The U-Lock

She is stealing bikes everywhere, in every corner of the planet where extistan. Perhaps change the reasons, some steal to eat, others to take drugs or drink, others simply because the opportunity was there and took advantage of it. Like it or not, we must deal with it.

There are infallible mechanisms to not stolen bikes, if someone insists you to do so, you can get a rack of bicycles with the help of a group of partners in crime of rennet and upload all that bunch of bikes to a truck, as I was told in Copenhagen. In Bogota, they told me to leave the bike on either side for no reason and looked with suspicion on my confidence in my U-Lock. And here in Santiago I have known, as more than one also, thefts of bicycles to the order of the day. We assume that it steals more in our city than in any other, but theft is a “profession” so old and globalized as the sex trade.

Most of the thefts have a common pattern. The tool: a napoleon, intended to cut cables and chains to tie bikes. Mode, one or two types, making the innocent, are placed next to the bike and in a matter of seconds cut the safety device and come out with the bike as if they were their own, walking and after a few meters, pedaling away. It is fast, quiet and it can be achieved with a tool that is simple, cheap and available at any hardware store. But let’s say that they need an extra partner, the owner of the bike that gave them something simple and easy to cut.

Again, there are no foolproof mechanisms, but if there are devices that make things more difficult and complicated to thieves. There goes the U-Lock.

The U-Lock is a sturdy device that charges you a bit of extra weight in your daily baggage, according to transporthint. However it is worth. In simple terms is a giant padlock, with an unusual lock and fairly resistant metal alloys. Cannot be cut with napoleon, and to do so is required a power tool or oxyfuel. Both methods (insurance there are other less refined or more sophisticated) require electricity or fuel, as well as time to prepare the tool and then either carry out the cut. Increase working time prevents opportunistic theft.

An act such as this requires silence and a very low profile, must be a ninja to carry out wrongdoing. The use of complex tools to make the cut involve noise and probably a little discreet firework display for the thief. You sure you don’t want to draw the attention of the public when you’re about to commit a crime (though the public should do nothing).

In my experience of about 10 years using U-Lock, I have not heard nor a case where the lock has been opened and the bike stolen. Stolen bikes parked next to the mia, bikes that were with chains or cables. They have been attempts through-sawing logs or bites of napoleon and except for superficial damage to the plastic lining it, the metal has not suffered any damage. Others have been forced even with the bike frame. They have folded them but they have not opened them.

It involves the use of the U-Lock in our cotideanidad bike

The first thing we must know is that increase the level of security of our anchorage mechanism implies that we have to carry more weight. They are strong elements, but it is worth the extra effort.

Locate anchor points probably required a bit more creativity and observation, but after two weeks you’ll have the eye the tune suficiententemente that you will not take time thinking where and placing the bike, will be a natural Act, especially in the places that you frequent.

Is key to the U-Lock fulfilled its promise of security, that place it always anchoring the bike frame in an enclosed area, triangles. Never place it on elements mobile or removable from the cleta, such as wheels or the saddle.

To avoid bad times, remove all accessories and eliminates any type of fast your bike lock. You are not competing on the return to Chile or something like that to save time when removing a wheel. On your bike for urban use, it is strange that you require to spend constantly defining the seat height or changing wheels.

And in relation to money, if investment is important, it is not an accessory cheap, but you get back peace of mind, you’ll know that your bike will be there when you come back for it, because you removed the variable ‘opportunity’ to carry out theft, thing that happens with chains and cables, which are finally as a gift on your bike tape.

We know when the bike helps us in our daily lives and how well spent when pedalling. Don’t wait to lose it you realize that.

Move bike today, it will be a good day.

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