LOST KEYS FOR A BELL U LOCK
June 14, 2005
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I bought a Bell U-lock for my
son's bike. He then proceeded to lose both keys for it.
Any information on how to get a replacement key or how to
get the lock off? The bike is currently locked onto a bike
I regret to tell you that Bell Sports
doesnt replace keys for its locks, as they come from
China. You can imagine the postage.
Any competent locksmith can crack
that lock, as can a half-competent bike thief. The former
will cost you more than the lock. You wont easily
find the latter, unless you havewell, I dont
Another option: Whoever owns the
bike-parking rack probably has someone who regularly frees
abandoned bikes from the racks. If the rack resides on private
property, contact the building manager. For public racks
contact the citys bike program office (if you need
help with that, lemme know) and ask if theyll free
your sons bikeas theyll probably do it
at some point anyway.
Now you know one reason I recommend
buying a decent bike lock. Aside from the fact that such
locks make thieves work harder, a decent lock comes with
a key replacement guarantee. Youll pay more than you
will for a big box store lock, but, as youve learned,
you often end up paying anyway. To replace your sons
lock I suggest you go to a local bike shop and get their
cheapest U lock whose manufacturer provides spare keys.
For more tips on thief-proof locking
see the "Avoiding Rip-Off" chapter in my book,
Urban Bikers Tricks & Tips.
We have found a Yamaha motorcycle
key blank can be impressioned to make a replacement key
for a Bell U lock. Just a FYI; a GOOD local locksmith could
be able to do this.
Clydes Lock & Safe