Wordlock Cable Bike Lock Review

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If you're looking for a simple cable lock, this low-cost model is easy to use (the combination lock opens with letters instead of numbers) and its five-foot length is enough to secure your bike, wheels and all. Users suggest you may want to pair it with a sturdier U-lock for added protection.

If you have a preference for cable locks, the Wordlock Cable Bike Lock (starting at $13, Amazon) is what you want: 5 feet of tough, braided steel (vinyl-coated so it won't scratch your bike or be ruined by the elements) that can securely attach most parts of your bike to any object. A letter-based combination lock, with 10,000 possible combinations you can reset as needed, suits riders who may have trouble remembering numbers. The cable is self-coiling and can be mounted and carried on an accompanying seat-post bracket.

In a Wordlock Cable Bike Lock review on Target, one user raves about the length of this cable, noting how easy it is to attach the bike to a thick tree, in the event that you can't find a bike rack. Even teenagers, who otherwise can't be bothered to carry, let alone use, a bike lock they find too cumbersome, willingly use the Wordlock Cable Bike Lock, according to a blogger posting a bicycle locks review on Bikediva.net. In a review on the DailyGrommet, which reviews innovative products, this bicycle lock gets a thumbs up for its reliance on letters and what the expert review site calls a heavy-duty consistency.

The Wordlock Cable Bike Lock gets three out of five stars in a bicycle locks review in About.com's bicycling guide, which says its chief downfall is shared by all cable locks; that is, not being durable enough for serious protection. But for low-theft areas or inexpensive bikes, this cheap bike lock is solid and easy to use. Its range of colors (bright red, pink, and blue, in addition to the standard black,) also appeals to kids, which may usher in a new generation of bike riders who won't be lazy about protecting their wheels.

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