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    This AM I found my key would not open my bike lock. I could only insert it about halfway, and then there was no give. The key appeared the same as always. As a result I took transit to work this morning - by bike is locked to the stand in the bike room.

    I intend to try one of my spare keys just in case, but I am not hopeful that will help. Short of paying a locksmith, or trying saw through the lock myself, what should I try? Spraying the lock with oil?

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    You might try squirting some graphite lubricant into the lock and on the key. I’ll bring some to WTFC tomorrow

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaseyKane50 View Post
    You might try squirting some graphite lubricant into the lock and on the key. Iíll bring some to WTFC tomorrow
    Thanks, but

    I will probably not be able to conveniently arrive at coffee club tomorrow (and if I do, it will be because I've already solved the problem )

    Will you be at the PY North meeting tomorrow evening?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lordofthemark View Post
    Thanks, but

    I will probably not be able to conveniently arrive at coffee club tomorrow (and if I do, it will be because I've already solved the problem )
    (psst! N+1)

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    Next time you buy a U-Lock, fill the keyhole with grease(not oil). The idea is that grease stays there so water has no place to enter. If you use oil, water will displace it over time. Do that every few months. After adding grease, insert your key, then take it out and remove excess grease. Repeat as needed so when using your keys, no grease gets on your hands. My current U-Lock lasted several years that way. My first U-Lock(OnGuard) lasted only 4 months without this method.

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    Spray generously with WD-40 to clean out the dirt and/or rust and get the key in and the lock moving. Let sit for a bit to let the WD-40 evaporate, then use actual oil/lube for long-term lubrication. Depending on how gunked up it is, just using lube and not bothering with WD-40 may be sufficient.

    I'm a fan of Tri-Flow spray as my non-drivetrain lubricant.

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    Is it a kryptonite by chance? If so, keep playing around with it. I have seen 3-4 do this, and eventually, they all open. I stopped using kryptonite's after seeing it occur so many times, and had it occur to me. It took me 20 minutes of playing with the lock, fidgeting the key around to get it to open. Just don't play so hard the key snaps in the lock...

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    Just seeing this now... I can bring over my can of graphite tonight if you'd like. PM me here or send a Strava note if you want to give it a try. w&w

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaseyKane50 View Post
    You might try squirting some graphite lubricant into the lock and on the key. I’ll bring some to WTFC tomorrow
    Yes, I plan to be there. I will bring the graphite in case the other suggestions don’t work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaseyKane50 View Post
    Yes, I plan to be there. I will bring the graphite in case the other suggestions donít work.
    Thanks so much, I will see you there then. I will let you know if Emm's idea works (but my lock is OnGuard).

    Thanks also to W&W for your offer.

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