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Aspen Times Weekly: Secure your wheels

by Stephen Regneold

To combat the bad guys with chain cutters and tools, look to a hefty lock. I’ve tested the four models here — all high-price, high-quality options — and can vouch for their ability to lock up a bike better than the common cable snapped around a pole.

ABUS Bordo GRANIT X Plus 6500

It weighs more than 3 pounds. But for the heft the company rates the compactable lock among its most theft-proof, including 5.5mm thick bars that are difficult to cut. $179,

Kryptonite ‘Mega’ Chain

Today, Kryptonite sells a version of the lock I bought a decade ago. The Messenger Chain & Moly model has a manganese-steel chain with hard-to-cut, square-sided links and a strong padlock to match. $85,

Hiplok GOLD

The whole package weighs more than 5 pounds, but it goes fairly unnoticed on the hips. A nylon cover adds some cushion. The padlock has a 12mm steel shackle, clipping securely to the chain to make locking a bike as easy as taking off your belt. $100,

ABUS Granit Extreme 59 U-Lock

For all the security you do pay in bulk. Hauling the 6+ pound, 13-inch-tall lock around is a pain. You also are hit in the wallet, with this giant U-lock running $275 or more online.

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