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    Default Why you should not trust a cable lock

    I have just learned that a not particularly strong, not particularly skilled with tools 50 something, armed only with a simple bikehand cable cutter (YC-767) , can cut through such a lock in a surprisingly reasonable period of time.

    Also, whatever kind of lock you have, be sure to have a spare key handy.

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    Combination locks are nice. Keyed locks that only allow you to lock with the key are nice too.

    I learned that lesson once after swimming laps in Phoenix Arizona late at night. Luckily the folks at the pool had a big ass pair of bolt cutters for the locker room that made short work of my lock.

    This would work too:
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    Quote Originally Posted by anomad View Post
    Combination locks are nice. Keyed locks that only allow you to lock with the key are nice too.

    I learned that lesson once after swimming laps in Phoenix Arizona late at night. Luckily the folks at the pool had a big ass pair of bolt cutters for the locker room that made short work of my lock.

    This would work too:
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    That would do it. As would a $50 cordless angle grinder from the big box, plus five minutes. Any lock, pretty much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by honestmachinery View Post
    That would do it. As would a $50 cordless angle grinder from the big box, plus five minutes. Any lock, pretty much.

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    Less than 2 if not under a minute really

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    Quote Originally Posted by honestmachinery View Post
    That would do it. As would a $50 cordless angle grinder from the big box, plus five minutes. Any lock, pretty much.

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    5 min? Only if you spend 4 min 40 seconds doing something else. A craptastic harbor fright $30 cordless angle grinder will defeat a $300 "New york" format lock in seconds. After a friend lost his key and was stuck I went through a best of the best motorcycle lock in under 20 seconds and that was being careful of the bike too. No need for the $1000+ gas chop saw. I am always looking at bike lock setups people use. Have not seen one yet that looks like it would be hard to defeat with an angle grinder/cutoff wheel.

    Not trying to be bummer bob. Just pointing out that locks only slow thieves down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vicegrip View Post
    I am always looking at bike lock setups people use. Have not seen one yet that looks like it would be hard to defeat with an angle grinder/cutoff wheel.

    Not trying to be bummer bob. Just pointing out that locks only slow thieves down.
    That's the sad reality. There's not a bike lock out there that will stop a thief. The best you can hope for is yours is good enough that if a theft is going to happen, other nearby bikes will look like more convenient targets. But if a thief really wants your bike, he's going to have it.
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    My bike is not super pricey but I always try to put at least 3 locks if I leave it for more than 5 minutes. I always pray thieves just wouldn't bother

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    Assuming I do not pursue a second career in the bike theft business, and that I never end up using a lock for which I have no spare key again, there isn't really any benefit to this newly acquired skill, is there? Helping others who are as stupid as I am?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vicegrip View Post
    5 min? Only if you spend 4 min 40 seconds doing something else. A craptastic harbor fright $30 cordless angle grinder will defeat a $300 "New york" format lock in seconds. After a friend lost his key and was stuck I went through a best of the best motorcycle lock in under 20 seconds and that was being careful of the bike too. No need for the $1000+ gas chop saw. I am always looking at bike lock setups people use. Have not seen one yet that looks like it would be hard to defeat with an angle grinder/cutoff wheel.

    Not trying to be bummer bob. Just pointing out that locks only slow thieves down.
    The best locks will stop bolt cutters, but nothing can stop an angle grinder, is that right?

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    @lordofthemark

    Well if you catch SteveO accidentally cable locking himself to cats he's throwing off 14th Street bridge you could help?
    Last edited by anomad; 08-25-2017 at 11:15 AM.

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