Lock Fail

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by Byron on Mar 01, 2009 at 6:56 AM

I had this same problem once with a bollard and thought, “maybe that’ll trick a crackhead.” To avoid a fail, I then U-locked the front wheel, unplugged the Stokemonkey, and toe-strapped the front brake. If the cable-around-the-bollard trick didn’t fool the crackhead, he’d surely not get far with the front brake on.

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Sometimes I’ll also just pull right into a parking slot, and immobilize the bike, as noted above.

What are your locking techniques for a cargo bike? I know Val figures that his Dreadnaught is so intimidating few would consider stealing it and if they do, it isn’t going far with the brakes locked.

Hat tip to jacobawhite

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Crack heads are so 1990s. It’s Meth-heads nowadays, silly. You can’t out-smart a meth-head. A meth-head would throw the whole bike into their trunk or back of pickup truck and take it to a scrap metal dealer.

Right—whereas Crackheads are like Romero’s zombies in the Night of the Living Dead, meth-heads are like the zombies in 28 Days later or I am Legend.

Except, more seasoned meth heads have no teeth. But they’re fast.

I don’t care if it was parked in the bike rack outside Fort Knox—with that cable and lock job, I’m not sure a meth-head couldn’t leverage that bike out with good, swift kick.

I still think “crackhead” has a better ring to it.

Cargo bikes are a pain to lock up. With my bike the big saddle bags make it hard to lock to a regular rack, especially if I want to loop my U-lock through a wheel as well.

On numerous occasions I have decided just to put the lock through the rear cargo rack and the frame, and not actually lock to to anything. I figure it can’t roll more than about 8 inches, and the thing is WAY to heavy to pick up and steal if you can’t roll it on the back wheel, so it is as good as secure.

Unfortunately, I assume a lot of the safety of a bike lock is in the psychological aspect of locking to something. One solid kick to my lock would probably pop it off.

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