Most tiedowns are pretty standard. In the last few years we’ve seen some pretty functional innovations and the Lock Straps provide another one—locking tiedowns. As the driver of a truck, not an enclosed van or trailer, I worry about the stuff in the back if I venture into a restaurant to eat or have to leave my truck and bikes unattended. We’ve all heard the stories of bikes being jacked out of the back of a truck, and I don’t want this to happen to me. And after using Lock Straps for the better part of six months, I’m pretty sure they’re a solid deterrent that will further discourage a thief from pinching your ride.Now you’ll never be fully protected from the serious professionals out there because they have cutting tools and preplanned routines for stealing stuff, and it would take a small fortress to stop these guys. But since the Lock Straps have a build of eight bound steel cables sandwiched between double nylon webbing, tough rivets and dual-combination carabiner locks, one on each end that, on the bike side, has a soft-tie loop, they could help.
The working load rating is 400 pounds, and just holding them you can feel how strong they are because they’re heavy, easily twice the weight of a normal tiedown. The carabiner has a three-number spiral combination lock that easily opens up when you push down on it. Now we didn’t try and cut them because we didn’t want to destroy them, but it would take more than a minute and more than just a knife or a bolt cutter. They are no more difficult to use than securing bikes with regular tiedowns, and it takes a step out of having to utilize an additional cable lock, like I often do. At $44.95 each, or $80.00 for a pair, since we need two to tie a bike down, they are on the pricey side for a tiedown, but what is your bike worth again?