So I’m getting my first bike soon, I live in the Camden borough and don’t have any means of garage. I was looking at getting an Alamax or Pragmasis chain to secure it over night to one of the ground anchors in the street.
I’ll go and measure my Almax V later and let you know. The links are 22mm but their bulk combined with the way the chain fits together means you’ll need a much bigger gap than that to fit it into. To give you an example I spent ages getting it to fit between my front wheel and the brake disk on my 600RR before I was able to find a way to lock it via the back wheel.
As a product I really rate it but it’s difficult to get a sense of it without seeing it. In addition each link weighs 1KG so it’s an anchor in itself.
Good advice here. One thick one or two thinner chains, cover and maybe a disc-lock. Sounds extreme but street-parking in London can be a high-risk affair. Don’t forget a Tracker for your bike as well if you can.
Just remember, if they really want it, they’ll have it no matter what you do to it.
All you’re doing is slowing them down. You’ll need to balance how much you can with what would stop you from enjoying the bike. Personally I struggled with daily use and carrying a chain back and forth to work (plus cover as I didn’t have anywhere to leave it). Within a month I was just using a disc lock at work. Then we got underground parking.
But still at home I was getting fed up, especially in winter after a commute, when I was wet and cold, having to spend mins in the cold trying to put cover on, loop chain through. Meanwhile my helmet was getting soaked cause there was nowhere dry to leave it… soon I only was covering it if it was staying for more than just overnight
So the other thing to consider is how flash/new/dope (insert acronym here) bike you want to get… If I was buying for daily use in London, I’d be buying something I wouldn’t cry if I scratched… Because you will…
Don’t mean to be dispiriting but leaving a nice shiny bike on the streets and using every day in London, it’s only a matter of time till someone knocks it, tries to steal it, or actually succeeds in getting it
That’s good advice. As well as the risk of theft, one of the main problems parking on the street is packed bike bays. The bike I use most around town is an eleven year old Piaggio and it’s well battered and scratched.
Solid advice above … I also would say it’s worth thinking about who’s around you when getting her out / locking up. It’s becoming a common issue around me for people clocking a regular commuter schedule and waiting discreetly while you unwrap your pride and joy for their convenience.