft but you can create a less appealing and more difficult target.

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June 10, 2008, 05:37 PM

XENA is the best for the money. Under 80 bucks and loud. It's warrantied and simple to use.

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Come see me down at the shop or shoot me a PM bro. I'll hook you up with a good deal!

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June 10, 2008, 09:20 PM

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