Best Hoboken Bike Lock?

7/12/2010:

Which bike lock do you use and why?

The most effective way to travel in Hoboken is by bicycle. Faster than walking, more direct and convenient than driving, and cheaper than hailing a cab or waiting for a bus.

However, how you keep your bike secure is another thing. Bike locks come in many shapes and forms. Chain locks are cheap, but easy to cut. Cable locks also come in various gauges – from the compact and thin, to heavy duty thick models. I happen to have the latter, and it can be a bit cumbersome to stuff in a bag or even wrap around the handle bar. But I make do for now since I walk 99% of the time. Those Kryptonite U-Locks seem to be the best choice, because they’re the strongest of the bunch, and can easily be stowed away, or even mounted on the bike frame.

The caveat to the U-locks is that if you want to park by the PATH – you’ll end up with a snotty note on your wheels because you need more space to properly secure the rim and frame.

Is there a happy medium? A convenient, yet strong lock that doesn’t get the “bike monitor” on your case?

What kind of bicycle lock do you use in Hoboken NJ - Best Hoboken Bike Lock?

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Sphynx
Sphynx
Sunday, July 20, 2014 2:51 pm

Some tried and failed to steal by bike.

My technique?

1. It is one of the cheaper bikes in my street. There are more profitable targets.
2. It is better locked than some of the more expensive bikes. Why steal the cheap bike when it is easier to steal the better bike?
3. I use an OnGuard U-Lock with steel cable and a lower end Kryptonite cable lock.

The thief cut my steel cable but my bike and wheels were still there.

blue8haze
blue8haze
Monday, July 19, 2010 4:07 pm

i use a kyrptonite u-lock and a combo chain. i’ve never received a note when i lock my bike up to a rack with the u-lock. it also helps that my bike is old and steel and weighs a ton. i love seeing the specialized bikes with quick release wheels locked up with nothing more than an 1/4″ cable to the frame. keeps my bike nice and safe.

however just the other day i did notice a bike that was locked up using a u-lock in just about the only way possible to make it impossible for someone else to use the rack. i don’t know if this was just dumb chance or if thats the way the rider normally locks their bike.

joey maxim
joey maxim
Reply to  blue8haze
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 9:16 am

better option a pit bull….what a shock that would be..thieves are smart..the use freeon to open the lock and use spark plugs to get into a car window…best to buy an A1 MI ABRAMS TANK…they can also take your tires…pit bull best option [quote comment=”194757″]i use a kyrptonite u-lock and a combo chain. i’ve never received a note when i lock my bike up to a rack with the u-lock. it also helps that my bike is old and steel and weighs a ton. i love seeing the specialized bikes with quick release wheels locked up with nothing more than an 1/4″ cable to the frame. keeps my bike nice and safe.however just the other day i did notice a bike that was locked up using a u-lock in just about the only way possible to make it impossible for someone else to use the rack. i don’t know if this was just dumb chance or if thats the way the rider normally locks their bike.[/quote]

homeworld
homeworld
Monday, July 19, 2010 11:54 am

Every bike I’ve ever had in Hoboken has been stolen. Whether it was locked at the bike rack at the PATH or the bike rack in my building’s basement.

Instead of a lock, I think I should just electrify it.

hobparents
hobparents
Sunday, July 18, 2010 12:16 am

Hi,
I was reading this article and comments this eveing because I am sad to report my bike was stolen this weekend from our parking garage. It has a bike rack on the wall (bikes hang down). The lock was cut. We had a simple cable lock as it was in a locked garage. It was not an expensive bike or anything but before we get another one we want to figure out a way to protect both my husband’s and my bike. It seems all of you have a better idea about what locks work? Would a U-lock work if the bike is hanging off the wall and would I also need a cable lock?

Any suggestions are appreciated.

getz76
getz76
Reply to  hobparents
Monday, July 19, 2010 10:59 am

That stinks. More worrying is that someone either in your building nicked it or you have people with access to your parking lot.

No lock is theft-proof. Your best bet is to make sure your lock is harder to remove than at least one other lock being used on the bike rack. [quote comment=”194739″]Hi,
I was reading this article and comments this eveing because I am sad to report my bike was stolen this weekend from our parking garage. It has a bike rack on the wall (bikes hang down). The lock was cut. We had a simple cable lock as it was in a locked garage. It was not an expensive bike or anything but before we get another one we want to figure out a way to protect both my husband’s and my bike. It seems all of you have a better idea about what locks work? Would a U-lock work if the bike is hanging off the wall and would I also need a cable lock?Any suggestions are appreciated.[/quote]

SummitGuy
SummitGuy
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 1:51 pm

U-Locks by themselves can be a problem, depending on the length of the shackle and the physical geometry of your frame (And or rack)

Adding a cable should solve all issues without requiring a creative solution that hogs an additional space.

This one is also from Kryptonite.

https://www.kryptonitelock.com/products/ProductDetail.aspx?cid=1001&scid=1001&pid=1124

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