Contributing Monkie G Monkie
Published on February 8, 2010
Now that your a Good Monkie and you ride your new shiny cooler than a rover bike, you need to make sure to protect it. If you don’t, there is a line of Drones out there looking to take it from you. When they see your bike, they don’t see a thing of beauty, no they see a quick buck. They will flip your precious two wheel friend like a $2 hooker to the first skanky john they can find. The thought just makes me sick to my stomach. I know this sucks and in my opinion is the worst part of being a good bike owner.
We all know a good bike, is one that cuts all the unnecessary weight, right? In fact the lighter they are, the more expensive and prized they become. So, when a good monkie has to turn around and buy 20 pounds of locks to protect their 5 pound bike, really really sucks. But that is life in the big city. So, until you move to some small country town or your own private island, you need to get your head into the keeping it lock up game.
Here is the problem. Most locks that seem to secure you bike really don’t. The bike thieving drones are ready to tackle most locks, cables and chains. So, what is a good bike monkie to do? Buy the best lock you can and use it properly. After the jump lock options and video to teach you how to lock your bike up.
I am personally using two different locks. One is a chain with a mini ulock and the other is a larger ulock. I use the chain all the time and if I am leaving it for any period of time I add the second ulock. My first choice is the heavy duty chain New York Fahgettaboudit Lock by Kryptonite. This thing is a beast and can be used as a weapon, if you ever get jumped. I use it to secure my frame and tires to a bike pole. It’s a chain and mini U Lock combo. The tiny U Lock secures the chain together and is open in the U shaped steal is so small, thieving drones can’t pry it open with a hydraulic spreader. By the way, hydraulic jacks are the quick way to defeat a standard U Lock.
New York Fahgettaboudit
My second lock is another New York Fahgettaboudit lock, but is a Larger U Lock without the chain. Again it uses a smaller U steal bar to help prevent the use of hydraulic jacks.
New York Fahgettaboudit® U-lock
To learn how to properly lock up your bike, check out this video by Streetfilms.org. They tag along with a guy named Hal, who lives eats and breaths urban biking.
Hal Does it Again In a follow up video, but this time with Kerri Martin founder of the Bike Church.
We need a sage in these times to remind us how easy it is to roll your bike. Once again enter the immortal, Bicycle Habitat mechanic Hal Ruzal to give us the straight dope in what he’s calling “your final warning” in this last chapter of our exclusive trilogy. Let’s hope the third time is a charm!
This time around Hal’s not only grading bike locking ability of anonymous locker-uppers, but he also shows you how he secures his bike so you too can score an “A” (or at least have a decent shot at an A- or B+.) And if you love the humorous anecdotes and musings here, don’t miss our first two chapters: “Hal Grades Your Bike Locking” and “Hal (and Kerri) Grade Your Bike Locking”.
How to steal a bike in NYC
Here is another video by the Neistat brothers, who decided to show how easy it is to steal their own bikes in public. They use every method to cut, saw, drill the locks off the bike and ride away. They even use power tools and no one stops them. Crazy stuff. No one cared.