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Key not turning in Kryptonite U-Lock
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Hello,I'm looking for ideas of why my U-lock might not be working.  First off, my bike is NOT attached to it--very, very thankfully at the point I discovered it wasn't working, I was trying to lock…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Adam Herstein Apr 4, 2013.

Remember rules of the road CPD bike cops?
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Tonight during rush hour, I was walking up Clark Street, and three bike cops rode right on against the light through the pedestrians crossing Randolph, almost hitting my friend and I among other…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeff Schneider Dec 15, 2012.

Milkcrate alternatives and odds of bike getting stolen
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I love my milkcrate.  It carries all kinds of things for me--including my groceries and a commuting backpack--and I don't have to bring it with me when I get somewhere.  However, I've decided it's…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by william Dec 2, 2012.

Any plans to improve LFP around North Ave Beach?
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I've been avoiding the path in the afternoon so far this summer because it's miserable.  I was on it yesterday around 7:30p and even then there were crowds of beachgoers blocking the entire path at…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by El Dorado Jun 13, 2012.

 

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Mollie replied to Steven Vance's discussion Introducing "Close Calls", website to record your near misses
"Any plans to expand it to include the LFT?  No one seems to listen to complaints about how hazardous it is in areas where it is nowhere near wide enough to accommodate the cyclists, runners, tourists, beachgoers, and other traffic that use…"
Jul 9, 2013
Adam Herstein replied to Mollie's discussion Key not turning in Kryptonite U-Lock
"Screw WD-40. I just spit on every component of my drivetrain, and it's been working for me for years! "
Apr 4, 2013
ChiBikeGeek replied to Mollie's discussion Key not turning in Kryptonite U-Lock
"Loob? "
Apr 4, 2013
Nick G replied to Mollie's discussion Key not turning in Kryptonite U-Lock
"Copycat :-P "
Apr 4, 2013
James BlackHeron replied to Mollie's discussion Key not turning in Kryptonite U-Lock
"Kentucky Jelly tastes TERRIBLE on toast!"
Apr 4, 2013
Adam Herstein replied to Mollie's discussion Key not turning in Kryptonite U-Lock
"I had this same exact issue and was able to solve it using chain lube. I apologize for not reading the rest of the comments first. "
Apr 4, 2013
James BlackHeron replied to Mollie's discussion Key not turning in Kryptonite U-Lock
"Methinks he doth protest too much..."
Apr 4, 2013
Nick G replied to Mollie's discussion Key not turning in Kryptonite U-Lock
"What was the point of this?  The problem has been solved already (not using lube, if you read the thread). All that comes to mind is that you think "lube" is a funny word, or that you again felt the need to compulsively comment on…"
Apr 4, 2013
Adam Herstein replied to Mollie's discussion Key not turning in Kryptonite U-Lock
"Lube."
Apr 4, 2013
Megan H - 6.5 mi replied to Mollie's discussion Key not turning in Kryptonite U-Lock
"Thinking about this again and reading your followup, I realize I had this same problem with my Kryptonite. I took the metal piece off (I think it was a hex screw, but it may have been a Torx?). I never use the frame mount for the lock, anyway. Now…"
Apr 4, 2013
Mollie replied to Mollie's discussion Key not turning in Kryptonite U-Lock
"Since it's an odd shape of a screw, I wasn't sure if there were other options, seeing as how it moved on it's own in the first place.   In any case, all it took was the bumpy commute because when I locked it up at work, the…"
Apr 4, 2013
Mollie replied to Mollie's discussion Key not turning in Kryptonite U-Lock
"Thanks, all! Lube + q-tip gave the lock a long overdue cleaning, but did not solve it in this case. Duppie, I noticed that there's a gap between the metal piece and the black rubber that goes around the shackle (though this could also be…"
Apr 4, 2013
James BlackHeron replied to Mollie's discussion Key not turning in Kryptonite U-Lock
"Tri-flow, WD-40 or something light and penetrating to flush it out until the key can move and the lock mechanism does its thing when the shackle isn't even involved yet.  Then try and lock it to the shackle. If the shackle…"
Apr 3, 2013
S replied to Mollie's discussion Key not turning in Kryptonite U-Lock
"Chain lube might work in a pinch, but I'd look into getting graphite or a dry lube to use instead.  The problem with chain lube is that it stays liquid and it'll attract dirt and dust and will probably gum up the lock after a while."
Apr 3, 2013
ChiBikeGeek replied to Mollie's discussion Key not turning in Kryptonite U-Lock
"+1 Lube keyhole and 'U' insertion points."
Apr 3, 2013
Michael A replied to Mollie's discussion Key not turning in Kryptonite U-Lock
"Check to see if there is any debris in the lock body where the U part goes in, it sounds like the U will not go into the body far enough to let the mechanism latch. Try the chain lube too."
Apr 3, 2013

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Hybrid
The kind of riding I do:
Recreational, Exercise, Commuting, Around Town

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