Buying locks for my new bike

I am currently looking for bicycle locks to my new bike

Since I have nice looking snowflake wheels, I need to lock them as securely as possible.
Surely I will only lock it outside if I absolutely have to. Most of the time I will take it with me and store it safely somewhere inside. But I would like to be able to use my café racer as it was intended, cruising around town and stopping for coffee and drinks.

What I am looking for

1. Two locks. One U-lock as primary/main lock for locking the back-wheel, frame and a solid fixed object together. The secondary is for locking front-wheel with frame.
2. I must secure my wheels to the frame and frame.
3. I’d like to secure the saddle to frame.
4. I prefer mounting the locks onto the bike while riding.
5. At least one lock must very look good and be mounted on bike while riding.

I have educated myself in how to properly use bike locks.
If you haven’t, this is a good start (guide from kryptonite.com).

After I had read that I couldn’t believe what I saw when looking at “locked up” bikes in my neighborhood. One thing hit me thought. With a lot of loosely locked bikes thieves might target other bikes before trying to steal my properly locked bike. But hey! – Let’s make their business a little tougher and lock all of our bikes securely!

Locks of interest

Here’s possibly the best independent summary on different secure locks available.

This is a list of Sold Secure’s highest rating, “Bicycles Gold”-approved locks.

Of course you should always check any terms with your insurance company.
In my case for Swedish TryggHansa they use recommendations from http://www.stoldskyddsforeningen.se/ that in turn use certifications from this database http://www.sbsc.se/certificate/searchcertificate.aspx. And since many of the locks I am interested is nowhere to be found in there, I will have to contact them and investigate further. I believe however, in the worst case, I will be able to buy a secondary lock that is tested of the SSF/SBSC and still stick with the Kryptonite “NY Fahg.” as a primary lock. This lock isn’t really represented in the Swedish market and I guess thats why it’s left out.
Edit:
I have recieved answer from SSF. They say that since noone have applied for the mentioned Kryptonite locks to be certified, they aren’t certified. Normally it’s either the manufacturer or the importer that starts and funds the process. Naturally it seems quite expensive to do the certification. So unless someone are set on making some money of selling theese locks in Sweden, they won’t be approved by insurance companies. 🙁

Primary locks

Kryptonite New York Fahgettaboudit Mini

 

As said many times. The best. I will use it for primary lock.It’s small. It’s heavy. It’s not beutiful but it has a brilliant name. It’s quite hard to come by. At least in Sweden. I will probably order it online. 

Xena Bullet XUL

I have looked closely at the Xena Bullett XUL 102, but found it was about 1cm to small to secure my front wheel to the frame (102mm < 112mm). Thats too bad, since it’s a good lock and also features an alarm! There are however disc-locks and other types of alarmed locks from Xena that still might be of interest. But that would mean I need to bring three locks with me. The next size of models in Xena Bullet XUL series is the 210, with 210mm opening. But using that as a secondary lock seems overkill for me, when I only need 112mm to lock my front wheel. At the same time they are so well designed that it might be worth the extra weight. But will this extra space open up for larger tools to be used in an attack? Does anyone care these days about alarms going off or even a thief in action?

Abus Bordo Granit X-Plus 6500

 

It’s MASSIVE, SOLID, LARGE and has a SMALL FOOTPRINT at the same time! This is it! That is if you can live with the bulky look. It just doesn’t look OK on my bike and I don’t carry a backpack on every ride.

Secondary locks

Kryptonite Evolution Mini 5

These are very popular amongst bike messengers and other riders that have the need for a highly portable yet quite solid U-lock. It actually fits in your back pocket. It is rated by Kryptonite them selfs as a 7 out of 15 on their security level scale. And they can be fitted with replacement skins of different colors.
Edit: I actually bought this lock and a white skin. Still looking though as this lock is not approved in Sweden.

Knog Strongman

 

Knog makes highly designed, awesome looking, soft rubbery touch, solid U-locks and more. However I’m not entirely sold on the looks of their bikemounts.

 

Abus Bordo Granit 6050

The 6050 surely looks better in all white, but is way less secure than Abus Bordo 6500.

Additional / Extra

Xena Bullett XUL 102 (very very small)

I so wished this beauty would fit as my frontwheel-to-frame lock. But this lock is unfortunately too small for my bike. It packs a motion and tampering triggered, 110dB alarm system!! Check out all of the XUL models before settling for anything else.

Knog Bouncer (very small)

 

This lock is very small and could be a 3rd alternative for extra locking. I’m not sure if it is solid enough to be used as  a secondary lock. But I haven’t done any deep research on that.    

