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Lightweight Lock Recommendation for Use Inside Bars, Clubs, Restaurants, etc

Old 05-26-18, 06:47 PM
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Lightweight Lock Recommendation for Use Inside Bars, Clubs, Restaurants, etc

I bring my bike everywhere I go, into bars, restaurants, grocery stores, etc., and if they don't allow it, I'm outta there!

Anyhow, often times I'll have to get up to use the restroom or something and I really don't want to take the bike with me. I have a thick "U" lock and a heavy cable lock (that I purchased after losing three bikes one summer), but they're only used when I know I'll be parking and leaving my bike (a rare occasion). I need a cable type lock that's lightweight so I can secure it to a table or a chair or something, just to keep anyone with thieving tendencies from simply walking and riding off into the sunset with my bike. Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 05-26-18, 07:04 PM
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Otto lock. Do a search here, there has been chatter about it.
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I have a ABUS cable lock with a 4 digit combo. About the size if a deck of cards and only weighs a few ounces. The cable is long enough to run through the rear triangle, the front wheel and a large object.

I only take it when I know i'll be on a long ride and will have to stop for lunch.

I'm sure it will not deter a determined thief, but it will keep honest people... honest.

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Originally Posted by oldnslow2 View Post
I have a ABUS cable lock with a 4 digit combo. About the size if a deck of cards and only weighs a few ounces. The cable is long enough to run through the rear triangle, the front wheel and a large object.

I only take it when I know i'll be on a long ride and will have to stop for lunch.

I'm sure it will not deter a determined thief, but it will keep honest people... honest.

That's a ski lock!I've been using them for years!
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Originally Posted by GerryinHouston View Post
That's a ski lock!I've been using them for years!
Works with luggage and golf clubs.
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The ABUS locks work OK. I bought a 1/4" x 6ft long cable at REI and added a lock I got at the hardware store, total cost was about $15. It works for quick jaunts into stores, but I'd want something heavier if I was going to be leaving it somewhere for a while. FWIW: I actually have two of these cable/lock sets, and keep one in my pick-up truck for locking stuff in the bed (its got a cover on the bed, too) or in the back of the cab. About 15 years of use and so far, so good.
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Old 05-28-18, 09:14 AM
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As a ski lock, it costs $5.99 at ski shops... Not an Abus, of course, but as we said above... it serves to keep honest people honest!
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All I could see is the part about going to bars. And, three bad things leap to mind...A. Me riding home from a bar is a bad idea. B. people at bars drink alcohol and crazy **** happens and C. I can't remember what C is but it's bad.
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Old 05-29-18, 12:35 AM
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How to choose the best bike lock in 2018 - The Best Bike Lock This article has lots of ratings and some good advice to help you find the right lock for your circumstances. I have started doing weekend errands by bike and I have a hefty chain and take my older road bike. I would not want to leave my carbon fiber bike where it might attract attention or sustain frame damage. I'm paranoid enough that I don't like to leave my helmet unattended, either. At work, it sits on my desk.

YMMV
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All I could see is the part about going to bars. And, three bad things leap to mind...A. Me riding home from a bar is a bad idea. B. people at bars drink alcohol and crazy **** happens and C. I can't remember what C is but it's bad.
Maybe you should practice moderation. I have been brining my bike into my local for as long as I can remember. I have even stopped in at the end of tours to grab a bite before heading home. If I stop in on a nice day without my bike I sometimes get asked where my bike is. No one has ever messed with it or my gear.
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"Moderation?" I don't believe I'm familiar with that word.
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Three guys walk into a bar. The fourth one ducks.
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