Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Wellington, New Zealand
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I definitely don't think you have to lug around that beast of a lock. The thing is, bike theft doesn't seem to be a spur of the moment "hey, there's a bike!" type thing. Nobody is just going to happen to be walking around with the stuff necessary to cut through even a ****ty lock. Bikes get stolen because they're in places where people KNOW bikes are gonna be. Universities, etc. I take this advice back if you plan on touring through New York City or something..
During a tour I did, I just carried a generic cable and padlock. In saskatchewan I lost the key for the padlock and found someone with bolt cutters to cut the lock, and ended up not using any lock for a long time. This included occasionally wheeling the bike right into the grocery store, etc.
When I camped, I covered the bike up with a tarp so nobody would see it's a bike if they happened to be walking through the middle of nowhere looking for a bike to steal. I also used the ****ty cable lock to wrap it around trees, etc.