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I use a heavy duty thick chain on my rented scooter, which used to belong to my bicycle. Need a replacement lock as lending it to a friend.

I couldnt find a steel u-lock today, so bought these two options.

Which one would you say is best (if you can tell)? Both as good as each other? Or both pretty useless?!

If the pics are not enough indication of size etc, let me know.

Thank you.

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Chain is better, you can hold the other lock with your hand while you use a hacksaw to cut through it and its easier for the hacksaw to get a bite.

The chain needs to be 'gripped' per cut link with vice grips and harder for a hacksaw to bite.

The chain will also be noisier and therefore attract attention, if someone tries to cut it.

I'd go to one of those mom & pop shops and get a thicker chain though, the chain i use (8/10 centimeter metal thickness) requires a bolt cutter with a 4 foot handle to cut through it, not portable. The one in your picture can be cut with 2.5 foot bolt cutters -portable

Also go for a 'SOLEX' brand lock, make sure its not 'SOLO'...the lock you have pictured can be shimmed open by using the sheet metal from a coke can and sliding it down the U-shaft.

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Also go for a 'SOLEX' brand lock, make sure its not 'SOLO'...the lock you have pictured can be shimmed open by using the sheet metal from a coke can and sliding it down the U-shaft.

OMG, seriously?! Scary stuff! I bought it as the wording sounded good (double locking system, Hardened shackle, Drop hole). Wah.

Thanks so much for your recommendations Powerband.

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Also go for a 'SOLEX' brand lock, make sure its not 'SOLO'...the lock you have pictured can be shimmed open by using the sheet metal from a coke can and sliding it down the U-shaft.

Wow, seems you're quite the expert on breaking cheap locks... :)

To the OP- recommend you stop wasting time and money on cheap easy to break bicycle locks and invest in a quality lock/alarm such as a Xena lock-

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Petty thieves won't easily break it and with it's built in 110Db alarm it'll make a lot of noise if they try.

The lock pictured above is available at Red Baron for 1,480฿ and Panda Rider has many different models to choose from.

Ride On!

Tony

ps- just noticed you're in CNX. Check Fastcorner (ground floor of Chiang Mai Pantip Mall) I believe they have Xena locks for sale.

If not I'd be happy to send you one from Bangkok.

T

Edited by BigBikeBKK

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Thats great to know. Had no idea about stuff like that. Thanks so much. :)

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The xena lock's alarm can be defeated with a rubber band and a sock wrapped around it dropping the sound to less than half, make the sock wet first and the sound will frther dissipate. Personally Id drip super glue down the siren hole and kill the speaker.

If i was more industrious i would take off the front brake caliper and just drive off with the xena lock spinning.

With a chain and lock you can chain the bike to a pole,fence or whatever cant be moved.

You can even use the chain to beat BigBikeBKK over the head if he tries to pick you up in a bar and won't take no for an answer.

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Correction- the xena lock would be much more sufficient for beating BigBikBkkk over the head, its more flingable and will be making sound, further attracting help especially when you need it.

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ANY lock can be defeated... including a chain ..

Do your best and don't sweat it.

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The xena lock's alarm can be defeated with a rubber band and a sock wrapped around it dropping the sound to less than half, make the sock wet first and the sound will frther dissipate. Personally Id drip super glue down the siren hole and kill the speaker.

If i was more industrious i would take off the front brake caliper and just drive off with the xena lock spinning.

With a chain and lock you can chain the bike to a pole,fence or whatever cant be moved.

You can even use the chain to beat BigBikeBKK over the head if he tries to pick you up in a bar and won't take no for an answer.

Some clever folks combine a chain with a Xena lock, using the Xena lock to lock the chain to a stationary object. This gives the added security of an audible alarm if some lowlife like Powerband comes along to try and mess with your ride. Sure, there's always a way to beat any lock, but Powerband is the first lowlife I've ever heard of that goes thieving with a tube of super glue and a wet sock in his pocket... :)

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8mm chain and Solex can be bought at any Homepro.

Staff will cut chain to order.... I have 2 metres.... weighs a ton. :D

8 /10s of a centimeter??? :):D

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Watch this and weep if you paid top dollar for chain.

My Abus doesn't look so good now. :)

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But Gunga. Thats the point in trying to get hardened steel. It needs to be cut with a disc NOT just a short handled bolt cutter like they use at homepro (and you can buy for about 300b)

I have the Xena disc alarm and its good. Actually Tony got it for me :)

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^^^^ I'll show you mine, if you'll show me yours! :)

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:) I really do not want to go into the superglue/wet sock imagery here. The mind boggles.

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The xena lock's alarm can be defeated with a rubber band and a sock wrapped around it dropping the sound to less than half, make the sock wet first and the sound will frther dissipate. Personally Id drip super glue down the siren hole and kill the speaker.

If i was more industrious i would take off the front brake caliper and just drive off with the xena lock spinning.

With a chain and lock you can chain the bike to a pole,fence or whatever cant be moved.

You can even use the chain to beat BigBikeBKK over the head if he tries to pick you up in a bar and won't take no for an answer.

Some clever folks combine a chain with a Xena lock, using the Xena lock to lock the chain to a stationary object. This gives the added security of an audible alarm if some lowlife like Powerband comes along to try and mess with your ride. Sure, there's always a way to beat any lock, but Powerband is the first lowlife I've ever heard of that goes thieving with a tube of super glue and a wet sock in his pocket... :)

Whats wrong with giving real facts?...if i ran into your bike i wouldn't carry a wet sock, i'd just piss on it then spell out powerband on the ground so you knew it was me....and superglue your ignition keyhole shut of course.

I might even go as far as supergluing your throttle in place. I wouldn't mess with your brakes though, don't worry.

lowlife..? how'd ya' know?

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