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Old 04-28-05, 09:47 AM
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Regulars to the thread know how much I appreciate Mountain Equipment Coop (MEC) for their intuitive ability to have the right products.

I walked in to the Toronto shop looking for the best bike lock for my new touring bike. For about $CAN100 I walked out with what I believe to be the best lock ever:
https://www.stocksmfg.on.ca/

I bought the Super Stock lock. Unlike other U-bolts, it has only one access point so it is flexible. It is cut resistant and unfreezable because it is made of stainless steel. The clerk told me that during the great Kryptonite scare of 2004, it was the only lock they kept on the shelf.

Anyone had any experiences with this?
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I have not heard of this brand, but many brands buy from the same suppliers, so your lock might be a lock that is well known in Europe or the UK under a different label.

The honesty of the FAQ on the Stock website is refreshing. Most lock companies imply that their locks are "unbreakable". The Stocks FAQ says that some "name brand" locks can be broken in 30 seconds which is very true. And, they rate YOUR lock as lasting five minutes in a lab, using tools, and twenty minutes against a "street attack". A lock that could stop a crook for twenty minutes is rare indeed. Luckily, few crooks have the energy, or guts, to work away on someone's lock on a busy street corner for twenty minutes.

In Europe, many people insure their bikes, and insurance companies often require using a lock that is "approved" by "Sold Secure" in the UK, or by the ART Foundation in Holland. Not surprisingly, the locks that had been "top rated" by Sold Secure and ART did well in the tests published in April by the UK magazine "Cycling Plus".

In the USA, the only locks that are easy to find that had "top marks" from "Cycling Plus" and both insurance testing institutes were OnGuard's U-locks, and the Kryptonite New York 3000.

Frankly, I would be nervous about buying a lock that was NOT tested and approved by an independent agency. No bike store in my neighborhood is reluctant to sell the lower priced Kryptonite U-locks, even though they do NOT protect your bike against a skilled crook. They say "customers know this name and want this brand". A poor excuse for selling second-rate products.

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I bought a Stocks Lock last year at MEC for my new touring bike for the same reason you did: it appears to be almost indestructible. I used it all last summer and autumn.

When my replacement Kryponite lock arrived a few weeks ago, I put the Stocks Lock aside. I am not sure I will be using it again. I find the Stocks Lock bulky, heavy, and unwieldy to use. Also, I have come to realize that I am already quite careful about bicycle security, and I probably do not need to be paranoid. For many years I have locked bicycles with a regular U-lock in well-lit areas where there is lots of traffic. Also, I bank on the fact that touring bicycles are not as desirable these days as hybrids, mountain bikes, and anything that has suspension. Maybe I have had more than my share of good luck, but the last time I had a bicycle ripped off was in 1985!
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Originally Posted by acantor
I bought a Stocks Lock last year at MEC for my new touring bike for the same reason you did: it appears to be almost indestructible. I used it all last summer and autumn.

When my replacement Kryponite lock arrived a few weeks ago, I put the Stocks Lock aside. I am not sure I will be using it again. I find the Stocks Lock bulky, heavy, and unwieldy to use.
I'd like to weigh a Kryptonite New York against the Stock. After picking one up in a bike shop, I bet the Kryptonite would be the heavyweight (1.77 kilos according to their web site).

I agree the Stock handles differently than regular U-bolts because it only has one access point. Within a day or two I have adjusted the way I lock my bike. I used to just line up the post and ring with the frame and slide the U-bolt through. That won't work with the Stock as you have to bend the bolt back. It is a bit of a ballet, but that one feature means the difference between surviving 5 compared with 20 minutes on the street. If I'm going to lock up for more than 20 minutes I use a second lock.

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Originally Posted by stokell
If I'm going to lock up for more than 20 minutes I use a second lock.
... how many locks do you carry when you have to lock your bike for a few hours?

... do you lock your bike at home too? I've heard so many stories of people having their bikes stolen from their garage...

Personnaly, I prefer to get ONE lock + a cable and invest in a good insurance ;-)
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