Commuter & cyclotourist
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Hadley, MA, USA
Bikes: Boulder All Road, Surly Long Haul Trucker, Bike Friday New World Tourist, Breezer Uptown 8, Bike Friday Express Tikit, Trek MultiTrack 730 (Problem? No, I don't have a problem)
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I idiotically locked my and my wife's bikes up together with a cable lock outside a country store, and only later realized that the keys were 7 miles away on my kitchen counter. Farmer Mike's bolt cutters saved the day. They cut through the cable like butter. I learned two important lessons that day:
1. Never buy a lock that you can lock without the key in hand.
2. Never rely on a cable lock to secure your bike from someone who wants to steal it. At best, they prevent opportunistic theft.
BTW his 30-inch bolt cutters worked like a charm, but my 24-inch cutters back home also slice through a cable easily. If the bolt cutters are too dull, they might not work, in which case a hacksaw is called for.