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My first winter of biking.My Onguard U-lock keeps freezing up big time.Anyone have advice about preventing it,or any good tricks for when it happens.Thanks

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Might have some water (ice) in it.  Take it inside and let it warm up and dry out.  Squirt WD-40 into every oriface to help remove any lingering water. Let it sit overnight (indoors). Then liberally apply a lube of your choosing (other than WD-40). By oriface I mean the lock's - the keyhole, the ball-bearing and down the shaft into the housing (if there's clearance).

Haha, I'm thinking that's a "I'm stranded if I don't do this" situation.  I don't think Ace is looking for any Man vs Wild antics.

Cricket said:

Some folks in Iowa pee on their frozen locks. Not sure what they do about the problems that temporary solution causes.

 

Maybe keeping the keyed part of the lock down when traveling, storing, and locking will allow any moisture inside to drip out before freezing.

Ace,

 

My Kryptonite has a plastic collar around the keyhole that I always turn to cover the hole when locking up.  Does your OnGuard have a similar piece to protect the keyhole from the elements? 

 

Also, when you say "freezing up" are you talking about the key not turning, the lock shackle being frozen in place, or what?

WD40 works. I use it on the lock on our fence in the alley. This lock is exposed to the weather 24/7/365. Even after the rain-to-frost combo last weekend it still opened fine.

I use WD40 on it once or twice each winter, by pouring it into the keyhole and the shackle holes. Keep a rag handy to mop up excess fluid.

 

Chris C said:

Might have some water (ice) in it.  Take it inside and let it warm up and dry out.  Squirt WD-40 into every oriface to help remove any lingering water. Let it sit overnight (indoors). Then liberally apply a lube of your choosing (other than WD-40). By oriface I mean the lock's - the keyhole, the ball-bearing and down the shaft into the housing (if there's clearance).

RYAN-lock does have the collar that I have started to use.By "freezing up" it is more with the key not wanting to turn at all.Will get WD-40 for lock today.Chris C when you said apply lube other than WD-40. I have chain lube oil,or the green grease from the bike shop.Will those work.Or is there a certain brand that I should get.Thanks for all the advice.

Chain lube oil works as well, as long as it is the liquid version. Might be cheaper than getting a bottle of WD40

Ace Mann said:

RYAN-lock does have the collar that I have started to use.By "freezing up" it is more with the key not wanting to turn at all.Will get WD-40 for lock today.Chris C when you said apply lube other than WD-40. I have chain lube oil,or the green grease from the bike shop.Will those work.Or is there a certain brand that I should get.Thanks for all the advice.

The WD in WD-40 stands for water displacement. It is made to get rid of the water that is freezing that lock. It is not really a lubricant, as many people think. Triflow or something like that would be good to use after the WD works it's magic.

Ditto to Jason W.

 

My bad - it's spelled "orifice" not "oriface" but it's still the lock's and not your own.

 

The key will be coated in the stuff after you relube so be sure mind your clothing.

It's worth having a napkin or paper towel handy so you can wipe off the key and avoid getting any lube on your clothing.

Chris C said:

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The key will be coated in the stuff after you relube so be sure mind your clothing.

I carry wet tissues and hand sanitizer for that purpose (and just generally in case :)

Anne Alt said:

It's worth having a napkin or paper towel handy so you can wipe off the key and avoid getting any lube on your clothing.

Chris C said:

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The key will be coated in the stuff after you relube so be sure mind your clothing.

I use Lithium Grease, after it's dry and unfrozen.

Triflow is better than WD40 for locks and won't gunk it up like lots of greases will. Sold by lots of locksmiths and in most hardware stores.

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