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    Idealistic Troublemaker bjorke's Avatar
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    Removing a Cable Lock without the Key

    No, I am not keen to steal a bike, just get the cable lock off a bike that's hanging in my garage... the lock is a thick Schwinn cable lock, no ID #. It takes a key and the key was long ago lost by my kids (or me... if I knew it wouldn't be lost!).

    I can ride the bike with the cable still coiled-onto the top tube, but it would be nice to dump that pointless extra weight.

    Lock looks like this one: http://www.amazon.com/Schwinn-Cable-.../dp/B0018CPG3U yeah the keys looked just like those

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    Senior Member Retro Grouch's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by bjorke View Post
    No, I am not keen to steal a bike,
    Says the guy whose avatar states "probably suspect".

    If you clamp the cable in a vise to hold it steady a hacksaw will go through it in less time than it took me to type this.

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    Senior Member CNY James's Avatar
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    cut the top tube, remove the lock, and reweld. nice thing about that method is that you can justify a new paint job or powder coat in the color of your choice.

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    Commuter & cyclotourist brianogilvie's Avatar
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    Bolt cutters.

    I idiotically locked my and my wife's bikes up together with a cable lock outside a country store, and only later realized that the keys were 7 miles away on my kitchen counter. Farmer Mike's bolt cutters saved the day. They cut through the cable like butter. I learned two important lessons that day:

    1. Never buy a lock that you can lock without the key in hand.
    2. Never rely on a cable lock to secure your bike from someone who wants to steal it. At best, they prevent opportunistic theft.

    BTW his 30-inch bolt cutters worked like a charm, but my 24-inch cutters back home also slice through a cable easily. If the bolt cutters are too dull, they might not work, in which case a hacksaw is called for.

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    A locksmith can open it..

    I have a friend, he was helpful when I lost the keys to my Apartment ,
    keys went from in pocket, onto the street, somewhere..

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    with your teeth.

    bolt cutters.

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    Idealistic Troublemaker bjorke's Avatar
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    Thanks! I'm surprised that a bolt cutter would manage this but willing to take a shot. Cutting the tube: nah, this is a beater bike.

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    Light. Saber.

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    Craftsman Rotary Tool with a cutting wheel, safety goggles, and be very careful because it'll slice clean through whatever it touches.
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