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Does anyone make a short, light cable lock?

Old 04-20-09, 03:28 PM
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Does anyone make a short, light cable lock?

I know this is not the optimum in bike theft defense, but my thought is that there are those times on rides when I want or need to stop and run into a 7-ll, gas station, etc. Assuming quiet, low crime area, all I want to do is to stop the lazy, opportunistic thief who sees an unlocked, unattended bike. (Have lost one to this type of thief). These stops are infrequent and I really don't want to carry my big cable lock on every ride.

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Try a ski lock
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Originally Posted by BillStohler
Try a ski lock
Thats what I was going to say.
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I would just pick up a whatever light, small, short lock you can find. When I leave my bike unattended for a few seconds (usually in my sight). I'll shift the FD all the way up or down, and at the same time shift the RD all the way up or down. That way the chain would have a chance at falling off if someone where to hope off and ride it. If you can you can also unlatch your brakes (like on a mountain bike). Maybe stick something in the wheel.
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^^^ Read about that too.... But a lock is always better. Even if the theif couldn't ride the bike you'll have a hard time catching/fighting him/her while in a pair of Sidis......
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This cable is 2 ounces: https://www.rei.com/product/543085
Use it with a luggage lock.
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Go to a hardware store. pick out the size cable you want and length, they have the end clamps,use the lock you want and thats it, works for me.
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Yea, someone does. I got one four or so years ago. I can't remember who made it or where I got it or where it is in my bike stuff... I think I have carried it once and never used it. But I do remember that it was a light small cable lock, specifically for bikes, with an integrated lock and all of three digits. The cable retracts into the plastic housing. Something like this:
https://bicyclesource.us/itemdetails.cfm?ID=23719

If I am going into a store for a moment and will be leaving my bike outside I will sometimes use my helmet strap as an impromptu lock, hooking it around the rear wheel and an object. Not very secure but would slow someone down a bit.
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On Guard makes a small, 3' retracting cable lock that is about 6cm thick. I still just open the rear QR to jam the wheel if anyone takes off on it, like what happened on Sunday.
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i've been thinking about one of these ski locks also. they have real cheap ones on ebay for 7bucks or you could spend 20bucks on a krypto one. as cheap as i am i think the kryptonite one is better, i trust my commute, kyrpto ulock to still be there with the bike after work so i figure the ski lock will be at a higher standard of quality.


Kryptonite R4 Retractor Combo Cable
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https://www.masterlock.com/cgi-bin/pr...9&template=app
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Don't think that one qualifies as "light". I used to have one and it weighs a ton.
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Originally Posted by vger285
Go to a hardware store. pick out the size cable you want and length, they have the end clamps,use the lock you want and thats it, works for me.
Yep. Home Depo has plastic coated cable that protects the finish. Use lots of electrician's tape on the sharp edges of the clamps.
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Originally Posted by San Rensho
Use lots of electrician's tape on the sharp edges of the clamps.
Even better: heat shrink tubing or Plasti Dip
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I always carry an old toe strap that I can use to secure the bike when I'm going in a store for a minute. Again, not a really secure solution, but better than nothing.

The toe strap comes in handy for lots of other things, too - great thing to keep in your pocket or on your seat rails.
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Originally Posted by johnny99
This cable is 2 ounces: https://www.rei.com/product/543085
Use it with a luggage lock.
Ditto - that's exactly what I use:



Plus a cheap, 3 digit combination lock from Target.

My bike is way to expensive to leave locked up outside my sight at all. I use the lock for situations like where I'm with a group of bikers who are all grabbing something to eat (there's people watching the bikes, but I still like to force someone to make it obvious they're trying to steal a bike in order to steal it), or I'm in a restaurant where I'm facing the locked up bike out the window, or from the porch. Even if I could see it I don't like to just leave it sitting around unlocked, so the cable provides a "can't just hop on and ride off with it" protection. The real protection is that I'm 10 feet away.
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I used a gun lock for awhile in college. I was cheap, it was free.
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