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Keeping Your Bike Safe With Master Lock! {Review & Giveaway}

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When I was a teenager one of my most favorite hobbies was riding my bike. Before I had my driver's license it was the only way for me to get to work on my own and it was also a wonderful way to unwind after a busy day. I grew up in the country and riding the country roads is sooo wonderful. My first job was at a u-pick fruit farm down the road from where I  lived and so I would ride my bicycle there for work and also to go get ice cream or whatever. 
Biking was also a huge activity for my entire family...especially when we would go camping. We would pile all the bikes on top  of the camper (and it was a hysterical sight only because we had 8 people in our family which meant TONS of bikes!) and head off on vacation. One thing that I always worried about though was someone stealing my bike. I had a nice mountain bike that I had purchased with my own money and it would have devastated me if someone took it. So, my dad bought a bike chain and combination lock for me so I could make sure no one stole my bike.
Today, I am going to introduce you to a really neat bike lock from Master Lock and this one has some nice features to make sure your bike does not get stolen. Take a look at these results from a recent Master Lock survey...only 1/3 of Americans lock up their bicycles and nearly half of Americans have had their bike stolen or know of someone who has had theirs stolen. Wow. So, if that doesn't scare you into wanting to lock up your bike, I don't know what will. The sad truth is that there are still people out there who would not think twice about taking something that is not theirs and I for one am not going to make it easy for them.
The Fusion U-lock Bike Lock from Master Lock is making it very difficult for thieves to steal bicycles these days. I was sent one of these locks for review and wanted to share my thoughts about it with you. This particular bike lock comes with a mounting bracket for easy storage and transport, which is great. At least, I thought it was great until I tried to install it...it gave me fits! Ha ha! Well, I will get to that later.
So, it is very obvious that the style of this lock is a U-lock. All of the items needed to use the lock are attached to it and you have to snip a few cable ties to release the hardware. Once you have done that, you are ready to assemble!
Here you can see the hardware that is needed to attach the lock holder to your bike. I am not a stupid person when it comes to putting stuff together and in fact, I LOVE to assemble things! So, I eagerly set to work assembling the holder and attaching it to my bike.
After about 1/2 hour, I was getting frustrated. I was having a lot of trouble figuring out how the holder attached to the bike and the only instructions I had were diagrams on the back of the packaging. This was the one thing I did not like about this lock. I am the type of person who needs to read the directions. Pictures are OK, but when you have little parts like I did, there was no real way to tell where they needed to go. I finally gave up and decided that I would go back to the holder at a later time. That is always the best solution for me. Actually, on Master Lock's website, there is a place where you can find more detailed directions on how to install the holder and I plan on taking a closer look at those. I wish I had known about that sooner! 
I was sooo happy to see that this particular bike lock comes with keys! I HATE combination locks because they can be finicky...especially when you are in a hurry. Keys are always a better choice for me.  Other features that I love are:
Hardened steel body resists cutting, sawing and prying
Double locking shackle for superior pry resistance.
Disc key for superior pick resistance.
Vinyl coating for weather and scratch resistance.

Ta daaaa! I love the way this lock works so well for me. It will be great to finally have an easy way to lock my bike up when I use it. It has been a while since I have ridden my bike but when I do finally get on it again, I will be assured that no one will steal it! While I struggled with the holder, I am determined to make it work so I will be tackling that again really soon...thanks to the "how to install the holder" information on Master Lock's page. You can purchase this U-lock directly from Master Lock's website and it retails for $15.81. On the same page, you can also find a store that carries this and other products from Master Lock. Be sure to check out Master Lock on Facebook and also on Twitter so you don't miss out on anything new that is happening with them! 

So, in my opinion...I love this Bike Lock from Master Lock! It is great assurance to me that my bike will be safe and secure this summer. While I don't use my bicycle much, I still live in a pretty populated area and don't have a fence around my back yard so the back shed is readily accessible to anyone and I want my bike to be secure. I would definitely recommend this product to anyone who is looking to keep their bike safe this summer!
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Disclaimer: I received no monetary compensation for this post. I did receive free Master Lock products for review purposes. All quotes and stock photos are from the Master Lock website and email. Prize is being provided and shipped by the sponsor. This blog is NOT responsible for lost, stolen or damaged prizes. All thoughts and opinions are 100% mine.

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