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Old 2013-08-16, 09:16 PM   #1
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Avoiding uniTheft Tips & Locks

I don't want my unicycle to get stolen while locked up, so I have a few questions:

1) What kind of lock system(s) do you use?
2) How do you lock your unicycle to a bike stand? (Pictures, please)
3) Do you replace Allen bolts with torx bolts?

4) did your locked unicycle ever get stolen?
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Old 2013-08-16, 09:43 PM   #2
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There isn't any good way that I know of to securely lock something to a bike rack. Any lock could be cut in a matter of seconds if you have the right tools. IMO what a lock really does is make it so people would notice if someone was stealing a bike or uni because they'd have to be using something to cut it. I think that the biggest way to protect a uni with a lock would probably be to run your lock through the spokes, that way someone couldn't steal it by simply disassembling the frame (or whatever the lock is attached to).
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Old 2013-08-16, 10:11 PM   #3
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i go through the rim onto railings. it helps if you lock it up somewhere with a cctv camera pointed at it that is quite busy.

however if someone wants to steal it that badly it would be easy enough to do so
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Old 2013-08-16, 10:34 PM   #4
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You could use a quick release clamp and remove the saddle but I think it's unlikely that someone will rob it and cycle off on it. It's more likely to get damaged by some jerk.
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Old 2013-08-18, 04:11 AM   #5
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Thanks for all the good suggestions
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Old 2013-08-18, 04:45 AM   #6
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This is a great thread! I have a related question: what about vandalism? A unicycle usually stand out like a sore thumb pretty much anywhere. Obviously, it is impossible to prevent vandalism unless you are standing right there to stop it. What I wonder about is if any one here has experienced damages to their uni while leaving it unattended?
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Old 2013-08-18, 07:48 AM   #7
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I don't want my unicycle to get stolen while locked up
I don't leave expensive uni's unattended. If I know I'm going to leave my uni, I use a cheap one, and just lock the wheel with a simple lock (without quick release seatclamp). So you should get a cheap ugly uni. Then you will also have a back up and a uni you can let others borrow in case you get a visit from unicyclists from the other side of the world (has happened to me twice )
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Old 2013-08-18, 02:22 PM   #8
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I don't leave expensive uni's unattended. If I know I'm going to leave my uni, I use a cheap one, and just lock the wheel with a simple lock (without quick release seatclamp). So you should get a cheap ugly uni. Then you will also have a back up and a uni you can let others borrow in case you get a visit from unicyclists from the other side of the world (has happened to me twice )
Not a bad idea, UniMyra!
But I am curious though, as to how interested a thief might be, or how likely it would be for a unicycle to get stolen in the first place.
1) Most thieves don't know how to ride a unicycle (is my guess)
2) Therefore, most thieves will have added difficulty vanishing the scene of theft
3) Most thieves will have a harder time selling the stolen unicycle (is my guess)

I drove SAABs for 12 years and they never got stolen. Not that this is a fair comparison, but, like Tom Waits belches out in one of his songs: "There's a world going on underground". And underground they don't drive SAABs, they drive Escalades. I can't for the life of me see them riding unicycles
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Old 2013-08-18, 06:15 PM   #9
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how likely it would be for a unicycle to get stolen in the first place.
You're probably right, but you'll never know. It could also get vandalized and if it was a cheap uni, your loss would not be to big.
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Old 2013-08-18, 06:24 PM   #10
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Stealing a uni makes about as much sense as stealing an accordion.
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Old 2013-08-18, 07:30 PM   #11
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Stealing a uni makes as much sense as a fish on a bicycle.
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Old 2013-08-18, 07:37 PM   #12
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Just because they can't ride it doesn't mean they can't steal it, it can be carried or put in a car.
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Old 2013-08-18, 08:21 PM   #13
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Stealing a uni makes about as much sense as stealing an accordion.
Learning to play the accordion is next on my list.

+1 to timoteusmunk for finding the connection between Saabs and Tom Waits. And the Torx fastener idea sounds good. I despise the things, but I guess most people do.
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Old 2013-08-18, 08:29 PM   #14
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Just because they can't ride it doesn't mean they can't steal it, it can be carried or put in a car.

Fish, generally don't drive cars. lol.
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Old 2013-08-18, 08:32 PM   #15
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Fish, generally don't drive cars. lol.
But only generally...
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