Bike locks for a VW rack

Discussion in 'The Pub' started by Polzeylad, 28 Mar 2017.

  1. Polzeylad

    Polzeylad Senior Member T6 Guru

    I'm a bit out of touch on bike locks as we've rarely needed one but I'm keen to keep our bikes secure both on the rack and when we're out and about.
    They'll be mounted on a VW bike rack which does actually lock each bike in place but I reckon we need more.

    I have an old Abus (fairly decent at the time) D lock and some mid range cable lock which is probably only a mild deterrent.

    Any decent locks I should look at?

    They'll be stacked my son's (new, £420), mine (custom built over many years - cost me about £3000, worth much less now as it's dated), my wife's (worth very little - cost £650 in 2008, had about £300 spent on it) and my daughters (probably £250ish in value); any suggestions? Or do we stick with what we've got and take out some kick butt insurance?
     
  2. T6 Dave's Dad

    T6 Dave's Dad Senior Member T6 Legend

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    @Polzeylad. Not sure if anybody does one, but what is needed is a combined cable lock and alarm which, when cut, sounds a loud alarm. Any member know of one or of any firm prepared to develop this (free) concept?
     
  3. Polzeylad

    Polzeylad Senior Member T6 Guru

    We used to have one made by LifeVenture - don't think they make them any more.

    One lock has a transmitter that alerts you if it has been cut but it seems a bit OTT.
     
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  4. T6 Dave's Dad

    T6 Dave's Dad Senior Member T6 Legend

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    @Polzeylad. A lot is in the deterrent value, but also how much you value you value the bikes for that outing or holiday I suppose. Some would go for it for peace of mind as much as anything I suspect.
     
  5. Davenjo

    Davenjo Senior Member Moderator VIP Member T6 Legend

    I suspect your old Abus D lock would still rate well against new cable locks. What we tend to do when leaving the bikes is use a D lock (OnGuard) to secure the most valuable bikes (not as valuable as yours!) and then cable lock the rest to them. On the van we just use the inbuilt rack locks as we are never far from the van when travelling and always unload as soon as we arrive on site (can't open the tailgate with them in situ). If someone wants the bikes they will get them whatever and my preference would be to minimise the potential damage to the van whilst they are breaking whatever security you apply.
     
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  6. Pauly

    Pauly Senior Member VCDS User Admin Moderator

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    Do you have a towbar ? If so you could make up a lead that goes through the frames of the bikes and into towbar electric plug and if its unplugged or cut the vehicle alarm will go off ?
     
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  7. Polzeylad

    Polzeylad Senior Member T6 Guru

    No towbar.

    Sounds sensible @Davenjo ; thanks!
     
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  8. Polzeylad

    Polzeylad Senior Member T6 Guru

    Slightly nervous about the logistics of bikes and campering - we won't be able to use the boot with them on and while I think we'll stick to campsites on this Easter jaunt, we tend to wild camp a fair bit on our long Summer trips - could raise a few issues.
    I'm sure we'll work it out though.
     
  9. T6 Dave's Dad

    T6 Dave's Dad Senior Member T6 Legend

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    @Pauly - Simples! :):thumbsup::thumbsup: Way to go, takes my (royalty free) concept on to a simple alarm system! Great lateral thinking @Pauly :thumbsup: Maybe you could patent and produce it for the shop?
     
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  10. Polzeylad

    Polzeylad Senior Member T6 Guru

  11. Gingercoastie

    Gingercoastie Senior Member VIP Member T6 Guru

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    Have you got a cover for the bikes.
     
  12. Davenjo

    Davenjo Senior Member Moderator VIP Member T6 Legend

    Might be worth looking at some sort of screw in ground anchor that you can lock to for when you are wild camping, e.g. 400mm Universal Ground Anchor
     
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  13. Polzeylad

    Polzeylad Senior Member T6 Guru

    Nope. Had a good look around, they all seemed to be a bit rubbish.
     
  14. Gingercoastie

    Gingercoastie Senior Member VIP Member T6 Guru

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    I don't think I would want one for driving, I would be too worried about the wind flow ripping it, but might be an idea for when parked up.
     
  15. Polzeylad

    Polzeylad Senior Member T6 Guru

    Probably a good idea when stopped.
    When driving, you can see a surprising amount of the road behind through the bikes. A cover would stop that useful bit of vision on the move!
     
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  16. Polzeylad

    Polzeylad Senior Member T6 Guru

    Got these bad boys.
    If anyone manages to break them, they deserve the bikes. :rofl:

    The key comes with a nifty LED torch in it; shall I bang on about how bright it is all day and night until you all puke? :whistle:
     
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  17. Polzeylad

    Polzeylad Senior Member T6 Guru

    Well the locks worked an absolute treat - yep they are heavy but I wasn't at all worried about the bikes.
    Ideal.
     
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  18. Gingercoastie

    Gingercoastie Senior Member VIP Member T6 Guru

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    Think I have the same ones
     
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  19. Polzeylad

    Polzeylad Senior Member T6 Guru

    Did you get any seat covers in the end?
     
  20. Gingercoastie

    Gingercoastie Senior Member VIP Member T6 Guru

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    Sure did, they are a great fit apart from my front headrests, I guess when my seats were retrimmed the size got altered slightly.
     

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