If you’re an urban dweller like myself, you’re probably familiar with the unfortunate need to keep your bike (and its parts) away from the grubby hands of crackhead thieves. Thieves love three things: transit stations, cable locks and quick releases. In other words, easy pickings. Cable locks are easily cut and quick releases live up to their name and release quickly often leaving a sad wheel-less, saddle-less bike. In my last post, I showed you how to lock a saddle and in this post, I’ll show you how to make a cheap (or free) lock for your quick release wheels.
You will need:
- A suitably sized hose clamp. Stainless would be best
- A piece of inner tube to protect your frame (if you care)
Unscrew the hose clamp all the way until it opens. Slide the clamp on to your fork leg or chainstay or seatstay and with the quick release lever position parallel to the frame, tighten the clamp around the quick release elver.
Voila, you’ve made it just difficult enough to remove your wheel that most thieves won’t even bother and will just move on to a vulnerable target. Remember though to carry with your patch kit something suitable to undo the clamp in case of a flat. A coin might work in a pinch
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