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Matilda

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« on: November 23, 2019, 12:13:48 AM »
New Rad owner looking at locks. What have you found in your experience works best to securely lock bike to vehicles, trees, posts or whatever and is reasonable easy to carry. I'm leery of keys to lose. And where to get it.
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« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2019, 03:19:52 PM »
Many folks like the Kryptonite brand bike locks and many are available on Amazon. The prices can range quite a bit depending on how much security you want: https://amzn.to/2OejmSA

Your options will be limited however if you want a combination lock though Kryptonite does make a chain lock. Many of the most popular ones are keyed. For security purposes stay away from the cable locks as they are easily cut and go with a u-lock even if they are more cumbersome. Some people actually buy one that has a mount for the bike but you can also use straps/zip ties so you don't have to carry it. My personal opinion is that no bike lock is perfect and if you live an area where bike theft is a common occurrence you may want to consider insurance. Others use motion alarms. On the vehicle I'd consider getting a bike cover to hide the fact that they are ebikes.

Personally what we use around town is a utility lock which is adjustable. The adjustability is a huge factor since when we put the stand up on our Wagon it puts the bike further away from a tree, post, or bike rack. https://amzn.to/2OekfdS

Let us know what you decide! Here are two other threads on locking your Rad Power bike:

https://www.radowners.com/index.php/topic,102.0.html
https://www.radowners.com/index.php/topic,15.msg53.html#msg53
« Last Edit: November 23, 2019, 03:22:53 PM by Ryan »
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Matilda

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« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2019, 03:58:20 AM »
Thanks for getting me started with your post and the threads you referred me to Ryan,  After further checking the online sales information and a multitude of posts about them, we went with Abus Granit XPlus locks, Kryptonite KryptoFlex Security Cables and anti-theft vibration alarms. When traveling with our truck we are looking carrying them inside out of sight.  A bike cover when we have the car sounds like a good idea though. We have put insurance on them, but certainly don't want to have to use it, if we can avoid it. I appreciate your time helping out a newbie. In the past we did a fair amount of strictly pedal  biking, but e-biking is new for us.

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« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2019, 03:14:59 AM »
For those interested here are links to the products mentioned above:

Albus Granit X-Plus Locks: https://amzn.to/2KXIf2R
Kryptonite KryptoFlex Looped Bike Security Cable: https://amzn.to/2OLsE7C

If you get a chance please share your thoughts on the alarm you purchased and if you decided to get a bike cover - I know there are many options.
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« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2019, 07:50:00 PM »
I got the FoldyLock orange and mounted it to the built in screw points on the underside of the tube. The color looks great on the bike and itís a convenient and sturdy lock. https://seatylock.com/collections/foldylock

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« Reply #5 on: December 30, 2019, 12:56:25 AM »
Interesting, I've seen these folding locks before. Rad Power Bikes now sells the ABUS BORDO Folding Combo Lock 6100/90 for a whopping $130. At least this is cheaper and I do like the mounting options. Thanks for sharing.

I got the FoldyLock orange and mounted it to the built in screw points on the underside of the tube. The color looks great on the bike and itís a convenient and sturdy lock. https://seatylock.com/collections/foldylock
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« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2020, 02:37:38 AM »
Good evening.  I have been reading the posts concerning locks and have settled on either Abus or the NY lock.  My question is about shackle length.  Is there a shackle length that works best?  I have seen them ranging from 6" to 11.5".  I have a couple RadCity step thrus I will need to lock up ((separately).  There does not seem to be U-lock of sufficient width cover both frame and wheel.  Chain locks are can be quite unwieldy, but me be the only option.
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« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2020, 06:26:44 PM »
Are you talking about the front or rear wheel? Our utility U lock stretches from 8.5-11.5" and I don't think we've ever been able to lock it using the minimum distance on our RadWagon. I know within that range does work locking the front wheel to the frame (works in a pinch when there is nothing to lock to). You could always use one U lock to the bike rack and one to the front wheel. Sometimes we will U lock to the rack and loop a cable around the front tire securing it on the U lock. I guess it all depends on how you're planning to lock them up but in my opinion you will never regret going larger to be on the safe side. That's why I love our utility lock since it is versatile when there are various style bike racks.

Good evening.  I have been reading the posts concerning locks and have settled on either Abus or the NY lock.  My question is about shackle length.  Is there a shackle length that works best?  I have seen them ranging from 6" to 11.5".  I have a couple RadCity step thrus I will need to lock up ((separately).  There does not seem to be U-lock of sufficient width cover both frame and wheel.  Chain locks are can be quite unwieldy, but me be the only option.
Thanks for your input
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