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Bike locked - lost keys :(

My bike infront of my apartment has been there since Xmas - now I want to ride it but I can't find the key to my lock. It's one of those bandy/wrap around one's but I can't open it and the keys, I can't find them

What can I do to break the lock? Hacksaw! ;p
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Old 21.03.2011, 11:41
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Re: Bike locked - lost keys :(

hack saw wont do it

http://www.justoffbase.co.uk/Tool-Sh...oppers-Cutters

is what you need
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Old 21.03.2011, 11:44
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hack saw wont do it

http://www.justoffbase.co.uk/Tool-Sh...oppers-Cutters

is what you need
failing which, electric drill, metal drillbit and drill the lock out
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Re: Bike locked - lost keys :(

Bibblue2 is right.


My suggestion is to either ask around first to see if you can find a pair of bolt cutters (the best option), or

Go to a 'flea market' on Saturday, and hunt around the stores for some tools....... look for old men !!! (they always sell that stuff)


I have no idea where a flea market is in Biel or Bern though.
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Old 21.03.2011, 11:59
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Re: Bike locked - lost keys :(

if its the circular type of lock just use a pen
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Old 21.03.2011, 12:00
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Re: Bike locked - lost keys :(

You might want to ask the hauswart.

Not only will s/he/they prob have access to stuff like this, it'll help avoid the chaps in blue turning up as you are drilling the lock out and you becoming another statistic...

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Old 21.03.2011, 12:00
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if its the circular type of lock just use a pen
That only works for a D-lock, as I understand.
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Old 21.03.2011, 12:01
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You might want to ask the hauswart.

Not only will s/he/they prob have access to stuff like this, it'll help avoid the chaps in blue turning up as you are drilling the lock out and you becoming another statistic...

I was about to say the same thing, make sure it's clear it is your bike before you take a set of bolt-cutters to it.
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It's one of those bandy/wrap around one's
Guys,

He said it was a 'bandy' lock.


Make sure that the bolt cutters have a 'closed' seal.

Keep them shut and hold them up to the light and see if the light shines through the closed cutting head.

Those bandy things are just filled with wire so cutters can be a pain in the butt (i.e. not all the wire cuts through at once).



During the cutting process, I also find cursing and swearing also helps.
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Old 21.03.2011, 12:40
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That only works for a D-lock, as I understand.
works on only type of circular keyway, i have tried it on a few
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Re: Bike locked - lost keys :(

After purchasing a bolt cutter you can gain you money back rather quickly by renting out said tool to enterprising "youths" near you local train station, everyone's a winner
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Old 21.03.2011, 13:55
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Re: Bike locked - lost keys :(

Where are all the handy men out there? What happened to the old bobby pin and tweezers pick a lock trick?
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Re: Bike locked - lost keys :(

I had the same problem [lost keys] with my second bike a couple of years ago that I kept in the basement.
My local bike shop (Velofix in Zurich) rented me a pair of bolt cutters for 10 chf for 2 hours.
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