The Mountain Bike Life

I just love the Urban Dictionary definitions for “Lock it down”.

1. lock it down

When you find out that a girl/guy you are dating is into something really cool and unexpected so you must make them your gf/bf.
Guy 1: “So this girl I scored wants to go see Iron Man 2 and go shooting!”
Guy 2: “Dude! Lock it down!”

There are 3 basic kinds of good bike locks:
* Cable Locks
* U-Locks
* Chain Locks

In this write-up I am going to go over some information and my thoughts on Cable Locks.

This is the exact same kind of lock that I have. Notice that it is the same kind as the one that was shown as cut on the first photo!

This is the exact same kind of lock that I have. Notice that it is the same kind as the one that was shown as cut on the first photo!

Cable Locks

Pros: Not bulky, inexpensive, not heavy, heavy duty 1/2″ or thicker cable can slow down thieves.

Cons: Not the best lock for securing your expensive bike. The best bike locks are heavy duty chain locks, and heavy duty U-locks.

For many years I used a heavy duty 1/2”thick x 6 foot long rubber-coated coil cable lock. These heavy cable locks are great for a quick ride down to the store, or for a stop at the coffee shop. The coil on this kind of cable lock makes it easy to carry on the bike wrapped around the stem and/or headset. The cable is well covered with a rubbery plastic and so is the lock set, so you do not have to worry about it scratching up the paint on the bike. Remove the front tire (QR), and the cable is long enough to wrap around the rear tire, the removed front tire, the bike frame, and a bike rack. These locks will only slow down a determined thief, so they are not good at all for leaving a bike locked and unattended for several hours. Any cable lock less than a 1/2” thick is right next to a useless waste of money. Don’t lock a $3,000 bike with a $5 cable lock.

So, keep you sweet honey of a ride safe. Stay tuned to the next installment of The Frugal Mountain Biker: Dude! Lock it down! Part 4

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