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Old 07-01-12, 07:49 AM   #1
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Best way to carry your chain lock?

I have an Abus chain lock to secure my Bianchi.
So far I've been wearing it across my upper body, it seems like the fastest and most easy way to carry it along. Problem is, the protective fabric on the chain lock has gotten more and more dirty with oil from the chain on the bike and that doesn't go well with a white shirt, I'd rather avoid those black stains on my $150 shirts.
Alternatively one could wrap the chain lock around either the saddle post or the top bar of the frame but I find it annoying as my legs occasionally touch it while riding and it rattles like crazy on bumpy roads. It's also annoyingly time consuming twisting and untwisting the chain lock every time you have to park your bike.
A backpack could also be the option but that's even more troublesome and I'd have to carry a backpack for no other reason.

How do you carry a chain lock around or how do you avoid dirty stains on your clothes from it?
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Old 07-01-12, 09:06 AM   #2
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I put an old MTB innertube over the Red nylon Cover, of the Abus Chain-o-steel lock.
[electric-tape and zip-tie secures the tube ends] to resolve the grease issue,

I have mine hung from the handlebars on my Bike Friday, (which has a tall steering mast)
loop of a toe-strap keeps it from swinging.

It's on the bike, not my body, and so, I never touch it,
other than when I'm locking/unlocking it

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Old 07-01-12, 09:48 AM   #3
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Jandd bike frame bag?

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Jandd bike frame bag?
That looks like a good option, and more style conscientious to some cyclists versus a rear rack/pannier/trunk/rear basket combo
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Old 07-01-12, 02:27 PM   #5
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wrap the chain lock around the handlebar stem area if you can it makes sense for weight distribution if you have a really big one like onguard makes. their is another frame bag similar to the jandd.

http://www.bushwhackerbags.com/frame_bags.html
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Ride in a cheap thrift store shirt, put on your $150 shirt when you arrive.
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yeah, that frame bag might be all right.
I think I'll try to throw it across the handlebar/stem for my next ride and see if that could somehow work out but I might not have much room for it there as I've set it up with a classic drop handlebar with brake levers attached on the top near the stem.
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Ride in a cheap thrift store shirt, put on your $150 shirt when you arrive.
good point.
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