Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Melbourne, AU
Bikes: Cannondale T800, Northwood tandem, 1970s Gitane fixxed 45x16
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Tandems are probably less prone to casual theft attempts than single bikes. Still, I would take 1 x D-lock and 1 x cable + padlock - the combination of 2 locks, plus having a tandem, would make theft a pretty unlikely event.
The cables are pretty light and are useful for going around trees etc. but most are a little bulky due to the coiling of the cable. Guarded cables are not much better than the others, as most failures occur at the lock - combination cable locks tend to be really weak, I think the slight weight of a good padlock is worthwhile.
If you don't lock your bike, you'd better tell the police and the insurance company that it was locked if it does get stolen...