I'll be setting up my bike soon with a Bionx kit. I'll be taking a moderately priced hybrid bike and turning it into a bicycle as expensive as many racing bikes made from Unobtainium. This is worrying me.
My bike will be secure at home and work. I bicycle to work and errands every day and in doing this for the last 15 years I have had only one bike stolen.
But I plan to continue shopping trips into Philadelphia on this bike. Philadelphia just got voted #1 in bicycle theft. We're No. 1, Yeah :-(
In Philly I always use two locks - a u-lock on the rear triangle (this actually protects the rear wheel, too, as you'd have to cut the rim to remove it) and a cable lock through the frame and front wheel. The theory is that few bike thieves carry the two sets of tools needed to remove both types of locks. I'll continue this locking procedure, although I might now put the U-lock through the rear tire. It's worth more than the bike.
But what about the battery and the control console? Is the battery lock pretty secure, at least for 10-30 minutes?
The installation video says you have to remove the screw to take the console off. Is that correct?
I don't expect any serious theft attempts on the battery or console. Your typical thief will have no idea of the value of the 350 watt-hour lithium battery. And the console looks like a large, ugly bike computer that few would want. But there is a lot of gratuitous lifting of loose components here - thieves will do things like slide your bike computer off and take it.
So I'm hoping these components are secure enough to discourage this sort of thing. I might use a special screw for the console that requires a special tool to remove. And I DO plan to notify my home insurance of this kit, take pictures of the bicycle with the kit on it, and keep the purchase documentation, so I'll at least be covered by my insurance. But I'd rather avoid the hassle.
Anyway, any advise by the more experienced here would be appreciated.