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    bike lock you can manipulate with one hand?

    looking for a type or maybe just experience from someone who has to work through this issue.

    i saw a bike at my local co-op that has had me kicking around the idea of building a bike for a nephew with only his left hand. kinda foot forward, aluminum frame (cruiser style though, so not the lightest, but hopefully not too much wrass'lin) 24" 'cause he's not real tall. in my mind it just seems like something he could ride comfortably.

    a lock is the one thing i can' mentally work out. maybe for him, and those of you who deal with this, it may be something more easily worked through from the experience of only having one hand to work with. more precisely, he lost his right arm a few inches past the elbow, so i guess he could hold an end in the crook of his elbow? i don't know. i guess i could just ask him these things, but i'm really not around him much or see him very often.

    ok... switched to rambling. any insight appreciated. thanks.

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    Perhaps Abus Bordo Combination ABUS Folding Lock 6150/85 black (51799)

    then no key to manipulate (or Lose)

    I like My Key Lock of the type and the easy carry pouch.. Mine goes on a Water Bottle bolt set.

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    thanks, but i mean more than the lock though, the whole set up. the folding and unfolding seems like it might be hard, but i guess i don't know.

    i've been thinking on it, and i think if it's still there the next time i go i'm going to get it. still not sure if i'll give it to him, but once i have it to really eyeball it i can see what might be possible. i have a partial idea and i'm figuring if i can work out something i can do with one hand, it will be even easier for him to do it.

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    A Ring Lock stays on the frame .. You ride with the Key In, remove it as you close the hasp around the back Wheel..

    I'd have to try mine 1 handed some time ..
    there are integrated design, locking chains , My AXA has a socket opposite the Key side .
    once the hasp around the wheel is Closed, the pin on the chain snaps into the Socket..

    It has a Bigger link on the end Pin passes thru it .. so loops around stuff to lock Onto..

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    i've got a ring lock around i wasn't thinking about. i may look into it.

    right now i'm thinking on another idea. i got the bike today and have eyeballed it some. i think i can work a way to use a chain lock one handed, but it has a rusted piece that was part of my idea. i'll need to replace it before i can try to work through the idea.

    on a side issue, i'm kinda wondering about cutting off the right side of the handlebars, just to make it a little more inconvenient for someone used to having two. i know anyone could ride one handed, but i figure every bit helps.

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    Great idea to provide a bike.

    Based on my experience with my son (no right hand, but has a partial wrist) I find that there is little he cannot accomplish albeit some modification may be required (eg to operate both brakes with one hand).

    Each limb difference situation is unique, however, and therefore talking to your nephew and/or his parents would be best course of action.

    Other aspects re locks include:
    ~ what level of security is appropriate (value of bike, any 'quick-release' components; where & when it will be left unattended etc);
    ~ getting the lock used !

    Never seen a cut-down handlebar - my experience has been that a custom-made extension is added to the relevant side of the handlebar to provide balance and support (with ability to rapidly dis-engage if need arises).

    Good luck.

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