aedifica: Drawing of a bicycle with the logo "Put the fun between your legs." (Bike fun)
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This year I'm planning to bike farther into the winter than I've done before. One thing I'm thinking is that it might be convenient to get a different lock, one that's easier to open and close with gloved or mittened hands. (Right now I'm using a combination U-lock, one of the ones with four dials that each need to be turned to the right setting before it will open. I like not having to carry a key, but it's hard to turn individual dials with gloves on.) Do you have any suggestions for easy-to-work U-locks?

I'm also thinking of getting some goggles I can wear over my glasses--lately my eyes have been tearing up when I ride, and I don't want to have tears freezing on my face this winter. :-) Any advice you have there beyond "try some on at REI" (my current plan) is welcome.

Date: 2011-10-28 07:56 pm (UTC)
roadrunnertwice: DTWOF's Lois in drag. Dialogue: "Dude, just rub a little Castrol 30 weight into it. Works for me." (DTWOF.Lois - Castrol)
From: [personal profile] roadrunnertwice
Eh, the plain old Kryptonite Evolution lock has been serving me pretty well. They were hellaciously annoying in the winter back when they used the little spring-loaded bic-pen keying (those small sharp keys, ugh), but the improved design they switched to in '05 is about perfect.

Date: 2011-10-28 09:26 pm (UTC)
pinesandmaples: A cropped image of a black Globe Work bicycle (bike: Globe Work)
From: [personal profile] pinesandmaples
I am also a Kryptonite key fan. The Knog locks look shiny, but I doubt they are as secure. (Then again, combo locks aren't as secure as key locks so you might get a vertical horizontal shift in security.)
Edited (Can't spell. Ever. ) Date: 2011-10-29 12:29 am (UTC)

Date: 2011-10-29 01:09 am (UTC)
damerell: (cycling)
From: [personal profile] damerell
One with a key, I'm afraid. I can just about work my keyed lock with lobster claws on.

Date: 2011-10-29 05:06 am (UTC)
dayblaze: (Default)
From: [personal profile] dayblaze
I had a U lock freeze shut last winter & strand me - I have a kryptonite now and it seems much better. With the old one, there was a large moving metal cylinder that locked in both sides of the U. On the new one, one end of the U has a bend to it, so only the other end gets locked, so the locking mechanism is smaller.

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