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    Bike Lock

    Hi,

    Sorry if I'm posting in the wrong thread but was in a hurry and I think this was the most reasonable thread I could find.

    My problem is that I purchased a Master bike lock from my local Target and I expected it to be coiled (as seen in packaging) but when I opened it, it went haywire and it's like a straight lock. I've tried locking it coiled and placing several school textbooks on top of the bike lock for several days. Hoping it would coil the lock, it didn't and it's really irritating when I ride and it's all over the frame on my new bike.

    Help, please! Anything!

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    it would take some major mojo to coil that grade of steel cable

    I'd suggest taking it back, and finding something more to your liking.

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    securing with velcro straps will keep it coiled up..

    or treat it like any coil of wire . tuck the ends inside the loop to the opposite side
    of the coil.. if a double loop cable , I lock the padlock thru the loops, and it stays fine..

    [kind of automatic for guitar players thats how strings come.. ]
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    Quote Originally Posted by pierce View Post
    it would take some major mojo to coil that grade of steel cable

    I'd suggest taking it back, and finding something more to your liking.
    I have already thrown the receipt away and it's been too long. Any other ideas on how I can fix it instead of taking it back or trying to sell it to somebody?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    securing with velcro straps will keep it coiled up..

    or treat it like any coil of wire . tuck the ends inside the loop to the opposite side
    of the coil.. if a double loop cable , I lock the padlock thru the loops, and it stays fine..

    [kind of automatic for guitar players thats how strings come.. ]
    Great idea but do you know of any video that can demonstrate? It's sort of hard to understand but I do know what you mean with the guitar strings. Though I've never inspected them closely when fresh out of the paper envelope.

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    buy a U-lock;they provide superiour security, plus you dont have to futz with coiliing them up for storage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xenologer View Post
    buy a U-lock;they provide superiour security, plus you dont have to futz with coiliing them up for storage.
    U-locks are proven to be easier to break-in unless they're secured with a flat-shaped key. All the U-locks at my local store were 30$ and were circular shaped key designs.

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    You can't coil a straight cable easily. It's done in production by winding on small diameter rollers while under tension.

    I prefer straight cables because they don't snag when you pull them through the wheels. As for keeping it coiled, the best way is to coil it in your hand, then slip the end under the coil once or twice to trap it.
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