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Temptation Tuesday: 5 Ways To Carry Your U-Lock

How do you carry your U-Lock?

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Every day cyclists face this nagging question. For a device which provides so much peace of mind while securing your bike, it sure causes a lot of logistical problems the moment you are back in the saddle. We think we know the best way to carry a U-Lock, but just to be fair, lets take a look at some other commonly used methods.

1. Hang It Off The Handlebars

This balancing act has been performed by almost everyone, despite the resulting bruises to the knees, accidental brake obstruction, loud and obnoxious clattering, and slaps on the wrist dealt by our otherwise agreeable U-Locks.

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2. Sticking It In Your Pants

Otherwise known as the “I don’t want to think about this” method, the lack of pre-planning often results in a rather awkward dance involving fishing in one’s pants. 

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3. Putting It In Your Pocket

If you are so lucky as to have pockets big enough to hold a U-Lock, you are probably a circus clown. In your case, the resulting awkwardness is a benefit!

4. Looping It In the Belt Loop

Let’s just say that we hope your belt is fastened tight because these locks can get rather heavy.

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5. Holding It In the U-Lock Holster

This holster keeps your U-lock tucked away securely and simply behind your saddle. You don’t have to bend down or fumble to get to it, and it sure doesn’t hurt that it’s handmade in Canada using vegetable tanned leather and makes for a soft touch.

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There certainly are a lot of ways to carry a u-lock and some are better and definitely more functional than others. We're clearly biased towards #5, as simplicity is key when riding your bike. Now you can ride in style without the clattering and clanking. Happy Silent Riding!

How do you carry your U-lock?

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