|High Security German U-locks|
I spent the first 19 years of my life living in the country. Not sprawl, not suburbia but true country living with gravel roads, fields of grain, and small dairy farms. I moved to the city the first chance I got and stayed put. But all is not paradise especially the maddening bike thieves. After having my bicycle stolen the first week I moved here I have been religious about locking my bicycles with a U-lock (or better).
Now that bicycle components are getting more expensive, and in turn bicycle thieves more evil, it is prudent to utilize additional locking mechanisms with your standard bike lock. A set of hand built wheels can easily cost $600 plus, a Brook's saddle another hundred or two, a Rohloff 14 speed hub $1850. High end brake systems also cost hundreds.
bike components at risk for theft
- Wheel sets
- Front fork
- Brakes disc or high-end V brakes
Secondary locks are used protect your high-end components and should be considered part of your anti-theft system. Your auxiliary system may comprise a seat leash, locking skewers, or an extra cable looped around your wheels. At Queen City Cycle we use Pitlocks, a German system of skewers and bolts, to secure various bicycle components.
Pitlocks can secure:
- wheel sets
- seat post
Case Study. We have installed multiple upgrades to this single speed in order to add convenience and safety measures for the owner. Since this bicycle is often transported to Boulder from Denver on RTD we have made several modifications with the light install. Pitlocks were added for extra security
|Pitlock for headset top cap,|
prevents thieves from stealing the fork and front wheel.
|Pitlock for front dynamo hub|
|Pitlock for seatpost|
|dynamo rear light installed under saddle with custom mount|
|Headset spacer mount for dynamo headlight,|
the Edelux is nestled under the handlebars for protection.
|Secure, city commuter|