VANBITZ THE PREMIERE MOTORHOME ALARM INSTALLER
Discussion in 'Motorhome Security' started by rich g, Oct 3, 2016.
As above what do you use to secure your bikes to your rack,
We use a combination locking cable. It's convenient but I imagine that it wouldn't take much to cut it so I'll be watching this thread for ideas.
Out bikes are old and unfashionable so that might be provide better protection than our lock.
Don't take our bikes away with the MH but at home I use Liteloks. There's no reason why they couldn't be used to secure bikes to a rack.
It doesn't matter what you use really but if you're worried about it or the bikes are valuable then make sure whatever locks you end up with have Sold Secure Gold rating. That's about as good as you can get for bike locks.
I'm afraid no lock is totally secure so I work on two principals:
A the more the merrier.
B lock your bike next to someone who has fewer locks
So, I use a heavyish cable lock AND a knog ulock AND a folding lock from Aldi. Any thief has to have a range of tools and plenty of time.
Mind you... so do I!
Having a Growler Motorhome alarm helps too, as it has an exterior loop which you can thread through bikes or other outdoor stuff to protect it.
The problem with many bike racks is that they ars made of Aluminium, which is easy to cut through.
A possible solution to this is to thread a long chain or wire lock underneath the van and through the chassis.
Bear in mind some insurance companies do not cover bikes that are outside of your vehicle and that bike locks are only as good as the thing that they are locked too - aluminium racks are easier to cut than even decent locks, which can be picked in less than 2 mins.
- Cable locks (key-operated)
- Growler alarm loop
- Motorcycle-type heavy duty chain and key-operated lock if leaving for any length of time in what we would regard as a medium- to high-risk area.
I used to put a half inch link chain through both crank and frame and a good quality padlock and then loop it round the tow bar and make sure padlock was visible when bikes were covered up.
Each bike is locked to the rack with a gold rated Sold Secure D-lock and a heavy duty steel cable then is looped around the front wheels as well topped off with my Strikeback alarm accessory loop around finally a bike cover over the top !!
Nothing is unstealable but mine are a lot more hassle to steal than most, the downside is they take longer to get down and use!!
Doing what you can to ensure that if anyone really wants to steal it they aren't going to be doing it quickly or quietly is about all you can do really.
@Terry had a brilliant lock that was originally used for a motorbike ... top quality and unlikely to be cut by metal cutters.. Don't know if he still has it for sale.
At home I use an Oxford revolver motorbike lock.
It's a high tensile steel rope surrounded by steel rollers (to prevent hacksawing) and steel wire braiding finished with a plastic sheath.
It's long enough to go through the back wheel (electric motor), the battery carry handle, the frame and a lamp post etc.
Enough to deter all but the most determined opportunist thief.
I'm not sure if that is also the type that @Terry has for sale too.
Not good reviews on Amazon papa.
hi Joy thanks but I gave it to my mate