How do you carry a U-Lock? 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're back in the saddle. We think we know the best way to carry a U-Lock, but just to be fair and have some fun, lets take a look at some other commonly used methods.
1. Hanging It On The Handlebars
This balancing act has been performed by almost everyone, despite the resulting bruises, accidental brake obstruction, loud and obnoxious clattering, and slaps on the wrist dealt by our otherwise agreeable U-Locks.
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.
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!
Photo by Nathan Huth
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.
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 using vegetable tanned leather.
There certainly are a lot of ways to carry a U-lock, but some are definitely more functional than others. We made our U-lock holster with simplicity in mind so that you'd be able to ride in style without all the clattering and clanking. We think it the best way to carry your u-lock. Happy Silent Riding!
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