Anyone know this odd bike lock?

I was in a surplus store today (Ax-Man, for you fellow Twin Citians) and found
what was identified as a “European bike lock.” I’ve posted a picture here:


(the usual caveats about AOL’s erratic file availability apply)

The inside diameter of the round shackle is about 4.5". It has six little
three-position switches or plungers that you set by pulling, pushing or leaving
centered; then you press another leve,r and a powerful spring snaps the shackle
open with a satisfying CHA-CHUNK sound. It has some kind of a mounting bracket
apparently designed to bolt onto a curved surface. It is stamped “BASTA,”
probably a brand name, and has a paper tag reading “Made In Denmark.”

Does anyone know how this thing is supposed to be used to lock a bike? The best
I can figure is that it is supposed to attach to the bike’s fender and close
around the wheel rim to keep the bike from being ridden away. It might just
about fit around a unicycle rim and a signpost, though it’s kind of a big thing
to be carrying around. I bought it because it was $3.95 and an interesting
mechanism.

Thanks!

  • Joe

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If Teddy Grahams crackers
were shaped like goats instead of bears,
would they be Billy Grahams?

I visited Germany in April, and saw them all over the place. It looks like yours mounts on the fender, next to the seatstays. I’ve also seen similar locks that mount directly to the seatstays or chainstays. These locks are supposed to be left on at all times. As you can see, they are only meant as a deterrent, because they don’t prevent a thief from picking up your bike and walking away with it. They only prevent a thief from riding away.

Later

Caleb ‘Germany Rules!’ Penner
Caleb’s Page

Re: Anyone know this odd bike lock?

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Originally posted by Joe
[B] all I can figure is that it is supposed to attach to the bike’s fender and close around the wheel rim to keep the bike from being ridden away.

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thats it! the wheel locks in place so it cant be ridden,the bikes these are used on are usally VERY heavy and your more likely to carry a Coker through a rabbit hole than tote the locked bike those came with.

Klaas Bil probobly has three of those Dutch tanks in his collection i bet

Re: Anyone know this odd bike lock?

>I visited Germany in April, and saw them all over the place. It looks
>like yours mounts on the fender, next to the seatstays. I’ve also seen
>similar locks that mount directly to the seatstays or chainstays. These
>locks are supposed to be left on at all times. As you can see, they are
>only meant as a deterrent, because they don’t prevent a thief from
>picking up your bike and walking away with it. They only prevent a thief
>from riding away.
>
>Later
>
>Caleb ‘Germany Rules!’ Penner

>thats it! the wheel locks in place so it cant be ridden,the bikes[color=darkred]
>> > these are used on are usally VERY heavy and your more likely to
>> > carry a Coker through a rabbit hole than tote the locked bike those
>> > came with.
>> >
>> > Klaas Bil probobly has three of those Dutch tanks in his collection
>> > i bet
>
>
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>jagur - Random Member[/color]

Thanks! I’ve never seen one in this country. I’d like to mount it on my old
Schwinn, but the fender is too wide. I’ll try and make an adapter to clamp it
onto the frame somewhere. Aside from specifically deterring the quick ride-away
type of theft, it’s a pretty low-security thing, but it’s just too euro-funky
to pass up. There’d be no point whatsoever in attaching it to a unicycle
though.

I did a Google search for information about the thing, and didn’t find a whole
lot. There’s one interesting site here, by some engineering students at the
Technical University of Denmark, about their “BastaBuster” course project, a
computerized machine designed to open one of these locks:

http://www.kp.mek.dtu.dk/Education/Maskin_civil/Coursehomepages/41660/TheB
astaBuster/

  • Joe

=============================
If Teddy Grahams crackers
were shaped like goats instead of bears,
would they be Billy Grahams?

no need to use computer to open one,a hair pin would do it i’m sure:)

Re: Re: Anyone know this odd bike lock?

Research and Development into breaking open Basta locks to steal bikes? Shocking! Would that be the Thieving Basta RD Department?:smiley:

You can see the same type of lock (though not quite so beefy) on the average housewife’s “shopping bike” here in Japan, too. The bikes aren’t so heavy, but people are a bit more scrupulous (or not willing to go to the effort to steal something pretending to be locked). This type of lock in Japan is actually pretty “mickey mouse” and could very easily be foiled by a determined person with a strong enough grip or a hairpin… they use rather primitive keys instead of that combination setup in Joe’s posted pic. They come as standard equipment on shopping bikes, and they’re mounted behind the rear caliper brakes, on the seatstays, but a lot of people never bother to lock their bikes unless they’re leaving them for more than a couple of hours. The main bike thieves here seem to be bored high school students playing hooky, drunk businessmen who’ve missed the last train but don’t want to swing for a taxi, and, oh, yeah… foreigners.

I sure hope #6 is a removable option

Re: Anyone know this odd bike lock?

On Thu, 11 Jul 2002 00:37:43 -0500, jagur
<jagur.7m3dc@timelimit.unicyclist.com> wrote:
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>> > Klaas Bil probobly has three of those Dutch tanks in his collection
>> > i bet[/color]
Six actually, counting the bikes for all four family members, all of
which have this type of lock, with a key though in stead of those
plungers. Chilliwack is right in how they are operated.

In addition to the six tanks we have two folding bikes without fixed
locks, and three unicycles without locks at all. (Hey, that’s nineteen
wheels!)
>
>"To trigger/fool/saturate/overload Echelon, the following has been
>picked automagically from a database:"trials,uni,3-day select
It’s funny that the Echelon thingy gets more followers now that I have
discontinued it myself…

Klaas Bil

Re: Anyone know this odd bike lock?

On Thu, 11 Jul 2002 00:37:43 -0500, jagur
<jagur.7m3dc@timelimit.unicyclist.com> wrote:
[color=darkred]
>> > Klaas Bil probobly has three of those Dutch tanks in his collection
>> > i bet[/color]
Six actually, counting the bikes for all four family members, all of
which have this type of lock, with a key though in stead of those
plungers. Chilliwack is right in how they are operated.

In addition to the six tanks we have two folding bikes without fixed
locks, and three unicycles without locks at all. (Hey, that’s nineteen
wheels!)
>
>"To trigger/fool/saturate/overload Echelon, the following has been
>picked automagically from a database:"trials,uni,3-day select
It’s funny that the Echelon thingy gets more followers now that I have
discontinued it myself…

Klaas Bil

Re: Anyone know this odd bike lock?

>Research and Development into breaking open Basta locks to steal bikes?
>Shocking! Would that be the Thieving Basta RD Department?:smiley:
>
>
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>Mikefule - Roland Hope School of Unicycling

Oh jeez.