Cycle lock on a ride? Maybe this little Knog? Looks great with our Sommet Bidons too! (Bike Shop plug!)
You are never going to take a big chunky beast on a ride so it’s always going to be a compromise, but perhaps the key is to make it usable enough to carry in our flimsy skin tight cycle kit, yet practical enough to do a few key things;
- Be noticeable as a lock and make it just a little awkward for the opportunist – the one who goes out to steal a bike, will steal a bike almost regardless of the lock, but to slow down, even for a couple of seconds at a coffee stop, an opportunist parasite, can often be enough.
- Put your mind into vigilant mode – if you take it and use it on a ride, you might be in the mindset to keep an eye out; as long as you don’t assume this baby lock will save all. If you don’t take it, it’s small enough – and maybe cute enough – to be alongside kit you definitely will take every ride, so seeing it might pop the mind into vigilant mode anyway.
- Be svelte enough to use or at least consider using on almost all rides. (My coffee scales show it’s light enough and it’s ever so slight curve to shape to the back, seems to make it fit quite nice)
I am acutely aware, from recent experience, that the ‘Belgie Helmet Lock’ won’t do much good if your mindset has slightly slipped in it’s vigilance – for the first time in millennia, and if it also happens to be the time an opportunist slides by and away with your bike.
Maybe this Knog will deter a little and prevent a few losses from the thief end of this horrid transaction. Perhaps also, it will do as much for one’s own vigilance as well.
(NB: Stelvio – cat – is not a thief, he is simply testing it to his high standards. Sadly, taste testing, not anti-theft. Taste fail)