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Old 08-21-11, 02:36 PM   #1
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How do I take my U-lock with me?

Hello,
I have a DHS Jumper BMX bike that I use for recreation and sometimes commuting over short distances.
In the past, I used to secure my BMX with my two cable locks, but I've recently bought a U-lock as well-the cables just aren't enough.
The question is...what's the best way to take the U-lock with me? It's not quiet a portable lock.
I've tried to attach it to the handlebar system, but it wasn't really a good plan so I'd like to find an alternative. Or shall I stop bothering with the U-lock and only use the cables?
Any idea?

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Old 08-21-11, 02:49 PM   #2
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Some people call it hipster style, but you can tuck it in your belt or pants. I find this convenient and I'm very un-hip.

Or: http://fabrichorse.com/holster.html
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Some people call it hipster style, but you can tuck it in your belt or pants. I find this convenient and I'm very un-hip.

Or: http://fabrichorse.com/holster.html
This only applies if I happen to wear a belt, otherwise it would be uncomfortable to tuck the lock in my trousers and I'm nor sure if my back pocket is large enough either. And there's no way for me to get what you call a "lock holster". It's not available in my country.
Any other suggestions?
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for commuting, i just locked my lock to the rack where i parked the bike. i have a second cable that i use if i need to lockup someplace else.
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Old 08-21-11, 03:33 PM   #5
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for commuting, i just locked my lock to the rack where i parked the bike. i have a second cable that i use if i need to lockup someplace else.
Not an option for me.

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Cable locks are pretty weak. U-locks generally are much better. Your options are, carry in a bag, carry in belt (or pocket, or lock holster, as mentioned above), or fix it to your bike somehow, likely using elastic cords.

Figure it out.

Also, Fabric Horse Holsters are great, I have one, but they aren't the only company that makes them. Odds are someone in "your country" makes and sells them. Try searching on Google.
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What about Twofish Lockblocks?
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This only applies if I happen to wear a belt, otherwise it would be uncomfortable?
Let's say you happen to wear a belt whenever you plan to carry your lock.
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Can you run around your seatpost and through a saddle rail? Specifically, arrange it so that the bottom of the "U" is at the front of the seatpost or seat tube, and the flat part of the lock goes through one of your saddle rails. At least on my bike this works; the lock is at an angle so my thighs don't hit it when I pedal.
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for commuting, i just locked my lock to the rack where i parked the bike.

???
I think you misunderstood the topic; read posts #1 and #2 again.
Maybe but I think it's brilliant. The best ideas are the simple ones that generally don't occur to you because everyone does it some other way. If OP is primarily commuting it's a perfect answer to how to carry it.
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I think you misunderstood the topic; read posts #1 and #2 again.
don't think so, but maybe my description wasn't clear enough. the bike rack at school has several cable and u-locks hanging from it all day, every day. sometimes there are bikes attached.

in other words, don't carry the lock all the time. just stash it at Point B.

cheers WP, i got the idea when i saw the back rack with more locks than bikes.
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Maybe but I think it's brilliant. The best ideas are the simple ones that generally don't occur to you because everyone does it some other way. If OP is primarily commuting it's a perfect answer to how to carry it.
I use my bicycle mostly for wandering around the quarter(for leasure). For commuting, I use either the bike or public transportation.
I need to have the BMX secured in the public lumber room where I store it. That's the problem, you understand...

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I think he understood the post perfectly and offered a great alternative. Leave the U and take a cable.
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I use my bicycle mostly for wandering around the quarter(for leasure). I might still need to carry the lock(s) with me when I do so, should I want to enter a shop. For commuting, I use either the bike or public transportation.
I need to have the BMX secured in the public lumber room where I store it. That's the problem, you understand...
I may regret asking, but what exactly is that?
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Hang it over the handlebars, bring along something to tie around the lock and frame steerer tube,
so it wont swing around so much. but of course not keep you from turning the handlebars

I tie my big loop of armored cable lock down with a spare toe strap,
on my big tall steerer on a Bike Friday.

cannot say Its same for BMX bikes since I've Never Owned one.
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Here's another thread about the same topic:
http://www.bikeforums.net/archive/in.../t-703740.html
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No more problems on this. I've given up my U-lock because I've found out that its locking mechanism(tubular pin tumbler with 7 pins) is highly vulnerable to picking. I can't find a U-lock with flat key anywhere.
I have replaced it with an 80 cm long steel jacketed cable lock. I'll use that alongside my non-armoured cable.

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It has been years since I've seen this and it may not work with a BMX anyway, but there used to be a mount that could go on a bike about the waterbottle under the seat was inside the triangle. (It may even have used the mounts usually used for a bottle, it weas long ago). Depending something like that might work.
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Replaced a U-lock, for fear of picking, with a cable lock.

Brilliant.

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Well, if the U-lock was an ancient round cylinder type Kryptonite, it was a good move.

OP apparently lives in North Korea of Burma if flat key U-locks are not available. Any of the umpteen online stores sells them.

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Well, if the U-lock was an ancient round cylinder type Kryptonite, it was a good move.

OP apparently lives in North Korea of Burma if flat key U-locks are not available. Any of the umpteen online stores sells them.

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You are wrong-I don't live in either of 2 the countries you mentioned.
The U-lock I'm no longer using is not of the Kryptonite brand, but, as already mentioned, it has a tubular pin tumbler locking mechanism, which is very vulnerable to picking. It can be opened with the barrel of an inexpensive ballpoint pen. I haven't tried this yet, but I'm sure I could pick it easily.
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Replaced a U-lock, for fear of picking, with a cable lock.

Sorry... HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Wait, hold on..... HA.. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Brilliant.
I have replaced it with a steel-jacketed cable lock (with flat key, of course), which is much harder to cut than a simple(unprotected) cable. It is certainly way better than a U-lock with tubular key.
No more U-lock issues for me ;-)
[Side note: U-locks, even the flat key models, are still vulnerable to some types of exploit(a car jack could generate enough leverage to break it)].

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Glad to see the problem has been solved. Just a thought regarding your side note: all locks can be defeated. U-locks and chains require different, bulky tools, which is why the combination of two is usually the most secure way to lock your bike. Even if the thief has the right tools for one lock type, odds are he doesn't have the tools for the other with him.
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(hope 2 months since last post isn't much)
Another note: for some time(since Juha's last post on this thread) I've been trying to pick the U-lock with various ballpoint pens, to test its security. But, much to my surprise, I failed every time. The pen barrel would crack upon attempting to open the lock with it. On several occasions, chunks of plastic from the pen apparently remained stuck in the locking mechanism; fortunately I was able to remove them with my fingernails, and the lock hasn't been damaged.
Then, I found out that not all tubular pin tumblers can be picked with a pen. Up, to now, it seems like mine isn't that vulnerable. I was wrong to give it up before testing it.
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