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Old 07-31-2011, 10:23 PM   #1
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Hi All - first time poster!

I'm EAGERLY awaiting the delivery of a new CBR250R that i'm planning on using for my commute to work. This is my first non-scooter two-wheeler and I can't wait! I'm gearing up bit by bit, and had a security question for the knowledgeable folks here.

I live in New York City, but not a particularly high-crime area. There a few bikes that park on my street with either a disk lock or no lock at all, and they haven't gone anywhere. That said, a new, light bike is a target, so I'm planning on chaining it with a heavy chain when I park it overnight.

My question is during the days when I'm at work - I work in midtown manhattan, extremely high traffic - I see a lot of bikes parked and hardly any are locked. That said, I still want to lock the bike, but I'm more looking for something that would prevent a quick snatch and go, not a thousand pound military grade kevlar-and-steel ultra-chain - maybe a light cable? I'd be carrying it in my backpack along with my gear for work, so it couldn't be too huge. There are lots of cable locks out there but it's hard to know what's huge and heavy and what's moderate. I'm looking for a deterrent - something that makes it slightly more difficult to grab the bike.

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Old 08-01-2011, 06:24 AM   #2
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Even a "high duty" cable can be sawn-through disturbingly quickly. I have a friend that lost the keys to his Kryptonite cable-lock, and so resigned himself to a long, hard slog with a hack-saw.

It was neither hard to do, nor did it take a long time.

I'm just sayin'.
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Old 08-01-2011, 06:32 AM   #3
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I'm looking for a deterrent - something that makes it slightly more difficult to grab the bike.
I got a $7 cable lock at WalMart for locking my jacket and helmet TO the bike.......but that's a little too cheap for your purpose.

Do look in some department stores in the bicycle section though. A "heavy duty" bicycle lock set should serve your needs nicely I would thing......and be somewhat inexpensive.

Do NOT shop bicycle specialty shops; their prices are even higher than motorcycle shops, for essentially the same equipment.
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Old 08-01-2011, 09:18 AM   #4
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ER2 is right about the bicycle locks. There are good lightweight cable locks available because there are a lot of very expensive bicycles out there now and those bikes are as attractive to thieves as motorcycles.
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"I live in New York City, but not a particularly high-crime area."

There's an oxymoron for you!

I wouldn't leave that nice new CB anywhere in the city except an indoor garage or inside your apartment.
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"I live in New York City, but not a particularly high-crime area."

There's an oxymoron for you!

I wouldn't leave that nice new CB anywhere in the city except an indoor garage or inside your apartment.
It's all relative. He probably means there are only 5 muggings and 2 murders within a two block radius on an average day. Pretty low for New York.
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