I’ve been riding my Rohloff equipped Thorn Nomad around town a fair bit lately. Often I have to stop at a shop and grab something quickly. So I leave the bike leaned up against the store window where I can see it. This still leaves the possibility someone jumps on my bike and rides away with it. You can’t catch up to someone stealing your bike if you are on foot – trust me been there and it’s a bitch watching your bike rolling away on you like that…=-(
One option is to lock it to itself so it can’t be ridden. That works, but even a simple cable lock is a pain to get out, put through the front wheel and frame – plus you gotta unlock it and take it off the bike. When all you need to do is run in for 60 seconds to grab some milk that’s too much overhead.
Well I’ve come up with a strategy that’s super easy and much faster than locking your Rohloff bike, but almost as secure for short dashes into a shop.
- put the Rohloff in 14th gear [hardest] = 1 second
- unscrew thumb screw on external shift box pull off of hub = 5 seconds
Your bike is now in the hardest gear and if some punk gets on it and tries to ride away he’ll get all of 4ft before you deck him. Nobody who doesn’t have a Rohloff will know what to do and even if they did it would take them a lot longer than an experienced Rohloff owner so you’d have time to notice someone messing with your ride.
If you are the paranoid type you can make this even more secure by rotating the Rohloff shifter back to 1st gear once the external shift box is off. This way even if somebody manages to reinstall the shift box the shifter will be maxed out and they won’t be able to get it out of 14th gear.
Don’t worry if I leave my bike for any length of time and/or it’s out of my sight I lock it to something with an uber beefy lock.