Locking up your bike is super important. Everyone knows this, right? Still, sometimes you don’t need your big, honkin’ “Mega-Lock”; you just need something that will stand up to a bit of scrutiny and act as a visual deterrent, and doesn’t weigh a million pounds.
Weighing in at just 0.87 lbs, The Rocky Mounts Carlito lightweight U-lock could be just the ticket for those in low-risk areas where you don’t need a hardened steel chain lock, or you just need a lightweight lock for weekends on the rail-to-trail.
Rocky Mounts rates the Carlito at a security level of 4 out of 10, so it’s not quite Fort Knox, but it’s way more than hoping your bike stays put. They have the Carlito in their College Campus/Small Town range, which I would agree with. As someone who lives in a suburban area 15 miles outside a major city, I am fortunate to be able to use locks like this with minimal worry of thievery. That said, I still employ a cable in addition to the Carlito, because I’m slightly paranoid, and I want to make it difficult for would be thieves, even if the potential is less than in other places.
The Carlito has a soft silicon wrapping and comes with 3 keys. Due to the size and weight, it is super easy to toss into a bag and have an emergency lock on hand. This is a nice little lock, but I would not suggest it for more than a small town or weekend ride with a stop at the ice cream shop.