Re: [rootsradicals] mounting lights, locking up
- I use cateye lights on the back rack. They have a nice adjustable mount that accommodates a wide variety of tubing sizes. I did have Planet Bike blinky 5s on the back (until the reflector/lens part kept falling off and eventually got lost after going over some railroad tracks). The problem I had was that the 7/8" tubing was too small to use the seatpost clamp (not the seatstay clamp). I easily fixed this with a few wraps of cloth handlebar tape. You could use cloth rim tape, it's all the same.
Theft is much less of a problem in STL than in Chicago. For locking, I usually lock around the seatpost or the top tube. I generally don't bother with a cable lock as the only bikes that get their wheels stolen are ones that are left out overnight in a public place. I have self locked through the rear wheel before, so it's posible to get in there just above where the V brake would go. For locking with a U and cable lock, I'd use the cable as a noose around the front rim, run it through the back rim, then use the U lock through the hole. Now, U lock your bike via the top tube, seatstays or seattube to whatever bike rack you're locked up to. Using the cable lock as a noose instead of a big loop makes it much easier to lock up.
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On Thu, Oct 1, 2009 at 10:28, lizwdurham <lizwdurham@...> wrote:
1- So my rear light bracket is not large enough for mounting on the rack. I checked the bracket for my son's light nad my husband's...thye are also too small. All are different Planet Bike lights. THe racks are a bit larger than a typical rack. What lights do most folks use? Or do you put them solmewhere other than the rack?
2- I have always locked my regular bikes with a cable through the back wheel attching to u-lock that goes through the front. I live in Chicago where bike theft is common. With the freeloader bags, it isn't as easy to access the back wheel. How do most folks lock up?
- Thanks Tone. I get the idea. Looks like your lock is one of those standard brass ones.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Tone" <tone@...> wrote:
> You are in luck, somewhat that is. I managed to find some photos ¡§of¡¨
> the mini lock I used on my old Xtracycled bike¡¦s rear quick release. I
> say somewhat because the original subject matter in the photos is focused
> on some of the FreeRadical frame failures I had. I sent variations of
> these photos to Xtracycle to initiate the guarantee & replacement of the
> PLEASE NOTE: To everyone viewing the photos you MUST understand I have
> been considered a heavy duty user and abuser of my Xtracycle. I worked as
> a full time cargo bike messenger in NYC, but most of the stresses I
> really put on the Xtracycle were from personal use while hauling
> heavy/bulky loads, as you might have seen in photos I have posted links
> to. From what I have been told by the awesome folks at Xtracycle, at the
> time of my FreeRadical failure(s) there had only been two other
> ¡§people¡¨ with broken frames¡K those tested by Xtracycle and those
> belonging to the ¡§Riding the Spine¡¨ crew. According to my
> understanding, the Spine guys did/do bike touring & camping trips on
> remote rough mountain jungle terrain from the Southern tip of South
> America all the way to Alaska. Clearly Riding the Spine are extreme users
> as well. Also from what I know, around the time of my second FreeRadical
> replacement Xtracycle had already implemented reinforcement to the
> joint-area prone to cracks in the production run of FreeRadicals at that
> time. Therefore any prospective Xtracycle buyers should not worry
> themselves about purchasing a FreeRadical. Besides, in all my dealings
> with the Xtracycle folks they have been more than accommodating with the
> utmost customer service and response in their guarantees and
> replacements. If I lived on the West Coast I get the vibe I would be
> hanging with them!
> With that being said I will get on with the photos, which unfortunately
> were all taken after dark due to coming home from working as a messenger
> all day.
> This is a photo taken with out the FreeLoaders from the perspective of
> being just above the right end of the Rear Step.
> You can see main body of the mini lock, which is the brass rectangular
> shape behind/beneath the left drop-out. The U-bolt of the lock is barely
> visible to the left of the top edge of the hub. However, the metal part
> of the bolt is hidden within the black rubber tube/hose I mentioned
> earlier, which is used to prevent rattling and scratches.
> This is basically the same photo except it is without using a flash, so
> there are slightly less harsh shadows cast, but I did have to manipulate
> the image to make it easier to read:
> This photo was taken with the FreeLoaders on between the rear post of the
> left V-Rack and the tire:
> It is particularly difficult to make out the lock in this photo because
> the only light is coming from the flash. The rubber-hosed U-bolt of the
> lock is the black triangle above the quick release ¡§nut¡¨, while the
> black slender rectangle extending below it is the lock body.
> This photo was taken from the gear side of the FreeRadical looking
> through the wheels:
> Here we have part of the quick release lever visible almost along the
> right edge and above the middle of the image. You can see how it has been
> locked at almost a 45 degree angle to the ground or FreeRadical tubing
> below it. Just to the left of the QR lever you can once again see the
> black rubber tube padding the U-bolt of the mini lock. It is a bit
> difficult to tell apart from the gray of the supposedly ¡§black¡¨ color
> of my carbon-fiber Aerospokes, which have lightened in color from fading
> over time and the build-up of dirt, grit, and exhaust.
> The final photo I have is a close up from just below the quick release:
> Unfortunately the flash blinds most of the lock, but you can definitely
> see the QR nut, part of its lever, the lock body, and a section of the
> U-bolt without rubber tubing on it.
> I hope these photos were at least somewhat useful. º
> Ride safe and secure,