This is mostly Gregory's fault. He is still a bit concerned about leaving his bicycle locked up outside for any length of time and that has me concerned again. We're both using the Kryptonite New York U-Lock and some cables for the saddle and front wheel. But now, I'm thinking about upgrading to a chain and dedicating the U-Lock to the front wheel.
Originally, I didn't buy the chain because I realized that it's just a U-Lock extender. The chain is locked with the same Kryptonite U-Lock. I don't know why I didn't realize this before - but when I was sitting there at the bike shop looking at the locks, I suddenly realized that the chain isn't any more secure than the U-Lock because the only thing holding the chain together is a U-Lock.
We made sure that our renters insurance would cover the theft of both of our bicycles, and it does - the Agent assured me of that. But the problem is loosing a wheel or the saddle or something that's less than the deductable. Now, if I could get my hands on the ABUS lock, that would be a different story, as that's a different beast altogether. I had originally planned on getting the Granit CityChain X-Plus 1060 - but the Dutch Bike Co. Seattle no longer has these. Anyone know where to get one?
So, how do you lock your bicycle? Have you ever had one stolen? What did you do differently after? Do you lock your saddle, or take it with you? What about your wheels?
Amusing Bike Lock Pages I've Read:
Slate.com's "Avoiding the Bicycle Thief" is kind of how i might go about testing locks if I could afford to.
Bikeforum.net "2005 Bike Review Thread" is old, but pretty interesting discussion.
Transportation Alternatives "Locking your Bike - Do's and Don'ts" from '92, check out the 'crack' reference...and the strange logic 'u-locks are useless, so use a chain with a u-lock instead...' huh?
Got any others? Post them in the comments.