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By Reddy Kilowatt
How To Lock Your Sondors
How to lock a bike
It's every cyclist's worst nightmare – returning to your bike only to find a broken lock and no trace of their pride and joy. The sad fact is that bike theft is an incredibly common crime and, as a result, bicycle security has never been as important as it is today.
Many of us have to lock our bikes in less than ideal conditions on a daily basis, and we're always amazed at the amount of lockup fails we've seen out and about. No lock is totally theft-proof, of course, but follow the advice in the video below and you can make it as difficult as possible for bike thieves to get what they want.
If you're lucky enough to own a shed for your bike or bikes and are concerned about security, BikeRadar have put together a two-part guide to help you improve defences. We've also got a buyer's guide to bike locks for those after a more detailed rundown of security hardware.
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With more than 10 years of experience riding mountain bikes, Oli knows the good from the bad when it comes to gear. He's a total bike nerd and loves few things more than fettling with spangly riding bits. Also, he seems to have a talent for crashing hard but emerging unscathed.
By Ole Dokka
From Norway with fear and love
I am new to this forum, live on the west coast of Norway, have a family of six (including a cat), am a business owner, work in the space, health and education sector,
I am old (51!) but still loves to skate, surf and snowboard as much as possible. I drive a Tesla, I ride a Onewheel, I have had a bunch of electric skateboards, and now I will soon ride a Sondor bike.
I am waiting for a Sondor X in September, and the anxiety is starting to build...when will it arrive? When will I receive tracking info? Anyone else got theirs in Europe yet? Where can I find real pictures of the X? Will it be too heavy? Too slow? Can I modify the 250W motor and get more juice & speed out of it? Will the luna cycle controller and display work with the new battery? No one knows. Or do they? 😱
Look forward to receive this bike in a big way, I plan to use it to work every day...thanks for your attention!
The Nightly Fold X Report
I got to ride some more on Buffy's Fold X tonight. This was my first real ride after altering the LCD programing. Testing has now shown a stock Fold X with nothing more than Program changes to the LCD can do 23 mph on a flat, hot off the charger with no pedaling. You might be able to pedal assist to 25 but you'll look like a human egg beater doing it . With the slightest of advantage, such as a light tailwind, or downhill grade, 25 mph is easily attainable without pedaling, and I saw it do that several times.
Another area I got to explore was handling. Since I haven't had time yet to install a proper headlight, I'm riding in the dark. I'm doing high speed testing in the dark. Don't try this at home kids, I'm a professional lol. I rode down some well known bumpy streets. Usually in the daytime I have to keep my eyes pealed for cracks and potholes, but in the dark I found all of them. What I noticed was that at pretty high speed, 20 mph and up, the ride was a lot smoother than I expected, especially when hitting bumps. At the same time I didn't feel like the bike was as bouncy as my fatty was with stock tires. It's running 20 psi.
Range is looking really good. I'm ready to say 30 miles will be easy, and 40 miles with a little more effort. With a lot more effort than I care to do 50 miles. I think the new Panasonic 14ah 48v battery is very high quality, and I'm like the faster charging.
So the bottom like is the ride is pretty smooth. As far as street riding goes, I'm not too impressed with the stock simi knobbies. They're really noisy at speed like the fatty tires. My Hook Worms are silent. I think some new street tires we be in the Folds future.
Also have some other changes planned, but keeping them under my hat for now.