Axle / Skewer Locks

ATOMIC 22PINHEADPITLOCK

A good set of locking skewers are said to be an excellent complement to your already properly secured wheels. I’ll consider them a deterrent tool for now until I get my hands on some. Although they are interesting when it comes to locking handlebars, saddle and other parts.

Reflections

This task was harder than I expected. I will continue to look for a good sollution for my explicit needs. There will be no conclusion in this post. But I will update (and I already have regarding the Evo Mini 5), when and why I decide to buy a product.

Got any suggestions? Please leave a comment!

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1 maj: X-Men Origins: Wolverine
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29 maj: Terminator Salvation
5 juni: Underworld: The Rise of the Lycans
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Dessa kanske Vi går på… =) Vill Du/Ni följa med?

DVB-C

Mystique CaBiX C2 DVB-C

Köpte ett DVB-C kort för att kunna spela in TV till servern (Tele2). Inklusive en CAM-läsare. Beställt från dvbshop.net (de). Totalt ~1200kr inkl frakt och avgifter.

http://www.dvbshop.net/product_info.php/info/p2258_Mystique-CaBiX-C2–DVB-C–HDTV–CI-Connector–Windows-Linux.html
http://www.dvbshop.net/product_info.php/info/p2260_Mystique-View-CI-Interface–f–1-CAM–for-PCI-and-or-3-5-.html

Projektet blir till att börja med baserat på mythtv (backend+webgui). Senare kanske jag investerar i en frontend.

Update 090219: Hämtade kortet på posten idag. Nu ska det igång!
Update 090411: Kortet lirar bra i Linux. För att CI ska lira med CAM krävdes senaste dvbcore från linuxtv CVS. FutureCard Cardsplitter lirar inte (med Conax CAM och Tele2 Abb.) Skall testa SmartWi. Annars får det bli tvillingkort.
Update 0905xx: SmartWi fungerar med detta kort. Dock fungerade den splittern inte med min digitalbox (smartbox, tele2)… Så jag lämnade tillbaka den. CSPro64 är det enda hoppet… Men tills vidare kommer jag nog köra tv-servern även som front (när jag flyttat från xen till kvm), med lång hdmi-kabel.

Logitech Harmony 525

Köpte en Logitech Harmony 525, för jag är så trött på alla fjärrar… Visserligen använder vi “bara” tre st. Men det finurliga med dessa modeller är ju att den hanterar sk. aktiviteter. Dvs när jag vil kolla på TV så slår den på TV:n samt digitalboxen och byter rätt ingångs-kanal på TV:n. Och samma sak när man stänger av. Allts stängs av med ett knapptryck.

Kommer använda den med: Samsung 40M86BD, Popcorn Hour A100, Smartbox digitalbox, Xbox 360 och kanske nån gång Xbox.

Nu har jag ju inte installerat allt, så det återstår att se hur bra den kommer att fungera.

495:- på Webhallen.

Testing Shozu on the E71

Shozu is an online service that helps you post text and upload pictures and videos online. I’ve configured the ones I use. Flickr, Google blogger, Picasa, twitter and via email to Evernote. It supports many different mobile phones. I use the Nokia E71, which although it has uploadingfeatures built-in – it cannot upload to all theese services. And Shozu can send one upload to multiple online services. http://www.shozu.com

Posted by ShoZu

Nokia E71


Nokia E71
Köpt på: http://www.katshing.se/prod/prod.asp?aid=17168

Förlängde mitt mobilabbonemang och pynta en liten slant. Och slipper nu äntligen min SE M600i. Reccensioner med bra täckning finns på http://www.testfreaks.se/mobiltelefoner/nokia-e71/ .

Skruvdragartillbehör: “Nyckellös chuck”

Har man en skruvdragare med lite vrid i lättborrade kexiga, sand eller gipsbaserade väggar…
Och behöver borra ett par väldigt småhål…
Då är detta tillbehör väldigt smidigt.

Finns exempelvis på Clas Ohlson – Artikelnummer 20-3730
Pris: 59 SEK

http://www.clasohlson.se/Product/Product.aspx?id=13220088

Skype!

Jag har byggt mig en Skype-lur för fast användning hemma.
Genom att ta en gammal telefonlur och koppla dess
modulkabel till ett usb-ljudkort så har jag nu en helt ok
skypetelefon hemma. Jag ska köpa ett bra headset senare
 tror jag. Men just nu duger detta. Jag har även skaffat skype
pro. För att både ringa ut och ta emot samtal mot det
vanliga telefonnätet. Marie fick en 3 (tre.se) skypetelefon av
 mig i present och hon verkar trivas med den. Jag är riktigt
 sugen på att skaffa en till mig själv också.