June 30, 2014
We hope it never happens to you, but having your bike and/or gear walk off without you can be a horrible experience and possibly the end of a great trip. One of our most popular items that riders purchase along with maps and panniers is the RavX Combo X Pocket lock.
I recall speaking with a rider who called in to repurchase a lifetime of touring gear. His story was shocking but not unheard of. It was raining hard and he was waiting out the storm under a bridge just off the roadway. His bicycle was leaning up against a post and he was standing just a few yards away with his back turned, watching the storm. With the wind blowing and rain pounding down, he never heard the perpetrator approach. When he turned around a few minutes later, his bike was gone. He looked up and caught a brief glimpse of his bike disappearing around the bend. His bike and everything on it — in essence his home — were gone and never recovered.
It can happen that fast even while you’re standing right there.
Another instance I heard of was about a rider having lunch at an outside café. Her bicycle was leaned up against the wall next to her table. As she’s eating her lunch, the thief grabs the handlebars and begins to walk off with it. She jumped up and yelled. Once the perpetrator realized the owner was right there, he dropped the bike and ran. She was able to continue her tour. She was lucky!
The RavX Combo X Pocket lock is by no means a lock to secure an unattended bike or gear for any extended length of time, but is useful for those short stops. This lock is really ideal for deterring those quick grab and run thefts. Some people use multiple locks, one for the bike and another for securing panniers.
The RavX Combo X Pocket lock is small and lightweight. Coming in at only 2.2 ounces, overall size 2.1” x 3.1”, cable length extended is 29”. The combination can be set easily and is resettable.
Again, plan to use a heavy duty lock when you leave your bike unattended for long periods of time or overnight.
Photo by Geoff McMillion
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