The Importance of a Good Lock (and how I learned a valuable lesson)
The above are the locks I use for my bikes, and I try to switch them from bike-to-bike, depending on what one I'm riding. My two regulars are the u-lock (which is about 20-years-old) and the six foot cable, which I attach with a heavy padlock. The other two cables are brand new and have not been used yet...but more on those in a minute. First I have a quick story to tell.
Last week I was at a service at our church when the usher came to me and said I'd better check on my bike, that he just scared away a guy who he said looked like he was about to steal it (yes, even while at a church service...is nothing sacred). He told me he saw a guy with a pair of bolt cutters; I thought he was exaggerating. Anyhow, I had ridden the Mundo that day and as is often the case I attached both the u-lock and cable lock. The u-lock was down low so the potential thief probably did not see it in his haste. And unless he was able to cut the u-lock he would have had to dismantle the fence it was locked to in order to take the bike.
Today when I was locking up my bike at a store I happened to notice the cut in the cable (pictured below); the cable is cut on both sides and nearly through...he wasn't just looking at the bike he had the cutters on the cable.
Though the Mundo, and any bike for that matter, is just a thing and easily replacable...it is still personalized and I would have been very sad (and angry) if it was stolen.
I'd like to hear what others have to say about this. What types of locks do you use. Have you ever had a bike stolen (I hope not), and if so were you able to get it back.