Originally Posted by dna02
I'm new to the biking sport (recently bought a trek 7300fx) and I am in need of a good helmet and lock.
I was reading up on the "your u-lock is not safe" thread but there are so many pages. Can you please help me out. So far I'm thinking of getting a giro encinal helmet but I dont know what lock is good.
any recommendations for locks and helmets?
What kind of riding are you doing, where are you planning to leave your bike, and what are you planning to lock your bike to?
Many people on this forum like mini-U locks made by either Kryptonite or OnGuard. I do not like them because they severly limit what you can lock to due to their small size. If you are only planning to lock to parking meters than a mini-U lock will do. For a wider choice of places to lock up to I use a chain. Both OnGuard and Kryptonite make good chains. Don't buy one from the hardware store.
Before you buy a lock take a look around where you plan to cycle and look for places to lock up. Will a mini-U lock fit there?
What ever you do do not buy a cable lock. They are easily defeated.
Locking skewers or even allan bolts for your wheels are a good idea as well. Quick release wheels are easily stolen.
Get a helmet that is ANSI/SNELL certified and comfortable. Helmets are a matter of personal preference. Wear what you like, all ANSI/SNELL certified helmets are decent.