How to Lock Your Nice Bike Up at Work

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Introduction: How to Lock Your Nice Bike Up at Work

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The weather is nice, so I have been mountain biking before work. The trails are empty, the world hasn't caught up with you yet and beat you down, so you have no excuses not to ride...

This presents a challenge in that I can't bring my bike in to the office.

This instructable will show you how to lock your nice bike up at a bike rack with a little bit more security than you might use for your commuter bike.

Step 1: Parts

I will assume you already commute to work regularly by bike... I leave a Kryptonite NY chain lock at work on the rack outside.

I will bring with me in my camelback(actually a deuter bag but who cares...) a Kryptonite NY lock and two cables.

I use the short kryptonite cable for the seat, and a 6 foot long cable for the front wheel.

Step 2: Secure the Front Wheel

Make a loop through the front wheel with the cable lock.

Step 3: Secure the Fork

Take the cable that you just looped through the front wheel and go through the fork crown and arch, this will deter people from stealing you nice front shock.

Step 4: Secure the Frame

Loop the cable through the front triangle of the frame.

Step 5: Secure the Seat

Seats are expensive these days. So we'll loop a cable through the seat rails, this will help to deter people from stealing you seat and post.

Step 6: Coming Together Now...

Now run the long cable from the frame/fork/front wheel through your rear wheel and to the U-Lock that connect the rear triangle to the bike rack.

Before you lock it, put the end of the small cable from your seat on this U-Lock too.

Step 7: Chain Lock

Now I put the New York Chain Lock through the rear wheel, rear triangle and main triangle of the bike and then secure that to the bike rack.

Step 8: Double Check

Double check everything and laugh how your bike looks like Pee-Wee Hermans...


Remember, any lock can be broken if they want it bad enough. But you have now made it more difficult and they cannot ride away on it unless they break two different kind of locks.

Be sure to lock it to a bike rack or something very sturdy. Make sure what you are locking it too is not the weak link.

Good luck and happy riding!

-Joe

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    I'm suprised they even bothered. The whole bike couldn't be worth more than $150. I've bent crank arms on bikes like that just by climbing a hill.

    Which also explains the super-cheap lock that could barely withstand a pair of wire cutters.

    Nice instructable.

    However, that's a lot of gear to be hauling around on a "play ride." I always, always carry a combination lock in case I want to dip into a convenience store or some place for refreshment or a snack. Previously, I've been paranoid about someone simply riding off on my unsecured bike. No one would even give it a second glance.

    Now, I can put a lock through a disk brake. It won't prevent someone from picking the bike up and carrying it off, but it'd look a little weird to passersby. It would prevent some little thug kid from simply jumping on and riding off. Also, if I catch him trying to carry it off I could run the little upstanding citizen down. If he's riding it, I have no hope in catching him.

    I had the same problem with my bike being stolen, so what we did was went down to the hardware store, looked at the different thicknesses of chain, and asked which ones had to be cut on the floor mounted chain cutter with a four foot arm on it.  We got about enough chain that I can easily drape it over one shoulder and have another foot or so leftover.  Works great with one of those fully shielded Titanium Master locks.  With that lock, there's only room for two links side by side between the shielding.

    I take that chain, loop it through the front tire, cross it over, then through the frame, cross it over again, and then through the back tire and around the back tire and back around the frame again, with the post being looped around somewhere in between the frame and the tires.  "If" (big if) they can cut the chain or the lock, then they can have the bike, in my thinking.  The Master lock itself leaves no room for pry bars or anything, and the chain took a grown man with a floor mounted chain cutter a significant effort to cut.  Not exactly something that would be cut with the bolt cutters most thieves carry around here.

    Of course, the Japanese have already solved this problem.

    If you are biking to reduce your carbon footprint those automated things don't help. Unless they are solar powered, which I doubt they are. Cool anyway.

    You can make the statement that minimizing land usage is far more effective than a solar array. Increased urban density allows for lower transportation fuel costs. Using a bike is very low fuel cost. So I'm going to say that this little garage beats the silicon off an array anyday. Carbon emissions isn't all about where the power is made. That's the way we see it in America. Much of the Western world sees it as where the energy not be used. That is, conservation. Your better off with a mid-level fuel efficient car if you combine trips, keep the speed down, go easy on the throttle than you are with a hybrid. Keep in mind that they both use the same amount of tires and other consumables. The rest is about stop and go traffic, a basic level of planning and decreasing errands into a single trip if possible.

    Thank you! very informative. I don't drive any kind of car but, i never thought about that.

    Thanks for the compliment. The simple (and most profitable) story that is sold to us is that if everyone used a Prius the world would be a wonderful place. Would it help? Sure. But there is a reality that Americans have been taught not to like. And that is to use a bit less and use a bit more thoughtfully. There are several other policies that aren't as obvious, but energy rebates are huge winners. Things like rebates on insulating your house, or buying new A/Cs or more efficient refrigerators, etc. You measure the amount of energy saved by the number of power plants you do not have to build for 20 years. No one likes power plants near their homes. The programs are simple, cheap and cheerful...the manufacturers get money for me buying a new A/C, I get money back from the government and save cash on my utilities as well (which also stimulates the economy too) and the power companies get credit as if they had actually built a new plant. They get a slice of the rebate twice.