My main point is that it is really poor value for what it is. Totally understand the cheap, light lock for the quick dash into a store. If that is all you need it for there are way better deals out there.
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The context for me is that I work in a public library with a well used bike rack out front. While you might be versed enough to know the limitations of this lock, the average user will buy this and especially given the inflated price tag will think it is a lot more secure than it is. I have seen bike after bike stolen from people who don't know better. They don't know how to properly lock a bike and assume a cable lock is good enough. Every summer I have to help at least one kid fight back tears as they call their parents. We might be a bunch of bike nerds but a lot of people buying locks like this are the bread and butter of bike thieves.
There is a youtube video of this lock being cut with a pair of cheap tin snips. For the price, that is ridiculous. I don't see how it is any more secure than a cheap 30 dollar cable lock. If you want avoid a dash and go theft, there is way better value elsewhere.
This lock can be cut with a pair of tin snips! It is 60 to 80 USD! You would be better off with a garbage cable lock from Canadian tire. It would probably be more secure (though barely) and you would have 50 extra bucks in your pocket.
Sounds like it is time to practice your communication skills. This person needs to sit down and talk it out with their significant other and come to a compromise before they run out of patience and snap. I would personally pony up and get her a good bike, a legit good bike, or if she is really that tentative but excited about cycling maybe taking up road cycling or touring together might be in order. Then either find places where you can do a lap with her and then a lap on your own or maybe divide up the week so you get a ride on your own somewhere during the week. But really you both need to talk it out. If you can't talk about this, how will you deal with real serious stuff that pops up in a long term relationship? Also there is a decent amount of truth to 'Happy wife, happy life'.
Great article. Mountain biking and exercise in general definitely play a big part in my mental health!
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