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[OFFICIAL] Cycling thread for commuters and the casual enthusiast

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Mr. Robo wrote:
Oct 9th, 2016 12:17 pm
If I wanted to sell a bike and other than craigslist or kijiji, is there a store? I want to get rid of my 2012 Giant Rapid 2 hybrid.
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What is a recommended bike lock without breaking the bank?

It's not for an expensive bike (Giant Escape) and it won't need to be locked for a extended period of time. Just quick rides to the grocery store/food stop.
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Go to Home Depot and buy the heaviest chain they have in the shortest length you think you will need to lock it around the frame and something solid. Then buy a decent keyed lock like the kryptonite round lock. This can still be beaten by a determined thief but might slow them down.

And wrap the chain in an old tube so it doesn't scratch your bike.
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The Chinese restaurant supply store Near Spadina and Oxford street (with the yellow sign) sells an EXTREMELY robust bike lock for only $15.99...

ITs a U lock. Very heavy and strong... Has a skeleton key design.

Its the grey and black one. You see it all over d/t. :D

My parents use a $14.99 Canadian Tire U-Lock...
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There's a Giant Toronto store "blowout" sale (until tomorrow)
http://www.gianttoronto.com/en-CA/sales/


CONSIDERING the Liv Rove 3 Stepthrough for $449. Decent deal? Dunno if this is the best deal to get or just wait until next spring.

And those who want an Escape, there's an Escape 2 for $499
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Ok so went to the store and not a huge fan of Liv Rove 3 but I saw the Alight model which is lighter and I'll probably only be sticking to the road anyway.

The Alight 3 ( http://www.gianttoronto.com/en-ca/bikes ... ifications ) wasn't on sale as part of the promotion but they said they could give me $50 off making it $450. Since this is a 2016 model and we're in fall, you think that's a good deal as it stands or can I be an annoying bargainer and get it down $100 instead of $50 to $400? The Alight 2 is on sale at $499 right now.

I believe Giant also has XX amount of free tune ups which is a plus over buying used. I can't remember how many though but tune ups at bike shops are like $70 so seems like a good deal?
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$50 off is not much of a deal, I would see if they could offer more, but the Alight 2 with the alloy fork is definitely worth $50 more if they won't give you a better deal.

You can definitely benefit from the free adjustments they can make after the sale, gears and brakes may need some fine tuning after a while.
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warpdrive wrote:
Oct 15th, 2016 8:31 pm
$50 off is not much of a deal, I would see if they could offer more, but the Alight 2 with the carbon fork is definitely worth $50 more if they won't give you a better deal.

You can definitely benefit from the free adjustments they can make after the sale, gears and brakes may need some fine tuning after a while.
What do you think is a reasonable amount to bargain to for Alight 3 or 2? The Alight 2 is already on sale (though the sale technically ended today to coincide with the fall bike show) for $100 so not sure that is it, and the Alight 3, is $400 a decent number to throw out there? Or go low as $350? I'm not desperate at this time for a bike so I could maybe be in a better place to negotiate in spring when the 2017s are there but sizing will be more limited.
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my impression about Giant stores is that they aren't really keen on deep discounts/bargaining. So for a Giant store, the deals probably won't get better.

For me 20% off a bike is the minimum deal I would go for at end of year.
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Badman wrote:
Oct 12th, 2016 9:49 pm
What is a recommended bike lock without breaking the bank?

It's not for an expensive bike (Giant Escape) and it won't need to be locked for a extended period of time. Just quick rides to the grocery store/food stop.
Assuming you don't get hit with duty fees, this is the best U-lock available on the market at the lowest price. The shackle is so thick that 95% of all bolt cutters in existence can't chop through it: http://www.ebay.ca/itm/MAGNUM-ONGUARD-B ... SwNRdX7msz

One of the previous posters suggested buying the heaviest chain at Home Depot and a decent padlock. IMO, if you insist on buying hardware store chain, find the thickest chain that's rated Grade 70 or higher. Generally speaking, this would be 3/8" at Home Depot. Non-hardened chains (ie: those rated less than Grade 70) offer poor resistance against sawing and bolt cutter attacks regardless of thickness. Even then, the hardware store-padlock combo isn't a great value proposition: 3 feet of 3/8" Grade 70 chain costs about $21 and a barely decent disc-shaped padlock costs $20. $20+$21=$40. At that price, there are bike chain locks on the market that are more resistant against destructive and lock picking attacks. If you insist on buying a chain lock for a good value, I'd recommend this one: https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5041-545/ ... k%26-Chain
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I’m looking for a lock for my Brompton.It seems like a lot of people buy those Abus folding locks for them because they are compact.

I’ve seen the videos of them being cut by bolt cutters, but I think it’s still handy to have if I need to stop into a store or something. Any opinions on which one to get. I assume the basic 6000 model would probably be the best value.
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Its simple, if someone wants your bike or car they will steal it. Nothing is unbreakable. All these locks and chains are mainly for deterrent. A kid walks by and sees a locked bike he wont be tempted to steal.
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Well I guess it depends on how prepared thieves are when they want to steal a bike. Guys with grinders/large cutters will defeat even large locks no matter what.

But if a lock gives them grief, they might move on to other targets if they come with a set of hand pliers/cutters.

I’ll probably just get the Abus Bordo just as a first line of defence. Not expecting to leave the bike outside for very long, just going into a store or restaurant. If I really need to worry, I’ll just bring the whole bike in, which is the reason to have a Brompton anyway.
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