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Can I rent a tool to break my bike lock?

I broke the key and I cannot open it.

faibol
post 21.Feb.2013, 05:58 PM
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Joined: 21.Feb.2013

Hello everyone!
I bought a bike and a quite thick U-shaped lock a few months ago. I was going to move it 2 weeks ago but the lock was stuck (probably a little bit frozen) and after a few attempts the key broke in half. I cannot get the lock to turn, and my bike is stuck in one of those bike-parking things by my old apartment (quite far away from where I live now).

Anyways, I went to Clas Ohlson and even called the police (call me stupid, but I am sure they have the tools), and also some locksmiths... The thing is that I do not want to spend a lot of money in buying a tool that I would only use once (I am not planning to start stealing bikes :S) and they charge me over 1000kr for opening the lock...

Does any of you might have a tool to break the lock or any idea of what I can do?

Thank you very much!
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byke
post 21.Feb.2013, 06:01 PM
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Location: Europe
Joined: 28.Oct.2008

What make of lock is it?
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PDX
post 21.Feb.2013, 06:12 PM
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Location: Stockholm
Joined: 2.Aug.2011

Pay the locksmith. 1000kr is about right for their time (as most is MOMS and other taxes, the guy will keep a small fraction of this himself).

If you're in Stockholm, I could come by and help out. I've always wanted to try doing it the professional way:

http://www.popsci.com/diy/article/2012-08/...ps-bike-thieves

You'll need to spend 200kr on this:
http://www.netonnet.se/art/foto/tillbehor/...le/103147.3349/

~~~PDX~~~
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Johno
post 21.Feb.2013, 06:31 PM
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Joined: 23.Jul.2008

Surely buy a bolt cutter (bultsax) http://www.jula.se/search-result/?q=BULTSAX Success depends on the quality of the lock. ie better quality, harder to cut.
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byke
post 21.Feb.2013, 07:27 PM
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Location: Europe
Joined: 28.Oct.2008

You will struggle with those ...
Most u_locks are made from hardened steel.

Does the U-Lock take a round key ? (like a radiator) or a flat key (like a front door)
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Svensksmith
post 21.Feb.2013, 09:43 PM
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Joined: 28.Jul.2011

Say PDX, does that technique work on chastity belts? I'm dying to get mine off.
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Gamla Hälsingebock
post 21.Feb.2013, 10:09 PM
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Joined: 21.Dec.2006

Weren't Swedish women encouraged to wear them a few years ago to protect them from rape...naturally being me, I won't say who the rapers were, they needed protection from. rolleyes.gif
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beefbroff
post 22.Feb.2013, 09:25 AM
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Joined: 11.Nov.2011

Hi there,

If you have access to power then an angle grinder (vinkelslip) should do it.
You can hire these from power tool suppliers.

Good luck.
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beefbroff
post 22.Feb.2013, 02:46 PM
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Joined: 11.Nov.2011

There you go: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDgI_KL7n4o
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Rick Methven
post 22.Feb.2013, 02:58 PM
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Location: Linköping
Joined: 30.Nov.2005

If the D lock is approved, then it will be of hardened steel and you will need a powerful grinder and a diamond tipped disk which will cost around 2,000kr so more expensive that the locksmith who should also be able to save the lock for further use
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beefbroff
post 22.Feb.2013, 08:08 PM
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Joined: 11.Nov.2011

Not the case mate. I used to work in a bike shop and we managed to get through the best locks with ordinary disks.
No diamond needed.
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David S
post 22.Feb.2013, 08:37 PM
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Location: Gävle
Joined: 12.Oct.2005

Yeah, I cut a lock off one of our bikes with a grinder last year. Didn't take long at all.
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jackityjack
post 22.Feb.2013, 09:14 PM
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Joined: 7.Feb.2010

you could buy and angle grinder from claas ohlsson and separately buy the discs. use it and take the grinder back to the shop when you are finished saying it was 'unsuitable' and get a refund - all you pay for are the discs.
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Mo
post 22.Feb.2013, 11:11 PM
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Location: Stockholm
Joined: 30.Nov.2005

back when I was a teenager an acquantaince used to get past U locks by spraying them with plumbers mate (the stuff that freezes the water in a pipe) and then hitting them hard with a hammer. Freezing the lock makes them brittle and then it is just brute force to get the metal to crack - course you have to know just where to hit it to get the notched part to crack

fwiw
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faibol
post 4.Mar.2013, 03:31 PM
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Joined: 21.Feb.2013

Wow! thank you all so much! All the answers were really helpful!
I decided to call a locksmith and get it over with. Because I am constantly moving and I won't be needing the tools anymore... at least I hope so...
wink.gif Thank you again, have a good day!
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