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Old 01-30-23, 12:24 PM
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your favorite lock you can easily carry

ok, i know the following

the best lock is no lock because you never leave your bike

Lock protection = weight and cost 20lb bike need 30 lb lock

but in reality we all have to leave our bike for a few minutes....i.e to get that beer before comin back to sit by the bike, so a "keep people honest" lock is handy

What is your favorite light, carry with your (i.e jersey pocket) lock?

I had an otto lock belt type lock lock that was not bad, but it just froze up and I could not get it to open (and yes i remembered the combo ) so as i am in the market looking to see what people like and use
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For my road bike rides, Kryptonite Mini 7, if I carry a lock at all. I don't often stop at stores on my road bike workout rides, usually carrying everything I need -- drinks, snacks, etc. If I do stop at a couple of familiar stores, I'll wheel the bike inside. They don't mind.

The Mini 7 will slip into jersey pockets although they tend to sag. It's cleverly designed to fit snugly in a standard jeans rear pocket, so I'm more likely to carry it on casual group rides and pub crawls with stops.

For my errand hybrid bike with racks and panniers, a massive On Guard U-lock and stout cable to thread through the wheels. The bike is already heavy, so I don't notice the extra weight.
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Well, I use a small Otto lock but sounds like you've already explored that option!
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I like the Otto lock, but it does get stuck ever so often. Seems the lock will change its combination on its own. Otto is aware of the glitch. Hope it's something they will fix someday. Anyway, for me, it's the third tumbler that gets off and I move it one click and the lock opens. Have had to do this a handful of times in the last two years. I really like the lock, otherwise.
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https://www.somafabshop.com/shop/pal...4045#attr=2103

Palmy alloy u lock. Lightweight, pocket sized, looks like a regular steel u lock to the casual observer/thief. I wouldn’t use it overnight or in a very high risk area or situation.
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Originally Posted by squirtdad
I had an otto lock belt type lock lock that was not bad, but it just froze up and I could not get it to open (and yes i remembered the combo )
Yeah, I got one and it scares me a bit; but I have a friend I ride with where every ride is eventually to a restaurant, so I needed a lock. It always feels like it's stuck! I did find that when time comes to undo the lock from the bike, after turning the wheels to the right code, pushing the band in before trying to pull it out really seems to help.
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I've never before seen the OTTO Lock. I like it.

Is this sticking issue due to lack of lube on the wheels and pins of the lock?

There is no lock that will survive a battery-powered cut-off wheel.
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Old 01-30-23, 03:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Bad Lag
There is no lock that will survive a battery-powered cut-off wheel.
See: Hiplok D1000

Of course, while your lock may be resistant to an angle grinder, the object your locking to probably isn't.
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Having a touring K Kona Sutra with bags for groceries, weight is not an issue. I have an early Harley Davidson padlock and cable.
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Originally Posted by Bad Lag
I've never before seen the OTTO Lock. I like it.

Is this sticking issue due to lack of lube on the wheels and pins of the lock?

There is no lock that will survive a battery-powered cut-off wheel.
I may still get another otto lock they are pretty handy.

the lock it self was kept lubed and dry. It just seemed to stop working.....the release button would not go in, spent a lot of time fiddling with it.

I always keep my locks locked when off the bike, so that I always have to unlock them before using, avoiding locking the bike and then finding out a) don't have key or b) forgot combo. so at least I did not have to find a way o cut my own lock

I have a folding ABUS for my errand bike
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I gave up depending on bike locks to secure my bikes when I take them out for rides when I realized long ago that it's just a losing battle with the weight of the locks that I do not want to carry on my bike.My bike security is taking my bike inside the places I visit, where I or other trusted people can keep an eye on it.
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I use this sidearm cable lock, not super-robust but the cable is covered with hardened armor segments that defy any sort of pocket-carry cutters.
Fits unobtrusively in pants or jersey pockets.

