Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Whatever works

I'm lucky. I don't know when the last time I've used a bike lock is. I don't really leave my bike out in public ever (I guess I do wish I did that more). I generally don't stop anywhere on my bike, unless I'm taking pictures of it, or something else while on it. At home, I have my garage and at work I leave my bike inside, and even bring my road bike into my office (curiosity of others drives me nuts!)
I have researched locks and for some reason always read a review if I ever see one. I want to make sure that if I ever to get a bike lock, it's going to be a good one. I'd hate for it to be this easy. I saw this on the make blog, and this is one way you can do it.
I just hope the cops doing this don't actually need to contain an unruly criminal while their bikes are being restrained.



Doug said...

Wow, that lock that gets picked looks just like the one I take along when I'm nervous about leaving the bike. Now I'm really nervous about leaving my bike.

Jerome said...

Sorry Doug, I didn't mean to scare you. I've heard it before and seeing this makes me wonder as well. I had a friend who did it with a Kryptonite lock using the end of a bic stick pen! It is best though that we know all the details of what we're using to safe guard our stuff.

Jerome said...

I should say, it was his own Kryptonite lock.

Smudgemo said...

The bic pen thing is old news. I assume it was true because Kryptonite replaced all those locks with new ones that are much harder to pick and don't use the round key. I don't know if they will still exchange for an old one, but if you have one, see what they say. There are different levels of protection with U Locks, so if you are really worried, get one like the Krytonite New York Fahgettaboudit U-lock.
I personally like the New York Chain I've got because you can use it as short or long as needed, you can lock to a lot of things that don't work with a U lock and it can't be broken with a car jack. The downside is that it is heavier than just a U lock and more difficult to carry. Of course, if you leave it at your work, you don't have to carry it.

Jerome said...

Smudgemo. Thanks for the tip.

this verdant country said...

I don't have statistics in front of me, but my sense is that most bikes are not stolen because of inadequate locks. Most bikes are stolen when their owners leave them in the garage with the door wide open over the weekend, or when their owners ride them once a month and leave them attached to the stop sign down on the corner the rest of the time.

I tried the bic pen trick on an older kryptonite lock, and was highly unsuccessful.