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Old 27.07.2011, 22:56
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Missing key for bike lock

I am not sure where else to put this request.
I have lost the key for my bike lock (the o-type that goes around the wheel) and do not know where to go or who to ask to help me remove the lock.
I bought the bike from a Velo Borse and have the reciept.

Thank you.
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Old 28.07.2011, 08:47
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Re: Missing key for bike lock

Well. I haven't got the key...
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Old 28.07.2011, 09:24
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Re: Missing key for bike lock

Wait, let me check...no, I don't have it either.
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Old 28.07.2011, 09:38
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Re: Missing key for bike lock

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I am not sure where else to put this request.
I have lost the key for my bike lock (the o-type that goes around the wheel) and do not know where to go or who to ask to help me remove the lock.
I bought the bike from a Velo Borse and have the reciept.

Thank you.
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The Habsburgian family of Oberthal was always keen on protecting the land from robbers. Steel iron was abundant around that age but only in Oberthal where the Habsburgs resided. They've implemented a device called the O-Schloss (O standing for Oberthal)...or O-Lock in English, which helped them lock doors and barns. Now, my cousin Ueli from my mother's side had once on a boat trip on the Rhein met a direct decendent of Heino whom is said to have been a classmate of Johaness of Oberthal back in 1247. Johaness told him everything he knew about the O-Locks and this information was passed through generations of generations. In 1876 and in the mid 70's, there was a shortage of iron in Oberthal and therefore, the skill was almost lost..but thankfully, through wikipedia...this knowledge prevailed. Now, I've asked my cousin, whom on his boat trip on the Rhein received some teardrop of knowledge on O-Locks and he told me, that a bolt cutter borrowed from a bike shop would be the best device for your particular situation.
Ah yes, thanks Wolli.
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Old 28.07.2011, 09:40
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Now, I've asked my cousin, whom on his boat trip on the Rhein received some teardrop of knowledge on O-Locks and he told me, that a bolt cutter borrowed from a bike shop would be the best device for your particular situation.


At the airport, we referred to that as "the universal key".
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Old 28.07.2011, 12:24
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At the airport, we referred to that as "the universal key".
Maybe, she can bring the bike to the airport?
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Old 28.07.2011, 12:39
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Re: Missing key for bike lock

Buy yourself a sturdy hacksaw and cut it off. That or pick the lock.

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I am not sure where else to put this request.
I have lost the key for my bike lock (the o-type that goes around the wheel) and do not know where to go or who to ask to help me remove the lock.
I bought the bike from a Velo Borse and have the reciept.

Thank you.
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Re: Missing key for bike lock

If this is the bike I think it is then you will find that HughAbu may have a spare key. I think it was sitting in his cellar for ages and he sold the lock with the bike.

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Old 29.07.2011, 12:15
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Re: Missing key for bike lock

Take your bike, which ever way you can, to a bike store. Sometimes they have keys and if worst comes to worst, the'll hacksaw it off for you and sell you a new lock.
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Old 29.07.2011, 12:25
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Re: Missing key for bike lock

Do you by coincidence know some Dutch people? That's where I learned how to "open a friends lock to help them out"...

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Old 29.07.2011, 12:26
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Re: Missing key for bike lock

I'm not sure if an 'o' lock is like a 'u' lock, but if you have the kind of key to it that is cylindrical, these locks are famously pickable using a bic pen.

Here's a link to how to do it (and hopefully this post does not get used for nefarious purposes):

http://www.wired.com/culture/lifesty.../2004/09/64987

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Old 23.08.2011, 14:56
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Re: Missing key for bike lock

I've tried the hacksaw, but no luck- it is too thick. It is not the cylindrical type- any hints on how to pick it?
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Old 23.08.2011, 15:07
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I've tried the hacksaw, but no luck- it is too thick. It is not the cylindrical type- any hints on how to pick it?
Good grief it's been a month. If you wait much longer, wind erosion will free it for you.


I reckon bolt croppers are your best bet.
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Old 23.08.2011, 15:11
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Good grief it's been a month. If you wait much longer, wind erosion will free it for you.


I reckon bolt croppers are your best bet.
A) Get a BIGGER Hacksaw, or
B) Take the bike to a car garage with some beer and ask to borrow the an angle grinder.

or C) Wind and Errosion as mentioned earlier
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Old 23.08.2011, 15:20
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I've tried the hacksaw, but no luck- it is too thick. It is not the cylindrical type- any hints on how to pick it?






-The first vid shows a lock which I think is like yours (no cylindrical key you said).

-The second shows picking a door lock, which works exactly the same way, with bobby pins.

-The third shows how these locks work. The key lines the pins up so that the cylinder can turn.

-The fourth shows what happens when you pick a lock. Your pick (bobby pin) pushes up on the pins, while the tension key (second bobby pin) puts the cylinder in tension against the pins. When picking, keep tension on the cylinder, and rake the bobby pin in and out pushing upward. The upper pins will be prevented from falling back into the cylinder by the tension, the lower pins will fall down again but that doesn't matter. Lock open.
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Old 23.08.2011, 17:50
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Re: Missing key for bike lock

Just buy a new bike...
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Old 23.08.2011, 19:38
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Re: Missing key for bike lock

If you are someplace where there is some electricity (even using an extension cord), you could use a hand grinder to quickly cut through the lock. I am sure that one of your friends or a neighbor would have one. At most, you might have to get them a new disk (about CHF 10) for the trouble.

Since you are not trying to be discrete, this is the fastest solution if you have some power for the grinder.

A reminder, you need someone to hold the bike/lock and someone to run the grinder. You both need gloves and safety glasses !!
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Re: Missing key for bike lock

Is it hughabu's bike again on the second-hand market ? I believe he sold it with the lock ?

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Bicycle Lock Removal For Beginners

Ingredients

  • 1 Heinz Baked Beans can (empty)
  • 1metre of 20gauge single-strand steel wire
  • 2 electrical detonators
  • 20m detonator wire
  • 1 hand detonation unit
  • 200g C4 (if not available, substitute with locally-made Plastite or Semtex)

Method
Wash and dry baked-bean can, after removing label for later completion of special offer.

Cut can along seam making a single curved plate.

Cut can again, but orthogonal to original cut, giving two curved plates.

Cut wire into 10 * 10cm sections.

Set plates and wire segments aside for a moment.

Divide C4 into two equal lumps and press each lump into a "chewing gum" strip approx 2cm wide and 15cm long.

Wrap each strip round the lock, on opposing sides, making sure that each strip forms a complete circumference.

Over each strip of Plastite, now tightly wrap one of the baked-bean can pieces, and secure each using 5 segments of steel wire, twisting ends tightly together.

Insert one detonator into each strip of C4, wiring detonators together and also to detonating wire.

Retire round nearest corner, attach hand unit to detonating wire, and turn activating handle several times.

Shout "Feuer im Loch!" (Substitute with "Incendie dans la trou!" for those living in Swiss Romande) and push Big Red Button on hand unit whilst simultaneously sticking one's fingers in one's ears.

On reapproaching one's bike as smoke clears and hearing returns, one will observe that recalcitrant lock has been cut neatly into two pieces and can now be easily removed.

Simples! Squeek!
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