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    So I got an "O" or "Cafe" lock.

    I think these things are a neat idea, so I got one cheap on Amazon not too long ago. I picked it up just to handle one in person, and it serves it's purpose well.

    I might attach it to this old "All Pro" roadster-like bike I have kicking about as my vintage restoration project bike (hey, 70's is vintage!).

    It is specifically this one:

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    "FengYe YuanZi" is labled on a sticker. There seems to be a couple very similar ones to this kicking about in different color schemes. They appear to be built similarly.

    Now, this lock isn't great. O-lock acceptance being what it is, this one has a few unique problems. Firstly, and most importantly, the tabs that would secure the lock to the bike's seat stays only have small welds. They don't move with thumb pressure and the metal itself is fairly substantial, but none the less it's a little disconcerting. Secondly, the lock's bolt isn't very "accurate" - that is, if you just slide the handle down, the bolt tends to not want to line up perfectly with the other side, which makes it a little fiddly. Lastly, the engagement handle is a little flimsy, and wobbles within the bolt.

    The keys are made of galvanized steel, and are pretty light and small. I'll have to translate the characters on it when I get a chance. The key ring is surprisingly substantial - better than ones I get in the US half the time! These can't come out of the lock unless the lock's fully closed, like other O locks dating all the way back. This is good, because the bolt can hold whatever position you slide it to, and it has a position where it looks closed but can actually just be slid back up without issue. This isn't a problem because if it's in the position you can't remove the key, which prevents any illusion.

    Very neat little device, for what it is. Mine cost a whopping $12 on Amazon, and I don't think I paid for shipping, either. There are a few that are even cheaper. I wouldn't trust a $2,000 Pashley to one, but I don't mind it on this salvage job I'm working on.

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    M.

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    I use the AXA Defenders with the optional plug in chains for about 90% of my locking. If I am going to be away from the bike or the area is a know problem area I will haul my NY Fahgedaboudit lock with me. The AXA do cost a bit more, but they are a quality lock.

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    A ring lock would be super convenient at times, but for most of my lockup scenarios, I'd feel a lot better securing my bike to a hardpoint. The Defender w/plug in chain addresses that issue, but then opens up the weight, flexibility, and convenience comparisons, which again leaves the ring lock coming up short for me. (edit: except in terms of flexibility)

    But, in the perfect world where I have the right bike for every trip, I'd probably put a ring lock on my '70s Schwinn Collegiate for those Saturday farmers' market trips, but since I'm in kid hauling mode nowadays, the Schwinn doesn't get out. Only 8 more years...
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    Quote Originally Posted by wahoonc View Post
    I use the AXA Defenders with the optional plug in chains for about 90% of my locking. If I am going to be away from the bike or the area is a know problem area I will haul my NY Fahgedaboudit lock with me. The AXA do cost a bit more, but they are a quality lock.

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    I've looked at those as a possibility for my roadster-style bike purchase (still working on finding the right one!). Again, it's mostly look (fits the theme), but I like the idea of the integrated cable. What I might do is get one for the SO's cruiser bike, if it's big enough to work with fenders and tyres of her size, to see if it'll do me. If not, ah well.

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    I too have a ringlock. [SL7] before the update to the newer AXA,

    to secure the bike to something, bring a Double loop end cable,
    pass 1 loop around the thing,(maybe the front wheel then a solid object)
    .. thru it's own loop, and close that 1 loop, fixed with the ring lock.

    FWIW, AXA also makes a booster-arch adapter,
    to fit a ring lock on, using the V Brake stud's bolts..
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    Senior Member MEversbergII's Avatar
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    Yeah, the v-brake one's my best bet I think.

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    I've got one by Abus zip-tied to the front of my bike; my front wheel is a solid axle so I can't put a Pitlock through it. I'll usually throw the Dutch lock and then put a U-lock through my rear triangle.

    Came back one night from a Red Sox game to find the axle nuts loosened and two bent spokes, but the wheel still attached to the bike. Dutch lock paid for itself right there!

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    FYI: I have heard of Euro-peeples say that the O-locks can get grit in them from the tires and become difficult to get open/closed. It might depend on your fender coverage and local weather I suppose.

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    Thanks, I'll keep that in mind.

    Still haven't mounted mine to anything.

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    Are they rust-proof? Old ones used to get rusty and stuck.

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