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How big is a normal hostel locker?

I'm about to leave for a nine week trip through western Europe staying in hostels and I'm taking a fairly large backpack (4750 cubic inches).

Will it fit in a locker at most places? The only hostel I've stayed at was in Japan and it had fairly small lockers. Are they only for valuables or can I put my backpack in them?

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Oh and one more thing, should I bring my own lock?

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That's a big bag...I've only stayed at one hostel (the Shelter City in Amsterdam), and it had the narrow half-size kind of lockers you'd find at a gym shower room or school. It held my REI Alpine backpack just fine, but it's about half the capacity of yours.

And yes, you should bring your own lock - I had to use mine. I'd recommend a combination lock, so you don't have to worry about carrying/losing keys (just don't forget the combination).

If you're worried about securing your pack, check out Pacsafe's line of theft prevention devices:

I've used some of their gear, including the money belt and Prosafe retracting cable lock. I've also got their Wrapsafe backpack securing lock & cable on order, since I'm bringing a 4,300ci Gregory Baltoro pack to Europe next month to do a two-month pilgrimage in France/Spain. Good luck!