A couple of my cycling friends have recently been victims of bike piranhas. They’ve come back and noticed their bike is missing a saddle or a front wheel. In the worse cases friends have reported coming back to their bike to find nothing but the frame and the bike lock.
Unfortunately, even using the correct bike locking technique not all parts of a bike a secure. A quick release saddle can be removed in a matter of seconds. What some people opt to do if the components are worth the money is to use lockable components.
This basically involves replacing the standard component fasteners with ones that can only be opened with a unique key. It is almost impossible for a bike thief to then remove parts off your bike.
This not only secures each component to your bike but it also makes it less attractive to bike thieves and reduces the number of locks you need to carry with you to secure different components.
Of course there are two downsides. The first major downside is it’s not cheap. But neither is it expensive compared to replacing those components. The second lesser problem is that you obviously need to keep the keys with you at all times in case you need to fix something on your bike.
Pinhead do a four pack of bike component locks for around £50. There is also a two pack just for wheels at £36.
So is it worth investing in something like this?
I personally haven’t invested in this and so far my bike components have stayed safe. I tend to lock my back wheel and frame whenever I leave my bike. The front wheel is not a quick release and so bike thieves would need a spanner to remove it.
If someone did steal my front wheel they are welcome to it. It needs replacing anyway! I think I can definitely attribute the lack of theft to my aging bike components. If I had an expensive new wheel or saddle I may re-consider.
The big potential advantage here is that the component locks are more robust than using cable locks.
I’d love to hear if you guys have this kind of security on your bike and whether you recommend it?
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