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Offline oiselette

bike lock?
« on: May 30, 2010, 08:51:18 pm »
I've read that a cable lock is preferred while touring (due to weight vs. a U-lock), and I've even heard of people touring without a lock at all. I'm too concerned about security to go lock-less, but I'm not sure what to buy. Any recommendations on bike locks while on tour? Brands, etc would also be helpful.

Thank you!


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Re: bike lock?
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2010, 10:42:44 pm »
Hi! Take a peek at this thread started ten days ago, where we kicked this around a bit.


Offline Tourista829

Re: bike lock?
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2010, 10:24:10 am »
I would take a lock, I use the Saris Cable Lock. Size does count and the cable is 8 feet long. Light weight, 10mm braided steel, and does not need a key to lock just unlock. $24.95. If camping, I would take your front wheel and panniers into your tent. If you want to be extra safe, for when in large cities, use a combination mini U lock for the rear wheel and the cable lock for the front wheel and frame. The two can be defeated but would need separate tools. I have a bike frame lock on one of my bikes. Very popular in Europe. Bicycle frame lock from Morgan Importers of Durham, N.C.  It locks the rear wheel. Good for short stops at the convenience store. They can lift the bike but with your gear, less likely. I like it because you don't have to fiddle to find you lock.
SKU: 264380  This frame lock mounts to the rear fork of the bike frame. Sometimes called a Latte Lock because of its ease of use when running in for your daily dose of java! It is easy to mount and comes with all necessary hardware. (Of course, you provide the tools!) PRICE: $5.95
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Offline Tourista829

Re: bike lock?
« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2010, 10:09:09 am »
One footnote, In Issue 6 of Bicycle Times Magazine (purchased at Barnes & Noble) Pages 61-63 They have an article called "Lock Primer." I like the combination Axa Defender Ring Lock with an optional cable that locks into the top of the ring lock. One interesting feature is the key stays in the lock until you use it, so there is little chance of losing the key. their website is

Offline bogiesan

Re: bike lock?
« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2010, 11:25:48 pm »
Security and peace of mind are important. Preventing your bike from being stolen is impossible. Preventing your gear from being stolen is difficult.
The solo and self-contained tourers I know carry cables and combination locks: the cabel offers more options and there are no keys to lose.
Keeping your eyes on your panniers, trailer, and camping gear are more challenging topics.

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Offline johnsondasw

Re: bike lock?
« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2010, 12:37:59 am »
I've been using the same 6-foot cable with a combo master lock for about 25 years.  You have to use common sense, and keep an eye on your bike.  I don't just lock it up and leave it for hours.  In campgrounds, there are almost, always other campers very happy to assist a bike tourer, and I've asked them to keep an eye on my bike/campsite if I have to be gone for a little while (shop, shower, etc). 
May the wind be at your back!

Offline bktourer1

Re: bike lock?
« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2010, 04:24:04 pm »
A cable always.  I also use a small padlock around the rear deraill. at night.

Offline oiselette

Re: bike lock?
« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2010, 03:10:12 pm »
Thanks for the advice! I found a nice light 10' combination cable (no key: good tip!). I would never use it in the city, but I think it'll work perfectly on tour.