Was kinda curious what people thought of these type of locking skewers. I picked up a set of Pinheads recently and have put them on my commuter. Along the lines of what Iggi said, I was concerned that I wouldn't be able to get enough grip (I'm a big dude), but was pleasantly surprised at how well they worked on my LeTour to support my weight. The QR skewers work great, but the seatpost lock doesn't mate well with my frame. It is weird, though, just using a single U-lock.
Does anyone know if any of the shops in Chicago sell either the Pinhead or Pitlock skewers?
REI. im sure many others
Cool. REI has the On Guard version, which seem the same or similar to the Pinheads.
I used hose clamps on my commuter bike as well. A great easy and cheap solution.
makes perfect sense now...thanks. i think ill do that.
Chucko said:You put the hose clamp around the fork blade, and around the quick release skewer lever. Or around the seat stay and quick release lever. If you can't release the lever, you can't get the wheel off. Basically doesn't make it theft proof, but you'd have to loosen the clamp and slide it off before you'd be able to release the skewer. I've seen that a lot.
iggi said:im missing something here...how?
Chicago Bicycle Advocate said:When I've ridden a bike with quick release skewers I've used small hose clamps from the hardware store to keep the thieves at bay. Never lost a wheel and they cost about 20 cents a piece.
I have been looking for something like these , dose west town sell pitlock? or the other brands
also I read that they dont recommend these for horizontal dropouts due to the force needed to hold the wheel in place.
I was thinking about just having my friend mill me a weird shape bolt and tool so i can still get the clamping opwer I need
Both Pitlock and Pinhead have multiple key combinations, although Pitlock has far more combinations. Also, the shape of the Pitlock head and tool appears (from reviews I've read), to be able to allow a bit more clamping force than with the Pinheads. Additionally, I believe the Pitlocks have swiveling collars that prevent getting a grip on the locking heads with any kind of tool, while I believe the Pinheads have only the collar on the seatpost clamp? I'm not one-hundred percent sure about all the differences but from my earlier research I did come to the conclusion that the Pitlocks were more secure than the Pinheads and thus worth the extra money. I'll be buying my own set pretty soon here.