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I once saw a beater bike locked with a small padlock. It connected the chain and one spoke from the rear wheel. :)


You could find some surgical tubing to cover the bar of the lock too. That way if someone does try to spin the wheel, it's not at least got some padding before it yanks on the disc.

Leo Horishny

Your lock hack demonstrates, to me, that if there were quick release levers with an opening at the end, it could be rotated so that opening sits where you can lock the wheel and the disc brake at the same time, something like how current disc brake locks on motorcycles, if that helps picture things.


Very nice! It looks like a 6mm (?) allen wrench would allow removal of the disk brake with just two bolts? You could perhaps instead lock one arm of the disk to the frame? Alternatively, I'm not sure what equipment thieves carry these days, but I bet a disk is pretty easy to fatigue if you happen to have pliers. Yes, it's a barrier, but I'm just wondering how I'd get through if I really wanted your wheel.

I'm considering a Pitlock skewer, which claims to answer the same purpose as your hack but at far greater cost. Do those deter NY-grade thieves, or are they just a gimmick?


As I told you many years ago when you brought that first idea up, if you locked your bike using the methods shown here: http://www.mechbgon.com/lock/index.html this padlock hack would be redundant.

Frankly, I don't know what you see in these dime store padlocks, they're really NOT hard to get into even without bolt cutters. I could get into yours with my Leatherman tool and a Coke can in a matter of minutes (less if I made the shim in advance).

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A very ingenious solution. I wonder how long it will hold. Moving on, this is a recommended quick fix.

Luiz Eduardo Bezerra

See this:


Do you know about these systems?

This one from Germany: http://www.pitlock.com
Or this one from the UK: http://atomic22.com

I got Pitlock axles on both wheels so I don't have to worry about the front wheel.

Atomic 22 seems more high end but they had Pitlock at my LBS...

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