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    Do you always bring a lock with the bike?

    I am checking a U lock and cable lock for my new bike. But I feel them really clumsy. I am wondering if other people also bring a lock with the bike always. If so, where do you put it when you are cycling.

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    When I'm on a "ride", I'm not leaving the bike. So I don't need a lock.

    If I'm going somewhere, I bring a lock in a backpack. Depending on where I go, it could be a U and a cable in a regular small backpack, or a cable lock stuffed into a hydration pack.

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    Definitely not. If I'm on a ride (trail or pavement), same as Perttime, I leave the lock at home. If I'm headed to the store or someplace that I have to leave the bike unattended then yeah, and I haul it in a small back pack, or in the case of my commuter (it has a rear rack and trunk bag) I simply put the lock in the bag. I commute on the bike fairly regularly, but I am fortunate to work at a bike shop. Those of us that ride get to park the bike(s) in the back room. So no need for a lock there.

    Anyway, it usually isn't necessary to carry a lock everywhere you go. It just depends on where you are going, and whether you have to leave the bike unattended or not.

    As for transporting the lock on the bike, I don't find it to be a good idea. Most locks that do come with frame mounts are a PIA to get mounted out of the way and/or without interfering with other accessories, i.e. water bottle cages, seat bags, etc. And just looping a cable or chain type lock around the frame somewhere will often interfere with cables and such, and will also eventually abrade the paint and frame.

    So, your call. But a small back pack or a rear rack and bag are usually the best way to transport a lock.

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    What kinda locks do you suggest using? I noticed somebody suggested using a clumsy U lock and a long cable. Is it the best way to do that? Thank you.

    Quote Originally Posted by Squash View Post
    Definitely not. If I'm on a ride (trail or pavement), same as Perttime, I leave the lock at home. If I'm headed to the store or someplace that I have to leave the bike unattended then yeah, and I haul it in a small back pack, or in the case of my commuter (it has a rear rack and trunk bag) I simply put the lock in the bag. I commute on the bike fairly regularly, but I am fortunate to work at a bike shop. Those of us that ride get to park the bike(s) in the back room. So no need for a lock there.

    Anyway, it usually isn't necessary to carry a lock everywhere you go. It just depends on where you are going, and whether you have to leave the bike unattended or not.

    As for transporting the lock on the bike, I don't find it to be a good idea. Most locks that do come with frame mounts are a PIA to get mounted out of the way and/or without interfering with other accessories, i.e. water bottle cages, seat bags, etc. And just looping a cable or chain type lock around the frame somewhere will often interfere with cables and such, and will also eventually abrade the paint and frame.

    So, your call. But a small back pack or a rear rack and bag are usually the best way to transport a lock.

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    Always understand that a lock and chain/cable will not prevent a bike from being stolen. These devices may deter a bike thief to look for an easier victim but at best will only slow down a thief from stealing your pride and joy.

    My mountain bikes are used on trails, not streets. If I'm travelling and stop to eat, I choose a restaurant that I can view my vehicle from the table. If I'm camping and go for a hike, the rigs go inside my truck with multiple locks.

    If a bike thief, a person that actively seeks out bikes to steal, has the skills, they can defeat any lock/chain system almost as fast as it takes you to pull the key out of your pocket and unlock your lock. Do not rely on locks to protect your bike. Rely on your brain to make wise decisions.
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    I have one in my truck, so that if Im on the way to/from a trail and have to stop at the store etc I can lock my bike to the bed of my truck.

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    i carry a cable and a small decent sized lock in my back pack

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    I always bring one. We have a lot of mountain lion sightings and you can't be too careful...

    Oh, you said "lock"... I thought you said, "Glock".

    No, I don't bring a lock when I'm out riding. If I'm planning to go places where I might leave my bike unattended (like when I'm camping), then I might throw a cable lock in my bag. Otherwise I keep an eye on it.

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    If you expect to leave your bike, anytime during your rides, then youíll need one. Like others, I donít leave my bike.

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    I never leave my bike on a ride. Never. I will leave my bike on the rack on the truck, but only with a lock and cable. This will not stop everyone, but will deter most people.

    If I plan on riding somewhere were I will need to leave the bike I will not ride my primary bike. I have 2 additional bikes. One is my old MTB. Nice and trail worthy, but it would not kill me to have it stolen and a cheap $50 "fake" mtb from walmart. That bike so cheap that I don't care if anything happens. Of course only ride that around parking lots. Long story as to why, but it bike that seems limited use, but when I use it is handy and mostly it is cheap.
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    i don't even own a lock. i don't believe in them. if i had to commute with my bike that would be another story, but for a trail bike that's only used in trails, i'm never leaving it anywhere because i'm riding it and then riding to my car, and my car locks it on the rack.

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    Depends if u need to lock your bike or not.

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    If I'm riding to ride, then the lock stays at home. If I'm using the bike to get somewhere, then I'll bring it.

    For the lock itself, I have a 6' x 10mm OnGaurd cable lock that came with a bracket to hold it. I mounted it to the seatpost. The lock has a T shaped fitting on it that slides into the bracket, twist it and it locks on in place, coiled and standing upright hanging from the seatpost over the rear wheel. Click the release button, then twist the other way, and it's free.

    And I went with the combination lock, as to not worry about losing keys.

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    i do.. just cant risk losing my TREK MAMBA ... i have a combo lock this way i dont have to worry about losing the key.

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    I only bring a lock if it is a place i don't trust leaving my bike. Which in town is almost every where but work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StuntmanMike View Post
    cable lock that came with a bracket to hold it.
    I've managed to "mount" cable locks on bikes without any brackets: thread it through seat rails and around seat post so that it stays put. Whether this is possible may depend on seat design and how fat the skinny end of the locking system is.

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    I don't leave my bike when I'm out riding. I lock my bike with multiple locks in my shed though.

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    i live in suburbia so if i stop to get a sandwich i park the bike where i can see it. However, on tour i carry a small plastic covered cable from the hardware store w/ a minimalist master key lock. Cost about $5 and weighs just a couple ounces. I started doing this because I realized that my bike could easily be stolen when camping in or near urban areas. I don't worry in the woods, but one time I was awoken by three officers that had three patrol cars idling with headlights on me. My friend said later that he heard them pullup, but we were sound asleep (45 miles that day)...Anyone could have rolled my bike away that night.

    The lock is just a deterrant, I would never leave my bike alone and unsecured.

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    I usually don't because I never leave my bike when I'm riding but I saw people wrapping the cable type lock around their seat tube and it seems like a really comfortable spot to put it.

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    Doing a lot of riding in london at the moment, it really pays to have a bike lock- No matter how busy a place is, your bike is going to be stolen if you leave it for 30 secs. As a friend of mine once said- No-one's ever been annoyed/angry because they've carried a lock.

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    When camping we lock the bikes to a tree while sleeping.

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    Bike lock goes everywhere, but doesn't get used unless it's sitting somewhere overnight.
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    I bring mine everywhere I go. You just never know.

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    Locks keep honest people honest. if someone wants your bike bad enough, nothing, short of beatdown or gun, will stop them
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    i keep a lock in my truck i need two more post to private message

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