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The Importance of Lubing One's Kryptonite Lock in the Winter
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Here's a somewhat cautionary tale that some of you might benefit from.   I don't know if my experience is typical..I assume some experts will chime in.During the cold spell a few weeeks ago my…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Josh L. yesterday.

Homeland Security on CTA?
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On Tuesday night I decided to take the 147 back from the Michigan/Randolphh stop as I was kind of tired and didn't want to ride home.   I put my bike on the rack and when paying the driver asked me…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by JohnO Jan 18.

News Report on CPD Bike Patrols in Winter.....
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As this report makes clear, even police can survive on…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tony Adams 4 mi Jan 11.

Where do you have trouble finding a bike rack to lock up at?
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I take my bike everywhere I go in Chicago and unfortunately am used to finding a lack of rack space in certain locations.  I've called out my list of the major "offenders" below - would love to hear…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rich S Oct 16, 2014.

 

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Josh L. replied to Josh L.'s discussion The Importance of Lubing One's Kryptonite Lock in the Winter
"Thanks Cameron. Makes a lot sense and seems to explain the unintended results I experienced. J"
yesterday
Cameron 7.5 mi replied to Josh L.'s discussion The Importance of Lubing One's Kryptonite Lock in the Winter
"WD40 is not a lubricant. It's a water disperser and a solvent. It freed the stuck lock the first time by cleaning out the mechanism, but it left the mechanism with no lubricant so it became stuck again. A graphite lock lube is the best…"
yesterday
Irvin Steinert replied to Josh L.'s discussion The Importance of Lubing One's Kryptonite Lock in the Winter
"An MSDS is a Material SAFETY Data Sheet and is used for describing health effects is not an engineering reference tool. WD 40 can be used for all those things that they purport it will do but the question is how well does it actually do those…"
yesterday
Reboot Oxnard replied to Josh L.'s discussion The Importance of Lubing One's Kryptonite Lock in the Winter
"I agree, as a lubricant WD40 is sub-standard but I'm not aware of any corrosive effects - do you have anything to support this? Indeed, wasn't the stuff specifically invented to be an anti-corrosive agent as well as water displacing…"
Thursday
Josh L. replied to Josh L.'s discussion The Importance of Lubing One's Kryptonite Lock in the Winter
"Thanks Irvin.  Obviously hot water in hindsight was the wrong "solution" but it was the only way I could figure to thaw the lock.  And good to know that WD-40 is not recommended either. I thought it was designed to clean out rust…"
Thursday
Andy Moss 9.5 replied to Josh L.'s discussion The Importance of Lubing One's Kryptonite Lock in the Winter
"WD40 is not a lubricant at all.  "
Thursday
Irvin Steinert replied to Josh L.'s discussion The Importance of Lubing One's Kryptonite Lock in the Winter
"It was likely water in the mechanism. The first melting with hot water actually added more water and made it worse the next time. WD40 is actually corrosive and is not good for long term lubrication on anything. If one gets a frozen lock they should…"
Wednesday
Tom A.K. replied to Josh L.'s discussion The Importance of Lubing One's Kryptonite Lock in the Winter
"http://www.amazon.com/CRC-Graphite-Lube-Aerosol-Black/dp/B007I9XUD0 Remove other oils: Clean-wipe-spray (lightly) Graphite=dry powdered lubricant-available in most hardware stores."
Tuesday
Josh L. replied to Josh L.'s discussion The Importance of Lubing One's Kryptonite Lock in the Winter
" what is this graphite of which you speak? "
Tuesday
Anne Alt replied to Josh L.'s discussion The Importance of Lubing One's Kryptonite Lock in the Winter
"Agreed. And I find that using a quality lube is a good preventive measure for either locks or gate latches. "
Monday
notoriousDUG replied to Josh L.'s discussion The Importance of Lubing One's Kryptonite Lock in the Winter
"Really this applies to any lock brand and type of lock.  The lock on my back gate freezes all the time if it is not lubricated to keep water out."
Monday
Jaik S. replied to Josh L.'s discussion The Importance of Lubing One's Kryptonite Lock in the Winter
"This reminds me of Groundhog's Day with Bill Murray. Don't use WD40 to lube as it's just a water displacer. I prefer 3 in 1 oil, but I'm sure someone will tell me how bad it is. I had a kryptonite lock freeze up a few years ago,…"
Monday
Jim Reho replied to Josh L.'s discussion The Importance of Lubing One's Kryptonite Lock in the Winter
"I don't think it's ever a really good idea to unthaw a fozen lock with water.  The water can seep in and later freeze in all manner of places inside the lock.  I've had bad luck trying this technique.  A big +1 on using…"
Monday
Josh L. replied to Josh L.'s discussion The Importance of Lubing One's Kryptonite Lock in the Winter
" I was not. Stupid as it sounds I was not aware you were supposed to do that. I thought the barrel protector has some kind of anti theft benefit..it is to keep out moisture? "De-Icer...". That's the word I needed.   "
Monday
Josh L. replied to V W's discussion frustrations that non bikers won't understand
"I just have the big Orlieb and it comes on and off in a second.  It is an engineering marvel. I routinelyu put 30-35 lbs in it (estimate) and carry with the shoulder strap with no problems.  I bring it to bars, restaurants..not sure…"
Monday
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The Importance of Lubing One's Kryptonite Lock in the Winter

Here's a somewhat cautionary tale that some of you might benefit from.   I don't know if my experience is typical..I assume some experts will chime in.During the cold spell a few weeeks ago my Kryptonite wouldn't unlock. I frequently lock at the Marianos on Lawrence/Ravenswood.  I went inside to their coffee area, got a cup of hot water from the coffee folks, ,problem solved.  When I got home, I read up on the issue and people said to apply WD40 to the lock, which I dutifully did. I assumed all…See More
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Road, Hybrid
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Recreational, Exercise, Commuting, Distance, Around Town
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General outdoor enthusiast who loves biking in all forms...commuting, long distance rides, and even the occasional lakefront. Winter biking too!
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