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Bike lock
« on: July 19, 2019, 03:15:58 pm »
What are people using to secure their bikes at the controls a) for a quick stop.  B) for a sleep stop.  I dont want to carry several kilos of sold secure gold lock, just enough to be sure it will still be there. Is a cafe lock enough or do I need something a little more robust?
   Eddington  81 miles  112 kms

Zed43

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Re: Bike lock
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2019, 03:26:00 pm »
Abus Combiflex 2503 has doen the job so far (famous last words) less than 100g, 120cm cable and 4 digits

Re: Bike lock
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2019, 03:32:33 pm »
Really depends on your paranoia and level of trust. I took a cafe lock last time but don't recall using it on the event but dud use a couple of times outside of the ride.

bairn again

Re: Bike lock
« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2019, 03:37:58 pm »
I think I will take a lightweight one just in case.

I lost my bike at Dreux in 2007 and was convinced after a while that somebody had taken it.  It took half an hour to find it (user error as ever....) 

Re: Bike lock
« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2019, 04:01:25 pm »
Abus Combiflex 2503 has doen the job so far (famous last words) less than 100g, 120cm cable and 4 digits

I used to carry one of those and probably used it on to to three times. But then the digits suddenly refused to turn. Luckily this was when I was about the lock the bike and not when I was trying to unlock it!

I now carry a much better quality combination lock. Not much heavier than the Abus Combiflex but much more secure and reliable. I've been using it for quite a few years now.
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Re: Bike lock
« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2019, 04:01:53 pm »
From what I've read, the major purpose of locking your bike at controls on PBP is so that it doesn't get moved when you're not looking, so you don't waste time trying to find it.  Pretty much anything should work for that.
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vorsprung

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Re: Bike lock
« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2019, 04:46:55 pm »
There are 5000 bikes so you will hear stories about thefts

The only time I felt a bit dubious about my crap, tiny micro lock was when shopping in Paris before the event.  I think we took it in turns to sit with the bikes outside the shop

During the event they are fairly good on security at controls and if you stop in a tiny village somewhere then the risk is pretty low
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MikeFromLFE

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Re: Bike lock
« Reply #7 on: July 19, 2019, 05:20:43 pm »
Abus frame lock (aka "nurse lock" )
I've got one on each of my bikes except the Hetchins

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Re: Bike lock
« Reply #8 on: July 19, 2019, 05:27:54 pm »
Didn't use anything at controls in 2007 or 2015, not even when sleeping at Loudeac.
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wilkyboy

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Re: Bike lock
« Reply #9 on: July 19, 2019, 08:20:06 pm »
I didn't use anything last time.  But a thief would've been hard-pressed to not be noticed, given the bike I was riding  :P

I usually take a caravan brake-release cable with a padlock — it's a little tougher than the Abus 4-digit, and in red, but doesn't weigh much more because of that.
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Re: Bike lock
« Reply #10 on: July 19, 2019, 10:49:45 pm »
5x ridden PBP, and never used (or brought) a lock of any sorts. Of corse the thought was always in my head that it *might* get nicked... But never has happened. Seems to be an unspoken respect on PBP in particular. For my 6th PBP, I am most certainly not carrying a lock with me.

Re: Bike lock
« Reply #11 on: July 19, 2019, 11:06:13 pm »
I'm planning to carry a small lock. I'm not terribly concerned about at controls, but it seems sensible for supermarkets etc.

Re: Bike lock
« Reply #12 on: July 19, 2019, 11:46:02 pm »
Used an Abus 1150 for PBP/LEL in the past. More for when stopping away from controls.
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Re: Bike lock
« Reply #13 on: July 20, 2019, 12:55:20 am »
Sometimes the weight of the lock (arrowed) doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things...



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Re: Bike lock
« Reply #14 on: July 20, 2019, 02:20:31 am »
Well, certainly not compared to the weight of the lump hammer required for percussive maintenance of the gentleman's conveyance ...

Re: Bike lock
« Reply #15 on: July 20, 2019, 07:23:56 am »
Pah! Fake news if ever I heard it.

The lump hammer was provided by a willing (if somewhat perplexed) member of the public.
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Re: Bike lock
« Reply #16 on: July 20, 2019, 07:36:16 am »
I use a frame lock which is standard bolted to my frame. No need to rummage through my bags to find it.

Re: Bike lock
« Reply #17 on: July 21, 2019, 05:25:59 pm »
Thanks all. Think I'll stick with my standard lightweight cafe locks as per most audax rides.
   Eddington  81 miles  112 kms

Aunt Maud

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Re: Bike lock
« Reply #18 on: July 30, 2019, 08:31:26 pm »
Pah! Fake news if ever I heard it.

The lump hammer was provided by a willing (if somewhat perplexed) member of the public.

Don't mention the lump hammer.

T42

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Re: Bike lock
« Reply #19 on: July 31, 2019, 09:01:33 am »
I thought Lumphammer was a town in Norway until I discovered Jägermeister.
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Re: Bike lock
« Reply #20 on: July 31, 2019, 04:08:56 pm »
I don't remember ever bothering with a lock on the ride itself, but a cheap cafe lock saved my bike when eating and drinking in a restaurant after registration but before the ride in 2015. Someone attempted to break the lock (unsuccessfully) and we had to borrow cutters to remove the remnants.
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Re: Bike lock
« Reply #21 on: July 31, 2019, 04:19:05 pm »
Interested in this, as I'm looking for new 'cafe' lock, since my small 'oxford' 1.5m combn lock died.  Found I couldn't undo it post coffee stop, after 10 mins I, ahem, spat on it, and moved the lock rings quickly to lubricate - which did the trick. Thankfully.

I use a frame lock which is standard bolted to my frame. No need to rummage through my bags to find it.

I think our insurance policy states - needs to be locked to an 'immoveable' object .... 

edit.  went for this 'cafe lock' ~150g *

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* I'm not doing PBP

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Re: Bike lock
« Reply #22 on: July 31, 2019, 04:24:59 pm »
I think our insurance policy states - needs to be locked to an 'immoveable' object ...

It'll probably also state a level of lock required which is likely to be twice the weight of your bike and impossible to carry sensibly.

Re: Bike lock
« Reply #23 on: July 31, 2019, 04:27:44 pm »
I think our insurance policy states - needs to be locked to an 'immoveable' object ...

It'll probably also state a level of lock required which is likely to be twice the weight of your bike and impossible to carry sensibly.

edit.  just 'locked to a fixed object'  No lock standard mentioned AFAIA.
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Re: Bike lock
« Reply #24 on: July 31, 2019, 04:48:50 pm »
If you’re with pedalcover there is no standard, which is very useful.