For years, the Boise Police Department and clerks at local outdoor gear stores have beat the same drum: Get a bike lock. While any lock offers a modicum of protection against theft, BPD recommends what are known as U-locks, which, in addition to their deterring power, are also tough enough to withstand the tools of more motivated thieves. We went to Idaho Mountain Touring
for inspiration, but most Treasure Valley bike shops stock great locks.
Abus U-Mini 40 ($65) This stylish, tough U-lock is compact enough to stash in a back pocket, backpack or purse.
Sertas 290mm U-Lock ($35) Hitch up to anything with this spacious lock that comes with a convenient storage mount.
Ottolock ($55-$80) To mix things up, the Ottolock is made from steel and Kevlar, making it pretty darn tough to snip or hack, it comes in three lengths: 18, 30 and 60 inches.