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The Touring Bicycle => Parts, Components & Accessories => Topic started by: Stephane on January 25, 2010, 03:09:29 PM

Title: U-Lock or cable Lock?
Post by: Stephane on January 25, 2010, 03:09:29 PM
This is a common question: what type of lock should I use?

The choice of lock really depends on where you're thinking of using it.

In an urban environment, I would not consider a cable and instead use either Kryptonite or Onguard U locks. They are great and both offer insurance against stolen bikes. They have different security levels depending on how "bad" the area is.

I have been using the same cable lock for many years. I would highly recommend using a braided cable lock. They are much harder to cut. I am using the 10 ft Integra flex w/ combination ( I like the combination because I tend to lose keys and I like the way you can lock 2 bikes together, including the 2 wheels. When I am on a tour, I sometimes lock the panniers on the bikes while I sleep so that I don't have to worry about someone stealing them.  

When touring, if I am in an "unsafe" area (usually in a larger town), I use a U lock (but not one of those super-heavy, high-security ones) to lock the bike frame to a post or something else, and I use the Integra Flex lock to secure the 2 wheels and the frame.

But again, a U lock is the best choice for a high-crime area.

In town, try to lock your bike in front of a police station or at least in a street with a lot of pedestrian activity.

Here is a good link for selecting  locks for bicycle touring

Everyone has his or her own idea on the subject, so any comments would be appreciated.
Title: Re: U-Lock or cable Lock?
Post by: LHT on January 26, 2010, 10:24:00 AM
Pit locks are another good option for locking the parts of your bike to your bike. That way, the cable is eliminated or at least a long one.
Sorry, I know this forum is to promote the items you carry at Cyclocamping  :-[ but this is another good option. (
Title: Re: U-Lock or cable Lock?
Post by: Stephane on January 26, 2010, 10:52:28 AM
The primary purpose of this forum is to provide good objective information and give answers to bicycle-touring questions. I do give links to CycloCamping products because I believe that CycloCamping has an excellent selection of products.  The choice of products is the result of many years of experience and field testing, continuous research, and recommendations from other bicycle travelers. The purpose of the links are not only to promote our products, but also to introduce travelers to quality gear that they might not be aware of. So please don't be sorry and thank you for suggesting another good product we were not familiar with.
Title: Re: U-Lock or cable Lock?
Post by: petervanglabbeek on February 04, 2010, 03:42:46 PM
I prefer a cable. It is easy wrap around a tree, still locking a wheel or even both.
I always carry one with code, so I can't lose or break the keys.
While chosing a lock, weight is also an issue.
Title: Re: U-Lock or cable Lock?
Post by: On Two Wheels on February 05, 2010, 02:11:40 AM
There is always one that has to be different, I go for the cable lock everytime. Well two of them actually, both combination locks and both the same size.

Having two I can use either  one in each wheel and through the frame. One through wheel / frame, one round static object.

And as previously mentioned when wild camped I like to secure panniers to frame while having one set in tent.  So bike to tree and panniers to bike  :)