I told in my earlier post, that my Ottolock is easier to use and very effective lock for cycling use. Well, I tested my lock in Amsterdam lately, when I stayed there for two weeks. Everybody told me my bicycle is just something that is going to get stolen immediately when I leave it on the streets. They kept laughing at my lock and said it looks like a toy, and someone is going to steal my bike with or without the lock. I was told absolutely not to leave my bicycle on the streets. People rolled their eyes when I told I have a lock here and took my Ottolock out of my pocket.
Well, of course we all know, that there’s no lock that couldn’t be broken if you leave your bicycle to a wrong place at wrong time. If a thief has enough time and space, he’ll take the bike anyway. That’s just the same whether you use a chainlock, U-lock, cable tie or whatever. In Amsterdam I used bicycle sheds if possible, but sometimes I left my bike on the streets or bridges locked with my Ottolock. The best option in a city like Amsterdam would possibly be using two locks, but this one seemed to be very effective as well. Maybe I was just lucky or time spent in the city was too short for making a comprehensive empirical research, but my bicycle wasn’t stolen during these two weeks I stayed in Amsterdam.
As I told earlier, I am attending Summer University in Amsterdam beginning next Monday, and I am going to fly there on Sunday. Organizing the trip has been a bit complicated for several reasons, so finding accommodation was a bit of a tough task. Anyway, finally I made a decision to live outside Amsterdam and cycle to school every day. I want to ride my own bike, but how do you get your bike to the destination? I am not going to ride it all the way from Helsinki to Amsterdam, and I want to avoid buying a bag for my bike – because it’s quite rare to need a bike bag. Why should we buy things we need only once or once a year?
So. I tried to find some peer support to know what do other cyclists do when they want to take their own bikes with them when traveling. The first thing I found was a service called Fillarilaukku.fi (operating probably only in Finland) that gave me all the answers I needed. They are renting bike bags for cyclists. That’s just what I need, so I took my phone and booked a bike bag for 2,5 weeks. It was so easy, and today I picked the bag up and packed my bike for the trip.
Anyway. I really recommend this service – or similar one elsewhere than Finland – for everyone wanting to ride their own bikes in their travel destinations. For me it costs some 200 euros total to get my bike on the airplane including the bag rental for 2,5 weeks. Of course you have to remember to book a place for your bike from the airplane, but this is pretty cool, right!
As you know, I tend to cycle a lot and I want to get rid of all the extra weight I am carrying when cycling. I have used chain locks and U-locks before, and although they are very secure, they tend to be so heavy that you need a bag to carry your lock. So I was looking for a lock that you can take with you where ever you go, without giving up security too much. So when I saw Ottolock, I was immediately sure this is what I’ve been looking for. So, here it is!
It is so light weighted that I can’t even notice I have it with me. It’s a number lock, so you don’t need a key with you. And the best thing is that it’s tough enough that I can be quite sure my bike stays where I left it. Of course we all cyclists know there’s no lock that is 100 % proof, but this one is better than basic wire rope locks. My first impression after several weeks of use is very positive, and I really recommend it to cyclists.