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by tommydog
31 Jan 2018, 5:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How to secure a Rohloff?
Replies: 34
Views: 2568

Re: How to secure a Rohloff?

I am also interested in this as I had a Rohloff bike stolen before. Now I have my new Rohloff I thought about getting some transfers with Chinese writing and bonding them to the Rohloff, so any Rohloff branding is hidden. Unless the thief really knows their bikes they will think it is generic Chines...
by tommydog
31 Jan 2018, 4:58pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Pannier security
Replies: 75
Views: 50889

Re: Pannier security

You could attach the pannier to the rack with a U-bolt round one of the rack legs, through a couple of holes in the back of the pannier, and bolted inside. Waterproofing can be taken care of by clamping rubber washers either side of the material (Ortlieb's are available as spares). I think that's w...
by tommydog
30 Jan 2018, 12:55pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Pannier security
Replies: 75
Views: 50889

Re: Pannier security

if concerned about losing panniers then I'd imagine that you are also concerned about losing the entire bike The only way they are getting my bike is with an angle grinder or hydraulic cutters. I have 2 kryptonite locks (front and rear) which have 18mm thick steel. I also plan to buy a GPS tracker,...
by tommydog
30 Jan 2018, 12:14pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Pannier security
Replies: 75
Views: 50889

Re: Pannier security

And even if the panniers are bolted to the bike, they are normally made of soft material easily cut through with a knife and somebody carrying kit to steal panniers will undoubtedly also carry their own e.g. carrier bags to remove just the valuable contents. But that's my point, of course they can ...
by tommydog
30 Jan 2018, 11:15am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Pannier security
Replies: 75
Views: 50889

Re: Pannier security

So buy a length of stainless rigging wire from a chandlery and get them to swage a soft eye in each end. Add a couple of eyes to the wheel side of each pannier and when locking the bike loop this extra cable through each pannier eye and lock it into whatever lock you are securing the bike with. The...
by tommydog
30 Jan 2018, 10:41am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Pannier security
Replies: 75
Views: 50889

Re: Pannier security

From reading the above it seems to be unlikley that someone is going to try to run away with two fully loaded panniers full of what exactly? I disagree with this, they can just tip out the contents of the panniers to quickly steal them. This exact thing happened to my friend. Bulky / low value stuf...
by tommydog
30 Jan 2018, 9:15am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Pannier security
Replies: 75
Views: 50889

Re: pannier - anti theft solutions?

I think it'd be fairly easy to modify some Ortliebs to stop them being easily removed. It'll never be overly secure since the slots aren't designed to prevent the panniers being levered off which would damage the slots / brackets. that's the problem. I would much prefer a ridged pannier with solid ...
by tommydog
29 Jan 2018, 1:40pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Pannier security
Replies: 75
Views: 50889

Re: pannier - anti theft solutions?

You could look at a Pacsafe These are wire nets designed to attach an unattended backpack to something, and stop it being either walked off with or slit open. One of the bigger ones should enclose both panniers and link them to the bike. I have seen these before, but they look poor. They could be c...
by tommydog
28 Jan 2018, 10:17pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Pannier security
Replies: 75
Views: 50889

pannier - anti theft solutions?

I am about to plan some long distance touring and am examining pannier options. One thing that bothers me, is that most modern panniers are designed to clip on and off in a matter of seconds. In fact my friend had some empty Ortlieb panniers recently stolen when he parked his bike to go in a shop fo...
by tommydog
27 Jan 2018, 10:14am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Anti theft GPS trackers that actually work?
Replies: 21
Views: 14320

Re: Anti theft GPS trackers that actually work?

I really like the velocate packaging - dynamo driven, is a rear light as well... Just needs a sim tray and a firmware version that runs a query service I could not agree more. Most of the trackers suffer with the limitation that if you don't locate them within hours / days then the battery will be ...
by tommydog
26 Jan 2018, 4:53pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Anti theft GPS trackers that actually work?
Replies: 21
Views: 14320

Re: Anti theft GPS trackers that actually work?

Companies don't want to go out of business, therefore often structure services so it's not in the customers' interests for them to go out of business either. They may hope that fear will encourage customers to promote them to others in preference to alternative products. But the reality is almost a...
by tommydog
26 Jan 2018, 4:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Anti theft GPS trackers that actually work?
Replies: 21
Views: 14320

Re: Anti theft GPS trackers that actually work?

I've no idea about the product http://www.spybike.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=50 but their web site says if you us etheir provided SIM you have to top-it-up through them but if you put in your own SIM then you don't have to pay them anything You can also use your own SIM if y...
by tommydog
26 Jan 2018, 9:48am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Anti theft GPS trackers that actually work?
Replies: 21
Views: 14320

Re: Anti theft GPS trackers that actually work?

Velocate looks got Thanks for that suggestion, it does look to be the most promising. I have just been reading the reviews on Amazon Germany and they are mainly positive. What I don't get with these trackers is why the subscription model? It must be possible to develop a product with a pay as you g...
by tommydog
25 Jan 2018, 6:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Anti theft GPS trackers that actually work?
Replies: 21
Views: 14320

Anti theft GPS trackers that actually work?

Does anyone know of any anti theft GPS trackers that actually work? There have been many products that look promising over the years, but they tend to be started on crowdfunding sites and never get to market. I have looked at the Sherlock bike tracker that goes inside the handle bars, but the review...
by tommydog
12 Dec 2017, 7:45am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Navigation I really need help
Replies: 11
Views: 735

Re: Navigation I really need help

I copied someones set up gleaned from this forum; I bought a used AXA front dynolight which incorporates a USB charging facility so I can go all day navigating with my smartphone - screen permanently on. So how do you go on if it's raining all day or for a few days on a tour to charge from a dynamo...