How I locked my Bike to a Standard Outdoor Garden Tap.

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by will_start, Oct 27, 2008.

  1. will_start

    will_start Member

    Hi All,

    I moved into a new apartment, and had a problem. How to secure my bike in a room that had nothing but a Standard Water Tap to lock my bike up to.

    This area is like a hall-way that connects the outside to the internal stair-way.

    So there's nothing but two walls, the Tap, a light switch, and two doors.

    So here's what I did with a length of strong dog chain
    I had laying under the house.

    With an Angle Grinder:

    1. Cut two lengths of chain to go round the tap.
    2. Cut two longer chains to connect to this with standard bike locks.

    So first up, I wrap the one small chain around the tap and lock it
    with a Padlock that I had.
    Then, add the longer chain to the pad-lock.

    I did this twice, as I'm a gemini, and have to have two of everything.
    I had two locks so I figured why not.
    Then attach bike lock through the longer chains.

    So all up, I've got a reasonably secure setup without having to drill into
    the walls and attach dyna-bolts, and rails etc. Plus, I'm probably not allowed to do that, as its a rental unit block.

    The tap still works, and it cost me nothing.
    This would apply to anywhere you have just a tap or similar to lock your bike to.

    See attached picture, I'll take some more of the complete setup
    just for the record.

    It could be more secure, but I'm just trying to keep away the honest thieves anyway :evil:

    Attached Files:

  2. wanger

    wanger Guest

    shifter undo tap new bike
    sorry mate
  3. will_start

    will_start Member

    Yeah I'd already thought of that.
    Which is why its there to stop normal opportunist thieves.

    A real thief carries a portable angle grinder,
    and probably better tools than that,
    which 90% of bike locks will do sweet FA in stopping.
    and probably not even my bike locks.

    Do you have any input that would improve the situation.
    As I said, I've spent a total of $0 on it.
    and can't see/think up anyway of making it more secure.

    BTW, I have household insurance, so if my bike is taken
    I get a free replacement anyway.
  4. NunyaBidness

    NunyaBidness Member

    I keep all three of my bikes in side but I'm single (again) and live in a house not apartment.
  5. wanger

    wanger Guest

    me 2
    but allways single
  6. will_start

    will_start Member

    I live on the fifth floor, and carrying a long 45kg bike up and down stairs is
    not practical. I was actually lucky to even get a key to this room,
    in time to move in.

    I guess what I would/should be doing is installing some proper lock-down method.
    With permission from the Body Corporate of the Building.

    But have no expertise in doing that ???
    Anyone else installed lock-down methods to a wall.

    Even standard wall dynabolts can be removed with above said Thief Shifter.
  7. wanger

    wanger Guest

    Hows This Idea

    buy a cheap van from wreckers not running use carpark supplied lock bike in van
    bike locked up twice locks around bike, door locks on van
    cant drive away van doesnt work
  8. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    hi will start

    well -- I studied your picture posted -- for a while

    must share with you -- I wouldn't trust that locking setup -- for long -- at all

    Iam a retired water worker
    that hose bib -- can be kicked off in 5 seconds
    yes - water will be running - but - punks don't care about that

    and you chain
    looks like the (baby) bolt cutters -- would make easy work of it

    please be careful as you ----------- park that MB thing
  9. stude13

    stude13 Active Member

    quick release front wheel, remove wheel and seat.
  10. will_start

    will_start Member

    Hey Mountainous One,

    I looked at your neighbourhood on Google maps/street view.
    you must have some good views in that back country,
    hey, that could be a good post.
    put up your google maps rides, so people can view it,
    and get to know where you live.

    I digress...

    I know the setup is faulty/simple/easy to break etc etc....
    but I did it quickly with stuff I had at home,
    on my already busy weekend.
    I had no time to buy stuff or work out a better way.

    What I want to do is install something into the wall.
    But What ??????????????????????????????????

    I have a drill, with wall hammer setting.
    I have installed dynabolts before in concrete,
    but they can be unscrewed...

    and wanger, thanks for the idea, but,
    un-used/trashed vans get towed in my area if they are left on the street...
    so the bike would go with the van.
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2008
  11. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    hey - will start

    I guess that I don't spend a lot of time on my computer (just mainly this site)
    I haven't even been to google maps
    there's so much to be doing -- as we all know

    the getting older (Mountain mind) is just not clicking with your wall concrete issue
    there are at least - several - good ways to anchor THAT THING
    Iam sure that many more thoughts will be rolling in

    always nice in the morning when we are heading out to our MB to

    find that thing and ride it
  12. will_start

    will_start Member

    Hey MM,
    I like the way you change your quote each time.
    I may have to borrow that approach its way cool.

    I work in IT, so I'm on the PC all day long...:shock:

    If you know a secure way to create an anchor on a wall
    let me know !!! Please. :cool:

    So I can lock that thing down,
    then ride that thing, to work at my carp IT job.

    (doesn't seem to have the same ring to it you got going.)
  13. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    my motor bike said last night

    are you allowed to drill a hole or holes into the wall ?

    guess that's the first -- big question

    as she (my motor bike said last night) get it up and ride that thing
  14. Is there a tree close by?
    An iron rail by the stairs?
  15. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    anchor to concrete -- best way ?????



    as all go on our way and ---- ride that thing
  16. SimpleSimon

    SimpleSimon Active Member

    I glued a gate hasp to a concrete foundation wall using Perma-Weld a while back, then bent an 18" pry bar trying to get it back off later. Never did break the base plate loose.
  17. proline20

    proline20 Banned

    Locks are only for honest people...
    I'd take it inside.
  18. will_start

    will_start Member

    I feel the love :)

    Hey ALL, I can feel the love. Thanks alot guys.

    Its best that I don't drill holes, but its an option if I ask the real-estate,
    which requires extra effort...Not the best route.

    This idea I like best. I'll see if I can get an equivalent product at a hardware
    store. I then just have to get a sturdy wall plate, and glue that thing down.
    This is the best idea for anyone of our members too, as it requires
    no special tools, just a hardware store visit. thanks lot SS :grin:

    I've actually got an entrance-way, which is inside the building.
    So I am best off parking there as its off the street.

    My point exactly. Locks keeps opportunistic thiefs away only.
    Anyone serious can get through any standard bike lock you put there.

    I can't take it inside the house, as its a 2 bedroom unit, and its up 6 flights of stairs. IE 60 steps, and my bike weighs 45kg.

    So, over the weekend, I'm going to visit the hardware and get meself
    a anchor and some concrete glue. I'll take pics and re-visit.

    Thanks alot for the ideas all. :cool:
    It'll keep my bike secure and help me <-----------> ride that thing.
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2008
  19. seanhan

    seanhan Member

    Buy A pit bull and move him in with your bike !!!!
  20. will_start

    will_start Member

    A pit bull idea...

    Well, the light switch in the room broke, so I'd have the RSPCA after me
    for mistreatment to animals. Maybe you're into that Seanhan, but I prefer my animals happy. I think I'll go with the concrete glue and anchor idea above :p