This lock did actually stop one thief in his tracks, the fool started to walk off with the bike without seeing it was locked between the downtube and front wheel!
At the same time, a store employee happened to be walking toward the front doors and saw the thief first lay his kids/bmx bike on the ground, approach my Centurion Pro-Tour leaning against the front windows, and start walking off in the forward direction with it, past the front glass doors.
The front wheel then wouldn't turn and the doors suddenly self-opening had the thief take two steps backward and return my bike where I'd left it. He hopped back on his bmx bike and took off.
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For a long time I carried a motorcycle helmet lock something like this. Just a minor deterrent.

https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/..._AC_SX569_.jpg

Now I have an Otto lock, but like others have said it doesn't always open. I'll probably buy another helmet lock.
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Originally Posted by Bad Lag
There is no lock that will survive a battery-powered cut-off wheel.
Yep, you can cut through a Skunklock®.

Go right ahead.
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Hiplok Z lock wins for weight and portability. Might be good enough for a quick restroom break 😬

Not a lock per se but better than nothing and keeps amateurs honest.

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I have a 2’ long Abus 10mm chain and a CISA container hasp lock. Both of them fit together inside a regular water bottle and thus can be carried in a bottle cage.

I would never want to carry a lock in a jersey pocket, that sounds awful.
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Originally Posted by tcs
Yep, you can cut through a Skunklock®.

Go right ahead.
Wear a full face respirator and laugh about the “noxious chemicals”? If you’re stealing bikes with an angle grinder and a box truck, what’s stopping you from bringing one more piece of gear?
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Originally Posted by squirtdad
What is your favorite light, carry with you lock (i.e jersey pocket)?
How big is your jersey?

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I bought a Masterlock combination cable lock from my LHS for $8. I carry it in my city bike bag but will also fit in a jersey pocket. I like not having to keep up with a key. Not a lock up all day, all night lock, but good for grocery store, cafe stops etc in my average crime town.


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Originally Posted by C9H13N
Wear a full face respirator and laugh about the “noxious chemicals”?
And burn your clothes afterward.
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I almost never leave my bike unattended. For a quick trip into a convenience or liquor store, I try to park where I or the clerk can see the bike. I use a flimsy lock similar to the one dddd posted. Mine came with a handgun and could be easily cut. It will only delay/prevent the casual thief who wants to ride the bike away. Still possible for someone to just toss it in the back of a vehicle, so I usually lock around a sign post or bike rack if available.
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I bought a bunch of really thin coated wire a few years ago, then made my own cable locks, using an 8-pack of locks from Ace Hardware. The length is sufficient to fit through both wheels, the frame, and an object. I might even be able to make it through the saddle too, if I were to try. It would not take much to cut/break them, but it removes the crime of convenience. I generally won't leave them unattended for much more than running into a coffee shop, bakery, or restaurant to place my order. The convenience of the 8-pack of locks was that they were all keyed the same, so some bikes keep the locks with the bike, in various bags.
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Originally Posted by SurferRosa
How big is your jersey?

big, but not that big
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Can we keep this C&V please.

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Originally Posted by bboy314
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Palmy alloy u lock. Lightweight, pocket sized, looks like a regular steel u lock to the casual observer/thief. I wouldn’t use it overnight or in a very high risk area or situation.
Clever. I might get one to replace my Kryptonite Mini 7 for my road bike rides. A fraction of the weight, good enough to duck inside a convenience store bathroom if necessary. If it looks like a strong U-lock, it's probably a good enough deterrent. I'd probably cover up the logos though.

Lock weight isn't much of a factor for me anymore. I've gotten so much slower the past couple of years bike weight doesn't matter much. Anything below 30 lbs, I can't claim to see any consistent, significant differences between my 25 lb steel road bike and my sub-20 lb crabon fibber bikes.

But if I'm gonna mount a U-lock on the bike frame itself, yeah, I'd rather keep the weight fairly low to avoid stressing a carbon fiber frame, or affecting the balance. I usually mount my massive On Guard U-lock on the top tube near the headset of my old Univega hybrid, and even with that 30 lb bike I can feel the difference added by the lock.
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