March 05, 2009

On locks, bike security and Polo

The cut in the lock... the replacement...Kryptonite evolution
Victoria is notorious for bicycle theft. I have not been affected by this yet (knock on wood). But as the above photo illustrates, I've come close. I did not notice the half-assed cut in the lock right away, but one day when I arrived at work I realized there was a huge dent in the down tube of my Cannondale M400. At first I thought somebody was throwing it around in the storage locker, but when I finally noticed the cut in the lock I realized that whoever was trying to steal my bike, probably managed to dent the frame while hacking away at the lock. The lock held up however, and I'm glad about that. It's has since been replaced by a u-lock. The bike is not really safe to ride in any sort of serious way, so I think it's racing days are over. So what do I do with that bike? Well, I've always wanted to try Bike-Polo and the Cannondale seems like a perfect candidate for a polo bike...So here's the plan with that one: Replace the flat-bar with the risers that came on my Bianchi, retain the hot pink Ouries. Scavange the shop for a decent v-brake, and replace the Cantis with v's, no brake up front/rear brake on left side of handlebars (I need the right for the mallet). Replace the Jones XC tires with my old trusty Tioga City Slicker slicks, these are hefty but I have never had a flat on them in over 3 years. Perhaps replace the 34t ring up front with a 32t but for now I think I'll keep the 34t (CX gearing) and see how it works out. This will be the fifth incarnation of the Cannondale. First it was my mountain bike, then my commuter, then my singlespeed commuter (once the shifters wore out), CX machine and now...Voila! here's a Polo bike. Now I'll just have to show up at the polo rink and make some friends...should be interesting. I'll post some photo's of this morphing soon.


anna said...

Yeah, U-locks are good. I have an Abus one. But well, you can never be completely sure. I even use a second cable lock to secure the parts (saddle and wheels). Believe it or not, but once somebody has stolen the screw that fixes my saddle..

Halldor said...

yup I would not doubt it. Victoria is notorious for bike theft, and therefore I use no quick releases on my commuters.

Steve said...

Yes, no doubt, bike theft is little bit easy with respect to other automobiles. And this U-Lock definitely works well. Its better to avail the service of Auto Locksmith Brooklyn for better security.