After trading in my cable lock for some real security in the form of a kryptonite standard U-lock, I've been having problems getting it to actually lock around stuff. Signs and stuff fit, most others don't. I tried getting a cable to go from the u-lock to whatever I'm locking it to, but that's a bit unwieldy. I've decided my best option is locking skewers and a chain.
However, my u-lock is a relatively svelte 2lbs. I don't want to carry around 10lbs of chain to replace that, but I don't want my bike stolen either. What's the best compromise? There's theft in Boston, but it's not NYC. What do you use?