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    Good Lock for Bicycle Touring

    Obviously my bicycle will only be locked up for periods of maybe 5 or 10 minutes at most in a open space (not an alley or anything), however I'd still like to have a very good lock
    My only concern is weight, the Kryptonie New York 3000 for example seems to be a very good choice, but it weighs nearly 5 pounds

    Anyone have any recomendations for a good U-lock? I will combine it with a cable as well to run through other bike components

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    Also, don't really need something ultra long to wrap around trees, and my bike will be stowed away in the vestibule of my tent

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    Where are you touring? If it's in the countryside, you can probably bet that the number of bolt cutters per square kilometer approaches 0. So you could use a cable + padlock.

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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.

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    Well, I'll be doing a long tour which will pass through several large cities, so I'd rather be safe than sorry
    I want something that will definatley resist bolt cutters, power tools aren't really that much of a concern

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muttsta
    Obviously my bicycle will only be locked up for periods of maybe 5 or 10 minutes at most in a open space (not an alley or anything), however I'd still like to have a very good lock
    My only concern is weight, the Kryptonie New York 3000 for example seems to be a very good choice, but it weighs nearly 5 pounds

    Anyone have any recomendations for a good U-lock? I will combine it with a cable as well to run through other bike components
    I brought a Kryptonite NY Lock on my Italy tour last May, mostly because it's a little more compact than a more conventional U-lock. I attached the frame bracket to the seat tube, with the lock in back of the seat tube, and the "U" section going over the seat stays. A conventional U lock wouldn't have fit that way, it would have hit my legs while I was pedaling. I also had a couple of thin cables to run through the panniers to keep them somewhat secure on the bike when I was grocery shopping, etc. I was more worried about someone snatching the panniers than removing bike components under those circumstances. There were times out in the countryside when I felt entirely safe leaving the bike unlocked, but there were other times in cities and towns where I really felt that it was better to be safe than sorry.

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    i bring a kryptonite mini and a 4' or 6' stout cable as well. not too heavy.
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    When you are in cities are you going to be staying at a hotel? Is so, you can leave your bike there while you walk around. If not, then a good lock might be necessary, if you can't take your bike with you when you go somewhere, like a grocery store or museum. If I am worried about my bike, I simply take it into the store with me, leave it upfront out of the way and try to keep it in sight the whole time. I rarely do this.

    I carry a padlock and a simple cable. I lock the bike to the picnic table in the campsite at night.

    I only lock my bike during the day if I am concerned about a snatch and run theft. Keep in mind that a bike with full panniers isn't that easy to lift nor jump on a ride. I also "hobble" the front tire, either with a velcro strap or bungie cord.

    Five pounds is alot of weight to carry. You are going to be dragging that lock over every hill. Is it really worth it?

    Ray

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    our bikes have axa locks (i think the sl5's, could be sl7) that are fixed to the frame.
    you can use an extra extension cable to fix it to a tree, or something, but i must say, we keep forgetting to take it with us.
    we lock the bikes at night and whenever we stop in a town/city.
    now, it's not foolproof, but, then again, nothing is.

    have a nice day
    jurjan

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