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ianevertonianeverton Posts: 231
edited June 2012 in Road buying advice
Hi all,

Can anybody recommend a good cycle tracker, I have had a look around and cannot find one. However I am sure I had one years ago that basically was slotted or pushed in to the seat tube and forgotten about.

Also can anybody recommend a good wall anchor and chain / lock that I can also use in my garage please ?

There has been a spat of cycle thefts in my area and am constantly worrying about my pride and joy.

Thanks for your help in advance.

Cheers,
Ian

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  • nferrarnferrar Posts: 2,511
    edited June 2012
    For chain, lock and anchor I'd look at the Almax stuff, the series 4 chains links are thicker than most others and can't be hand bolt-cropped. http://www.almax-security-chains.co.uk/ ... IV/c-1-70/

    As for tracking, are you confusing datatag with active tracking? Datatag is just something that can be scanned so if your bike is recovered the police can easily trace you as the owner.
    there are active tracking systems out there but they're not cheap and will use GSM to update it's location. I've not tried one myself and don't think many people are but I guess worth looking into (you'd be looking at £100+ though and some companies will probably charge an on-going fee for the service although I'd guess others would be configurable to update you directly). Not sure it would be a big help on a bike though, high-end bikes are likely broken up and the components sold off. Personally I'd spend the cash on insuring it.
  • I've no idea about trackers, but I met the people behind Almax chains and they convinced me that just 'cos it's expensive doesn't mean it's any good. That and 'Sold Secure' isn't worth much.

    http://www.almax-security-chains.co.uk/

    Also, look out for CaptainCropper on Youtube - for instance, here's my old abus cable lock getting chopped in seconds

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFaLmVqQibo

    Cable locks just are not worth it.
  • MattC59MattC59 Posts: 5,408
    I've been looking into similar things recently, as I have a new bike arriving in a couple of weeks.

    I think I'm going to get this ground anchor: http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=8497
    It's large enough to get a big chain through, but also, becasue it rotates, it makes it even more to brace a lever against.

    As for locks, I'm going to go for one of these: http://www.wiggle.co.uk/abus-granit-chain/

    Yep, they're a lot of money, but it's cheaper than replacing a bike.

    Just go on the ChainReaction or Wiggle websites and search for ground anchors.

    As for trackers, I think there are one or two about, but it sounds like you're talking about the tags. These don't track the bike, but do allow the Police to scan it and identify the owner:
    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/immobilisecom-immobitag-electronic-cycle-protection-kit/

    I've also got one of these in my garage: http://www.diy.com/nav/fix/electrical/security-alarms/rooms/Response-Single-Room-Alarm-With-Remote-ML6-White-10647503?icamp=recs

    Ignore the review, I've had mine there for nearly four years now and it's worked faultlessly. You get the unit and a remote. To arm, you press the arm button. This gives you about 20seconds to leave the area. When you come back into the area, it beeps, then gives you about 10seconds before going into alarm, time to disarm it. When it does go off, especially in an enclosed environment like a shed or garage, it's actually so loud that it's painful. I know, I've set it off myself a couple of times :roll:
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  • MattC59MattC59 Posts: 5,408
    That and 'Sold Secure' isn't worth much.

    It's worth a lot if your insurance company require it. It could be the difference between a pay out and no pay out.
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    Faith is the denial of observation so that Belief can be preserved
  • MattC59MattC59 Posts: 5,408
    Hmmmm........ havig looked at the Almax site, perhaps I'll go for one of those :D
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  • MattC59 wrote:
    That and 'Sold Secure' isn't worth much.

    It's worth a lot if your insurance company require it. It could be the difference between a pay out and no pay out.


    What i mean is that don't assume that just because it says 'Sold Secure Gold' on a label it's any good. It really isn't.

    And to those who say thieves don't go around with 42" croppers all I can say is they do and they will. Or 20" cable cutters. Or freeze spray and a sledge hammer.

    Although now battery powered angle grinders are all the rage. :(
  • sungodsungod Posts: 14,366
    the lfgss locks that work thread is definitive, first post is kept up to date, you do not need to read the whole thing...

    http://www.lfgss.com/thread17938.html

    ...i've got one of the xena locks with an alarm

    nothing will stop a portable angle grinder though

    imho datatag etc. are useless, you are relying on the police seizing the bike (they almost certainly won't) and scanning the bike (do you really think they will, really?)

    if the police have the frame number of your stolen bike, that should be enough, and yes the thieves could grind it off, just like they could knock out the tag, but most will just sell it on asap, frame number intact

    there's a gps tracker, if you act fast after a theft it might help...

    http://www.integratedtrackers.com/GPSTrack/

    ...not cheap, no use if it isn't kept charged and/or you forget to arm it

    there's a solution to bike theft, it involves automatic weapons and me being immune from prosecution, but until that glorious day, get a big lock and be vigilant
    my bike - faster than god's and twice as shiny
  • B1ghubbaB1ghubba Posts: 61
    This is what I use and the bike's not been nicked yet
    http://www.bikeradar.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=40042&t=12711685

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  • slowhand44slowhand44 Posts: 47
    I use this http://www.wiggle.co.uk/kryptonite-stro ... nd-anchor/ combined with this http://www.wiggle.co.uk/abus-granit-ste ... bike-lock/ to secure my good bike whilst in my garage.
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  • HoopdriverHoopdriver Posts: 2,023
    Pragmasis is excellent - as good as the Almax, and English made. Their 16mm chain is uncroppable even with Irwin Record 42" bolt cutters. Their Torc anchor is also about as bombproof as it gets.
  • schlepcyclingschlepcycling Posts: 1,606
    I use a ground anchor and lock/chain combination from these guys http://www.torc-anchors.com/index.php
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  • womblerwombler Posts: 85
    +1 for Pragmasis Protector + cemented in ground anchor
  • HoopdriverHoopdriver Posts: 2,023
    I use a ground anchor and lock/chain combination from these guys http://www.torc-anchors.com/index.php
    That's Pragmasis.

    Good customer service, too
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