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Old 03-20-2016, 01:57 PM   #1
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Question How do you lock your bikes on your fiamma bike rack?

I bit the bullet and purchased the Fiamma bicycle rack for our two mountain bikes. I'm curious how most of you lock your bikes to your Airstream. I don't plan on using a cable as I don't want anyone coming along, cutting it and running off. And I'll be covering them. But was hoping someone had a photo.

Mine is being shipped so I'm trying to get this in my head to determine whether a U-Lock will work or if I'll need a heavy duty chain.



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Old 03-20-2016, 02:08 PM   #2
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I use a cable and haven't had any problem yet. Locks are there to keep the honest people honest. They won't stop anyone who is determined and has the opportunity. I'd be interested in what cover you choose. Our bikes are filthy.
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Old 03-20-2016, 02:18 PM   #3
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I use a basic bike lock cable wrapped around the bike rack and routed through both the bike frame and a wheel. It'll stop an opportunity theft but there may not be a way to stop a determined and prepared thief.
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Serious thieves can cut through anything. 10 years ago, had mountain bike stolen when someone cut right through one of those kryptonite U-shaped locks like in your photo. Then, 1.5 years ago, my road bike was stolen by thieves that cut through 2 cable locks and picked the third lock.

If you have valuable bikes...NEVER leave them unattended...especially in Portland, Oregon.

EDIT: I do think keeping them covered is a good idea. At least then, a thief will probably just stay away, since they don't know what kind of bike is there. I believe they're looking to cut and run, not to explore under some tarp to see what they might or might not find.
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A cable and lock will also help to keep the bike and rack together while going down the road. I've found a couple of spots that can shake the fillings right out of your mouth.
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EDIT: I do think keeping them covered is a good idea. At least then, a thief will probably just stay away, since they don't know what kind of bike is there. I believe they're looking to cut and run, not to explore under some tarp to see what they might or might not find.
Cut and run is what most want to do. We had friends with a cable lock on theirs. While in their Airstream, two guys came by, cut the cable and ran off with the bikes in under 10 seconds and faster than the two of them could get out of their Airstream. Happened in broad daylight in a state park campground. They were just in shock of the complete brazenness of the whole thing.

This is why I want to avoid cables, as most bikes thefts are cut and runs.

As for Bike covers:
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Serious thieves can cut through anything. 10 years ago, had mountain bike stolen when someone cut right through one of those kryptonite U-shaped locks like in your photo. Then, 1.5 years ago, my road bike was stolen by thieves that cut through 2 cable locks and picked the third lock.

If you have valuable bikes...NEVER leave them unattended...especially in Portland, Oregon.

EDIT: I do think keeping them covered is a good idea. At least then, a thief will probably just stay away, since they don't know what kind of bike is there. I believe they're looking to cut and run, not to explore under some tarp to see what they might or might not find.
Funny you mention Portland...that's the only place I have lost a bike to thief's while visiting my cousin about 20 years back....

I have used a cable lock for past 10 years on the Airstream. No problems; but I stay away from Portland! LoL

I agree with earlier comment; if they want it, they will get it...I had a hardened chain cut one time years back on my motorcycle...they did not take it, but obviously could have.. Get a good cable lock and... watch out where you camp!
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Posts 2 and 4 make the most sense to me, cheap lock and cover.
I needed to cut off a lock, Master hardened padlock with a one foot long cutter, it didn't offer much resistance.
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New York, Kryptonite or Kryptonite cable. We sold these for a while when the company I was GM at partnered with Kryptonite. Terrific product to keep the honest one that way. But in reality one could simply demount the whole rack, bikes and all. I cable my bikes and seperatly the rack to the frame of the AS.
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paiceman, could you post a couple of pictures of your setup? Thanks.
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We have a Fiamma rack but would never carry expensive bikes on it, even with Kryptonite U-locks. Cheap town bikes, sure, but if and when I take my good road bike it'll go in the truck.

We live in Portland, which is a fabulous cycling town, but some of the most ingenious bike thieves anywhere live here. Nothing on 2 wheel is safe unless it's in view. I'm sure that colors my opinion some.
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Cover?

We, also would like to know what cover you purchased.

We contacted Fiamma and our Airstream dealer, and looked online, but could not find a cover to fit the bike rack sold in the U.S.
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A bike cover might block the trailer brake & turn signal lights
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A bike cover might block the trailer brake & turn signal lights
Won't be a problem, I bought fitted ones that zip and have straps to tighten.

I decided I will use two U-lock to lock the bikes together tire to frame. And then a short chain to lock frame to rack. I'll have to dig out my sewing kit to modify the covers to let the U-Locks fit through.

I'm mostly concerned with thefts who are trying to get in and out. If we're not around and someone really wants it, oh well. \_(ツ)_/

But this should make it difficult. I'll have to post some photos when done. Arrives on Wednesday.
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